The highs of Europe, the lows of the Lennon/ Club fall out and the highs of Hecky At The Wheel. I have to say, it is good being a Hibernian supporter again, arriving in the ground today my seat had a sticker on it thanking me for renewing my seat, looking around me, almost everyone had. Neither wonder, its 2 hours after the last game of the season and I cannot wait for that first pre season game in Arbroath!

We say goodbye to a hero in Marvin Bartley, the excellent Mark Milligan and loanees Marc McNulty, Stephie Omeonga, Thomas Agyepong, Ryan Guald, Adam Bogdan and I expect a few more. They go with my very best wishes, I will miss Marvin, he is so much better than that **** Paul Hartley.

Best bits of the season for me were the trip to Asteras Tripoli with Hibee nation, it was brilliant from start to finish, with John Boy leaving us with a great goal and a fantastic trip. Daryll Horgan at Tynecastle is up there too, along with £12 Fisk and Kips on a Cliff Side Pitch in the Faroes, the only time in my life I have paid for food at the fitba with my credit card. Talking of credit card payments there was the round in Molde that made a gown man weep and that legendary bus tour Shrink and I took after 8 £8 pints each, two bottles of red and a half bottle of Captain Morgans around Torshavn, saved on the night by the wife of the bus driver giving us a lift home to our hoose with balcony on a mountain above the cloud line on the other side of town. The torment of Neil Lennon leaving caused trouble in the support, we were stunned, hurt and confused. The club from Leeann downwards saved the day with the excellent selction of Paul Heckingbottom and Robbie Stockdale. They have brought our Hibs back, and whilst the shape isnae right just now, and we are a bit powder puff, I cannae wait to see the guys ain team next season, really cannae wait. Finally, we ended the season above the World War One Winners and League Winners (September and October 2018). Mind the Gap, Jambo Bastards, I say.

So to today’s game. I thought the Sheep started on the front foot for the fist ten, but we took command after that and deserved to be in front, Horgan lost Shinnie, left Sir David wid eiopen and they equalized. We missed too many good chances today and Aberdeen bettered us second half. Marvic coming on to replace Millie raised the roof and Sir David Gray showed why his our leader by giving Marv the Captains Armband. Aberdeen are tall, physical, and tough, yet they fall over at the very hint of a challenge and cheat. McInnes may be darling of the media but I hate watching his team and I am delighted for Killie, their Fans and Steve Clarke, they earned Europe because they play football. I do think we need to add a couple of big laddies to our team, good players like Shaw, urray and Slivka are easily brushed aside when we play Celtc and Aberdeen, we need to compete more. Protien and upper body work in the gym guys.

The Players…..

Rocky has been great second half of the season, great penalty save but I do thinjk his ball out caused the second goal. His, Daz and Sparky’s wee bairns post match make me proud to be a Hibby. The Hibernian Family.

Sir David Gray, Captain, my Captain. I thought he was excellent today, absolutely excellent capped by his passing the armband to Marv when he came on. To think the man who scored THAT goal in THAT game on the 21st of May 2016 still marches on, is simply wonderful.

Darren was a rock today, playing against the freak Cosgrove, he had to be.

Paul was OK today, a bit tocasual for me.

Lewis, like Sir Dave and Marvin really is a Hibernian legand. I though he did well again, its rare he doesn’t.

Mark Milligan played his final game for Hibs today. A graceful, skillful, hard tackling defensive midfielder, he joined our club 5 years too late. I wish him well on his return home and thank him, he played like a Hibs man, we cannot ask any more. You are welcome back anytime Mark.

Stevie Mallan for me has been Hibs most consistent player all season, same again today. Pity he no longer gets into the dead ball positions he did at the beginning of the season. He will get better next season, of that I am sure.

Daryll Horgan drifted in and out the game and looked puggled most of the second half. I like him, a tanner baw player is nice to have. Post match and he takes his top off, by Sauzee I hope he has bought factor 50 for his holidays! Buíochas a ghabháil leat deartháir!

Stephane Omeonga has quickly become a Hibs man. i really really hope he is back at Hibs next year. With Genoa dropping into the relegation postions in Italy with one game to go and 40 players out on loan, fingers crossed Steph continues his development at Hibs.

Fraser Murray showed what we know he has today. His pas for Sparky’s goal was a joy to behold. I hope he becomes a regular. good laddie, lovely, graceful football player.

Sparky scored, that is all we ask of him. he needs a partner to help him. Like Steph, I hope we pull out all the stops to give him a long deal,, he fts in.

Subs

OHHHH MARVIN BARTLEY, IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN THAT **** PAUL HARTLEY, MARVIN BARTLEY, MARVIN BARTLEY!!!! Replaced Millie and played well, I will miss him, a HIbs man, he bleeds green like the rest of us.

Weird on for me was Shaw for Horgan when Agyepong was on the bench. I want Ollie ot succeed, but.

Slivka came on for Omeonga and I thought done very well.

Hecky and Robbie corrected the errors of last week and in a very honest interview Derek McInnes complimented Hibs in our play and desire to win. Good as last week had be miffed. Well done boss. I enjoy Hecky at the Wheel and cannot wait to see your team in six weeks!

Aberdeen are a bit like the Gunts, not good to watch. Pah, we need to be above them next season, playing the Hibernian way. They didnt sell half a stand out, delighted Killie pipped them for 3rd but hope the Mutton Molesters are in europe this time next weekend!

The referee was one in a long line of incompotent fecking idiots. What is new?

A big Crowd for Big Team in a meaningless game. The Puddle Drinkers sold 46 tickets for their trip to Celtc. Take a bow Hibs fans, WE ARE HIBERNIAN FC!!

My man of the match today was not easy, but for me our captain David Gray earned the honour with a close seconds from Rocky Marciano and Daz’s we laddie at the end!

Before I sign off, tales and gossip I heard today, make of it what you will. Flo Kamberi to Scumderland, Dylan coming home in return? Slivka has been offered an extended contract and if my Auntie Mary had a boaby, she would be my Uncle Dode! Make of it what you will.

Thanks for reading my slavering, see you all next season, behind the goals, online or at an away ground of your choice.

God Bless Ma, God Bless Pa, God Bless Hibernian, ra ra ra!!

Hibernian Forever!

Mark

Just back and How Good Does it Feel?

