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This has been a season where the active support of the club/team by fans of our grand old team has reached new highs. Such was the demand for tickets for today’s game the club opened up part of the South Stand to home supporters despite good demand for the same seats from those with a vested interest in the Dons. It is an indicator that the progress made over the last 3 years, on and off the park, is paying dividends. It is also a very tangible endorsement of Neil Lennon and his players.*19, 000 + supporters crammed into ER to see the best two sides in Scotland, outside the East End of Weegeville. They would not be disappointed with the fare. Certainly, the Hibs contingent weren’t…

Having spent the last few days in sunny Valencia, visiting the imposing Mestalla stadium in the process, it wasn’t the glamour of La Liga, Mario Kempes, Rafa Benitez or David Silva that was at the forefront of my mind. It was the feeling of relief at Manises Aeroporto when the wee departures board said my 6am flight from Spain this morning was due to take off as scheduled. I’d be back in Auld Reekie before Baynes on Easter Road would even be open. Back for the only football show in town today….

This game was an opportunity to put pressure on the Reds and make a very clear statement to every other side in the top six that we are not there just to make up the numbers, content to simply settle for mid table security in our first season back.*With the Gorgie mob in action at lunch time, we knew a win would be mighty beneficial in this natural order malarkey. (Does anyone know if they have overtaken us yet)

Earlier in the campaign, Aberdeen left Easter Road with 3 points they barely deserved. Even Dick Turpin wore a mask…This time there was to be no such injustice, with Hibs dominating the Sheep worriers from start to finish. Many of you will, by the time you have read this, watched the game online or on BBC Heuchter Teuchter. The usual rules apply here…I am only going on what I thought at the game. No telly box coverage is involved in the making of this just back. Some sheep may have been harmed though.

Today,*Hibs lined up with a central 3 of Efe, Darren and Paul. Both the latter making recovery from injuries sustained against Murderwell. Lewis and Boyler were deployed as wing backs with a midfield 3 of our Holy Trinity. Up top, Flo and Jamie partnered each other from the start. The Sheep were minus captain Shinnie – and I think it made a difference to some aspects of the game- so Kenny McLean took the armband…and was lucky to wear it for 90 minutes. Son of Dallas bottled sending him off in the 2nd half. But more of the Dons’ complete discipline breakdown later…

The first half saw Hibs take the game to the opposition and McGinn and McLaren both came close in the first ten minutes.
McLean had a shot on goal (singular) later in the first half but that was the only real action Rocky had to contend with other than the odd cross ball.

After a torrid time in Aberdeen before Christmas, some of the “culprits” that day were on their A game today. Efe and Boyler both were much, much better today and this meant a quiet afternoon for the much hyped GMS…quieter than a midnight swim in the Kelvin.

The game really came to life after the interval…and the Aberdeen team that tends to appear for games in Glasgow, finally showed itself against us. And, by Sauzee, it was a joy to behold…

McLaren, who had been playing like a clever Jason Cummings all afternoon, sitting on the shoulder of the last defender all game, making cute, quick runs onto reverse passes from such as Scott Allan, got through one on one with the Sheep World Champion keeper only to see his shot deflected, a subsequent rebound blocked…but thankfully the ball falling for Martin Boyle to nod into the net.

A few minutes later his strike partner, Flo, turned strongly in the area and directed a deserved 2nd past the keeper. It gave Hibs the confidence to go on to see the game out. Darren, Allan and others came close again and we could have run out even more comfortable winners than we did. But that’s not a criticism. This game was always under control. Make no mistake.

The same could not be said for the opposition who went on to kick everything that moved. Or push it. Or shove it. Or try to go fighting with it. Stupid boy, messing with Darren. McLean should have walked. Make no mistake. Others could have too…the Ferret Brothers, GMS and Christie, likewise.

It was a disciplinary capitulation to match the football one.

The team

Rocky- not much to do but was solid when called on
Boyle – best he has played against his own team. Good goal gave him confidence
Efe – pipe and slippers afternoon. Immaculate.
Darren – battleful best
Paul – some excellent reading of the game and fine challenges
Lewis – he will need to empty Logan from his back pocket tonight
SJM – so disciplined. He knew a booking today would put him out the derby. Polished and professional
Dylan- fine second half and official MotM
Flo – what a titan performance. He soaked up the physical barrage and went back time and time again
McLaren – a clever Jason Cummings. Deserved a goal. Great game.
Scotty Allan – sorry Dylan he was the MotM. You probably think it too. Sweet Sauzee, that was damn fine. I cannot wait for him to get in about the Gunts

Subs – Bartley and Danny came on but just to run down the clock.

