– Saturday, 27 September 1986: SPL: Hibs 1-1 Dundee United. Joe McBride put us a goal up in the first half against a Dundee United team that would beat Barcelona home and away on their way to that season’s UEFA Cup final. Our old friend Alan Ferguson was referee. He had allowed an Aberdeen equaliser, deep into injury time at Pittodrie on Saturday, 5 May 1984, with Hibs 2-1 up through goals by John McGachie and Brian Rice, after Alan rough was down injured. then on Saturday, 23 March 1985 (also against the SSBs), he had failed to award a penalty when Judas Iscarrot clearly punched the ball in the box, before disallowing a clearly onside Willie Irvine goal (that game is probably the angriest I have ever seen the collective Hibs support; I was only 13 at the time, but virtually everyone on the then uncovered East Terracing were going mad. The same fixture is notorious for the amount of coins and golf balls launched on to the pitch, and the pre-match aggro with one Hibs Boy being literally put into a coma by the marauding sheep invaders). Anyway, two minutes into the second half Hibs had the ball over the line, before Malpas booted it back out (a bit like Andy Webster on Sunday, 10 March 2013). No goal awarded. United straight up the park. 1-1. Bizarrely, Alan Ferguson also refereed – and didn’t make any contentious decisions to Hibs’ detriment – when we beat Aberdeen 2-1 at ER on Saturday, 15 October 1983. So when did he start hating the Hibs?
– Saturday, 27 September 1997: SPL: Hibs 1-1 St Johnstone. Pat McGinlay missed a penalty when we were leading. Cannae mind who scored for us. Think it might have been Pat. However, what is interesting about this game is that the attendance was about 11,000; which, in those days, was very good for such a fixture. Also, not that we knew it at the time, but this would be the last point we would collect until Saturday, 29 November (when we drew 1-1 at home to Motherwell). The following Saturday we lost 4-3 at home to the dead huns; the first of seven successive reverses. The single worst run of successive defeats since we began the 1960-61 season with eight successive defeats. John Blackley managed six successive league defeats during both the 1984-85 and the 1985-86 seasons. Yogi during the 2009-10 season, and Terry fecking Butcher during the 2013-14 season.Jim bloody Duffy managed seven on the bounce. And to think we waited until February before emptying him. This lack of decisiveness on the part of the club’s custodians is really infuriating. Especially when I compare us with hertz. For example, if they had had the public-spiritedness to allow the ginger virgin scout master to remain for another three months, they would be well on their way to relegation now. Instead we’ve got the king of industrial, turgid fitba in charge at Swynecastle. And he’ll ensure they finish in the top 6. anyway, FTJTs.
– Saturday, 27 September 2003: SPL: Hibs 1-2 Celtic. Doumbe put us a goal up after about 41 minutes. Celtic were awarded a soft (I thought, anyway) penalty and equalised about a minute later. they then took the lead early-ish in the second half, before Bobo Balde (who should’ve seen read in the same fixture on Saturday, 2 February 2002) was sent off late on and what was a very good Celtic team (they would reach that season’s UEFA Cup final) held on.