Posted on 09/04/2019 by St PatsEdit

With Hecky at the Wheel!

Usual rules, I was behind the goals with 4000 fellow Hibernians so dinnae have the luxury of camera angles, re-runs and zooming in, those that did watch on the box, please feel free to correct any errors I make as my heId is mince!
Hoofball of Mudlothian 1, The Glorious Greens 2 and I am ecstatic, Hibs won El Radgio at the piggery.

A dreich, miserable day, no. 1 son sleeps in and misses the game, sair neck from the horrible Levein Hoofball and worst of all the Puddle Drinkers were better than us first half. Sloppy goal given away by Hibs with a mistake for Milligan in the lead up, no sure who lost the header, then a decent equaliser after good work from Sparky slid home by Horgan but at half time I had the feared we might lose to the pub team and their one song support. Pre match I noticed Leeann and Amanda joined us in the away end to watch the game, fair play to them singing Heck is at the Wheel.

Fear not, for Heck is at the wheel. Subtle tweaks at half time and Hibernian took control. Ok the Gunts had a few half chances but its god awful route one pish to witness, mind it probably suits the single digit brain cells in the home end with their nazi salutes and red hand of ulster flag. The second Hibernian goal was glorious involving Gray, Mallan, McNulty and finally a great dribbble and shot from Daryll Horgan, causing carnage in the Hibs end. However it waS not just about the goals, it was the work of Omeonga all game long, and a defence that stopped everything, that is as good as I have seen Daz and Paul in years, Darrens tackle on Haning was that of a Hibs fan on a Hearts fan, he took the hoofballer out, worthy of his yellow card. Rocky was great too and most of all, the Hibernian support were noisy, supportive and shut the Gorgie Gash up. The end of the game was as a good as a feeeling as it gets, us, our band of brothers and sisters and the team and management as the Gunts slunk off home and up the tunnel.

Our Team

Rocky was fantastic today, no chance at the goal.

David Gray, Captain of Hibernian today and on that glorious day in May 2016 done well, given he seemed to take a knock before being swapped out for Spector late in the game.

Darren McGregor was fecking magnificent, he won almost everything and his scudding of the Pony tailed Gunt was done with a passion on a fellow Hibby could show.

Paul too was magnificent, the route one hoofball they play makes it a nightmare to defend, a Hibee through and through, he stayed strong and looked like he enjoyed the win at the end.

Lewis Stevenson had a tough time today but did well.

Mark Milligan was a shadow of the player he has been the last few weeks, he does not have the pace to play in these games and his passes were awful slack today. I prefer him as a centre half.

Stevie Mallan had a poor first half, it past him by, but I thought he was excellent second half and his free kick was flying into the top corner before the Gunt goalie got a hand to it.

Daryll Horgan scored a decent first goal and a fantastic second, after that he gave us 10 minutes of great work, pity he tires. Well played son, you made my day/ weekend/ week/ month!

Stephane Omeonga is a wee, tiny, hard, fast machine. The laddie is a real fitba player and never gave the Mercer’s a minute. Nipping at them constantly he was magic. Do, Do, Do, Stephane Omeonga!

Flo had a poor first half and was ineffective, although he did play a part in the both goals. I thought he improved second half and gave his all.

Marc didnae score today but had a hand in the first goal, his tireless runs into the channels and never gave the Gash a minute.

The Subs

Barts replaced Flo with 15 to go, took him two minutes to settle in but did fine. We sat awfy deep last 10, I was having palpitations!

Jonathan Spector came on for Sir David Gray a few minutes later and I thought he done very well for a debut in a derby?

Slivka replaced the shattered Horgan to massive applause from the Hibs end and did what he had to do to see the game out.
Paul Heckingbottom and Robbie Stockdale set us up to soak up the pressure from the Puddle Drinkers first half, it worked, we went in even. Subtle tweak at half time and we went at them second half. The Heck press appeared and they had no answer other than big hoofs to their 20 stone, 6 foot five Huddie up front. Well done lads, and thank you!

The Gunts are awful. I would give Levein a contract for life at the Guntery, they deserve one another. Mind the Gap!

HHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The referee was very good and let the game flow. Not easy in a blood and thunder derby.

The fans, us, the away end, we were fantastic, singing and getting behind Hibernian the whole game. The guffs have no response to us when we get behind Hibernian. Their wee group of diet Huns in each corner tried to get behind their team but dinnae have the IQ to remember the words, do nazi salutes and wave their Union Flags all at the same time. The rest of their ground know they are sh@te and sat, mute for much of the game. Imagine paying to watch Avril Levein’s p@sh every week, your eyes would be bleeding.

So, man of the match, well was it it two goal Daryll Horgan, was it the superb Stephane Omeonga, was it Paul Hanlon, a Hibee through and through or was it that other Hibby, Daz McGregor? They all had their merits but for me it was Daz for 90 minutes of brilliance capped with nailing The Gunt with the poor hair…….. YLT Daz, Hard as Nails!

Feck the Hearts!

Hibernian Forever!  

Mark

April showers, April Chilblains more like, by Sauzee it was freezing at the Holy Ground tonight, not helped by two teams who really cancelled themselves out. Ithought Killie played well, we can play better, the battle between Omeonga and Mulumbu was probably the most interesting part of the match, along with two great saves from Rocky, the hilarious efforts of Kris Boyd who really needs to retire, or the joy in the knowledge it looks like the Huns have signed a duffer in Jones?

I wasnt sure of the shape we started, assumed it was to counter Killie and save Daz for the Gunts? It may have worked but with us getting so little out of an off form Slivka and no much more from Horgan, only Omeonga looked keen, although Mallan and Kamberi offered sparks of effort and desire. Marc Mac wasnae in it much either, although the Killie backies marked him tight. I also thought Hibs defence was strong tonight, much improved.

We remain ‘unbeated’ in the league under Heck to quote the Hibs announcer, which will do for me. We have to remember we are lightweight as a squad, the subs showed that by coming on and offering little. We really could do with some players coming back soon to give us some adults to put on the bench. Overall, not the best game but top six is secured and we have a freshly pumped puddle drinker team to go above on Saturday.

The team

Rocky had two fine saves and a decent game.

Sir Dave had to mark Jones, and did so well.

Milligan at centre half then centre mid was majestic again.

Paul was back to his old self, 90% excellent 10% errors he should not make?

