Just back and we should have been through

Dundee Utd 2 v 2 Hibs

We started so well, 1-0 up early, in control and we let a very average United team back into it. Great goal from Boyler second half, we are in control and yet again we let them back into it. We are soft as putty in the middle and we do not look dangerous enough. Add to that the weird experience of Scott Allan having a bad game, Doidge scoring then doing nothing, Whitts playing a blinder and then giving them their second equaliser topped off with not making a third sub when we were crying out for a change. Damned frustrating.

3,100 Hibs fans there, a support so large we had two noisy songs going on the whole game, those in the Gerry Kerr and Jim McLean stands giving it laldy much like the Since 1875 team singing away oblivious to those in section 43 in the east. It was cold, the maze under the stands is dangerous and a few pissed up Hibs fans kept appearing in the wrong part. The weirdest thing is the 20 or so Dundee United match sponsors who have to sit in between all the Hibs fans. Imagine having to do that v the Huns. Stephane Omeonga was there in the segregation area between the fans and we could have done with his creativity today as everything Scottie touched was a worldy that quickly went wrong.

United are no great shakes, no doubting the hunboy Shankland is a handful and their 7 – McMullan played very well, as did the sub Louis Appere, who sounds exotic but had a Fife accent as broad as the silvery Tay. They had two shots on goal and scored twice, both decent goals but avoidable. We are limp upfront when Doidge is there on his own, although Boyler and Flo were pests all game. We won the midfield battle, Melker and Whitts doing a fine job and the defense playing well the majority of the game. Shelly Marciano in leather trousers was an added bonus too.

Should we have been out of sight, yes, do we need additions, yes, but with injuries to both Porto and Naismith we may need to keep hold of Jackson and James now. When both went off, I think the average age of our back four was 33 years old! They did fine to be honest and the United second goal followed an error by the other auld fellae Roger Whittaker.

So to the team.…remembering I watched the game for the Fair Play Stand Upper teir live with no reruns. Many of you will have seen it on the EBC live and have the benefit of re-runs, camera angles and the slavering of anti-Hibs commentators….

Rocky had little to do but pick up the ball from the net after losing two goals, neither he could do much about.

Naismith is reasonable going forward but a very average defensive right back, he is also too slow. I was happier when Sir David replaced him at half time.

Porto got a sore one and limped off. He had been having a good game, although neither he or Paul covered themselves in glory with the first goal.

Paul had a good steady game, as I said he and Porto might have done better at the first goal. He is not a captain, he is too nice a man.

Both Porto and Paul kept the much praised Shankland pretty quiet most of the game, the once they didn’t he scored.

Lewis was smashing, got tore in given he often had two coming at him.

Melker is my favourite player, I have said that often, he is a proper baller and I think enjoyed the help he got from Roger today. One blooter at goal might have been better struck. A good Hibs player.

Whitts was excellent today, slow as a week in Saughton but reads the game well and is a good footballer who fits well where he played. His error and lack of effort lead to United’s superb second equaliser. He gave up the chase, which is a pity.

Scott Allan had his worst game I have seen in a Hibs shirt. Everything he did went wrong, too many worldies, too many wrong decisions. He saw a lot of the ball today, possibly a clever tactic from the tramp Neilson. Very poor Scottie, must do better. I would have taken him off last 15 – 20.

Boyler is great, a super pass for the opener from Doidge, a great goal for the second. He never stops and is exactly the type of player I love to see play for Hibernian.

Flo too worked his socks off, switching wings with Boyler the whole game, never giving up either. Needs to cut out the Scottie Allan type flicks though, they get on my tits.

Doidge scored and eh, that was about it. I dinnae fancy him at all, sorry.

Subs

Sir David Gray, scorer of the 92nd minute header that won Hibernian the Scottish Cup on May the 21st 2016 replaced the injured Naismith at half time. I will say it again, Hibernian play better when Sir David plays.

Daz replaced the injured Porto after 50 or so minutes and done well, pity he is the age he is, he gets tore right in.

Why did we not make a third sub, both Allan and Doidge could have been replaced and we would have improved?

The Management

Set up well and with more drive and passion we would have won comfortably. But we are too cautious not helped by lack of subs when a game needs to be won. I felt Jack gave a pretty average United way too much respect. How he did not change either Scott or Doidge is beyond me.