The Boss – anyone still whinging about his signings in January?

Next up – The Fat Striker. On this form he won’t be singing.

Now I’m away for some black coffee and BBC Heuchter Teuchter on Sky +. It’s been a long day but travelling 1330 miles this morning to see us this afternoon was worth every beeping beep of the early morning alarm call…

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Huns

Jeez, as a fellow bouncer said after the game, am sweating, I kicked every ba’ that second half!

The Hibs 1000 sat in the away car park discussing the team formation as Hibs tweeted the team. No Daz, no Paul, aw naw we thought? Well the teams lined up inside a piped noise Hunnery, it was clear Neil was here to beat them, Rocky in Goals, a back three of Efe, Ryan Porteous and Lewis Stevenson, Barts covering, John, Dylan and returnee Scott Allan, with Boyler, Barker left and right (ish) and Flo Kamberi up front.

The Huns had their usual mix of Flops, Cheats, Thugs and Fandans, same in the stands. The Hibs support never stopped singing, the Huns sang when the music played on the tannoy, when they sung unprompted, every one was a sectarian, bigoted rant, from cheer up Neil Lennon/ Fenian barsteward, some song about a joiner building a big giant gallows, or putting the roof high on the Barras or something else irrelevant to a fitba match, to No Surrender, the full repertoire. Fair play to the polis who managed to block out the massed ranks breaking the law by staring uninterrupted at Hibs fans instead. They did sing about Jason Cummings, f*** knows why, he was hopeless.

So, Hibs started brilliantly, after an initial blip with Barker being replaced by McLaren following an early knock. McLaren, Kamberi, McGinn, McGeouch and Scott Allan took control, and played the filth in blue off the pitch. Flicks, chips, crisp passing, ball to feet, nae blooters, deft touches, Hibernian were a joy to watch, inspired by number 2-3 (think about it) Scott Allan. We had the ball in net, but it was given as off side, it saw one well kent Hibby  get himself lifted as he tried a one man pitch invasion. D’oh! McLaren then seemed to then miss a sitter, before Super John McGinn hit a twenty daisy cutter into the bottom right of Fotherinhun’s goal, the Hibs end went ballistic, the Huns revolting as half time came. The best first I half performance I have seen from Hibs in donkeys years.

For a patch work back three, Lewis, Efe and Ryan were superb, absolutely superb and Rocky has upped his game, he is as good as a goal or two advantage for us at the moment.

Talking of donkeys, the Hun centre halfs are just that, huddies, absolute huddies, although the left back, Sean Whateverheiscalled has a bit about him.

Second half we did the one thing we had agreed we shouldnae amongst my various pals, we tried to defend the lead. The Huns pummelled us for much of the second half, but the wonderful Rocky ably assisted by Lewis, Efe, and Ryan, before some Hun scored a fluke, no idea who…… hatred can blind you sometime.

So, Hibs say, bugger that, time to play fitba again, and we did, Scott Allan sailed through the statues in royal blue, he was fouled, penalty for Hibs. McLaren coolly slots it away with their goalie making a decent attempt to save it, but failing, just like their fans failed to save their club, letting it, instead, die. The Hibs fans are in heaven, taunting the Huns as they starting sneaking out.

As I said at the top of the report, I came home shattered, second half I kicked every ba’ (and where I could try to kick a Hun). Hibernian today put Sevco 2012 in their place, we taught them a lesson in how to play the beautiful game.

Hibernian were fantastic, on the pitch and on the terrace, we own the Huns, we know it, they know it. Magnificent.

The Team

Rocky has taken the subtle hint Lenny gave him when he signed Scott Bain for half an hour. Ofir was fantastic today, three wonderful saves. Unbeatable!

Efe too was magnificent as the leader of our back three, graceful, a gentleman but ooze class, Efe plays these games in a smoking jacket, sucking a humungous Cuban cee-gar. Magic!

Ryan Porteous was chucked in to cover for the loss of the best defensive pairing we have had in years. He played like he has captained Hibs for 10 years. Hard, great headerer of a ball, a winner. Three mistakes, in 90 minutes, Ryan, a Hibs supporter is a mix of Paul Hanlon and Darren McGregor. I thought he was brilliant!
Lewis takes a bit of stick from the hard of thinking sometimes. He played as our left sided centre half in a three, he played like he had played that position his whole career. Fantastic!