Lewis had a quieter game tonight, he doesnt do much wrong but was not man of the match.

Mallan sat deep with Millie at the back and done fine, its no easy to switch roles all the time.

Slivka looked off his game all night, could easlt have been hooked at half time. Cannae work the laddie out at all?

Horgan is an enigma, half an hour of brilliance and 3 hours of hiding and losing the ball. Cannae work the laddie out at all either?

Flo huffed and puffed but didnae really blow anything down.

Two games in a row Sparky has had a tough time as the single striker, both Livi and Killie’s defence basically stopped him doing what he does best, move off the ball and score goals.

Subs

Daz replaced Slivka, Millie moved into his midfield role and Mallan pushed up. Done wha Daz does.

Shaw replaced Flo and offered nothing. Too skinny, too lightweight. A season at Edinburgh City I suggest?

Fraser Murray replaced Horgan and didnae really make much mark on the game, which is a pity as I think he has something?

Heck is still pissing with the cock he’s got, so we are limited due to injury. His teams see games out but we are lacking pace and flare. That said, I am looking foward to Heck pissing all over Avril Levien on Saturday.

Killie are a good team but lacked a cutting edge tonight, Mulumbu and Findlay stood out for me from a fitba perspective, Boyd for his massive girth and hopeless efforts and **** Clubfoot for being the ugliest hun bastard in the league and outside Ibrokes.

The referee lost control a few times but I have seen worse, much worse and he has a bit of grace from me as he was referee on that glorious day on the 21st of May 2016 when Captain David Gray scored the header to win the Scottish Cup for Hibernian.

The fans were mute tonight, Killie made more noise. Has the drummer been grounded, or is still saving up for new sticks?

Man of the Match wisnae Lewis, sorry. For me it was Omeonga for a good first half and excellent second or Mark Milligan for an excellent first and second half. Easy for me, its Mark again. Ye cannae hide class.

See those of you with tickets behind the goals at the Guntery. Those of you that huvnae, just mind, Fuck the Hearts.

Hibernian Forever!

Mark

It was only late summer, the Gunts had won the League, they were singing their Frank Sinatra songs about winning less in Europe than Hibernian, their trips to Portobello as we enjoyed (??) the Faroes, Greece and Norway, now its a cold late winter/ early spring night and guess what? Hibernian are above them in the League.

However, feck only knows why as for 60 minutes Hibs were guff, Livi were crap. Up pops Paul Hanlon, a Hibee through and through, followed by a magnificent piece of individual ability from Stevie Mallan and in a puff of unicorn juice, we are fifth.

The game was live on TV, so angles, re-runs, opinions from counterfeiters will no doubt influence opinion. I will offer mine from just past the half way line half way up the stand, surrounded by many an unhappy Hibby who maybe need to stay at hame and watch Corry if your team bother you that much.

First of all, great Hibs support generally, the pubs of Livingston and Midcalder would have been coining it in, as a Livingston Hibernians, its great when my team visit where I live, to see Hibs fans all over town pre and post match is a good thing for the 1000’s of Hibs fans based out here. Unusually for me, I had a few pre match scoops before heading down to the Tony Mulligatawny Souperbowl to watch a Hibs set up that went with a team I suggested wouldnae work, I think I may have had a bit of a point?

4700 fans when the game is on Pub TV isnae bad, more so when 3500 support Hibernian, great turn out. First half I thought we were awful, midfield non existent, poor effort from Marc Mac and Flo, Livi prodding and probing without really doing any damage. Pah, it was pretty pish to watch. You can always tell as the fandangos in the away season ticket section dinnae take long to scapegoat players, fuds that they are.

Second Half, sorry but more of the same, we were lacking midfield creativity, someone to think, stand on the ball, to take a man on. Then with 20 minutes to go, Heck shows why he is at the wheel, and what I feel he knew was we are still bare bones, see out an hour or so and hit them as they tire. Slivka ( a baller who I suggested should start) and Murray ( a laddie who actually wanted the ball, no kid on he did) came on and for 15 minutes up popped my Hibernian, our Hibernian. Attack, attack, attack, some good effort from Flo, Mallan and Sparky after nowt for the first 70, inspired by Slivka and just when I think another poor Hibs performance at the Tommy Marcascapone is happening, and I think it will never end, Paul Hanlon, a Hibee through and through sticks it home. The tempo on the pitch rises, the Hibs fans got behind the team and Stevie Mallan scored such a good second I presumed Marc McNulty had scored it, cracking goal and points secured….or are they…after what looked a soft penalty from the seats we gave Ferranti five minutes to save the game. They didnae.

The Team

Rocky didnae have much to do given Livi’s huff and puff. Great save near the end to tip it over though…

Sir David Gray, Captain of Hibernian on that wonderful day in May, when he scored the winning goal to destroy a new Hun dream and send me and our collective Hibby to our graves happy, had a good game, although he and Horgan didnae work together at all, but impoved with the excellent Fraser Murray ahead of him.

Daz had a fine game, he is a Hibernian and a fecking hard barsteward

, I want all Hibs defenders to be like Darren McGregor. YLT indeed.

Paul was given a hard time by that failure that played for the Gunts, cannae mind his name. Paul’s goal was a Hibs goal by a Hibs man, that is suffice.

Lewis too had a strange situation, Flo in front of him, running about like a dafty. I thought he was great near the end, doing a Daz and getting tore in for the 3 points. I want all Hibs defenders to be like Lewis Stevenson.

Mark Milligan was quietly excellent, solid, solid as a rock (go on admit you sung that last line).

Stevie Mallan was rotten most of the game, what a goal though eh? That is why he plays for Hibs.

Daryll Horgan should have stayed at hame, he brought nowt.

Steph Omeonga, well I telt ye’s, wisnae his game nor pitch, a few minutes of good isnae enough.

Flo was ploughing a field out left much of the game, what a fucking waste, but by return his soul isnae in it, no idea idea why. He is better than some twats who attend think though, give the laddie some credit.

Marc Mac had a rotten first hour but livened up the last 30 minutes.

Subs

Slivka replaced Omeonga and offered a lot more, he wanted the ball and tried to play fitba with a bit of intelligence. He changed the game, good work Heck and Vik.

Murray replaced the hapless Horgan after 70 minutes, he played a part in the win by simply wanting the ball and letting it be known.

