KP Update – JULY

Afternoon all,

Good news! Hibs are back at the end of this week to fill a massive void in our lives. However, it’s not as we would all want but it’s welcome fix all the same. There is positive noises around Scottish football that we might see crowds at stadiums before year end – we all know that is a flexible situation but we can be confident given the part we, and the rest of the nation, has played getting us to here. Keep doing what you do. Here through the usual channels and kpower@hibernianfc.co.uk.

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http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10657

On the 5th July, our long awaited fixtures for the new campaign was released. We open with Kilmarnock this Saturday before making the short trip to Livingston on Saturday 8 August. Our next four matches thereafter have been selected for live coverage on Sky Sports – Dundee Utd (a), Motherwell (h), St Johnstone (a), Aberdeėn (h). Throw in Rangęrs at home on the 19th of September as a big likely to be changed for Sky Sports we’ll be on show widely early in the campaign.

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http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10690

The club released details of Hibs Pass on Tuesday 28th. The revamped Hibs TV package will be a new experience for most of us and one that will support us short-term till we’re back at Easter Road. The club will continue to make it simple as possible for instructions. The above is a useful link to FAQs.

Testing of the Hibs specific platform for sign-in testing will be completed tonight 5-8pm (Wednesday) and there is another opportunity tomorrow again. The technical provider Stream Digital has taken the learnings from Celtíc, Aberdeėn and Motherwell matches played over the last week and will now apply that to all 11 teams using the service from this weekend onwards, including us. Patience may be required to get stability and smooth performance but I’m hopeful of success given the work the team at the club has done.

A reminder that Season Ticket holders will see all games (including those on Sky Sports) onwww.hibspass.com, The SPFL and Sky Sports have consented clubs to sell streams for games not shown on Sky. These streams will be sold through the HOME clubs’ website through a registration and sale process.
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http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10684

Joelle Murray is the latest addition to the new Hibs TV line up, joining David, Tam and regular voice Cliff as a special guest on Saturday – there will be more special guests throughout this virtual journey. There will be a half-hour build-up with the team, alongside some half-time coverage and a post-match round-up. Looking forward to seeing this kick off.

Please remember to sign-on early on Saturday, the programme is available from 2:30pm.
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http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10687

The club announced on Monday 27th July that Pay Per View will be available when the opportunity allows.
I’ve passed a lot of supporter feedback from here and elsewhere regarding our need to look after all different types of supporters over the summer – Season Ticket holders, regular walk-ups, hospitality, overseas plus others – I’m disappointed that some supporters will miss out on Saturday but I appreciate and understand where the club has got to in making sure everything is right technically on Saturday before taking time to ensure the best structure and service specific to PPV is rolled out at the next available fixture.
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I would like to update you on a number of key areas that I’ve flagged recently with the club on behalf of supporters.

Virtual streaming confidence

Straightforward ask of watching Hibs virtually lands successfully on the first few return to play games to gain widespread confidence in our systems. Access is made simple and the coverage is high quality for supporters.

KP – I have seen all the different club departments working on this behind the scenes – supporting our technical partners – and I know they realise how important this is and want to go that extra step further for us, they’ve put a lot into it.

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c10,600 Season Tickets and Hibernian Supporters hitting 1,000 new/restarted contributors.

The fantastic backing shown by all of us has given the club the confidence to strengthen the squad through bringing in Alex Gogic, Drey Wright and Kevin Nisbet.

The Power and difference contributing small spare change regularly to Hibernian Supporters is there to be seen.
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Hibs Strip update

Dispatching of the pre-ordered 2020-21 home kits commenced today (Wednesday 29th July) and once cleared the small and hardworking clubstore staff will move onto fulfilling the away kit pre-orders.

Any collections can be made once you receive an email confirming your order is ready to collect – please take that with you or proof of address when collecting.

Once the club has processed the majority of the above orders they will move to open up more options for strip pre-order on the second large batch – delivery expected in September. Keep an eye on the club channels for this opening again. (for context a second batch order wouldn’t usually be made until late in the year – phenomenal sales).

http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10677
Our Yellow kit was released on the 17th of July. A good throwback to 2004 and 1998 (and more) yellow. The new third kit will be made to order and won’t be available in the clubstore – order window will close on Friday 6th August and delivered in early October.
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Hibernian Community Foundation – If you know your history

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Legendary Goalkeeper John Burridge is the next guest as part of ‘If You Know Your History’ with Hibernian Community Foundation on Tuesday 4th of August 17.30-19.00. The call will look back at Budgie’s time with Hibernian which included a cup win in 1991 where he became a fan’s favourite.

https://www.hiberniancommunityfoundation.org.uk/Event/if-you-know-your-history-john-burrdige

What a character – hopefully we’ll find out first-hand if he did go in the huff at Airdrie away about wearing a goalkeeper top that wasnae his own or if he really did catch fruit and veg in his sleep.
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Club call outs this month.

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Welcome to Drey, Kevin and Alex – everyone is excited by their arrival and the players have integrated well.
http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10668
http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10669
http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10671

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Our Scottish Cup semi-final fixture has been planned in – weekend of Saturday, 31 October and Sunday, 1 November with dates and kick-offs subject to live broadcast. There is genuine belief these fixtures can be played in front of crowds and with our new players eligible and not cup-tied there is no better way to close off a quite frankly forgettable year by going on and having a shot at glory.
https://www.scottishfa.co.uk/news/festive-final-beckons-as-william-hill-scottish-cup-fixtures-confirmed/?rid=2107

Hibernian agree Tec:agency partnership
http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10679

Ticket Office is back open
http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10680

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Easter Road flags and banners
http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10678
KP – remember to get in touch with the club to have seats and areas covered in your creative efforts.