Marv played in front of the three and sooked up the Hunnish pressure. Solid, hard, and occasionally skilled, he let the Huns know this was Hibernian they were playing, not Aberdeen, we don’t roll over, we own them. Solid.

John was pushed left, but like us, he hates Rainjurs and he simply kept battering into them, running at them, pressing them, charging! His goal was a thing of joy, a great goal, not a good goal. Super!

Dylan had a tough shift, he had to play up against a very aggressive bunch of Huns, but as the best midfielder in Scotland outside of Parkhead, he worked his way through them and treated their presence as the nothing it is. Skill.

Scott Allan, well I have to admit I was not happy at his return. I had my reasons. I am also man enough to admit I am wrong. Scott might have been a daft, poorly advised laddie, but Scott is 100% fitba, his first half performance destroyed the Billy Boys, he was simply unplayable at times, the flicks and tricks between him and his team mates had me even shouting his name at one point. His skill to gain the penalty that won us the game was football intelligence, he is a football maestro. Scott is nae Hun, nae Hun has his intelligence or guile, that is clear. Hibs fans who don’t come watch him are missing as good a player as we have had in years. I also like his number, 2-3, will do for me. Wow.

Brandon was rumoured to be injured and lasted 7 minutes before going off holding his calf. It worked for us, the introduction of his replacement Jamie McLaren was a masterstroke as many of us expected to see Danny. Hurt.

Boyler ran himself ragged first half and tired badly second half, as the Huns targeted him with their only reasonable player Sean Toss kept targeting his space. Ran and Ran.

Flo Kamberi is the striker we have been missing, I would make Grasshopers an offer asap, this laddie has it, his touch, his movement, his work rate, his desire. A young Grant Holt with more flicks and shuffles. I like this laddie. Good.

The Subs

Jamie McLaren came on after 5 or so minutes and I am delighted to report, he looks a great player. His link up play with Flo, Scotty, Dylan and John was excellent and he stroked the winner away with aplomb. Fair Dinkum.

Olly came on with ten to go and done his job, watch and learn from Flo and Jamie son, proper team players, proper strikers. Keen.

Danny came on to waste time at the end. One of our own.

Neil Lennon and his management team got it spot on, a makeshift team but we had to go at the bigots, we did and they quickly sh@t it. Neil enjoyed that win as much as us, but then he would, as he hates them just like we do.

The referee booked six Hibs players and only three Huns, yet we never broke one Hun leg or ankle although we did break their hearts, if the f@%”!@s had one. The coward should have booked and red carded the Plug looking boy for persistent diving, he didnae, Moraless dived five times during the game, no foul, play on, maybe the skool teechur cannae spell his name, maybe the fact the guy looks like Plug fi the Bash Street Kids cut him some slack, right up until he booked him for nowt I could see? Golum is a useless fearty, a good referee might have had at least one Hun off first half.

The Huns are f@%”!@# rubbish, Cummings is a waste of space, their fans are spent, they spout their hatred but its forlorn, they are yesterdays people, a nothing, a stain on the sheet of a cheap hotel, nothing will ever change about them, they are trapped in their ignorance, dwindling defiance, sneaking home after 70 minutes to batter their families and salute a dying tradition. Their team is f@%”!@# rotten to the core as well. Sean Toss looked decent though. Declan whatever was invisible, Murphy did nothing, I found out post match he was playing. I have no idea who most of the rest of them are, I don’t care, they are putrid and we own them and our target must be to ensure they do not get into Europe, which I hope might just kill them off for good.

So, man of the match, well so many fine Hibernians to choose from, Marciano was brilliant, Scott Allan was a genius in parts, Efe strolled it, Super John kicked them back, battered them, fought and fought and fought, Flo nailed them, but for me, ignoring daft errors, Ryan Porteous was absolutely brilliant, for a young laddie, he played today like he has captained Hibernian his whole life. To think the laddie is one of us, a Hibs man. Wow again.

Lets take a rest now, its been a hard yin recently but the Hibs are a team, a real team and Neil and his people ken a player when they see one. This phoenix continues to rise from the ashes, and boy are we good when we want to be.