Heck and co arranged to spend an hour containing Livi. I accept that, next season I expect us to come to my town and pump them. He is pissing with the cock he has and its a cock that is spraying right up the wall like a firemans hose. I like Heck and Co, they work magic.

Livingston have some good players. No that good though. I hope you enjoyed your evening Robinson, you wee Hertz nowt, nipped at Paul Hanlon, who scored that goal at the ground your old team sacked you from that helped us go on to win the Scottish Cup. Was it a penalty to Livi, I have no idea?

I thought the referee was excellent. Did not upset the fans once, how it should be done, whomever you are?

Man of the match, well it was more least shite of the match at half time, bar Daz and Spike. Second half although a tad better didnae draw anyone else into the equation, wonderful goal and all, so its an easy one, Mark Milligan, who strolled through the game and kept us safe like a certain French gentleman of 20 years back.

Post match I had a few pintitos in a local hostility with my best mate, along with Shrink and his sons, a 5 foot purple unicorn holding a crystal ball, some insense, an ironing board and some well kent Hibby’s who planned to catch the last train out of town. A normal night out here in the wild west I suppose!

See you behind the goals, mind the gap, fcuk the Hearts and God Bless Hibernian, ra, ra, ra!

Hibernian Forever!  

Mark

Just back and I thought Hibs were rotten for almost the whole game, but for that wee ten minute spell we had them on the ropes, scored and shut up shop, even though we lost Daz for part of that. First half was all Rangers, they could have easily been 3 or 4 up whilst we rarely had a look at that dirty barsteward Hun McGregors goal. Stevie Mallan woke up around 70 minutes, started to play and linked up with the tireless Flo and the clever running McNulty after 70 minutes of big fecking hoofs and boom 1-1 and it might have been 3 or 4 to Hibs, which would have been up there with turning water into wine!
On a serious note, I have seen the video of the fecking idiot who ran on and pushed the Hun defender, what was he doing? Once again, stupidity deflects from eighty minutes of unadulterated sectarianism for the 3600 scumbags in the South stand. I actually had heated words with a member of the Hibs board at half time, pointing out just how a noisy away end had geed up the Huns first half. The response, what do you want us to do, turn down their money? Well aye, I do, dinnae take their money, you are encouraging and accepting sectarianism live on world wide TV. After we scored the scumbags shut up and drifted off, we couldnae hear them just like we couldnae here them before Christmas when there was 1800 of them. I also understand Ms Dempster is angry about the fan running on, she should be. I hope she is also angry about the constant sectarian singing coming from the 3600 Huns singing “Kill a Fenian before they die” acceptable to Hibs, because its not to me.

Hibs were poor tonight, I felt first half it was the Hibs defence, the goalie and Milligan v 11 Huns, second half didnae change as Horgan tires at 60 minutes, Omeonga vanished around the same time, Mallan didnae get going until 70 minutes and the two strikers were starved of quality service. Then we woke up, battered into them as they tired badly, got a goal where it looked like McNulty was at least a foot offside from my seat and might had 2 or 3 more of Horgan had scored when he should have, Mallan had a chance deflected over and McNulty had a good shot saved by the orange kitted goalie who the lassie said no to. The subtle tweak around 70 minutes nearly got us the win, but I am no sure I enjoy 70 minutes of turgid shite, 10 minutes of the Hibs we love then 10 minutes on 10 men with backs to the wall. Still I came out of the ground feeling like we had won, at half time I expected us to get spanked. Lastly we are back letting Sir Dave and Lewis take an eternity to take a shy, fucking move it quicker for Sauzee’s sake.

The Team

Rocky had no chance at the goal, stays on his line and delays his kick outs too much for me but I thought he had a decent game.

Sir David blew hot and cold, the kent Kent gave him a torrid time, still he did score the winning goal against tonights opponents, a header that sailed into the net in the 92nd minute of the Scottish Cup Final on the 21st of May 2016 and for that, I am eternally grateful.

I though Daz was superb tonight, the best of the backies. His less than subtle ‘arm across’ Plug was worth a booking, his taking one for the team when Horgan put him in trouble when he didnae need to was what any Hibby would do for his team. We will miss him next week.

Paul is getting better again, the back 6 kept us in it first half.

I felt Lewis was poor for a second game in a row, it pains me to say that but the Huns went at him and he struggled.

Mark Milligan is awfy slow, which is a pity as he held us together first half and gave us a fighting 90 minutes. Pity we didnae sign him in his late twenties as he is a decent player but a yard too slow when up against decent players ( I never thought I would ever say that about the Huns).

Mallan was gunt awful for 60 minutes, he then woke up and drove us on, I think at the commend of Heck? Must give us more.

Horgan did go at the huns for 60 minutes then tired really badly. We ken he does that, the coaching staff have to learn it pronto and swap him out. His sloppy play when Daz was sent off was criminal as was his miss when clear through.

Omeonga showed snippets of skill but was Scottish Fitba’d oot the game tonight. Much of it passed him by.

Flo Kamberi takes stick from Hibs fans. Feck knows why, think of Rowan Vine or James Collins then measure that against the work rate, effort and goals Flo brings to us, plus the sheer look of absolute joy when he scored. I thought he was great tonight, but I do admit he has a first touch like a baby elephant.

Marc Mac is a striker, his clever runs were not recognised by our long punts and poor midfield service. His lay off for the goal was great though, offside or not! He and Flo work really well together.

Subs

Barts came on to shore up the ten men and did so. Horgan should have been replaced by Murray or Bigirimana after an hour. But I’ll take it.

The management team

I wont lie, at 70 minutes I was doubting our choices, nae changes, long hoofs, nae service, the Huns winning. But a wee tweak, I think but I am not sure that saw Mallan push forward through the middle unlocked the Huns backies and we might have beaten them. I dinnae like chess, I dinnae like chess fitba, but I will take that after being pish poor for so much of the game. Make changes earlier Heck, it was Lennon’s failing too.

The Huns
I dont hide my hatred of the Hunstitution, they make me feel a mixture of rage, hatred and the need to spew. I also never liked Slippy, I am an Evertonian as well as a Hibernian, he is a red shite who used to be an Evertonian. Jim Traynor, orange strips, their songs, their horrible fans, everything about them is the antithesis of what I believe is good in this world. But on a fitba front, I think they play some nice fitba, play to win and are nothing like the Huns of auld. I even find the Buffalo Soldier/ Alfredo tune catchy in a way nae Hibby ever should. Pity really as I would rather the scumbags supporting them watched Craig Levien style sh£te every week.

