Alan Lugton RIP – Branch tribute.

It was with much sadness that we heard of the passing of a good friend of our Branch, Alan Lugton RIP.

He was a guest speaker at the St. Patrick’s Branch of the Hibernian Supporters Association meetings on two occasions describing in detail how he compiled the enormous amount of information about Hibernian FC over the years to use in his magnificent trilogy.

We know that he was a long time critic of some Hibernian Historians who in his opinion distorted the facts about the founding of Hibernian and the early days. Revisionist he would say.

He was a guest at the Branch St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and was cheered to the rafters on taking to the floor in March 2015.

We wrote to our members at the time:

Saturday saw our Branch’s St. Pat’s Bash in the Hibernian Supporters Association Club. As usual a packed venue with some 220 members and friends having a ball entertained by young dancers from the Paul Dever’s School of Irish Dance, the wonderful Mad Ferret Band and a great disco. Again we were delighted to have present 18 Dutch St. Pat’s members/Hibs fans from Groningen, Netherlands.
We were also delighted to have present George Craig, Head of Football Operations and his wife, along with Stadium Manager Keith Donaldson. A big thanks for the signed strip and Match tickets supplied by Hibernian for the raffle.
The highlight of the evening for many were the presentations by Branch Patron Patrick Gordon Stanton. The first award was to Alan Lugton for his outstanding contribution to documenting the formation of Hibernian Football Club. He has transmitted his enthusiasm and affection for the Club to his wife, to his children and to his friends and practically all his spare time over decades has been devoted to exploring and recording the history of Hibernian FC. Those thirty years culminated in the wonderful trilogy ‘ The Making of Hibernian’


BIG G


Our sincere condolences go out to Molly and Alan’s family.

Tribute by Gordon Mckinley

A Minutes Silence will be held at our Branch Meeting Tonight.

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KP update – January

Morning all,

January quickfire update – roughly 7 weeks since my last update – a win at Tynecastle, winter break, cup progression and transfer window been and gone – approaching the one year in role (fast year!).

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

At the end of December, the Livingston fixture flagged a lot of match entry problems – sizeable Hibs support walk-up but a large amount unable to gain entry before kick off. I’ve seen dialogue between fans and both clubs and I’m confident when we’re back there either in the split, or next season, this poor experience will be learnt from with both clubs working together on solutions for a better experience at Livingston’s match event.

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There has been a lot of feedback about unacceptable conduct to me and the club – We’ll keep working together on this – the SFA have set up a task force group to address a number of issues of unacceptable conduct and Hibernian are represented on that. Likely to be next season before we see benefits of such group.

The Sheep v Hibernian. Saturday 7th March, 3pm – confirmed.
There was a lot of press reports and conversation about The Sheep wanting to move our fixture with them on the 7th of March at Pittodrie from 3pm to an evening kick off. The club had our back and I was happy to voice our concerns additionally. Hibs fans aren’t against change or trying out new ideas (nor is it right to say every Hibs fan said no to such move) but these things require a little notice (and incentive!). The fixture will remain as is.

Lots of good conversations around a number of points recently – AGM, HSL, strategic plans, club vision, club improvements. That needs a thorough joined up communication plan and I’ve seen all involved in that working hard to bring it together. AGM notifications will be with us by the next time I fire an update out.
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Club call outs this month.

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Club ambassador Pat Stanton welcomes Adam & Stephane
http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10519
KP – Pat will be doing this for all new signings. Wonderful, great decision.

Tracey Smith appointed Players’ Lounge Captain
http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10518
KP – Magic! This volunteer role is something she was doing anyway, that’s her personality. It’ll make a demonstrable difference to players and their families.

Welcome Adam, Stephane, Paul, Marc, Greg – give us everything you’ve got and we’ll be happy.

ADAM BOGDAN EXTENDS CONTRACT
WELCOME HOME STEPH!
WE’VE GOT MCGINN
MARC MCNULTY SIGNS ON!
GREG DOCHERTY CHECKS IN!

Jack Ross “Today’s (Friday) been a particularly busy day for us,” he said. “We’d have liked to have everything concluded prior to now but it is a notoriously difficult window to operate in. Ultimately we’re satisfied where we are coming out the window.”