Amanda Jones leaves the board
http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10658
KP – echo the club’s call out in wishing Amanda all the best in her new appointment. A fantastic support to me settling into a new environment.

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I was mentioning to a friend of my Dad’s (for the purpose of this we’ll call him Terry) about the new latest Hibernian 3D phone cases. Hibernian FC

“I’ve got one of them” and proceeds to send me a photo of this.

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Wait until he catches up and finds out we won the Scottish Cup in 2016.
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Pat Quinn 1936-2020

I enjoyed being telt tales about Pat playing for Hibs by Tamsons bar regulars when I was younger. A midfield controller with so much skill it left a legacy at the club which is still remembered today. His
memory will go marching on.

http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10674

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This is what it feels like to be Hibs.

http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10681

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Fantastic support from members of the Australia branch of the Hibernian Supporters Association. Unbelievable effort these guys and all our overseas supporters across the globe go to in supporting our club. Hibs and Perseverance is in all of your DNA.

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KP update – June

Morning all,

Life is still uncertain, stressful and pressurised in parts, so I hope you’re still good at your end. Here if I can help with anything (kpower@hibernianfc.co.uk). Fixtures out imminently (end of this week would be ideal), all focus on Hibernian being back.

http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10650
On the 15th June, the club updated supporters that they will be entering into consultation with staff and making difficult choices to reduce costs to protect the future of Hibernian. There has been a lot of good conversations and wise words used around the Hibs supporter landscape since that communication surrounding the point of why. The club is honest with where it is – tackling the difficult decisions and discussions in an honest, compassionate and supportive way with all concerned.

These preventative measures and decisions are to make sure Hibs are present and strong when coming out the other side of this.

Everyone is doing their bit:

The staff (I’m amazed with the energy every employee has to get up and go again in normal times, never mind these unprecedented ones)

The players (Showing solidarity with staff and supporters)

The supporters (with our magnificent understanding and backing)

At these times, the staff need our encouragement as much as our players do. Keep them in mind.

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Great to hear from Ron and Leeann in various internal and external interviews recently 

CLUB UPDATE | RONALD GORDON

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www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com

Hibs wary of cost of Hearts’ legal action but insist they will survive

Leeann Dempster says she has no regrets over way club voted on SPFL resolutionswww.edinburghnews.scotsman.com www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com

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Hibs season ticket holders will get priority over away fans

Murrayfield still an option but cost could be prohibitivewww.edinburghnews.scotsman.com www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com

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Leeann Dempster: Hibs are not binning their youth academy

Easter Road chief defends club’s plans in unprecedented situationwww.edinburghnews.scotsman.com www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com

www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com

Hibs chief Leeann Dempster responds to report linking her with Hearts

Easter Road executive left ‘bemused’www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com
Ron celebrates 1 year with us today exactly. Despite the world changing as we know it and pausing a lot of the AGM plans, he is still proud and feels blessed to own Hibernian. Let’s see what the future brings.

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9,000 Season Tickets have been sold. The club understood how important the deadlines (Early Bird, Seat Release and Finance) were in these times and have extended the dates twice. The new deadline of this Friday at 5pm (3rd July) is approaching fast.

Club call out – ‘Whether it’s on an upgraded Hibs TV service or back in your seat when the time’s right, you won’t miss a kick of the ball at Easter Road with a season ticket’.

Season ticket package and virtual season ticket

Club released the Season Ticket package that will cover until we’re back at Easter Road – SEASON TICKET PACKAGE UPDATE

– Be the only supporters with guaranteed access to live coverage of all Hibernian FC home games. (KP – including Sky selected home games)

– Until normal capacity is restored at Easter Road, season ticket holders will have free access to Hibs TV.

– Receive a free digital matchday programme via email.

– Have first viewing access of all non-matchday related Hibs TV content.

– Receive exclusive content quarterly.

– Benefit from season ticket holder-only partner promotions and discounts.

– Enjoy free entry into monthly competitions to win Hibernian prizes, ranging from signed memorabilia, access to training sessions and meet and greets with players and staff.

– Have the opportunity to help shape future matchday experiences, taking part in season ticket-holder only surveys.

– Be the first supporters into Easter Road on matchdays as soon as it is safe to do so.

– Have secured their seat for season 2020/21 and have first option for renewal for season 2021/22.


The club is putting a lot of work into making sure the virtual offering to us is unique and not what we have experienced before. More to come on this. Still a lot to be worked out by all clubs and stakeholders.

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I would like to update you on a number of key areas that I’ve flagged recently with the club on behalf of supporters.


Looking after supporters

Make every effort to look after all types of Hibs fan when football returns. Season Ticket holders (providing value for Season Ticket purchases) and regular supporters (Our walk-up fans are still thought of until we’re back at Easter Road).

Working Together – Club and Hibernian Supporters Limited

Last summer, I highlighted sizeable numbers in our support want Hibernian Supporters (HSL) to be a success – Club and HSL to work together. This message has not changed.

KP – It’s great to see the partnership strengthen recently – Both club and HSL on the same page – the excellent engagement and communication is much appreciated by all.