The referee McLean had clearly accepted his demotion at the local Orange Lodge after failing to prevent us beat his team on the 21st of May 2016. He is climbing back ‘up the ladder’ and done everything in his efforts tonight to right that wrong. For me he was cheating at various points in the game. How the cross between a Freddo Bar and Plug from the Bash Street Kids isnae booked for constant cheating, well only a Hun supporting referee could explain. Feck off McLean, dreadful display.

Hibs support was noisy although can you imagine what the noise would be like if the Since 1875 and new Section 43 singers communicated., 20,050 of an attendance is mare than the puddle drinkers will ever be able to quote for a game live on TV on a Friday.

Man of the Match – well at 0-1 to Club 2012 I couldnae have picked a man of the match, maybe a least sh@te of the match in Daz, Milligan and McNulty but Flo’s goal and his drive at the Huns the whole second half earns my man of the match. Well done and Happy Birthday Big Man!

Next up Motherwell, Daz free it will be tough as I expect Spike as a centre half and Slivka back in the mini me midfield midgets.

We really are the Huns bogey team and long may that continue as they are scumbags.

Hibernian Forever!  

Mark

Much has been said on this thread, making my belated Just Back a little easier and shorter than normal. I was looking forward to the game, but I am afraid we didn’t do our homework, we didn’t press (which is baffling, given Heck’s interviews), we didn’t have shot on target and we looked lost in the last third with the return of gap between the midfield and the eternally long time we take to take a shy!

Celtic to were not great, they have better players than us and scored two cracking goals, but a more up for it Hibs would have given them a game? Yesterday told us a last cup winner is past it, a couple more are in their twilight. Nuggets were the performances of Slivka and Omeonga, both did there very best to keep us in the game.

I hope Heck learns for last night, Celtic are beatable but now when we sit and and play to score on the break. One question, why was Scott Brown allowed to control the game, tactical failure there.

The Team

Rocky had no chance at their goals, he played well I thought?

Sir David Gray, a legend suitably identified in the Sportscene was poor I felt. Poor final ball.

Daz was our best defender I thought.

Hanlon was better than recently but was still distinctly average.

Lewis has a poor second half, Burke was all over him.

Milligan was decent until he tired badly.

Horgan again done reasonably well but again he tires badly.

Omeonga never stopped trying when many of his team mates did. I like this laddie.

Slivka was very decent i thought, he looked to play football all game.

Kamberi too done a shift, I like his play, he tried to hold the ball up and lay on McNulty.

I thought McNulty was poor yesterday, didnt offer enough?

Subs

Double switch after Celtc scored their first:

Bartley for Milligan – I thought Barts was rotten. He is finished.

Mallan for Horgan may become a weekly change. Mallan mentioned in interview that Horgan is a Gym Bunny. Horgan is clearly doing the wrong things as he cannae last 90 minutes, indeed he struggles after 60, which is a pity as he is good player?

Oli replaced Omeonga, as we tried with three up front. Agian didnt make his mark.

As I said above, Heck and Co should learn form this, it didnae work.

Celtic, well, all I can say is I am glad Lennon snuck in and back out with only an angry look from Tam McCourt. There fans songs about Rogers and Bobby Sands, well that was a strange mix.

Hibs Fans, 11,500 in the crowd is better than some expected. We gave up singing at 2-0 as people were scunnered. Whoever threw the bottle I hope is banned for life, arsehole. As for drinking Buckfast, double arsehole.

My Man of the Match was Vicky Slivka, I thought he was best of a pretty poor bunch yesterday. We might miss him when we play the Huns?

See you all next Friday!

Hibernian Forever!  

Mark

What a day, I was still in my office looking onto St Paul’s in London at 14.10 today. Power limp along to Bank Station, DLR train, Plane, Taxi and a drive got me to Perth at 18.50. I thought, well Hibs, I have done my bit now you do yours. For an hour, I thought, what the hell has happened we looked like that ugly Hibs we thought we had got rid of?

OK St Johnstone press, they hoof it over midfield, they make it hard for teams, indeed they played some nice football and too were worthy of their halftime lead. We came out after half time looking more up for it, then Slivka was booked for diving, no something I like to see a Hibs player do. I was in the top row of the main stand tonight, I witness Stocky pass a note to Heck, Heck read it then passed it to Slivka, who showed it to Mallan. Horgan moved wide left from wide right, Mallan moved right from middle and Slivka stayed in the middle (are you following me?.Two minutes later Omeonga replaces Mallan and a minute or two after that, Slivka gets sent off for a daft foul. Some feckin note that was!!! We had just equalised with penalty won by Flo, that looked a spot on decision my seat, that fat Irish guy that manages Saints seemed to think otherwise? In my head the title of tonight Just back was going to be ‘Note Gate’. Nae need, Omeonga simply makes a difference and he drove us on to feed Marc Mac who slotted the winner home with aplomb to send the large and noisy Hibs support into raptures!

I thought we were slow, clumsy and lacking ideas for an hour, then we shone for 20 minutes before defending like gladiators for that last ten. Well done Hibs, it wisnae pretty, but with Sparky McNulty in the team and wee Steph Omeonga working some magic, we always have a chance.

I came out the ground with palpitations, hoarse by an awfy Happy Hibby! I then heard the Gunts had been beaten and Barca had pumped Madrid 3 zip. I dinnae rate Carlsberg, but if they making perfect evenings…………

The Team

Rocky, wobbled a bit tonight, his kicking was rotten all night.

Sir David Gray, Captain and scorer of the winning goal on that day in May 2016 when he held that Old Lady high above his head was up and down that line all night. I thought he had a smashing game?

Darren was immense, he was that gladiator!

Paul is still not quite the Paul Hanlon we know and love, distribution still poor and weak in the challenge.

Lewis had a tough time first hour but we saw another Lewis when we was joined by Stephane Omeonga.

Mark Milligan I felt had yet another fantastic game for us, really showing his value now.

Stevie Mallan played well enough but with no pressing game he was often ineffectual.

Slivka made too many mistakes tonight, I would have hooked him when we hooked Mallan, PHB got that one wrong. Diving is shite and his one was rotten, you would be chucked out the baths for that.