Dundee United

I like United, they are the acceptable side of our offspring, unlike the shower from the weej. Their steak pies are rotten though. Shankland is decent, as is McMullan and Appere. However their goalie is guff, their defence is poor and they could only rustle up 6000 fans. They are also managed by a jambo fud Neilson. I fully expect us to spank them in the replay.

The Referee

Clancy is a clown, had he booked their captain Butcher after his third foul first half, he would have had to send him off for his straight yellow second. Hopeless.

I have mentioned the Hibs support, we are a giant waiting for an excuse. make it happen Hibs.

Man of the Match

Overall I felt Hibernian played well today and we had some good performances. Boyler was a handful and scored a great goal, Whitts had a good game, spoiled by causing their second goal through a poor touch, half-arsed challenge and giving up chasing. Melker Hallberg was for me, the best of the bunch, he enjoyed the support of Whitts, what a find we have in this laddie, so its Melker gain for me.

Mind in any replay, we have home advantage, we may have further signings and they are no really that very good, ignoring all the noise about them in the media. I hope Hibs and United agree on a sensible pricing policy for all fans, given its a school night.

Next up is Hamilton on Wednesday Night at the Holy Ground where we might see the return of the prodigal son, Stephane Omeonga. Get along if you can.

Hibernian Forever!

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Just back, the adventures of 1875, Tully, Glenn, Rab and Blu-Tac Jack in Spain….

I ken its no really a Just back as such as the game was played in Friday. It is a Just Back as I got back yesterday afternoon, the plane ‘crashed’ at Glasgow airport and I got home last night and working all day in Dundee today. So its a Just back with a twist.

My trip started with a half day last Thursday and a lift down from Glenn07 to Prestwick, where we met FieryJack (aka Blu Tak Jack) and boarded a delayed flight to Malaga, meeting a couple of other Hibby’s on the plane too. Just before we boarded we discovered Hibs had moved the game to an alternative location, and thanks to Power for his efforts in getting details to me and others as to the new place we were playing. On arrival in Spain we met up with Tully, who joined us alone after his missus took no well and decided to stay in Torremolinos. We picked up the hire car and I drove the 100km down to Sabinillas, our base for the first two days of the adventure, also dropping Glenn07 off in Estepona on the way. Time we got to the hotel it was midnght and the bars of the wee town were closed. Hibs on Tour though, a bar had to be sought out, so we tramped the mile or so to the next village to get the last orders in both an Irish Bar (no bad two hours of last orders) and last last orders in a bar we subsequently discovered was a reknowned bar for druggies, we never noticed!!! We tramped the mile or so back, take away beers in hand, fair chuffed we had wet the tours head and were going to see the Hibs play Willem II in the sun.

I woke up early as I was fair chuffed we were in the wee town I go too every summer and was itching to introduce the lads to the Spanish brekky of Pan y Tomate and a strong coffee, and to get away from Blu Tak Jack’s endless fucking snoring! Glenn, Tully, myself and Jack fed and watered we took the car down the coast towards Gibraltar, through the tiny village San Enrique to a Polo Ground in the campo, Glenn regaling us of the tales of the shaggers in the adjoining rooms’ grunts and squeals, that kept him awake.

We pulled in to the polo grounds and there in front of us were the Hibernian players resplendant in green, warming up, it gives you a wee shiver when you see our team. Indeed first player we spotted was Ollie Shaw queuing for a slash at the only portable toilet at the place, that gave us a different kind of shiver I have to say! Polo Grounds are the size of 4 football pitches, Willem 11 trained on one pitch, Hibs another and another team in Royal Blue a third as we settled down to watch the game to the sound of much Hibs fans blethering and the weird Willem 11 fan resplendant in red white and blue kit and blasting out there clog dancing music from a hidden ghetto blaster. With around 100 Hibs fans turning up from both Scotland and from various parts of Spain, Rab from Almeria, Ben and his wife from Nerja, Raymond and his wife from France, via Duquesa near the match location and a few others. There were around 4 Willem 11 fans, plus a few interested football following expats from the area.

For me, the fact that Hibs take 100 fans to a bounce game on a polo pitch in the back of beyond in Andalucia on a Friday afternoon really tells you the potential for our club, if managed well both on and off field.

The teams got changed in the shade of the trees (yup, nae changing facilities to go with the one portble shunky) and shook hands with each other in 19oC sun, Hibs in there green body, white sleeved top (no sponsor), Willem 11 in fucking maroon, home kit red white and blue, away kit maroon, its fair to say, its not a team I will be following anytime soon.