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Join Hibernian Supporters

Hibernian Supporters Limited

Give fans a bigger voice. Join Hibernian Supporters Limited and make fans the owners of our Club.hiberniansupporters.co.uk hiberniansupporters.co.uk
The fan-led drive to make our club as strong can be via Hibernian Supporters in these uncertain times is inspirational. 700 new/renewed donators is outstanding. Leeann and Hibernian Supporters have both confirmed donations will be directed to the play budget. As our voice and eyes in the boardroom, I can confirm the additional funds donated will help the team and on the pitch.

I wouldn’t underestimate the power and difference contributing small spare change regularly to Hibernian Supporters. It’s easy and flexible to donate through the continuously improving website and I would encourage HSL to be at the front of mind, along with other great initiatives, when you make goodwill donations.

www.edinburghlive.co.uk

Hibernian Supporters group praised by Leeann Dempster after member surge

The HSL organisation has reported a huge growth in membership during Scottish Football’s shutdownwww.edinburghlive.co.uk www.edinburghlive.co.uk
Leeann Dempster – “Because this is a unified message that things are difficult just now and difficult for your club, what we are seeing is a grassroots movement over the course of the last week. As of Tuesday night, HSL has had over 700 new members in just five or six days which is, in terms of where we have been, is tremendous. We are now doing what we can to help HSL because we are all now firmly on the same page, helping the club through this period.”

www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com

Hibs fans’ group HSL encourage more pledgers as Leeann Dempster confirms donations will go towards player budget

Fundraising effort will help bring new recruits to Easter Roadwww.edinburghnews.scotsman.com www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com
Jim Adie 
“In turn, she can say to Jack Ross, ‘remember I said to you it’s one in, one out, well actually I’ve got £150,000 extra in my budget, so that guy you’ve had your eye on, phone his agent’.
“The sense of urgency is now because the market is effectively open. It’s not going to be a lot of help if it takes us until November to add on an extra 1000 members, because the window will have closed.

“We want a real sharp burst so we can quickly say to the club, ‘this is the level of donation you can expect coming in over the next 12 months’.”

KP – We can all play a part in making this a success. Keep doing what you do.
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Reconstruction

The focus of the summer for the club has always been about football returning and future of Hibs – not getting caught up on drama going on elsewhere. If there is the right time in the future to make innovative, exciting and long-lasting change I’m sure we’ll be at the front of it.

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Hibernian Community Foundation – If you know your history

Our charity arm has been running weekly calls with former players – Tommy McIntyre, Tam McManus, Keith Wright and Rob Jones to date – and more to come. These hour long sessions are an outstanding insight into our former heroes careers and time at Hibs and I would encourage you to give future sessions a consideration – Beuzelin next up.

www.hiberniancommunityfoundation.org.uk

If You Know Your History | An Evening With Guillaume Beuzelin – 07/07/2020 19:00:00

Fans Favourite and Cup Winner Joins Foundation Staff to reflect on a career in footballwww.hiberniancommunityfoundation.org.uk www.hiberniancommunityfoundation.org.uk
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Club call outs this month.

First-team training return

FIRST-TEAM TRAINING RETURN

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Pre-Season – Week one

PRE-SEASON | WEEK ONE

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KP – contact training started this week (Monday 29th) for players – they will now be familiar with the new bio-secure environment and protocols and we’ll see and hear more from them up at HTC soon now that they have settled in.

Loved this. Bottom left is my Easter Road.
https://twitter.com/HibernianRetro/status/1277498817139654656?s=20

Kevin Harper was a hero of mine growing up. I’m with Kevin all the way.
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Hibernian Community Foundation Amazon donations

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organisazation of your choice.

Hibernian Community Foundation can be found on smile.amazon.co.uk

Log in to your Account. Select ‘Your Account’. On the desktop web browser at the top bar it will tell you who you are Supporting. On the mobile App at the bottom it will tell you similar. Search for Hibernian Community Foundation to change.

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Leith Links donation surge

The total is now over 90 Kicks for Kids Season tickets purchased (91 at time of writing). One donation of over £400 one day last week. Hope Hibernian luck follows that person everywhere they go.

https://leithlinks4kids.com

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This is what it feels like to be Hibs.

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KP – May update

Afternoon all,

I hope you and yours are still safe, this is a tough gig now, the past few months have been extremely difficult but keep ticking away and doing your bit, looking out for all – including the wider Hibernian family.

In the middle of this month the decision to curtail and end the season was made – no surprise there – but the certainty and clarity was welcomed. The club released an announcement at the time thanking our magnificent support, describing how we continue to amaze everyone with extraordinary backing – CLUB STATEMENT | 2019-20 SEASON

Our club continues to contribute heavily in the Joint Response Group (SFA/SPFL) discussions to resume football in a safe manner (JRG presents its Return to Football strategy to Scottish Government | Scottish FA). We now have a plan made in pencil how that may look (subject to change, long way to go before August and moving through the phased approach by the Scottish Government).

– Scottish FA will lift football suspension on June 11 to allow teams to return training in a controlled environment
– Phase two (June review if positive results) professional sports teams can return to full training
– Phase three (July review if positive results) sport can resume with a restricted number of spectators
– Phase four (no set date) football continues with further restrictions eased

Football is likely to be played in August if all goes well. Will matches start behind closed doors? most likely, at first. However, there is a desire to reintroduce fans as soon as it is deemed safe to do so by the medical experts. We’ll know more where it is all positioned in the summer reviews by the Government and medical experts.