I know how hard the club tried on other moves. Looking forward to the club picking these back up again in the summer.

Thanks to those that have moved on from the club. Wishing you all the best.
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Points flagged to the board by myself (and as always, not on behalf of all supporters but a sizeable proportion).

– Throughout the season there has been a number of errors or issues flagged by supporters regarding ticketing performance, information or other supporter touchpoints. In isolation they’re acceptable but when bundled together it creates a negative experience. Continue to work together to ensure any supporter impact/touchpoint is a positive for all.

KP – My escalation this month links to the Dundee United away ticket release, added to previous release problems or conflicting information (ticket administration changes). The club work hard in this space and I’m positive it’ll be smooth here on in – I’ve offered myself as a tester to step walkthrough anything supporter relevant.
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As always, Hibs fans are barry.

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Shaun McKinley memorial match doon Leith.

https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1222422727245561857

Morning’s in ma hoose.
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Dnipro Kids turnstile Collection.

Good updates from Stevie on here about the long lasting relationship with Dnipro kids.

The group are looking for volunteers to spend a little bit of time shaking a bucket before the Livingston game on the 22nd of February.

https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1209511270640173056

The Hibs community are proud and strong backers here. Something in their bucket come that Livingston game would be appreciated by all.

Dnipro |

If you can help out, please email Jackie Stark at jackie@dniprokids.com __________________________

This is what it feels like to be Hibs. 

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 Onwards and upwards Hibs. 

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 KP

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Just back and that was a wee bit flat…

HIBS 2 v 2 ST.MIRREN – 1st February 2020

Frankly, St Mirren gave us a first half doing, they played us off the pitch going a well deserved 2 0 up before Scottie nicked one back and Doidge scored a fine headed goal just before half time. We were lucky to go in even. I have to say I thought St Mirren played some very good football, especially first half, much better than Hibs. Whilst I am being nice, I also thought their support was excellent, through in big numbers and backed their team through out the game.

The starting eleven, well its fair to say that the end is nigh for our back four, Sir David Gray injured again, Daz was ran ragged and looked slow and frankly old, Paul was the best of the four, Lewis is Lewis. It is beyond me why Maciano rolls the ball to Hanlon, Stevenson and Daz, it disnae work. It might of worked with Efe (currently unemployed and looking for a team), but it does not work with those three and we either lose it or hoof it aimlessly. Joe Newell showed his couple of games in centre mid were an anomaly, he was poor there today and hooked after an hour. Stephane, however, was excellent all game, even when he loses it he gets it back. Horgan created very little, Boyler set up Allan’s goal but didnae get going today, whereas Scottie was much more like his old self, passing, creating and scoring. Doidge scored, it’s his thing. BUT there was little fluency and the midfield didnae really work out, all of this in one half of football. The introduction of new signings, Paul McGinn, Greg Docherty, and Marc McNulty improved our shape and performance but no more goals came.

I think it will take a few weeks to bed in the changes, but I think they may work, although we are week down the left with Horgan and bawhair thin at the back.

So, the team

Rocky, Dracula to his friends. Good shot stopper, cannae find a Hibs player with a throw or kick other than the boring roll out to the three backies.

Sir David Gray, scorer of the header that won Hibernian the Scottish Cup, beating the Huns 3-2 on the 21st of May 2016 was targeted all game, hurt about 10 minutes before half time, he was replaced by Paul McGinn at half time.

Daz was given a torrid time by their attack and he looked his age today. It makes me sad that.

I thought Paul had a good game, although I think he lost his man at their first goal?

Lewis was fine, he cannae cross.

Joe Newell was as bad today as he has been good the last few weeks in the defensive midfield role.

Steph Omeonga was all over the pitch, he never stops trying. I love the laddie. He set up Doidge’s goal too.

Scottie looked more like Scottie today, scored a fine goal, cut them open with a few crisp and clever passes, looked burst with 10 to go.

Horgan brought nothing.

Boyler had a quiet game although he set up Scottie for his goal. He is very closely marked.

Christian Doidge scored another very good header. I felt he had a decent first half but got very little second.