Obviously in a friendly there are lots of changes, I wont go through them but will go through my thoughts on the individual Hibs players perfromances and the order will roughly indicate when the played.

The Team

Adam Bogdan started as a trialist and looked as solid as ever, no chance at their goal. I am happy he is back, I hope we can move Maxwell on.

Sir David Gray, scorer of the winning headed goal on the 21st of May 2016 as he captained Hibernian to our first Scottish Cup win since 1902 had a steady first half. Worth noting the Willem 11 wide players were rapid and gave all our full backs a hard time, especially first half. Dave came off at half time. Delighted to see Sir David back.

Daz started too and defended well, he had too, they came at us. Daz came off at half time.

Paul started too, he too had to work as they gave us a torried time. From memory he came off at half time too?

Tom James filled in at left back first half. It was a bounce game, but being so up close, my opinion is he is a bit of weakling and a couple of times showed no heart when going for a ball. He came off at half time.

Fraser Murray played on the right of midfield, I feel a better for position for him, he lasted almost the whole game from memory. He is filling out at last, which is good.

Melker Hallberg is a personal fave of mine, I reckon when we sign a midfielder enforcer we will see even more of Melker’s skills. Best of the signings for me.

Daryll Horgan played wide left and tried to influence the game, but from my spot on the enbankment, he couldnae get anything right? He went off at half time but came back on again late in the game.

Scottie played well I thought, although he goes down too easy for me. Scottie too came back on late second half, cannae mind who he replaced?

Ollie Shaw got the full 90 minutes and was rewarded with a well taken penalty which he won himself and a tap in winning goal after Boyler should really have scored on the break with a minute or two to go. Ollie didnt get much right first half, but with a lot of encouragement from his team mates, which I liked, he went on to have a good second. As an academy graduate and as a fellow Hibernian supporter, I really hope Ollie makes it. One slight negative is for me he is still two lean.

Christian Doidge offered very little, sorry.

Rocky started the second half and kept a clean sheet. I noted he speaks well through out the game, encouraging his team mates.

Naismith was fine, and he too talks his way through the game, enjoying the odd expletive, which I fucking loved. His crossing was rotten though.

Adam Jackson was solid and he is another who talks to his team mates, although the exchange between Boyler and him was interesting and I hope it was banter! Adam complained Boyler had not made a run, Boyler suggested Adam lift his fucking head!

Ryan Porteous was solid and stifled the problematic Willem 11 attack. He will go onto Captain Hibs and Scotland I think?

Lewis Stevenson had to mark their excellent wide man and would have slept well after the effort he had to put in.

Roger Whittaker, I was very impressed with, still has a good fitba brain but no legs anymore. For me, if we need to take Melker off in a game, Rodge is the best option.

Slivka, pranced his way through the second half without making much mark.

Ben Stirling fitted in well but was injured middle of the second half.

Boyler ran riot up against ex Hibs player Nellom. Full of energy, he never shuts up either. He should have scored when through on the keeper, Ollie showed him how to do it.

The management

From a fitba perspective they were trying things out, and they secured a win against a very good Dutch team. I am happy with that, what better feeling than a Hibs win, bettered by the fact they beat a team in maroon! On a personal level, the coaching staff are superb, John Potter and Graeme Mathie engaging with Hibs fans all game long and topped off for me by Jack Ross coming up to myslef and Tully after the game, thanking us for our support and hoping we enjoyed the rest of our stay in Spain (more of enjoying our stay in Spain in a minute). We have good guys in charge, I am sure of it. Lets hope the board (none of whom I noted were there) support Jack and his teams ambitions.

Willem 11 are a very decent team, I dreaded a thumping after about half an hour, but they were bettered by Hibs second half. One thing that was strange was their players spoke English to each other when they played. Pity they play in red, white and blue and maroon, fucking losers.

The referee was fine, no real contentious issues to deal with.

The Fans, you all know who you are, well all I can say is that we really are Hibs daft. For 100 Hibs fans to head to the southern tip of Spain on the second weekend in January is brilliant, the cheer when Ollie scored the winner would have woke the locals from their siestas. The blethering, the hugging, the handshakes, the camaraderie, the near tears as we discussed our experiences on that day in May 2016 make me immensely proud to be part of this family, the Hibernian Family.