Flo worked his arse off, chased everything, tried to link up with Marc Mac and won us the penalty. Need to work hard with him on his first touch. How he was booked that squint faced prick Craig wisnae only the ref knows? Indeed how nae St Johnstone players were booked is beyond me.

Subs

Omeonga replaced Mallan after an hour and again was great, his through ball for the winner was inch perfect and he is quickly becoming a fans favourite.

Marv came on to replace Horgan to shore up our defence following Slivka’s sending off. He did well.

Young Mackie came on for McNulty which allowed the Hibs fans to give Marc a well earned ovation. Sean done well in his cameo to.

PHB and Stockie mentioned post match on the radio that we cannae play well every week but we won and that is key. For me teh high press high tempo the guys have brought to our games didnae appear tonight until we equalised. When we did there was only going to be one winner, although the 5 minutes injury time at the end were nerve wracking!

Saint Johnstone are not good to watch, that will be why they had around 2500 home fans in the ground. Possibly a meeting at the local Conservative Club on too which may have affected numbers? Hibs, whilst not being at their best play to win, play for 90 minutes, that is why 1500 Hibs fans head north on a Wednesday night to noisily back our club. Special mention to the Since 1875 guys and girls, they never stopped supporting their team all night.

Referee, I thought he was poor. How they got a foul when Mark Milligan has studded by a Saint is beyond me.

Man of the Match for me could easily be Marc McNulty, he scored two. I thought Daryll Horgan offered a lot tonight too, however my man of the match goes to Mark Milligan who was calm personified.

See you all on Saturday, Just Back may be more of Just the Next Morning After as its my birthday and I may partake of a refreshment or two, pre and post match?

Hibernian Forever!

Mark

Well not five minutes in the door, a Waterfall earworm in my head and a smile on my face. The Hibees are back! Usual rules apply, many of you will have seen the game on the telly with its reruns, different angles and annoying fannies commentating, others will have watched it on the radio. I was sat directly behind the east goal half way up in among a massive Hibs support given Friday Night, Live TV Fitba and exorbitant ticket prices. The Hibs end sung all night, indeed the support was spread across the full stand meaning often two differing songs were going with gusto, it was great to be sitting with such an energetic pro Hibs support, although a fair few were half pished, which helps!

Pre match chilli con carne in the excellent Tinsmiths in town, I skipped the deep fried mars bar pudding, parked off Clepington Road and headed down to be welcomed by a large police and aggressive stewards presence. More of that later.

Team, well it was as I and many other predicted and expected. Rocky, Sir Dave at right back, Daz and Paul in the middle, Lewis left back, Milli holding mid, Slivka and Mallan kinda middle although Mallan slightly right, Horgan left and properly wide and the growing partnership of Flo and Marc Mac up front.

PHB and Stockies first away game, I hope they were as impressed with the large and noisy Hibs support as I was of the team and performance for 50 or so minutes of the game?

We are Top 6 now, its up to us.

The Team

Ofir could do nowt with either goal, and I believe he had a great save. Distribution let him down a few times.

Sir David Gray, who captained Hibernian on the day we won the Scottish Cup on the 21st of May 2016, scoring the winner in 90+2 minutes played well tonight although I felt he was partly at fault for their equaliser?

I thought Darren was immense tonight, he seems to have got his passion back and was the best of the defenders. One we error not stopping there player in the lead up to the equaliser?

Paul Hanlon had a good fifty minutes when he stuck to the simple defending and clearing, he lost his man at their equaliser and the last 20 minutes of the game he was all over the place making mistake after mistake, wrong pass after wrong pass?

Lewis strolled through the game, and was very good linking up with Horgan, especially first half. Was another one who got sloppy last 20 though.

Spike had another accomplished game, he is another one that if he avoids the world cup pass attempts, is simply a very tidy fitba player. He too got dragged into some poor defensive play last 20.

Slivka is a lovely fitba player, plays with his head up, great going forward, very clever passes and reads the game well. I do still think he is a bit of a blouse though. The subtle tweak when we took Horgan off and we seemed to change both Slivka’s and Mallan’s role at the same time, didnae seem to work. I felt we lost Slivka with that tweak?

Stevie Mallan had a great hour, PHB and Stockie have brought something out in him, more direct, more movement and his desire to shoot has returned. What a cracker of a goal too. From my seat behind the goal, as he beats his man, slightly feigns a pass, he looked up and saw the shot on. Ooft, a stoatir and the Hibs end went barmy!!

I thought Daryll Horgan tonight showed us what he is capable of. He was a menace, direct, importantly head up and driving at their defence, he and Lewis build up play for McNulty’s first was first class as was Flo’s quick throw. We faded when Daryll was replaced after an hour.

Florian Kamberi scored again, he out muscled the Dundee No 5 to score a fine goal and he and Marc Mac work well together, dare I say, better than Flo and Jamie Mac? He fades when he has to play with Shaw. He thrives on playing with a quality partner. I know pockets of Hibs fans dinnae fancy Flo, watching him come off at the end, he just wants us to support him, dare I say it, love him. Well played son!

Marc McNulty scores goals, he scored two tonight, one by getting in a good position, a second by being in one and the ball coming off him. I believe that spunkstain Sutton is trying to get Marc suspended for kicking out. I would take a suspension if it allowed me to kick that Gunt **** McGowan in the head just the once.

Subs

Doo Doo Doo Stephane Omeonga came on for Horgan and slotted in on the left midfield and although I thought he did very well, I felt that change messed with our shape and caused for an uncomfortable last 20 minutes. Guid player though.

Oli came on for Marc Mac and offered very little, sitting away out wide right and making too many wrong decisions.

I thought overall it was a decent outing for PHB and Stockie, they got to see the very best and the cringe-worthy worst of Hibs. First 10 we wobbled, last 20 was criminal and way too slack, middle hour, Hibernian were a joy to watch on occasion and I thought we might go on and win more comfortably?
I actually thought Dundee were decent and had they had a goalscorer it may have been a stranger score, they are better than both Hamilton and St Mirren. Did you hear the one about why Ryan McGowan’s auld man was lonely? He’s in his cell.