The club will continue to review what that means for fans, getting our support back to matches at Easter Road is a priority and I’ll be there to support to make sure we have the right flexibility for us.
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The reconstruction ‘proposal’ looks doomed to failure. We’ll maybe find out more this week (we may not even see this put to a vote).

If there is meaningful talks in future years, looking at the reorganisation of Scottish Football, with a better model (competition and financial) for the benefit of the game it might get off the ground between members.

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Since 1875

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The club see Since 1875 as a big part of making the atmosphere as good as it can be. After discussions between the group and club they’ll be located in Section 45 of our East Stand next season.

SINCE 1875 RETURN TO EAST STAND

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I would like to update you on a number of key areas that I’ve flagged recently with the club on behalf of supporters.

Season Tickets and Deadlines

The Season Ticket Early Bird Deadline is set for 5pm, Thursday 4th June alongside the seat reservation deadline and extended finance option (well received).

Continue to explore flexibility options for supporters on deadlines.

KP – I’m hopeful of a solution and trying to find a balance that is positive for all, supporters and club.

Communication

Our communication throughout this uncertain time has been outstanding and exemplar. Supporters appreciate the transparency and honesty in the clubs messaging. Continue to keep supporters updated even if no ‘new’ news.

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HCF update

An excellent update from our club foundation here – Interview with Charlie Bennett Hibernian Community Foundation CEO

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 Important work in Edinburgh and East Lothian

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 Hibs class

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 Supporting Young People

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 Developing Partnerships

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 Easter Road bucket collections going a long way

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 Child food support

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 Further growth in HCF programmes

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Away strip launch.

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Following on from the fastest selling Hibs strip of all time we have our away strip now. I’ve always been a fan of judging any strips in the flesh in the clubstore (Does them more justice). Roll on July.
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Thank you to all the Hibernian players that have moved on at the end of this campaign. Best of luck to you in the future.

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PLAYER UPDATE

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Hands off Hibs

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Approaching 30 years for this momentous moment in our club history. As a 4 year old at the time I can remember vividly attending the supporter rally on the 9th June 1990 in the scorching heat. The magnitude of the situation is something that will never be forgotten.

HANDS OFF HIBS | Football | Hibs History | Hibernian Historical Trust | UK

Stay connected for the latest news and events from the Hibernian Historical Trust. For more information, contact us today.www.hibshistoricaltrust.org.uk www.hibshistoricaltrust.org.uk
If you were supporting, contributing, planning, thinking or just there – on behalf of my generation and the next one down and so on, thank you for all that you did at that time. We’ll always be eternally grateful to everyone.
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Club call outs this month.

Season Tickets sold – 7000+ (Outstanding)

John Ogilvie (1928-2020)

JOHN OGILVIE (1928-2020)

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Hibs togetherness among staff and fans is helping club through coronavirus crisis – Greg McEwan

www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com

Hibs togetherness among staff and fans is helping club through coronavirus crisis

Easter Road employees support cost-saving measures while supporters step upwww.edinburghnews.scotsman.com www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com
Changing Room (new 5 week course)

THE CHANGING ROOM | NEW FIVE-WEEK COURSE

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Clubstore update

UPDATE | CLUBSTORE

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The club is reaching out to supporters online more than ever and want to make sure they have the most up-to-date information for us.

Please double-check your details by following the steps below.

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This is what it feels like to be Hibs.

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Missing @HibernianFC on his birthday, so only 1 thing for it…. #EasterRoad cake. #Persevered with this one for sure!

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KP Update – April

Morning all,

I hope you and your family remain safe and well since my last update.

Scottish fitbaw is never dull is it? Hard at the moment to find the sensible and genuine voices in the sea of theatre theatrics being played out.

I’m glad our club is working hard on the biggest issue facing our game – resumption of football in safe manner (the club has a big influence in the joint response working groups here – https://www.scottishfa.co.uk/news/coronavirus-joint-response-group-update-28-april/?rid=13929).
The club has been strong during this crisis period doing a lot – Supporter wellbeing messages and support, contacting specific supporter groups by phone to check-in, a real desire to look after its staff and players internally, launching our Thanks to the marvellous NHS and staying respectful at all times. The Hibernian approach of making our fans, community, city, club and team proud definitely in full swing now.

Looking forward to our club showing leadership, creating positivity and unity for all in the coming weeks and months.

All eyes on May 12th SPFL EGM after requisitions by Huns, Gunts and Stranraer. This meeting combined with the Joint Response Group and the next 2-3 weeks will give us a good idea of Scottish Football’s direction.

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I would like to update you on a number of key areas that I’ve flagged recently with the club on behalf of supporters.

Season Tickets and Deadlines

The Season Ticket Early Bird Deadline is set for 5pm, Friday 8th May and the seat reservation is set before Thursday 4th June. I’ve asked the club to extend these dates to one that will fit for both parties – especially given the economic landscape and uncertainty surrounding this season ending and next season beginning. The club has already commenced that review before I asked and I’m positive we’ll hear shortly.

KP – Keep working together here (Supporters and the club) to demonstrate a powerful sign of commitment and determination to get through this period.

Communication

Lot’s of great updates recently and supporters really appreciate being kept up-to-date, ask is for the club to keep doing this as soon as they possibly can (appreciating the situation is fluid) which will help supporters on a number of decisions.