Man of the Match was Ollie Shaw, good effort son, in the sun.

Post match saw the Hibs support drift off in all directions, many back to Torremolinos and Malaga, Brockie and his pal back to Cadiz (they mixed up their Cities with their Provinices and ended up staying 100 odd miles away without a car!), some to visit Gib and then us, the wee merry band of Blu Tac Jack, Rab (Spanishboy on the bounce), Tully, Glenn and myself heading back to Sabinillas for the post match beers. Glenn disnae drink, so it we sorted him out with a dozen alcohol free cervezas for his hotel room and headed for tapas. I wont bore you with food porn but the German boy, Muggins from Dortmund who served us messed everything up and we ended up with food coming in installments for over an hour! We then headed to my local in Sabi, McGuinnesses, ran by a young Irish couple where we sipped sundowners before heading up to the taxi rank to send Glenn and his ‘zero’ beer back to Estepona. We scoffed Rabbit and Chips and Baby Squid and Chips, then headed back to McGuinnesses, pished, to listen to the live lady singer singing Hibs songs of our choice, whether they were Hibs songs or not!

As we blethered, we noticed Jack playing with blu tac? Why we asked? It turns out he has been carrying blu tac about with him since he first watched HIbs in the late seventies as a kid, and he has done so ever since. As the pints and Irish gin flowed, Jack dropped his blu tac and it was later re-discovered flattened on the bottom of the shoe of a very irritating Irish guy who had been talking shite all night with us. It looked like blue shite on the sole of his shoe, he wisnae happy, we pissed our self laughing. A drunken 2.30 am stagger home after dropping Rab off at the taxi rank, Blu Tac Jack managed to wreck the local councils temporary fencing before headbutting me by mistake as we tried to pick him and the fence back up.

Waking up to check out the next day we discovered that the room had a TV and heating, neither of which we had noticed before and we checked out, Blue Tac Jack in hangover agony, me with the fear and Tully remarkably ok for a 12 hour session! We picked up Glenn at his hotel, he seemed not well? Asking him what was wrong, he told us he had mixed his alcohol free beers the night before and was struggling with a hangover…..work that one out! Luckily he packed his angina spray and popped it out when he felt unwell, viola, out pops a mini salt and pepper set instead. Came in handy at lunchtime right enough! After a day being Tommy Tourist, Jack and I headed up to Fuengirola to meet the daughter of another Bouncer, Delting Hibby. Hannah has been on many Hibs tours, and has relocated to Spain and we had a good catch up before retiring for an early start the next day as I headed home. The drive up to Malaga and flight to Glasgow were uneventful, well right up until we landed and the plane rattled, slid, shook and generally had 180 passengers suffer from immediate incontenence. They suggested a puncture, I couldnae see one on any of the tyres when we got off, I dinnae want to to think what really happened, I am flying again later this week. I will be taking Blu Tac just in case.

All in all, a great Hibs trip, a win, a good time with great pals, I highly recommend that if the chance arises and you can go, go.

See you all at Tannadice!

Hibernian Forever!

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Just Back and that was woeful

Livingston 2 v 0 Hibs

Am I allowed to say Hibs are shite? No? Good, Hibs are shite. That was rotten, no effort, no passion, no strength, out muscled, out played and didnae care, from the management to the players, 4000 Hibs fans came through, £25 a head and those useless arseholes didnae think to try? Word is they are off to the Costa Del Sol next week to a training camp. I wouldnae bother, I would have them on double shifts doon East Mains until we play United.

Ahhh but, it was the pitch, ahh but Livi are an industrial team. We have a 4G pitch at East Mains, weall live in Scotland……Livingston wanted it more than us. The manager didnae change it, he reacted to Livi changes. They marked Boyler out the game, you dinnae have to mark Doidge he is an easy beat, and lets be honest so was Scott Allan, Daryll Horgan, Joe Newell, Fraser Murray and Ollie Shaw …..all wet, Naismith is average, Daz strong but was at fault first goal ( I think?), Lewis and Murray were skinned for their second, Halberg remains our midfield, although some Hibs fans have now decided he is somehow a problem? Sorry, Hibs were shite and its not good enough, Jack Ross has now lost 4 games, we are insipid.