Subs

Paul McGinn made his debut replacing Sir Dave at half time. He had a good, accomplished game and looks the part, including a fine headed clearance under pressure. Decent.

Greg Docherty, can we simply just swap this laddie for Hunberi now? A fitba player, all over the place, great passer, hard-tackling, intelligent. I thought he was excellent. He capped his performance off by applauding the Hibs support in three stands as he left the field. Excellent debut, I am impressed, he played the way I thought Vela might.

Marc McNulty, well he has a bit to go, needs to get games.

The boss made an arse of the team first half, Jim Goodwin worked him out. He does react though and we came into it and might have taken all three points.

St Mirren as I said above played very well and earned a well-deserved draw. Nice fitba team lacking that killer touch.

The referee took some stick from the fans, but I have seen much, much worse.

A crowd of 16,325 was decent, even with the 1000 or so Saints fans included that is decent numbers, It was a bit muted, but then we were struggling against St Mirren. Still think the gap between Since 1875 and the Old Section 43 in the East kills the atmosphere.

Man of the Match, well the sponsors gave it to Chris Doidge, I felt it was a stick-on for Steph Omeonga, although Scottie ran him close and Docherty’s second half was very good.

Next up is the Hundogs at the Hunnery on Wednesday night. I will be there, I have a spare ticket if anyone is looking for one. Bring it on.

Hibernian Forever!

By 1875 on the Bounce

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Just back and we are through..

HIBS 4 V 2 Dundee Utd

Scottish Cup Replay – Tues 28th Jan 2020

Ok I know it wasn’t pretty, I know there were a few poor performances, I know United gave us a game, but I also know we are through and that matters most. Lack of signings and average performances cause fans to be unsettled, the fact only 8000 Hibs fans turned up should send that message loud and clear to the board, they have three days to sort things out.

On field our best player was 34 year old Steven Whittaker, first half we looked flat and devoid of ideas until Boyler won us a penalty. The defence looked flat footed, I thought Jackson was as poor tonight as he had been decent recently, James was bang average, as was Lewis, only Paul mastered the over rated and over price Shankland for me. Newell had a poor first half although improved second, he is no holding midfielder that is for sure, Scottie is a mile off it, the odd nice ball and scoring the penalty is not enough. He too improved slightly second half when he sat deeper. Horgan brought almost nothing. Boyler gives his all and is direct and the enigma that is Doidge, well may be we have to accept he simply scores goals, works hard off the ball and can, when he puts his mind to it, score the odd cracker. I cannae mind a Hibs striker like him to be honest.

United are decent enough, but more St Johnstone than Motherwell, as I said, Shankland is simply over rated, good goal but awful Hibs defending. When we did get to him, he offered little, and yet they talk of £2 or 3 million for him. My hole. Like Hibs fans at Tannadice last week, the away support was decent, like the home fans last week, the home support was small and pretty quiet. Apathy, simply too much fitba to pay to watch or frustration at the lack of signings? A mix of all three for me, and its the apathy Hibs should be concerned about.

Tactically I didnae fancy the two holding midfielders, although both done ok, its no pretty. Scottie as second striker didnae work and Horgan never got going yet got over an hour? However we won and in the end won well, we were the better team over two legs.

The Team

Rocky had one very good save and did not look to have any chance at either goal.

James was average, he is an average right back and an average left back, nothing more.

Jackson was pretty awful much of the game, sorry. He looked poor against a decent striker, Well didnae play one Saturday, Hamilton didnae have one last week either. Not a good game from him.

I thought Paul played well enough and it was he who stopped Shankland play.

Lewis was ok without doing anything of particular note I can think of until a solid challenge in the box near the end.

Overall I though Whitts was excellent for an hour before fading badly, could have scored and should have scored two. Pity his concentration and legs go.

I thought Newell was ok first half, but decent second. He does try to play a clever pass and does try his best to win the ball. Was integral in our second goal.

I am at a loss with Scottie, I know you can get tarred and feathered for being a Scottie critic but he gave us very little first half until he scored the penalty, improved for 15 minutes playing deeper second then tired and was hooked.

Horgan should have been off at half time for Kamberi, he eaked out 70 minutes but gave us very, very little. Its not enough to turn up against Gunts, it has to be every week.