KP – Club has a plan for a number of different scenarios and will move quickly to update supporters once more is known from Joint Response group and the SPFL. This will cover assurances on this season and next (Difficult position at the moment whilst so much is still unknown but I can give you my promise there will be options for supporters).

Reconstruction

This subject has miraculously appeared on Scottish Football agenda again, I want to make sure our voice is passed on regarding this – I know how important it is. There is a substantial number of Hibs supporters against reconstruction full stop, especially no to temporary. There is a fair number that would like permanent reconstruction and are open to change. The club is aware of feelings from here and elsewhere. I’ve passed on this supporter feeling as strongly and as best I can.

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The Fastest-selling Hibs strip of all time. An outstanding initiative – an idea that was suggested and championed before release by both supporters and club (great minds think alike).

The club has great exposure on this – Over 1million online impressions and shared around mainstream media – that we’ve all seen, around the world. Fantastic. This club can certainly do magical things. “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much”.

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Another great example of club and supporters thinking similar is a tribute to Absent Friends.

I picked this up last year from supporters and I have been working closely with the club to find a point in our season calendar to allow supporters the opportunity to show their remembrance. All was set for one of our last home fixtures in the 2019/20 season to have a matchday dedicated to Hibernian people in our green and white memories that are no longer here. That plan will now be moving onto the next available opportunity but please be assured the club is committed to the idea and fully support it.

To those Hibernian people no longer here, their memory marches on.

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Another exciting development from the club, and part of the continued drive to improve services for Supporters, is the clubs new partnership with Merchant Services Provider SportingPay, This partnership will enhance the matchday experience for us massively with a card and contactless payment solution – part one of the Food Kiosk and Hospitality improvement. This ticks a lot of boxes – the partnership is worth a substantial sum of money to the club, it offers quicker, easier and safer way to pay for services and builds on the clubs pledge to build on being the Greenest club in Scotland.

http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10625

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Club call outs this month.

Club statement – CLUB STATEMENT

Ron Gordon Club Statement – CLUB STATEMENT | RONALD GORDON

Season Tickets sold – 5000 (Fantastic)

Darren McGregor Interview – INTERVIEW | DARREN McGREGOR

Christian Doidge Interview – INTERVIEW | CHRISTIAN DOIDGE

NHS and Key Worker Appeal Launched – NHS AND KEY WORKER APPEAL LAUNCHED

Stephane Omeonga Interview – INTERVIEW | STEPHANE OMEONGA

What Hibs means to me – Ryan Porteous – WHAT HIBS MEANS TO ME | RYAN PORTEOUS

What Hibs means to me – Michael Weir – WHAT HIBS MEANS TO ME | MICHAEL WEIR

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sport/football/scottish_premier/730435.stm

20 Years (29th April 2000) since the last game on the Slope yesterday (29th April 2020). So many memories shooting doon the Slope. Always felt the height of the stonework down the front or this image of East Stand post work gives a great view of what that Slope was like.

Interview with the late, great Lawrie Reilly here at the time – “Hibs shooting down the slope in the second half was like a war cry back then”.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/12191625.time-up-for-slope-graced-by-the-best-with-easter-road-pitch-due-to-be-levelled-lawrie-reilly-recalls-when-hibs-loved-playing-down-the-hill/

Immerse yourself in this nostalgia – https://youtu.be/6lSABH4OyWI

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Really enjoyed this content from the club – ya beauty.

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Hibs fans are barry – what about this strip collection from Niall Manson

Enjoyed this creativity from Finlay Martin

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Great work by the team in charge here taking donations on behalf of the Bounce to provide new Hibernian NHS Thank You Strips to children in Sick Kids hospital next season. At time of writing there is 15 tops purchased.

Massive respect to the one supporter that donated (purchased) the equivalent of 15
tops for deserving children. May Hibernian luck go with you wherever you go.

30 in total so far. Magic.

https://www.hibeesbounce.com/threads/hibs-kids-in-hospital-shirt-donation.131077/

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This is what it feels like to be Hibs.

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KP – March Update

Evening all,

I hope everyone is safe and well, do all you can to protect yourselves, your family, friends and community. Best of Hibernian luck to all those being badly affected by events. It’s a very worrying time for all. Here if you need me in any capacity, Hibs or not.

Only 4 weeks ago I was summarising about our five-year strategic plan and next steps on working together to take us to the next level. The world has changed as we know it since then but the vision and values laid out by the club recently will set Hibs up to be a leader in bringing back some form of normality in the near future. I have every faith the club will continue to find energy from all their talented staff to keep the positive engagement, providing useful information and helping with morale – “football always seems to be the most important of the least important things”.

Great article here with Graeme Mathie. The club and players were keen to support the community before social distancing came into place but they aren’t let those barriers hinder them.

www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com

Hibs fans get surprise calls from first-team stars as club makes brilliant gesture to supporters

The Easter Road side want to make sure their supporters are coping well in the current climate

www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com

 www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com
We’ve heard from Leeann and Ron too during this time. Both give honest and frank update on where we’re at – speaking with purpose and openness is always appreciated.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

SEASON TICKETS | A MESSAGE TO OUR SUPPORTERS

It’s clear that the next steps for Hibs and Scottish football is still on the shelf at the moment – rightly so, number one priority is saving lives – everyone is patiently waiting to see how this dynamic situation changes, it’s clear there is no direction of travel towards a decision yet and that is probably sensible but with each passing day and week, it makes decision making harder. I’m expecting to see Hibs in the flesh around August (the next month will confirm how realistic that is). Whatever is decided, Hibs will be ready to take it on. Keep that Scottish Cup on your radar.