GGTTH

Mark

Season Ticket for Hibernian F.C. (1894 -5)
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I must admit to being worried on my way to Easter Road tonight as there has been so much transfer speculation today, I was concerned about focus on getting the win. Beforehand Neil Lennon on BBC Sportsound increased my nerves as he spoke through the transfer movements and speculation. He then rightly questioned why we were even playing tonight when others are not. I was reassured however when towards the end of the interview, Neil spoke of the importance of a home win and I felt there was focus on the job in hand.

Inside Easter Road with all my family we cheered my wee nephew who was one of the many mascots for the night onto the pitch with captain Paul Hanlon and the rest of the team. It was a surprise line up with the inclusion of Florian Kamberi who signed yesterday on loan from Grasshopper until the end of the season.

I thought we started brightly and at a good pace. Early on Kamberi had some lovely deft touches. You could sense the crowd were encouraged by these and furthermore when he accurately directed a low hard drive towards the Motherwell goal that was cleared off the line. We then shortly afterwards hit the woodwork from Hanlon and Hibs were dominating proceedings. McGinn in midfield was dictating the play and looked like a guy with the weight of transfer speculation lifted. Kamberi then got his debut goal and he took it very well directing the ball high into the net. And boy didn’t he enjoy it as he ran towards the Hibs dugout. Hibs had absolutely dominated the first half and went in at half time deservedly ahead and would have perhaps felt their dominance should have put them more comfortably ahead.

Hibs again started the second half very well with Slivka off (didn’t notice any injury, was it tactical?) and Bartley on and we got the second goal our play deserved. Barker smashing the ball into the net following neat play down the wing in front of the West stand. And similar to Kamberi didn’t he enjoy his first goal for the club. Although of course he’s waited a little longer than Kamberi! The celebration though looked somewhat bizzare as after some delay he ran to pull out the corner flag and start waving it about….

I think we probably all felt at that point ‘Game over’ as we were by far the better team. Hugely frustratingly the referee was far far too lenient as Motherwell attempted to perpetually disrupt our game with incessant fouling. As all too typical of this season the referee offered our talented ball players absolutely no protection by waving play on when our players were clearly fouled.

I felt because of this lack of protection the flow of the game changed. We stopped doing all that we had been doing and let Motherwell back into it. Darren McGregor who had been at his usual brilliance was forced off with an injury. I must admit I thought the obvious replacement was swapping Darren directly with Ryan Porteous but Neil Lennon elected to put Ambrose in the centre and introduce Faycal Rherras at right back.

Many of us were probably thinking back to earlier in the season when we were 2-0 up at home against Motherwell only to drop two points. And when Motherwell pulled one back I must admit to being greatly concerned as the boys looked flat on their feet…. However, credit to the boys seeing the game out. It was a deserved three points.

Marciano
Never really troubled. I just wish sometimes he’d dominate his six yard box a little more and come for balls that look to me his to take.

Ambrose
Commanding throughout. When he keeps it simple he’s a class act. His shot at goal in the second half just lacked power!

McGregor
The guy is just everything you want in a centre half. Does he ever lose a high ball? He certainly never loses a 30:70 ball….

Hanlon
At fault for their goal when he should have booted it wherever? That aside a usual efficient Paul Hanlon performance.

Stevenson
He took an early sore one but the guy is a machine. Thought he played very well. Sometimes his final ball let’s him down but he’s won both the Scottish League Cup AND Scottish Cup with us. X’s2 Legend!

Slivka
I think he’s still adjusting to our game. I thought he did ok in the first half but needs to impose himself more.

McGeouch
Not at his best I thought. But maybe that’s because his standards are so high? He’s such an intelligent player he does simple things that perhaps he doesn’t get credit for. Please please stay Dylan!

McGinn
Back to his best. The only thing about McGinn that upset me tonight was the poor half hearted rendition of “We’ve got McGinn….”. Sing up!

Barker
I love this kid. I think he’s got loads of ability. He can go past players at will. If he increases his desire and finds a better final ball what an asset he will be. Great finish and give us more please.

Boyle
I thought he was quiet tonight. I feel at times he’s brushed off the ball too easy. Given no protection by a useless referee.

Kamberi
Man of the match. Lovely touches. Intelligent feet and tremendous goal. Well done son. Keep it up and we will love you.

Subs

Bartley
As always he does his job effectively.

Rherras
Maybe nervous in his debut but I felt he never looked to take the positive option?

Porteous
He just looks the real deal. Such composure. I hope we soon see more of him.

Referee
Who was he? Hopeless. Some really bizzare decisions.