I would normally weave a tale of the pre and post match happenings, 100’s of Hibs fans packed into the Livi Stadium Bar, the Infirm on the telly. One thing is for sure, regardless of the spoutings of some, the Huns goals were met with eerie silence, the Celtc goal with cheers, Morelos sending off a bigger cheer than any Hibs move we had today, did we actually have a shot on target?

My approach to my summary of the team is different this week, my thoughts:

Rocky, keep, no chance at either goal.

Naismith is a squad player, keep, but Sir David is our best right back, the man who scored that goal on that day in 2016. Keep as a squad player.

Daz is ok, but seemed at fault with their first goal? Keep.

Paul was Hibs best player today for me. Keep.

Lewis was ok today, cannae be easy with a lazy, useless Horgan in front of you. Keep.

Horgan lazy and useless today, stop eating your bairns selection boxes pal. Not really good enough is he? Keep or release, wouldnt be bothered.

Hallberg, a diamond in a steaming pile of shite. Keep.

Slivka, done ok first 30 then made error after error, not really good enough is he? He can go.

Allan, done very little, I said so a few weeks back, something is up. Not good enough from Scott. Boot up the arse and keep.

Boyler, marked out the game. Keep.

Doidge, useless, he didnt care did he? Sell if we can.

Subs

Shaw for Allan with 25 to go. I would loan Shaw out and if he dos not shine in the lower leagues, release him, he is soft as skittery toly and brought nothing. Shame to condemn any Hibs man but….

Murray replaced Horgan with 25 to go too and made no impression. I had hope for him and Olllie, I was wrong. Loan out for a last chance saloon.

Newell for Hallberg. Sorry, Newell is another mistake see if we can get some cash for him. Another softy.

Management, well we beat Gunts but we have lost 4 games now with them in charge, two against teams we should beat. Frankly I am not that impressed so far, poor sub timings, no urgency, no goal threat apart from Boyler and not a shot on target today. Not acceptable.

Livingston

For such a tiny club with 800 paying fans they beat us fair and square, well worth their win, thoroughly deserved. Well played, industrial but with a bit of ability. I would look to sign their right back if we could? Good idea with the pre match bars for home and away fans.

Ref was fine, tried to let a game in swirling wind on a plastic pitch go.

Hibs Fans, well 4000+ went home unhappy, good attendance, no atmosphere as the Since 1875 folk were stuck in one corner and the wind blew all their songs away. I would however like to add that Since 1875 founder member, Ross and his wife had a wee boy this weekend, congratulations from the Hibernian family, sorry Hibs spoiled the weekend for you guys, love from the Bounce!

Hibs man of the match was Paul Hanlon, no on else came close for me.

Next up is a mid season friendly in Estepona in Andalucia on the 10th of January, either Dutch team Willem II or another yet to be announced. If that falls through, its a closed doors game v Motherwell or suchlike. If a game is confirmed, a just back will follow as I holiday near there every summer, would hate to miss Hibs playing in my other town.

That was fucking rubbish, move on.

Hibernian Forever!

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Just Back – Merry Christmas

HEARTS 0 V 2 HIBERNIAN

Snow is falling, well it certainly felt cold enough when we arrived in the west side of town. Hibs stepped out to a noisy away end and a home support bolstered by the noise from their tannoy. The gates had opened late, causing queues at 11.30 am, the Hibs fans keen to see us give the puddle drinkers a hiding.

All around us, the Hibs fans found their voice, old and new songs being belted out constantly. We had started without Flo and Mallan, Flo with a knee injury, replaced by Horgan and Slivka giving us some steel and skill instead of Mallan, finally Darren back to replace the suspended Porto. They had eleven fucking donkeys on, I guess in a tribute to the stable the baby Jesus was supposed to have been born in?

Children playing, well the laddie Hickey had left his lego and selection box in the changing room, although word is he had his Avengers pants on over Jamie Walkers sisters ones to keep warm?

Having Fun, Hibernian free flowing attacking football soon seen us two nothing up, a wonder ball from Scottie expertly put away with our Christmas Cracker Boyler, followed by some good work from Daryll Horgan, a strong challenge from Scottie and again Boyler’s pace and skill made it 2-0 Hibernian. Both the Hibs players and noisy fans were certainly having fun as the skidmark coloured scarf twirlers headed home before halftime.

