October 1st has been a happy hunting ground for the Hibbies! If I’d been born 35 minutes later, I’d’ve been ‘one of the chosen few’, as a fellow strathaven Hibby once told me. (But he arrived ten minutes late for a derby once. On Jimmy O’Rourke’s 19th birthday: Saturday, 18 September 1965. And, consequently, missed all the goals. Hibs were 4 nowt up at Swynecastle! Those kants only beat us once there in 20 years! And that is fecking true!)
– Tuesday, 1 October 1985: SPL: Hibs 5-0 Clydebank. The third win wi nae goals conceded at ER in a week! Two first half goals by Jukebox Durie (ma wee hero at the time) and a second half hat-trick by Stevie Cowan!
– Saturday,1 October 1988: SPL: Hibs 3-1 Celtic. And we were 3 up at half-time! Two fi Stevie Archibald and wan fom Gareth Evans! It was featured the following week on Saint n Greavsie, when the latter complimented Duff and Gray! Christ! ‘Who’s Sorry Now’, to quote a Connie Francis classic:
– Saturday, 1 October 1994: SPL: Hibs 3-0 the Harry Wraggs. Two in the first half by Ooh-ahh Jackson-ahh and won in the second, going up the slope, fi Mark McGraw. I think that was only his second ever goal for the Hibs. and both were going up the slope (the first was against Falkirk in a 2-2 draw on Saturday, 14 September 1991).
– Saturday, 1 October 2011: SPL: soon-to-be-deid-hunz 1-0 Hibs. Not that we knew it at the time, but the bastion of bigotry that had polluted Scotland and everywhere else that it went like a junkie’s Tony Hart in a lift would cease to exit within months. Unfortunately, still playing players that they couldnae otherwise afford they beat us won-nil. Stacky saved a penalty n aw.
I’m gonnae get this tattooed on ma midriff. The late, great football commentator and fitba journalist Ian Archer said it all:“This has to be said about Rangers, as a Scottish Football club they are a permanent embarrassment and an occasional disgrace. This country would be a better place if Rangers did not exist.” Ian Archer 1976