Fans
Not a bad turn out on a school night but far too quiet.

And 7 points ahead Levein you Jambo pri**

GGTTH

Smurf

 

Branch Flag (Hibs Club)

Geebsie will be doing a Q and A at our next Branch meeting on Thursday 15th February at 7.30 in the Hibernian Supporters Association Club, Sunnyside.

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                      Gordon Hunter runs off to celebrate after netting against Hearts

Gordon ‘Geebsie’ Hunter played more than 400 games for Hibs over a thirteen year period, helped win the Skol League Cup and appeared in two other finals.

However, he will be always be remembered for one goal in particular, scored in front of delirious Hibs fans in the Gorgie Road end of Tynecastle on August 27 1994; a goal which ended the 22-game winless streak against the Hearts stretching back five years.

Due to ground refurbishment at Tynecastle, a smaller than usual number of tickets were allocated for the away supporters, which caused many Hibs fans desperate to be there when the run finally ended, to buy tickets amongst the home support.

This became apparent when the teams emerged, and the first half saw a constant stream of Hibs fans being removed from the Hearts end. Most, if not all were allowed to join their ‘colleagues’ behind Jim Leighton’s goal.

After a goalless first half, Hibs took the lead in 62 minutes. After being awarded a corner, Michael O’Neill sent a dangerous cross into the centre of the box and Dave Beaumont flicked the ball on for Gordon who arrived at the back post and fired an angled shot high into the net from ten yards. The Gorgie Road end erupted in a sea of green and white, but experience taught the fans that the game was far from over as the Hearts’ players were determined to keep their record going.

Stephen Frail and Mo Johnston were booked for fouls on Darren Jackson and Steven Tweed respectively, and then with 17 minutes remaining, Gary Mackay was sent off after his second booking of the afternoon for pushing Brian Hamilton on to the track as they fought for a ball near the dugouts.

Eventually, referee Les Mottram blew for full-time sparking unprecedented levels of celebration from the Hibs fans, with several running onto the park to congratulate the players, and a great weight had been lifted off the shoulders of everyone at the club, while Gordon gained immortality amongst the Easter Road faithful.

There was much more to Gordon’s career than that one goal however.

Brought up in Wallyford, Gordon made his name with Musselburgh Windsor, before signing for his boyhood favourites. At that time, Hibs had a number of quality youngsters coming through the ranks including Paul Kane, Mickey Weir, John Collins, Eddie May, Kevin McKee, and as part of their football education, the youngsters would take on the coaching staff including Jimmy O’Rourke and George Stewart.

Legend has it, manager Pat Stanton watched the young Gordon flying into tackles, and referring to the letters GH on his training kit, allegedly said; ” GH, more like GBH” and the name ‘Geebsie’ was born.

Soon after, Pat handed the youngster his first team debut as a 16-year-old in November 1983 in a 2-1 League Cup defeat to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, alongside Willie Jamieson and experienced full-backs Alan Sneddon and Erich Schaedler in the back four. Ironically, Gordon Rae whom he would partner in the centre of the Hibs defence played centre forward that night.

Gordon played a further two games that season then seven the following campaign as the club changed managers with John Blackley taking over from Pat Stanton.

His career took off during season 85/86 when he made the number six jersey his own, and helped the club reach the League Cup Final, beating both halves of the Old Firm on the way. Celtic were dispatched on penalties after a memorable 4-4 draw at Easter Road in the quarter final then Rangers were beaten 2-1 over two legs in the semi-final.

Unfortunately, big Gordon Rae was suspended for the final, and the Hibs youngsters were no match for Alex Ferguson’s experienced Aberdeen side.

A poor start to the following season saw John Blackley replaced by Alex Miller, but if Gordon had any concerns about his place in the team, they were quickly proved to be unfounded as he was selected for Miller’s first game against Rangers at Easter Road which ended on a 0-0 draw.

Gordon remained a regular under Miller and scored his first goal in a 2-0 won over St Mirren at Easter Road in December 1988, playing his part in helping Hibs qualify for Europe where he featured in what many consider to the club’s finest away performance, beating Videoton 3-0 in Hungary.

Following the unsuccessful takeover bid by Wallace Mercer, Hibs started the 1991/2 season in style, reaching the Skol League Cup final after beating Walter Smith’s Rangers in a never to be forgotten game at Hampden thanks to a Keith Wright goal. Gordon and the defence then held firm against an onslaught from a Rangers team which included a forward line of Ally McCoist, Mark Hately and Maurice Johnstone.