Its the season for love and understanding, I love watching Hibs send the guffies home defeated and I understand it must be awfy watching that shite, hoofball and pub team were terms used regulalry to describe the industrial football used by the puddle drinkers. I loved Jack Ross’s approach, he worked out that Berra tows a cart when runing and Halkett is way over rated, Doidge and Boyler gave them a torrid time. I also love how he makes subs to attack not defend, he understands where we are strongest and where we are weakest.

Merry Christmas, well it certainly is and we let them know how much we enjoyed it!

Fuck the He..arts…. and today, first half especially we really did give them a doing. I though Daz, Pal and Lewis were immense, Hallberg tireless, Slivka accomplished and Boyler and Doidge both excellent, topped only by the support that sang for almost the full 90 minutes backing the boys on to victory!

The Team

Marciano was superb, a few cracking saves, stopped them in their tracks. Not dithering, only one dead ball kicked out of play, he was top of his game today.

Naismith did ok but he is awfy slow both in his play and thinking.

Daz defended liks a Hibs fan posessed, he is a Hibs fan posessed. Superb.

Paul plays better beside Darren and mastered that huddy Itchyfuckknows and had a good game.

Lewis too played very well, no messing with Lewis, he gets tore in.

Although often isolated, I though Melker Hallberg was excellent today, he is a real find and partner near him will bring even more from this excellent young player.

I thought Vicky fitted in very well and offered us a lot today, pity he cannot play this way every week.

Horgan drifted in and out but did not offer enough for me, especially second half.

Scottie set up both goals, a wonder pass and a strong challenge. I felt he gave us a bit more today than recently.

Boyler was a menace from start to finish, a pest, a wasp, he had Halkett and Berra all over the place and left them standing for two excellent goals. A star man indeed.

Chris Doidge won challenge after challenge, header after header, he too hassled the shit stains defence all game in his best performance since St Johnstone away.

Subs

I felt whist the changes were the right ones, the order was wrong and both were a little too late. It allowed the bottom club to get back into the game a wee bit.

Mallan for Allan is fine, as Mallan really took the game to them after Scottie tired, it gave our defence a break too.

Newell to helped replacing the shattered Horgan, he too brought the ball forward and relieved the pressure for the Gunts constant hoofs up the pitch.

The Boss

Excellent understanding of how to counter a pub team, Jack knew Halkett and Berra are as slow as a week in Saughton and the one outball the skitters have is the hoof to Itchybawsack. Match management was good, we subbed to bring on attacking players, not an extra defender. Its good to see.

The Hibs Fans were superb, backing the team all game, the Shaky Song, Jingle Bells, ect were excellent.

The Opposition, well they really are shite, awful. Its good eh?

I thought the referee had a good game, he tried to let the game flow, not easy with those huddies to manage.

My man of the match would have been Daz McGregor, he was immense, however Boyler was also immense and scored two fine goals. Its the Star Man for me today, fantastic!

Next up, Livi away on Sunday, get along of you can, support the team, a few tweaks we will be up there.

Hibernian Forever!

Merry Christmas, Fuck the He..arts!

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KP Update. December…

Afternoon all,

December quickfire update – what has been happening since my last update a month ago – I wanted to get this to you before the festive season kicks off proper.

Firstly, Thanks to everyone for your feedback, engagement and involvement throughout 2019 – we’ve got a great working relationship with the club and they continue to listen to our feedback on points of concern, constructive criticism and positive ideas (kiosks, stadium access, turnstiles, PA system, ladies team, green initiative, performances, communication and deepening relationships key highlights since I’ve been representing us – not forgetting dealing direct with hundreds more regarding tickets, stadium maintenance, away travel, financial queries, club contacts etc) – all of this will help shape the plans of what we do for the rest of the season, next year and part of the strategy for the longer term – Club communication on a lot of the above plus more details fast approaching (KP – I genuinely believe you’ll like what you’ll hear – it really does touch all the areas we talk about regularly here and elsewhere).

Keep getting in touch or flagging where necessary – I get round it all eventually (Lot’s of feedback this week about away fan ‘behaviour’, stewarding, home fan conduct and more – I’ve channelled it into the club (and will continue tae)).

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Club call outs this month.

Hibs Players spread Christmas cheer at Edinburgh Sick Kids
www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10456

Gunts and Livingston ticket update including ticket office administration changes
www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10477

Sean McPartlin arranged the visit of Double Olympian Eilish McColgan to HTC
www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10435

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

– Club football content and communications popular in November and December (Pat Stanton new club ambassador, foodbank collection, sick kids hospital visit and calendar signing session), player engagement is important and the club to continue looking at deepening relationships in this manner and keep engagement high.

