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Where are they now? – Special edition!

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Ok, pinpointing the exact whereabouts of Eddie May, Gordon Rae and Paul Kane probably isn’t too hard. What about those fabulous popsters Just Add Water though? What can they possibly be doing now? In fact, what the hell were they doing then, dressed up like Culture Club when rave culture was just beginning to flourish? What a shrewd piece of commercial sponsorship by Messrs Duff and Gray.

I can’t believe anyone ever heard another thing about them (the band that is), but if you can prove me wrong…


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Hibs 0-0 Hearts, 19 March 1988

190388progEven making special trips up to Edinburgh for the derby match I was not guaranteed any greater excitement, as this game proved. In fact, Hibs-Hearts games at this time entered a phase of negative, foul-ridden antagonism that rarely produced much great football, and not a great many goals.

Luckily there was the new style programme with which to while away the afternoon. Full colour cover and A4 in format (the old one and most other clubs’ were A5). Much the same content inside, though the larger size allowed for a poster size player profile in the centre pages. And the design was a class above most other clubs’ efforts.

The news page informed us that John Collins and Gordon Hunter had been included in the Scotland Under-21 squad for a UEFA Championship quarter-final second leg against England. Other members of the squad included future full internationalists Gordon Durie, Tom Boyd, Ian Ferguson, Stuart McCall and Kevin Gallacher. Believe it or not, Rab Shannon was also in the squad. Well, even Benny Brazil won an Under-21 cap once…

Where are they now?

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For all we know, Barry is at this very moment grovelling at the bottom of a wet ditch somewhere, cleaning bits of stone with a toothbrush, wearing a rainbow jumper and an Indiana Jones hat.

If anyone can confirm or deny this, let us know…


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Hibernian 0-0 St Mirren, 26 December 1987

stmir261287progGoing to games whenever you happen to be in Edinburgh for other purposes – in this case Christmas – does have its drawbacks. You end up spending a freezing afternoon watching tedious goalless draws against St Mirren for example. Despite the fact that this was Boxing Day, only another 7,499 people joined me at Easter Road for an entirely forgettable experience.

For the record Hibs lined up: Goram, Hunter, Sneddon, May, Rae, Mitchell, Kane, McIntyre, McCluskey, Collins and Watson, with McBride and Milne coming on for the two Macs, presumably only to prevent them developing frostbite.

The St Mirren squad featured a young Paul Lambert, and Brian Hamilton: ‘a strong attacking player he can also play well at left back or in central defence’ – aha, so that’s why Lexo signed him, he could never play him out of position…

Alex Miller’s ‘Backchat’ notes in the programme perhaps give some explanation for the lack of seasonal cheer: ‘As we look into 1988, I’m simply aiming to better last year’s points total in the league. If we can finish with more points than last year, then it will be an improvement we can build on.’ Stirring stuff, eh? Continue reading


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Hibs 1-1 Celtic, 28 September 1991

celtic280991progThe thing I most remember about this match is that it was a sell-out, and since I’d come up from Cambridge at fairly short notice I was reduced to buying a ticket in the street – for the Celtic end! Ugh!

Sitting in the away enclosure under the old West Stand, I politely clapped when Celtic took a first half lead and had to sit on my hands and bite my tongue when Hibs equalised later. Please, never again.

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Where are they now?

That’s easy – now playing in the Hibs midfield.

No, hang on – that Michael Stewart is a lifelong Hearts fan and had just realised his life’s ambition to play for Hearts after a season on loan at Tynecastle from Manchester United when Tony Mowbray signed him. And he was born in … er, 1981. Well, at any rate he looks nothing like that freckly wee boy does he?stewart

Oh hell, will the real Michael Stewart please stand up!

After those naughty boys at Mass Hibsteria had doctored the date of birth on my cutting there was much chortling on the message board at Hibs.net and the Bounce, and much indignant protestation on Kickback. A football memorabilia shop on Gorgie Road reportedly dug out their copy of this programme and displayed the offending page in their shop window.

Then, all the way from holiday in Florida, above and beyond etc, the real Michael Stewart – the one above that is – finally did stand up with a message to Hibs.net.

Michael Stewart the younger grew up to be an actor – many of you will have seen him in the gritty Edinburgh gangster drama Looking After Jojo alongside Robert Carlyle – and knows the other Michael Stewart well having played football with him for Tall Oaks. Michael the younger can confirm that Michael the elder is indeed ‘a rooting tooting Jambo (until he signed for us)’.

Michael the younger insists it should have been him who was the famous footballer – he now plays for Leith Athletic. I am also pleased to report that he still loves sausages and beans.

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I don’t know if Mike is still running Tamson’s Bar – probably not – but if anyone knows where he is now, or if there are any hot young Gambian players whose lifelong ambition is to play for Hibs, let me know.


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Hibernian 1-2 Hearts, 22 March 1986

heartsprogThe cover of the programme shows Stevie Cowan completing his third hat trick of the season against St Mirren (see previous game). Sadly he only managed one goal today, not enough to beat a Hearts side which was still topping the league by three points from Dundee United, four ahead of Aberdeen and six ahead of Celtic. Hearts had seven games left including this one, Celtic had two games in hand, United and Aberdeen one. Place your bets now, who’s going to win the league this season?

So much for the game, allegedly watched by 20,000 people, who witnessed the following team fail to beat Hearts yet again: Rough, Milne, Sneddon, May, Fulton, Hunter, Collins, Chisholm, Cowan, Durie, Tortolano. Colin Harris came on for Durie and Gordon Rae just sat and gnashed his teeth all day, like the rest of us.

williTurning to the programme, an interesting piece reminded us of a time when our centre forward was good enough to be selected for a Rest of the World team to play Hamburg in a testimonial for West German defender Willi Schulz. No offence to Stevie Cowan, but in 1973 Alan Gordon was sufficiently renowned to be described in the German programme as ‘the sensation of the British Isles’ signed from Dundee (sic) ‘for the laughable sum of DM 70,000’.

Gordon played in the second half in front of 50,000 fans, and didn’t score, but remarked afterwards that Gerd Muller had pushed him out of the way for one. The Rest of the World won 5-2, and featured the likes of Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier, Booby Moore and Luigi Riva. Sadly Pele and Eusebio had to withdraw, with Lou Macari and Ronnie McKinnon making up in number if not in quality.

The Hamburg side featured such great names as Ripp, Winkler, Nogly and Nobs. I don’t know if they were great players, they just had great names…

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And finally proof that the international community of Hibees now represented by the IHSC is nothing new. This photo from the programme of a group of expats based in Muscat, Oman, is so grainy it disguises that the robes were borrowed and the moustaches not so much Omar Sharif as Sheriff Brae…

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I don’t expect anyone to recognise any of these nomads, but if you know you’re one of the suspects in this line up, please turn yourself in.