A fine defensive performance in the final against Dunfermline resulted in another clean sheet, whilst Tommy McIntyre and Keith Wright scored the goals which brought the trophy back to Easter Road after an absence of 19 years.

Two years later, Gordon helped Hibs reach another League Cup Final, but the multi-million pound Rangers team put together by Walter Smith lifted the trophy after a closely fought contest at Parkhead where the teams were separated by an overhead kick from substitute Ally McCoist.

Gordon’s loyalty to his boyhood heroes was recognised in September 1996 when he was awarded a testimonial match against Gordon Strachan’s Coventry City at Easter Road, becoming only the 10th Hibs’ player to have ever been bestowed that honour.

Another change of manager saw Jim Duffy replace Alex Miller, but a poor run of form meant that Gordon’s testimonial year coincided with a relegation battle, which ended in a play-off against Airdrie.

Gordon’s last game for the club was the first leg at Easter Road, which Hibs won narrowly, despite his controversial first half red card which ruled him out of the return leg at Broadwood.

Thankfully, despite losing an early goal then conceding a penalty to a stuffy Airdrie side, Hibs fought back and a fantastic performance from Darren Jackson in particular saw Hibs retain their top flight status.

Freeing Gordon caused some raised eyebrows amongst the fans who could only speculate as to whether his presence in the team could have helped avoid the subsequent relegation which arrived at the end of the following season.

Next stop for Gordon was Australia with Canberra Cosmos then he briefly played in Iceland before returning to Scotland to feature in the colours of Dundee, Cowdenbeath and Hamilton.

Gordon continues to play several charity games each year with former Hibs teammates, remaining a popular figure amongst supporters.

With thanks to Hibernian Historical Trust


  • In front of Scotland’s largest crowd today, 16,477 we had to battle hard against a competent Pars side. We started well, could have been three or four up by half time, wobbled a fair bit, a couple of tactical masterstrokes (that I had suggested at halftime) and viola, a good goal and a good win.

Team lined up same as Tuesday, that frankly worried me, for all the reasons I mentioned Tuesday and that became apparent as the game progressed. Laidlaw looked fine, the 3 2 3 2 was simply wasn’t needed for a hame game v Dunfermline, we struggled against them with our squint midfield, players no showing form and poor links between midfield and the front two. We resorted to hoofball too much and Holt was not winning the hoofs, it was painful. Jase had a chance with a good header, SuperJ really was super and we finally saw the return of Scottish Cup 2016 winner Dylan McGeouch, he was great when Lennon woke up and changed the game, bring on Boyle then Dylan.

I thought the Pars were decent, a good team who played some good football and gave us a game, they will be there or there abouts I think. Good support too, a proper team with proper fans.

The applause for Ali were slow to start as Hibs pressed down on the Pars goal, but were given with gusto by both the Hibs family, and by the Dunfermline fans too, respect for that guys, it is appreciated. I hope you enjoyed that comrade, watching down from on high.

So to the team….

Laidlaw had a steady game, could do nothing at the goal as the defence parted like the Red Sea, something Rocky Marchiano might appreciate more than the wathcing 15,200 Hibs fans.

Gray was anonymous today, when he is we suffer, so does the system. Still he scored the winning goal in the Scottish Cup Final as captain of Hibernian Football Club, so he is allowed.

McGregor was our best defender today, I am glad of that as he was rotten the other night. Good bounce back Daz.

Paul Hanlon was pretty poor today, there is something you don’t say too often, looked off his game and a bit wobbly.

Liam Fontaine hoofed too much but otherwise done fine. His removal saw a change in the game though, with Dylan McGeouch replacing him for the last 15. The introduction of a fitba player helped us get the killer winning goal.

I thought Lewis was poor today, no link up play with Super John, poor balls and indecision as to whether he was playing right back, right half or right wing.

Marv is a good football player, great at breaking up play, wrong for a home game against Dunfermline, he slows it down, his passing is poor but he does give his all and get tore in.

I thought Keats had a smashing first half, he is like a new player. His delivery from a dead ball is also excellent, although his teammates need to remeber that. He vanished second half though, which is a pity as I really do think I am finally warming to him, he has reacted to Neil Lennon being boss in the correct way. Keep it up James, good work fella.

And then there is John McGinn, Super John McGinn, he was very good first half and wonderful second half. John, on your day you are one of if not the best midfielder in Scotland son. I love watching you doing your job, you are a craftsman and a gentleman.