We’re all missing football right now. Hibs games will be important for connecting with family and friends when this nightmare ends. I can’t wait to be back in a Hibs crowd home or away, with my fellow supporters, cheering on our team. I know a lot of us feel the same and we’ll never take it for granted again. Football will be important on that normality journey.

Thanks to everyone that got in touch over the last month with any query big or small, keep them coming – always available.

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Club call outs this month.

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HIBS TV FREE TO SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

The official Hibernian FC website with news, transfer rumours, online ticket sales, live match commentary, video highlights, player profiles, mobile content, wallpapers, and more www.hibernianfc.co.uk
What Hibs means to me – Paul Hanlon
WHAT HIBS MEANS TO ME | PAUL HANLON

What Hibs means to me – Keith Wright
WHAT HIBS MEANS TO ME | KEITH WRIGHT

What Hibs means to me – Joelle Murray
WHAT HIBS MEANS TO ME | JOELLE MURRAY

Dougray Scott interview
DOUGRAY SCOTT | ENIGMA NO MORE

Ryan Porteous interview
INTERVIEW | RYAN PORTEOUS

Nathan Ring interview
INTERVIEW | NATHAN RING

Steve Curnyn interview
INTERVIEW | RYAN PORTEOUS

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Season Tickets are now on sale. Absolutely understand the position each supporter has on this. Football really isn’t important at the moment and Hibs acknowledges this in a number of comments within statements released. Priority number one for the club, behind the collective national effort to save lives, is looking after their people – that’s all employees right through to supporters and the community.

The release is definitely not the same approach as previous campaigns, there is no pressure to renew at the moment and the club will be as flexible as it can – it’s moved the deadlines out and will pay the interest on finance payment plans (a fantastic gesture, this is a substantial amount of money when combined per supporter). Opening Season Tickets up provides the immediate opportunity for supporters that had been asking for that door to be open being available now for them to contribute. The club will be there for you when you’re ready.

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Below is a snapshot breakdown example of prices per game if choosing a standard East & West Gold seat within the early bird period (silver and bronze segments will be cheaper) and highlights the benefits of a season ticket overall.

Adult – £22.11
Senior (65+) – £13.42
Student (FTE) – £13.42
Youth (12-17) – £8.42
Child (2-11) – £5.53
Accessible – £18.16

Useful FAQs – FAQ
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Points I’ll bring up at next opportunity (and as always, not on behalf of all supporters but a sizeable proportion).

– Supporting Singing section/Since 1875. Last month I highlighted about accommodating the group better – they contribute a lot to atmosphere/matchday experience and are a great influencer. It’s great to hear the club is working with the group on this – “The club is currently discussing with representatives of the Singing Section options for the new season and beyond. It is most likely this section will move from their current position in the Famous Five Upper. This move will be temporary whilst a consultation takes place across the whole supporter base to find a new long term and sustainable solution. Those in the current Singing Section will be contacted directly by the club.”

– Season ticket flexibility. I’ll work with the club to find the right balance on season ticket deadlines (early bird prices (8th May) and seat reservation (4th June)) as much as I possibly can for our most at risk supporters.
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Excellent video of our favourite Football Programme Shop on Albion Road. Brian’s ‘bits of paper’.

“I love what I do, selling programmes.”

To some they’re just bits of paper, but to Brian football programmes are so much more. #AViewFromTheTerrace every Friday on @BBCScotland and @BBCiPlayer http://bbc.in/3djKkCs @TheTerraceTV // #AVFTT4466:21 PM – Mar 20, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy156 people are talking about this__________________________

Hibs fans are barry – this twitter thread started by Hibs on Tuesday 24th March has over 300 outstanding images from Hibs fans and is worthwhile procrastination.

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Hibs in the Community have been fantastic at producing content aimed at filling a void in young people’s lives. Football and Maths challenges is just the start Hibernian Community Foundation (@hibsincommunity) on Twitter

Our community charity have also completed a fantastic piece of work with Tesco Leith to handover food for learning hubs in Primary & Secondary schools across Edinburgh supporting category 1 students and NHS key workers. Kick on.

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Very sad news that always positive Hibs supporter Laura Mulholland passed away recently. Laura lived for her 10-year-old son and Hibernian. She was Hibs daft and she’ll be sorely missed. A JustGiving page has been set up by the family for donations to be collected for her boy at this time. Hibs community do your thing and look after him 

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Help raise £1000 to my nephew Aidan who’s mummy died suddenly on Tue 24th.

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Too late to make this matchday experience suggestion?

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Realised I was announced on 28th March 2019. It’s been an… action-packed year shall we say.
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Hanlon Stevenson Foundation are increasing content (just released a keepy-uppy challenge), keep track of them below.

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This is what it feels like to be Hibs.

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Look after you and yours and the club will be there and ready when this is all over.

KP

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The science of soap – here’s how it kills the coronavirus

NHS Coronavirus advice: how to wash your hands properly

Viruses can be active outside the body for hours, even days. Disinfectants, liquids, wipes, gels and creams containing alcohol are all useful at getting rid of them – but they are not quite as good as normal soap.

Health authorities have been giving us two messages: once you have the virus there are no drugs that can kill it or help you get rid of it. But also, wash your hands to stop the virus spreading. This seems odd. You can’t, even for a million dollars, get a drug for the coronavirus – but your grandmother’s bar of soap kills the virus.