Boyler is direct, a baller who always wants to run at players and take them on. We need more Martin Boyles.

Finally, Christian Doidge, what can I say. There are times he disnae look like a fitba player never mind a striker, his first half effort showed that. BUT he does not stop working for his team, he harries, fouls, gets stuck in, wins his fair share and tonight, que milagro, he scored three goals, all of which too great technique. His first wasn’t easy although it was a fine pass from Joe Newell, his second was a fantastic, well connected, properly heeded beauty of a goal. His third was probably the hardest of the three which he struck home with aplomb. An enigma, yes, a goal scoring hard working enigma, hell yes!

Subs

Kamberi replaced Allan as we went to two up front, he worked hard but nothing came off.

Fraser Murray replaced Horgan at the same time with about 15 to go, Fraser did well I thought and I hope he is a great success at Dundee.

Hallberg came on for a straight swap with the excellent Whitts with 10 to go and fitted in ok. I felt we left it 10-15 minutes to long?

The Boss

Got the first half wrong, we looked in trouble at one point. I also felt the subs were late and whilst he changed our shape at half time, we sat way too deep too often and for too long. Thank Sauzee for Boyler and Christian, they ken how to go forward and save the day.

United

Root toot yur out. It will be good to have them back in the top flight next year, decent team, decent support.

Clancy is a hopeless prick, we all know that.

The fans, well Easter Road was quiet and with only 8000 HIbs fans and 2500 United fans, it was a tad weird. As I said before, too many games played in a month of nae money, no big names to entice people out on a cold night and some concerns about the way ahead for Hibs. Over to you Hibs, lets see some new faces, faces that impress, faces that make fans want to attend. Gossip was Aiden McGeady was in the stand tonight, I hope he paid to get in as there is no danger that is what we need at the moment with Horgan, Boyler, and Flo already in the squad.

Man of the Match

You know what, Roger Whittaker was Hibs best outfield player tonight for an hour and I see why the match sponsors gave him it. However it would wrong of me not to give it to Christian Doidge for his excellent hattrick and his all round game tonight. Well played Chris, did Hibs charge you for the match ball?

Next up, St Mirren at Easter Road on Saturday, hopefully with some new faces in the squad, and personally I hope that includes a new defensive midfielder, a new striiker and another defender. The rest we can live without until the summer.

Hibernian Forever!

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Just back and I would have taken that pre match…..

Thawing out after a Baltic day sitting with 1207 other Hibs fans in the away end in Motherwell. It was a funny, slightly turgid game and we may even have nicked it with Flo’s header off the post. Motherwell are third in the league but are no great shakes, we look bare bones and the link play between the middle to front was sadly lacking. Jack stuck with Horgan, Newell and Omeonga, the latter two were our best two players, with young Tom James replacing Sir David at right back, Dave laid flat with a bug.

Shrink and I car shared with my young nephew and his pal, car seats bone dry post match which was a bonus, I am looking forward to getting the feeling back in my hands and feet, although Shrinks suggestion on where I might stick my hands to warm them up was not on, old an or not.

We started pretty well, well Well didnae really get going. Their 17 gave Tom James a torrid first 40 minutes (that was when James got his first challenge in on him!), Well then proceeded to stick the 17 up against Lewis second half. Lewis tamed him.

We looked dangerous in spats, Doidge was winning plenty of the ball, Flo was causing trouble, although they had Boyler tightly marked. Both Omeonga and Newell fought hard in the middle, returning the faith put in them by JR, I thought both were excellent for Hibernian today, given Steph was booked early and we feared he might get a red from the card happy idiot ref.

Our best chance of the game came after the break, after great play, Flo hit the post with a good header, other teams the ball hits the post and goes in, Hibs, the ball bounces out instead. Rocky had a great save second half to stop Motherwell getting the winner, and all in I felt the two teams cancelled themselves out.

Best for Hibs, Newell, Omeonga, Doidge, Jackson and Hanlon, best for Motherwell, I dinnae ken any of their players, so bugger knows.

Hopeless, the referee, baltic, the bitter wind, tasteless, the coffee.