Holt works hard but for me looks like a slow Craig Brewster, he has a lovely touch and a fitba brain but he is almost trying too hard, he might have had a couple today if he had simply taken a touch first.

Cummings takes some stick from his own fans, but scores goals and I thought he was actually excellent first half, scored an excellently worked goal and never stopped wanting the ball. Cut the laddie some slack guys, he is a talent, an annoying, greedy wee shite, but a talent.

Subs

I have been less than impressed than the speed of changes under Neil, today I was getting more and more annoyed as we delayed the obvious changes. When they happened it worked.

Squirrel came on for Holt with 20 minutes to go. Direct, clever with his feet and positive, Boyl, working with Dylan and Jase gave us the three monts. I like the laddie, he looks like he enjoy playing for Hibs.

Dylan McGeouch replaced Liam Fontaine with 15 minutes to go as we went to 4 4 2, his footballings are a joy to watch, and his slide rule pass to Squirrel and onto Jase gave us a winner. I would love Dylan to have an injury free season, as when he is in team, we are are better to watch, a better team and the football is good.

Jordan came on with a minute to go, replacing Marv for a minute or so. I wouldnae mind seeing Forster starting.

I thought Dunfermline were very good, nice football interspersed with hoofs, much like us. Great support that would put most top league teams to shame, they will do well this season and I wish them well too.

It took me til half time to realise Gollum was referee, he was decent enough first half. I thought he was decent all game to be honest, go figure as he is a funny looking wee fucker.

Hibernians support was magnificent today, for over 15,000 fans turning up it shows you the size of out club. To have a crowd bigger than the game between the two teams who were 2nd and 3rd in the top league last season must have the penis length measurers in Gorgie seething. Credit to the 1200 plus Pars fans, that is a good following.

Man of the Match for me was the same as the sponsor, John McGinn was magic.

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Next week, lets fill our sections in Paisley and support our team right through the league, help the players win it.

My summary today is dedicated to the memory of Ali Tait, a great Hibby, a great husband to Tina and a man who will be missed every day by those who loved him.

Ali, your memory marches on.

GGTTH

Our Good Friends over at the HibeesBounce have started a donation page for a David Gray Flag with any surplus funds kindly being donated to Shaun McKinley who most of you know is Big G’s son and has recently been diagnosed with cancer.

http://www.hibeesbounce.com/showthread.php?120150-David-Gray-Scottish-Cup-Flag

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The St Pats Stone is now proudly part of the East Terrace

Here is the certificate issued….
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The Stone is on the last section of east terrace at south stand side.

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Dear Members,­

The AGM of the Hibernian FC Supporters ­Association takes place THIS SUNDAY,
Su­nday 3rd of April at 12.00­ in the Hibernian Supporters Association­ Club, Sunnyside.

There are two Nominations for the posit­ion of Chair, Crawford Corrigan of St. ­Giles Branch, who has been acting Chair ­since the resignation of Mike Riley and­ Kevin Jempson of the Emerald Branch.

The Rules Revision meeting will take pla­ce one hour before this at 11.00.­

At the 2015 AGM of the Hibernian FC Sup­porters Association it was announced th­at, in the words of our Legal Advisor, t­he Rulebook was ‘not fit for purpose’ a­nd it was agreed unanimously that a Rule­s Revision Group would be set up with t­he task of looking at the Rules in detai­l and making it fit for purpose. The Gr­oup was Chaired by our branch secretary Big G and consisted ­of Branch reps from West Edinburgh, Ork­ney and Shetland, Southern, Stanton, Eme­rald, St. Giles, Hawkhill and St. Patri­ck’s who met on several occasions to do ­just that.
The new rule book will be will be presented for app­roval at a Rules Revision Meeting, at 11­.00am on Sunday the 3rd of April, one h­our before the AGM, in the Hibs Club.

FULL DETAILS HERE – HSA WEBSITE

Branch Members are invited and encouraged to attend from 11am.

Glory, Glory

We at st pats branch felt the web address of hiberniansaintpatricks.co.uk was very long so we have decided to shorten it so we are delighted to announce we are now going to use the domain name of…www.stpats.club

Our dedicated email address will be hibs@stpats.club

Our NEW Paypal address is hibs@stpats.club

If ever you pay via paypal then PLEASE login to your own paypal account …
Use the ” Send to friend/family/gift then type in our paypal address ” hibs@stpats.club ” select the amount and add info in the comments box as to who and what your are paying for.