So why does soap work so well on the Sars-CoV-2, the coronavirus and indeed most viruses? The short story: because the virus is a self-assembled nanoparticle in which the weakest link is the lipid (fatty) bilayer. Soap dissolves the fat membrane and the virus falls apart like a house of cards and dies – or rather, we should say it becomes inactive as viruses aren’t really alive.

With COVID-19 becoming a global health threat and the novel coronavirus spreading to every continent except Antarctica

The slightly longer story is that most viruses consist of three key building blocks: ribonucleic acid (RNA), proteins and lipids. A virus-infected cell makes lots of these building blocks, which then spontaneously self-assemble to form the virus. Critically, there are no strong covalent bonds holding these units together, which means you do not necessarily need harsh chemicals to split those units apart. When an infected cell dies, all these new viruses escape and go on to infect other cells. Some end up also in the airways of lungs.

When you cough, or especially when you sneeze, tiny droplets from the airways can fly up to 10 metres. The larger ones are thought to be the main coronavirus carriers and they can go at least two metres.

These tiny droplets end on surfaces and often dry out quickly. But the viruses remain active. Human skin is an ideal surface for a virus. It is “organic” and the proteins and fatty acids in the dead cells on the surface interact with the virus.

When you touch, say, a steel surface with a virus particle on it, it will stick to your skin and hence get transferred on to your hands. If you then touch your face, especially your eyes, nostrils or mouth, you can get infected. And it turns out that most people touch their face once every two to five minutes.

It is recommended that you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds

It is recommended that you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds

Washing the virus off with water alone might work. But water is not good at competing with the strong, glue-like interactions between the skin and the virus. Water isn’t enough.

Soapy water is totally different. Soap contains fat-like substances known as amphiphiles, some of which are structurally very similar to the lipids in the virus membrane. The soap molecules “compete” with the lipids in the virus membrane. This is more or less how soap also removes normal dirt from the skin.

The soap not only loosens the “glue” between the virus and the skin but also the Velcro-like interactions that hold the proteins, lipids and RNA in the virus together.

Soap is the most effective method of protecting yourself

Soap is the most effective method of protecting yourself

Alcohol-based products, which pretty much includes all “disinfectant” products, contain a high-percentage alcohol solution (typically 60-80% ethanol) and kill viruses in a similar fashion. But soap is better because you only need a fairly small amount of soapy water, which, with rubbing, covers your entire hand easily. Whereas you need to literally soak the virus in ethanol for a brief moment, and wipes or rubbing a gel on the hands does not guarantee that you soak every corner of the skin on your hands effectively enough.

So, soap is the best, but do please use alcohol-based sanitiser when soap is not handy or practical.

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Follow the government’s latest travel advice for people travelling back to the UK from affected areas, including whether to self-isolate. Don’t go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and call NHS 111.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Dear Members:

I hope this finds you well, in what is worrying times. However, we thought as a Branch we may be able to offer assistance to you. 

If any of our Members (especially the older Members within us that are self-isolating or those in the Vulnerable groups) require any assistance in getting some food, pet food even or supplies, newspaper, etc (stock permitting) then please do drop us an email on our dedicated help email. 

helpme@stpats.club 

We will get back to you and we can do a contactless doorstop safe delivery on a Saturday between 3pm-445pm. (Other times may be possible if not suitable) 

Thank you and do not hesitate to get in touch.

Stay Safe & Be Strong.

GGTTH

NEED HELP? – EMAIL US

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ST PATRICK’S NIGHT – TONIGHT – POSTPONED

Good Afternoon,

In light of COVID-19, Coronavirus outbreak we have taken the tough decision to cancel tonights St.Pats Night in the Hibs Club, Our sincere apologises to all, but we hope you will understand that this is an unprecedented virus and we feel it would be irresponsible for us to go ahead with it. 

We shall either rearrange for another evening or offer a full refund to those that have purchased tickets. Our apologises once again but the health of our members is more important.

Regards

St Patrick’s Branch Committee 

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A big thank you to all our 2020 reaffiliated members

A big thank you to all our 2020 reaffiliated members, see our membership report. Also including some member’s questions answered.    

Dear members  

Just a further thank you to everyone who reaffiliated to the Branch for 2020, we can report our re-affiliation membership from 2019 into 2020 is 450 members.  

With the reaffiliation timeline closed, we will now look at our waiting list of new members and progress these applicants. Our new members will be permitted up to our maximum of 505 members, you recall this cap on membership put on all branches in 2018, (our membership in 2018 was 505).    

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During the reaffiliation period a large number of members, still angry with the Hibernian Supporters Association (HSA) handling of the January EGM, had asked what our Branch’s current relationship is with the Executive Committee of the HSA. We should also point out a number of members were so angered and although wishing the branch well have decided not to reaffiliate to the HSA.  

Therefore in response;  As you will recall having collated the required 50 signatories we demanded an EGM of the full association last year, this was to debate and force a vote on a democratically raised and agreed branch motion.  As you will also recall when the EGM took place in January with over 100 association members in attendance the HSA Executive chose to close the meeting without due debate or taking the all-important and required vote, this vote to conclude whether our motion would be carried or indeed rejected by the full Association membership. This was seen by both your committee and our branch members as a rejection of the democratic process.     