KP – My escalation this month to the club was before feedback and good discussions were had about Hibs ladies. I know the club has a plan developed to keep the them at the top of the game and we wait to hear what that will be.
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As always, Hibs fans are barry.

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Hibs whenever, wherever – including Porty Beach in December.__________________________


I was extremely motivated to complete this one in memory of those Hibernian people no longer here. I know how important this is to a number of fans and I’m extremely motivated further to get a proper Hibernian focused day to those no longer here in the diary. Great news is the club is too. Watch this space.

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Hibernian Community Foundation are making a big push on their 2020 vision of providing 5,000 hot meals to children who need our help.

Food poverty affects on average almost 25% of children living in Edinburgh. In parts of North Edinburgh, including Leith, this rises to over 35%.

I’ve sent over a donation to keep that target tracker ticking.
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This is what it feels like to be Hibs 

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Everyone get right behind Hibs on Thursday Boxing Day (enjoy it to the max), looking forward to getting Friday out of the system and no better game than this one to do it. If the players can match the energy and desire of us we’ll be barry – and of course away on Sunday to Livingston before we break. Come back refreshed and let’s hit the second half of the season with a bang.

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I’m looking forward to meeting up and playing football in an organised match with other Hibernian people and more on Hogmanay (1pm at Leith Links) in memory of Shaun McKinley (His perseverance despite a terminal illness to see Hibs lift the cup in 2016 is something I think back to a lot at this time of year. We all have that inner perseverance in us, tap intae it at any moment ye need some of it. Rest in Oasis pal).

Lastly, have a great Christmas and New Year. Keep doing what you do and supporting this club and all those connected wae it.

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KP update – November

Afternoon all,

November quickfire update – what has been happening since my last update on 1st November.

I mentioned in that update that I was unhappy to hear lots of Hibs fans were disengaged or disappointed. We needed positive change and our charge up the league (unbeaten) and lots of communication from the club in November is fantastic.
We all ken Football is a mad game and the Hibs rollercoaster is wild at times. Keep persevering and shouting up if there is anything I can do.

The support played their part in November and I noticed Jack Ross and Ryan Porteous strongly backed that in interviews in during the month. Noise and backing at pinch points in games not to be underestimated.

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Lots to call out this month.

Click on the Club Update Links

UPDATE | RON GORDON

UPDATE | LEEANN DEMPSTER

UPDATE | GRAEME MATHIE

TRACEY SMITH STANDS DOWN AS SUPPORTER DIRECTOR = Club Statement

P – We all collectively want the best for Hibs and it’s really important to respect every Hibs fan and employee (player or staff) that represents Hibernian

I thought this interview was great – When Darren met Darren – WHEN DARREN MET DARREN!

We’ve all been working together with the club and what we’ve been flagging has produced positive change.

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

– Club communication on the 7th of November from Ron, Leeann and Graeme have landed very well with the support.
KP – More to come

– Look at initiatives to continue to foster stronger and deeper relationships with the support.
KP – Something I can look at for us but always good to work together

This doesn’t mean other important long-standing points flagged again recently – tannoy, catering, toilets – aren’t still on the pad. Still there and working towards improvement.
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As always, Hibs fans are barry – the dedication and commitment by Helping Hands Edinburgh to organise the Foodbank collection next week against Aberdeen is brilliant. Remember to get involved.

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Gamechanger, the Public Social Partnership set up by the Club, the Hibernian Community Foundation and NHS Lothian, is still running in the FF Almond Suite and West Stand with a number of Partners.

Cyrenian’s is one of those partners. Home – Cyrenians

This charity supports people excluded from family, home, work or community on their life journey. One of the ways they do that is with Hibernian and NHS Lothian at Easter Road stadium – providing free lunches weekly
Historic link – Cyrenians provide over 600 free lunches in partnership with Hibernian – Cyrenians

I’ve sent over a small donation today to ensure they keep up the good work they do in Partnership with our club
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This is what it feels like to be Hibs.

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Everyone get right behind Hibs in December. It’s a tough month but we can make the difference.

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Hibernian Foodbank

St.Patrick’s Branch are proud to support Edinburgh Helping Hands and a donation of £200 was agreed unanimously at the last branch meeting. Please support this excellent initiative.

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