We will also be using the successful go cardless scheme where any payments are collected from your bank account.

GGTTH

Branch member Tam Young informed me last night that his great Hibby cousin Brandon had sadly passed away. God bless you wee man. Thanks to all the St. Pat’s members who donated through the Branch and Justgiving. We will ensure that all monies are passed to Brandon’s parents.

From Tam Young………. Big G, It’s with deepest sadness that I must inform you that my wee cousin Brandon Walker has passed away tonight at Great Ormond Street hospital. Brandon’s illness has come as a shock to the whole family and his passing even worse. I would like to thank the Hibs family for all their kind words and donations. Brandon Walker RIP

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Well, what can I say, I thought this would be tough today and first half it was, Queens are a decent team. We had our chances, they had theirs and we went in at half time a little frustrated with the teams performance. Stubbsy must have went through a couple of them at half time as the second half Hibernian were, at times, a joy to watch. They were worthy winners who might have won by a few more in front of a very healthy crowd. I still feel good after a long, horrible, cold, wet and manky journey home. When we up the tempo, I love watching this Hibs team play football, I really enjoy watching Alan’s team.

The players….

Oxley – I have said before I dinnae really fancy him, but today he was pretty decent. He looks poor at crosses, but he actually got to most today, he often fumbles shots, he didn’t today. He even had time for some banter with some Hibs radges today.

Stevenson – Well Stubbsy surprised us by swapping Lewis and Callum again, but it worked, Lewis had a very good game at left back.

Fontaine – I really like the big fellae, he strolls through games and looks like the big strong centre half he is. Paul Hanlon and he make a very solid pairing. Very, very good today.

Hanlon – Paul was magnificent today, he won lots, he was strong, played some lovely passes and tidy football. He thrives beside a player like Liam Fontaine. The boxing lessons have indeed toughened him up. Very, very good today.

Booth – Again, Callum played very well, especially getting forward, given he is left footed he did not look at out place at right back.

Robertson – Scott played well, especially second half and his goal was a 25 yard corker. He is a key player for Hibs, does the dirty work well, breaks up play and supports the attack.

McGeogh – He was brilliant when in the game, invisible when not, its like he takes 10 minute rests in between magnificent challenges, great passing and skill going past players. He kens how to take a penalty n’all. Very, very good today.

Craig – Liam was rotten first half, absolutely rotten, couldnae do a thing right. However second half, after I suspect, removing a rocket from his backside, he went on to have a very decent second half, with a sublime through ball to Cummings for the penalty and some great play down the left with Lewis.

Allan – Scotty was in and out of the first half, like McGeogh, when on the ball he looked good, other times he looked like a lost laddie. Second half, he was absolutely brilliant, reverse passes, sublime cross field balls, drifting past players, all over the pitch. I think I am developing a man crush on Scotty, this laddie is a joy to watch.

Boyle – Hit the post late first half, chased a few players down but didnae inspire.

Cummings – Could and should of had a hatrick. On another day he would have. Still love his way of going about things, he works his socks off, stick in son, ya greedy wee bugger.

Subs

Stanton – Came on for his holiness, the blessed Scott Allan. Done what he had too.

Forster – On for Boyle, we went to a three at the back, which I like. Did what he had too n’all.

Handling – Got the last few minutes for Cummings.

Stubbsy and Co – The sign of good management is when you have the ability to improve things when its not working. Alan and his team have that ability. Today’s second half performance was excellent and I expect it came about because of the skills Stubbsy and his flat mates bring to our club. 5 stars Stubbsy, 5 stars.

The Hibs Fans – A large turn out, given the cold, murky day and 160 mile round trip. Those that came along know, Hibernian are going places and that was money very well spent. WE are Hibernian FC.

Queens – A good team, with a good support and a very decent set up. I can see them take points off those around us yet, although they did miss the boy who left them for Falkirk. A proper Scottish Fitba club.

Referee – An average referee who cannae hide his allegiances.

Man of the match – A tough one, Scott Allan and Dylan McGeogh were brilliant in places, Scott Robertson was very good, as were our two full backs. Liam Fontaine didnae put a foot wrong but today I am giving my man of the match to Paul Hanlon, who was great from first minute to last. Well played Paul.

Next – Raith Rovers. Bring it on.

That was for Douglas Cromb, a Hibby and a gentleman.

 

Mark