Your committee then reported that following the EGM we were approached and offered a meeting with the HSA trustees, to discuss the full situation? We consulted this offer with our members at our next full branch meeting late January and our branch agreed that we would accept the offer for further discussion. In early February we were informed by the HSA the meeting may take time to arrange, this was the same response at Februarys delegates meeting however at the most recent March Delegates meeting, March 5th, we have been informed the meeting will not now be progressed by the HSA. 

We fully understand those members who have decided not to reaffiliate to the Association and we fully support their decision. We are also proud of the numbers who have decided to pay their 2020 contribution and wish to support the branch going forward, our current stance, therefore, remains to continue where every opportunity allows calling for a democratic response and conclusion to our motion set out at the EGM 

We also understand from the delegates meetings that there are some possible planned changes to the various HSA office bearers this to be announced at the HSA AGM in May, your committee would point out that despite our obvious differences especially on the outcome from the EGM, and despite the normal truths and untruths of what St Patrick’s have said or done, we can clarify to our members we have always credited all HSA office bearers with the hard work they put into the Association and like all members of the association, we will work to support a democratic and transparent HSA.   

For anyone unaware of the motion put forward at the EGM, please see our website within the member’s page under the meeting & minutes section.  

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KP update – February

Morning all,

February quickfire update – will need to look out the cardboard jaiket for Hampden. Again.

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Hibernian Chairman Ronald Gordon unveiled our five-year strategic plan to shareholders at the club AGM during the week.

Every area of the club has been analysed to bring together an ambitious plan that sets out a vision to build on the progress made recently.

Key call outs

  • Compete in top 4 for all competitions and participate in Europe
  • Double our investment in the player budget by 2023 (currently at its highest ever level – primary focus will always be football)
  • Grow number of Season Tickets and matchday tickets
  • Increase turnover by 50% by 2023 and 100% by 2025
  • 1million investment to improve Easter Road (PA system, Big Screen, Advertising digital ribbons, Food Kiosks(in-house service), Corporate Hospitality). A festive celebration about the club every game
  • Refine and define the Hibernian brand

Points I wanted to flag that might’ve went under the radar from the headlines

  • We play to serve our community – which is an important part of the heritage of Hibs
  • Aim to be the most recognised and admired Sports brand in Edinburgh
  • Build consistently exceptional teams that compete for trophies every year – football always comes first
  • Provide first class customer service – we treat everyone with respect
  • Innovate and take risks
  • Promote a ‘can do’ attitude, a culture that we can do anything, nothing is impossible
  • Have valued and long lasting relationships with corporate partners
  • Season ticket value – give value and thank you to season ticket holders (membership, discounts and exclusive offers)
  • Being creative how we sell tickets (packages and bundles)

Ron talked about being grateful and thanking the support and HSL for financial support of the club – now looking at how we can develop more opportunities for contributions for those that want to (anything additional is always straight to football – not at the expense of something else). Ron also extended his gratefulness and admiration to Tom Farmer and Rod Petrie for leaving the club in a great place – that will continue and to grow more we will invest.

Ron closed the meeting with a very powerful ending – The tradition, heritage and history of the club is special and should be honoured but the clubs best year are ahead of us, not behind us and we need to work together.

Thanks to everyone that got in touch over the the last month with any query big or small, keep them coming – always available. Lots of good conversations around a number of points recently – cup ticketing pricing and seating, Hėarts ticket allocations, Since 1875 and more.

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Club call outs this month.

2020 AGM and Strategic Plan
www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10568

Joelle Murray first to agree Part Time Pro contract with Hibernian Women
www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10558

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Greenest club in Scotland
www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10557
www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10556

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Points flagged to the board by myself (and as always, not on behalf of all supporters but a sizeable proportion).

– Supporting Singing section/Since 1875. The group recently did a survey, with club backing, on potential safe standing/sing section location. Now its looking at what possibilities and opportunities there is on accommodating the group better – they contribute a lot to atmosphere/matchday experience and are a great influencer.

KP – The club are keen (as much as we are) to improve the atmosphere and are definitely open to change. Now it’s working together to deliver a well thought out plan and execute in the correct manner. I’ll keep working with all parties to keep on top of this to make sure we’re hitting full potential.

Since 1875 survey results.

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Some Hibs fans are special – Alan Lugton was one of them. Great to see an appreciation of him and his Hibernian history workings during the recent LIvingston match on the 72 minute. His memory will march on.

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Hibs fans are barry, especially on our travels – some majestic nostalgia posted recently.

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Hibs in the Community are ramping up the outstanding work they do in the local communities.

www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10537

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At the start of February they launched Hibs Class – a new educational programme designed to encourage young people in primary schools to lead healthy lifestyle and gain confidence.


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Not Hibs related but a fantastic story how football is a powerful tool – I’ve nae time for bullies, well done all involved.

Dnipro Kids turnstile Collection.

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I was delighted to hear Dnipro kids raised £1,520 during blizzard conditions in the recent Livingston match. Echoing the massive well done to the volunteers that stood out to collect and of course, the donators.

Dnipro Kids February update can be found here Dnipro Kids – February Update

You can make a small donation to their fundraising efforts through their update – I’ve sent a small donation over.

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This is what it feels like to be Hibs.

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On to Tuesday night and beyond, to quote Ron from Wednesday night – “Everyone is indispensable and necessary to the success of the club. We’re all necessary to succeed” – we’re all necessary on Tuesday and in this exciting season end.

KP

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