I cringed when saw Brother Beaton of Lodge 1690, Bellshill was referee, indeed the Dundee fans gave a couple of renditions of the Billy Boys to get him onside and prove they too are hill(town)billy neanderthals. Its didnae work, Hibs won, they had 4 booked, we had one. Nae freebies in the Ludj the night John. Seen worse refereeing performances, often from him.

A special mention now for the massed ranks of Hibernians, we sang from start to end, I have to admit to strangely going off the Roses after 30 years of enjoying them, maybe the Hibs version will grow on me. I would guess there were at least 2000 Hibs fans in a 6500 crowd. £26, Friday, live TV, well done my fellow fans, great support.

Now for the security staff (you thought I had forgotten eh?). The thick necked fandans waded into the young Hibs fans. Turns out it was to confiscate two innocuous green and black Hibs flags on sticks. For me the security antagonised the young fans, were heavy handed when there was no need. No idea what has empowered these fuckwits recently, I had one gobbing off at Easter Road last week when he should have kept his plooky neb out. You are there to help paying customers, you are not standing at a pub door at 1 in the morning here. Let the laddies and lassies enjoy the fitba, dafties wading in just caused trouble and ill feeling. I note the polis rightly stayed clear. Well done the young team!

So, man of the match? Well Marc Mac scored two, he is a big player for us. Milligan has got his mojo back, Mallan’s goal was a peach, however although he only got 60 minutes, I am going for Daryll Horgan, he was the difference.

Next, Perth on Wednesday night, if ye can get along, go along and back the team, we knew we had the players, now we have the management team.

Hibernian Forever!

Mark

I thoroughly enjoyed that, its great being at a positive Easter Road. Whilst the team pretty much matched what I thought it might be, the performance of key players improved significantly, the way we played, certainly for the first hour was lovely to watch, high tempo, fast flowing fitba’ against a team who gave there all but having nothing up front. Then there was the Ref.

One of the gripes of many of us was the performance of our spine, the players we can normally rely on. Daz looking past it, Hanlon not a shadow of himself, Milligan off the pace, Slivka too lightweight, Mallan no doing enough, Flo in the huff. Today Daz was Daz, the real Paul Hanlon showed up, both Milligan and Slivka had their best games in a Hibernian jersey and I though Flo was great. Add to that the movement of Horgan, Lewis and captain Dave enjoying their game, Rocky there when needed and McNulty on the score-sheet. If Heckingdale and Stockbottom can do that in a few days, what will be look like in a few weeks. It certainly has me intrigued and by Sauzee, excited.

The first hour we played a high press game, mixed with excellent passing from Milligan, Slivka, Horgan and Mallan, good running from the front two as the defence looked like they used to only a six months ago. I didnae even quietly weep at no Efe today ( I have been), and I only let John and Dylan slip into my thoughts once or twice. Last half hour there were changes, but I think those of us who watch the team regularly, know there is not 90 minutes of high press in the team…….yet. A fine goal from Flo which delighted me followed by a mental penalty where Marc Mac left his team mates under no illusions who take the penalties at Hibs nowadays, it could have been a fair few more.

I was impressed, two days to make an impression and the new gaffers did. We know we have good players, today three of four showed just how good they are.

The Team

Ofir was rarely bothered but had a fine save when called upon second half. Distribution still needs much improved, Sir David Gray saved Ofir’s blushes by keeping too many hopeless punts from the goalie in play.

Sir David Gray, scorer of the winning goal in the Scottish Cup Final 2016 whilst wearing the captains armband had a smashing game today, A proper threat going forward and good defender, he is also is the best header of a ball at the club. Won us the penalty after being assaulted for no reason. A simple fact, Hibernian are a better team when Sir David is on his game and fully fit.

Darren McGregor played like a 21 one year old, I thought he was fantastic today.

Boaby Hanlon has left the stadium, to be replaced by the real Paul Hanlon, nice to see the Paul Hibs fans love, he was as good as Daz today.

Lewis was great, played left back in a four and utilised the space well going forward.

Mark Milligan started at Hibs like an Aussie Sauzee. That died a death quickly. Today Mark played like the player I thought he was, he had a magnificent first hour, winning the ball back and spraying passes like Sergi Busquets. One or two worldies didnae come off but I fair enjoyed watching a rejuvenated Spike. Best game in a Hibs shirt.

Steven Mallan again gave more today than he has in months, involved in everything and seemed to enjoy it too. Good son.

Daryll Horgan started, I assumed leading a high press but in fact as far left as Leon Trotsky. His ball for Flo’s goal was sublime. He managed 65 minutes before being subbed, that is five minutes more than usual.

I kept the best midfielder for last. I have been a wee bit critical of Vykintas Slivka, I do not doubt his excellent fitba ability, he is a player and I am delighted to have players like Vykintas at Hibs. I do doubt his heart. Today he brought his fitba talent and desire to go forward, play a pass, slow it down, speed it up and added desire to win the ball, close the opposition down and win the ball. A couple of his dragbacks and dinks were world class. Like Spike, Slivka had his best game in a Hibs shirt today.

Marc McNulty is a player. He scored again and leads the line well. I hope we can sign him up longer term.

Flo Kamberi has the moaners on his back, I thought he was superb today, he scored, his runs with ball at feet are great, he tracks back unlike other strikers and is showing confidence. His first touch needs improving but I see a great future in front of Florian, get off his back moaners.

The Subs

As I predicted at the game, Omeonga replaced Horgan after 70 minutes. Stephane was superb, skillful, nippy, hard and deserved a goal that came off the post. I like him. A player.

Oli came on for Marc Mac who got a well deserved ovation. Oli proceeded to duff two good chances and generally do his starting chances no good. You are better than that son.

Lewis Allan replaced Flo with five to go. Flo too received a well earned standing ovation from the support. Lewis proceeded to do his chances of another appearance no harm as he lead the line well. I was impressed son.

Accies are lead by two ex Hibs favourites, Brian Rice and Boozy. They are punchless up front although they do play some lovely fitba especially down their left hand side, with their number 11 Miller and 46 Sowah standing out. Much as I like both Brian and Boozy, I am afraid I would rather see Dundee United at Easter Road than Accies, sorry guys.

The referee was awful Alan Muir is incompetent and might have spoiled the game. If he is not demoted for that performance, it just underlines the levels of incompetency in out game. An idiot.

A good turn out for the kids holidays, 16,000 Hibs fans, a couple of hundred from Hamilton is decent. The signing section never stopped, the Easties added the odd murmur, us in the West rustled our sweetie wrappers and loudly ripped open our prawn sarnies.