The Team

Rocky, one smashing save from Manzinga (Pow, Zap, Boof), tested a fair bit all game. Also managed to keep the ball in from kick outs from the ground and from hands, which is good.

Tom James, we forget he is 23, just a laddie really and is third choice right back/ second choice left back and sixth choice centre half. First half he was run ragged by their 17, second half he was much improved and started winning the ball.

Adam Jackson had a fine game again, described by Shrink as a modern Jim Black, I see why, he disnae mess, he hits the ball the way he is facing and wins it, no nonsense.

Paul played well today, another clean sheet for the keeper and back 4.

Lewis too was fine, pity he cannae cross a ball.

Joe Newell sat in front of the defence with Stephane Omeonga, switching roles all game. He started a bit slow but by end of the game, him and Steph had mastered the midfield. A revalation in this position, once he got comfortable with it.

Stephane Omeonga is simply a very good football player, wins the ball, passes, harries and wins the ball, passes, commits a foul when he needs to and goes forward. I expected him to be subbed after the yellow card, no need.

Daryll Horgan didnae do enough. As is his want, he can play football but seems almost to lack confidence sometimes. Chose to chip the ball across the goal when a low hit crot (cross/ shot) might have got us a goal.

Boyler was marked tight all game, when he did get space they were all over him. The marked man of the Hibs team didnae get much opportunity today. The one time he had a chance to shoot he passed.

Flo worked as hard as ever but other than his header which hit the post, a low cross the goal, it didnae come off for him today.

Chris Doidge won headers, chased the ball down, harried, kicked, shoved, niggled and had half a dozen nice touches from long balls. Very decent game without ever looking like scoring.

Subs

Scottie for Flo. Sorry, Scottie looked cauld and slow.

Jamie Gullan for Daryll Horgan, Jamie came on and made his mark, I liked his work rate, his effort and his desire to get the ball.

We didnt use a third sub, not sure why.

The Boss, well he gets us results, however and I know this may upset some, I think he needs to learn to understand that Hibernian supporters like flair, skill, attacking fitba, ballers……. grinding oot a draw at Motherwell has many greetin’ and moanin’. Today was just that, personally it is not the way I like my Hibs teams, but I get its early in Jack’s HIbs career and am sure he has ideas that may only be stifled by lack of funds this time of the season.

Motherwell flatter to deceive, they are not that good, I thought that at Easter Road, it was underlined today. Grimshaw, their no. 4 is decent. Their coffee was awful though.

The referee was a card happy fud that stopped the game too much. I feared a player would be send off for not very much.

Decent Hibs support through, given this month had been 100 days long. I like the young dafties that follow us, they get behind the team all game, drum free today, its good to see young, gallus, slightly radge Hibs fans having a good day out from my seat in the top teir beside the auld farts, grumblers and moaners.

A boy behind me berated Hibs and our players all game, he sounded like a fucking jambo. Why would you do that?

I dropped a bag of bits and bobs into the Motherwell Foodbank collection, the collection point was weirdly after the security check going into the game. My poly bag of beans, noodles, rice pudding and tins of soup were not checked at all, although I was given a full pat down by a steward. 

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Man of the Match for Hibs, well its between two, Joe Newell and Stephane Omeonga, it hard to choose, both had very good games. In Joe we see a player reborn, I had written him off by September. In Steph we have a player who has started 3 times this season before coming ‘home’…..slight, short, he defies it all and works like a trojan. I am going with Steph, but its by a bawhair, both were excellent. Mention too for Christian Doidge, he never stopped working.

In summary, it was one of those games, could be seen by some as poor, others as a good away draw. I am in latter camp, Motherwell are third, we are sixth, we drew, we may have nicked it. I think we need another defender, one who can play a few positions ideally, we still lack a ball winner in the middle although Stephane has plugged that gap ably assited by Joe Newell and most certianly a goal scorer. I cannae see three players joining Hibs between now and Friday. That raises concerns around ambitions for the rest of the season?

Next Up, Dundee Hibernian in the cup at Easter Road. I hope we take it seriously and look to scud that jambo fud Neilson’s shower.

See You on Tuesday Night.

Hibernian Forever!

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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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