My Man of the Match was Slivka, I thought he was magic. Honourable mentions to Flo, Daz, Sir Dave, Paul and Flo.

I have left Paul and Robbie until last , but they have got the winning start we all need in advance of a couple of tough away games. They had two days to tweak and tweak they did, same players but a different approach. I said I was underwhelmed on day one, warmed to PHB on second interview and am now distinctly positive that we have a good new coaching team that get the Hibernian way and their opinion on how fitba should be played matches ours. Its early days, just kissed, maybe got to first based, but I have a wee feeling we might enjoy this ride. Well done lads, well done Hibs.

In summary, that was 2 coming on 4 or 5, we have the players, we have the management team, we have the support, results went our way, although the Huns only drawing didnae help and wanting the Hertz to win the morn is no something I can do, but we are in the mix and I cannae wait for next Friday night and the banks of the Silvery Tay, even though the ticket prices are robbery and its live on the telly on Skidmark Sports or some such channel.

Hibernian Forever!

Mark

1

Just thawing out thanks to the heating in the hoose and a warming glass of shiraz. I enjoyed that today, it was 4 coming on a dozen. Some lovely fitba played, debuts, returns and a much better way of playing football. All eyes were on Ryan Gauld, and rightly so, new boy Tommy Block must have been fair chuffed to be on the bench and Marv was back in the team with both Sir Dave and Big Ryan on the bench. Elgin brought more fans than Hamilton, and possibly Dundee, St Johnstone and Motherwell and made more noise than the Hibs fans. They appeared to enjoy their day out in the big City, by the state of a few of them before the game. Good, because their team did them proud.

I did hear a few stories today, which include young Flo behaving as a Billy Big Baws in the changing room and needing a word from a defender who never gives the ball away, and an Australian who hasn’t settled in Scotland and may end up going home sooner than we expected? I do know that Stephane Omenonga has signed too.

Starting with Bogdan, a flat four of Whitts, Daz, Paul and Sackie, Barts sitting in front of them and freedom given to Mallan, Slivka, Horgan and Gauld and Flo up front, we simply passed Elgin City of the pitch. In the end it might have been double figures, but for a decent keeper and some bad misses from Hibs. Still we are in the next round and that is what matter most.

The Team

Bodgan had very, very little to do. He was hurt with around 10 minutes to go after a 50 50 with the City striker and took a sore one. I hope he was taken off as a precaution. The good thing is we bring on Rocky as a replacement. When was the last time Hibs had two such excellent keepers?

Whitts started poorly with 4 or 5 poor passes in quick succession. He settled down and had a decent enough game.

Daz enjoyed himself, although I felt his headers were awfy today. Mibbee had his heed on squint today.

Paul strolled through the game as he can and does regularly.

Sackie ( I am told that is his nickname, might be baws?) has slipped into our Lewis’s position like he has been there for years, I think he is a smashing player.

Marv enjoyed his day, bit of work needed with the hard working midfield of Elgin all trying it on with him. I enjoyed watching Marv today, he played well. SHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTT man!

Stevie Mallan had a game much more like the type we expect from him. I put it down to having Marv there to mop up, having other fitba players beside him in Horgan and Gauld and his desire to get a goal. He got one from a well taken penalty, one in the eye of the too quick to moan Hibs fans. Well played son.

Slivka had a quietly excellent day and was involved in a lot of what was good from Hibs today. I wish he would fucking shoot though!

Daryll Horgan was a buzzbomb today, scored two, wanted the ball, linked up well with the front men and gave an excellent 80 minutes, the first 70 and the last 10. He took 10 minutes rest which he earned but couldnae do against better opposition. Two goals, one a weird heeder, one after a great ball from both Gauld then Whitts.

I know, I know, you are all bursting to see what I though of Ryan Gauld. Frankly, I thought he was magic. His introduction has changed the way we play, has improved the performances of the ballers like Horgan and Mallan and links up the front man like Scott Allan’s wee brother. He lasted 70 minutes but had tired by 60. This is the type of player we need, I would pay to watch Ryan every week. His ball to Flo for his goal was immaculate, a joy. I cannot wait for Scott Allan to join him, Hibs need to get that one sorted pronto, as the fans will flock back with Ryan and Scott on the pitch together. Magic.

Flo scored a stoatir, had a reasonably taken penalty well saved by the decent laddie in the Elgin goal. He looked hungry and if we have Gauld and Allan, he will need a rest by the end of the season, with the running he will have to do after those fantastic through balls. Arrogant, aggressive, a baw bag, ayes maybe, but the laddie is a goalscorer.

Subs

Shaw replaced Kamberi and done nothing to say he is the future, sorry son.

Fraser Murray replaced the excellent Ryan Gauld and it was good to seem him back. He has built his upper body up a bit and I think he will become a regular.

Sir David Gray, captain of Hibernian on the day he scored the winning goal in the Scottish Cup Final on May 21st 2016 was stripped and ready to come on with 10 to go when Bogdan was injured and Rocky had to come on instead.

The Management Team

I though the bench got it right today. Putting young Tommy Block on the bench was a clever, i am sure the laddie is chuffed. Right team for the tie. We are through.

Elgin City

Well played Elgin, tried to play fitba, didnae come for a draw, noisy fans, a couple of decent players in the keeper, their left side midfielder and the number 10 who never gave up. Good luck with the rest of the season.

The Referee

I thought he had a very good game, let it flow and no bookings or red cards.

The Fans

7082, of which I guess around 500 came doon from Elgin. OK a small crowd but it would have raised around £100k, which will be welcome by Hamilton. I thinks we need to look at cheaper concession prices for these games. No singing section at all, either the ‘official ‘ones, or the ones in the old section 43 made for a quiet Hibs end. The pished lads and lassies from Elgin had a good day I hope.

My Man of the Match was the same as the official one, Daryll Horgan although I thought Marv was great, Mallan was much better, Mackie is a star of the future and Ryan Gauld will no doubt win the vast majority for the rest of this season once he settles, this laddie really is a player, come along and support him.

Next up, Motherwell on Wednesday night away in deepest darkest Lanarkshire. Get along and support the team if you can, I fully expect an excellent second half of the season. See you behind the goals.

Hibernian Forever!