We have a new badge that has been designed by our very own Branch Member Eddie Duffy ( thank you eddie )
This is an additional logo/badge, it will NOT be replacing the original. It is available to be placed onto other merchandise.
We have a new badge that has been designed by our very own Branch Member Eddie Duffy ( thank you eddie )
This is an additional logo/badge, it will NOT be replacing the original. It is available to be placed onto other merchandise.
September quickfire update – what has been happening since my last update at the end of August.
I think we can definitely say the season has been a slow burner – last Wednesday and Saturday is most welcome and I believe it’ll be onwards and upwards. Keep doing what you do – genuinely believe we, the fans, got us over the line in both games recently.
Turnstile performance and access was flagged in July and escalated in August. Thanks to all the supporter volunteers that gave up their time on Wednesday 18th to help test around the stadium – the software and access is back to the right performance levels (no lag, quick changeover and QR recognition). Stewarding will still be on hand to support the niggles.
We asked for more communication in August and Leeann posted an update via Hibs TV on 30th August.
Other noteworthy news
Semi-Final details confirmed
Club statement – George Craig
This was emotional – Rena’s story
I attended the board meeting last week. Points flagged to the board by myself and Tracey (and as always, not on behalf of all supporters but a fair proportion).
– Supporter feedback – Sizeable number of fans are unhappy with results and performances before our recent games. I passed on concerns (covering a number of points – results, performances, losing faith in football management, wanting change, need to keep improving) which are always taken into account. On the flipside, fair number of fans are keen to build on the last two games and charge up the league – starting Saturday at Aberdeen before we take on Hamilton and Ross County.
– More communication – to hear from the club on direction of travel once plans put in place (linked to the above youtube video)
As always, Hibs fans are barry – the Since 1875 display was well landed.
Met up with Mickey Weir recently – the legend is an ambassador of Show Racism the Red Card initiative – a fantastic cause which continues to tackle racism through education – enabling role models to present an anti-racist message to people. The educational charity has a wear red day initiative on Friday 4th of October.
This type of initiative isn’t exclusive to this one date and I’ve no doubt we’ll see it again around Easter Road soon(advertised during big live televised matches last season). I’ve made a donation of £20 to this cause.
I took Drejc, a student from Trglav, Slovenia, to the game on Saturday. Owen W alerted me to a post online to say he will be coming to study here next year and is keen to find a team that fits – it had to be the cabbage.
Drejc plays at a decent standard back home in Slovenia and was an avid watcher on Saturday. He loved our passion for the game – he thought Scott Allan and Christian Doidge were our best performers (I’ll not repeat what he thought of the referee and the opposition).
There is a young lad in our support that is going through a really tough time at the moment. Got him the purple away kit to let him know that #WeAreAllHibs and this will always be his home from home.
This is what it feels like to be Hibs.
August quickfire update – what has been happening since my last update at the end of July.
It’s been hard to summarise how we’re all feeling at the minute as it is definitely a wide range of varying opinions over the Hibs landscape. At one end not happy & disappointed and others calm & persevering. [B]Keep doing what you do and back the team and club[/B]. I will continue to navigate around everywhere to pick things up. The club reads these forums so will know where we’re placed.
I recently asked about matchday experience. I wanted to ask the question about your ideal Hibs experience direct here and elsewhere to get some insight from a small band of supporters, as with any question/survey it is a moment in time and might not a true reflection of the overall support but I found it a useful exercise nonetheless. The football team will always come first in the clubs thoughts but we’re important too and these are next in line. I’m more than confident about some of these areas being improved (certainly before I exit the building! Feel free to haud me tae that).
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Hibs Kids details are out to members and the first game is on the 26th October against Ross County – http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10248′]www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10248
When Elliot met Scott was brilliant
I particularly enjoyed this yin. http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10249
I attended the board meeting this week up at HTC. Points flagged to the board by myself and Tracey (and as always, not on behalf of all supporters but a fair proportion).
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As always, Hibs fans are barry, Since 1875 caught my attention this week – they’re making another funding and physical help push to continue the great work they do for us on atmosphere. I’m honestly really inspired by their energy.
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I’ve made a donation of £20 to them today and I’m really looking forward to their next display, coming soon!
[B]This is what it feels like to be Hibs.
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As always, gies a shout if something needs flagged and of course any time I can help – Hibs related or not.
See below your 3 candidates’ statements.
Closing date for this election of Branch Secretary, Thursday 5th Sept 12 noon.
Once ready to vote click the voting button at the bottom of this page, this will open an addressed email to our branch email box, on the subject line enter your full name followed by the candidate you wish to receive your vote and hit send.
Or fill in the form below the link!
Your 3 Candidates Statement’s
Statement of Ian McNeill seeking election to the post of Secretary of the St Patrick Branch of Hibernian Supporters:
In accepting my nomination for the above post I considered, as a current committee member, what would I be able to bring to what is already a hard working committee. Until my retirement I was employed by NATS (Air Traffic Control) where for many years I was a full time Trade Union official. In that role I successfully represented many individuals in personal cases but more importantly in terms of the post up for election I was the Trade Union Side Secretary.
In that role I was part of the team delegated to develop pay strategies for our 5000 members over a number of years and led my own union’s (PCS) negotiating team.
In my experience in order for the team to be successful it must have the support of its members and that in order to do so the secretary must be able to communicate effectively with them. Whilst in employment not only was I able to do so with members, I was also able to do so effectively with the senior management. I feel these attributes would be well suited to the secretary’s post of the branch which is effectively the link between the members of the branch and the Association and also the football club.
Being in retirement gives me the opportunity and time to devote to this role which has in the past been pivotal in growing St Patrick’s branch to the largest branch within the Hibernian Supporters Association. The branch has been instrumental in moving forward and bringing changes within the Association and developing a better relationship with the football club and if elected I will seek to continue to progress the agenda as set by you the members.
My decision to stand for election was not made lightly and only after much consideration but I hope that you will support my nomination by voting for me but if not please cast your vote in any case. Your participation matters.
I just wanted to let you know that I am applying for the post of Branch Secretary, I feel as Webmaster & that I am Developing the Membership side of The Branch, it would benefit all our members if I applied for the position. I as many of you am aware, I am the Administrator of HibeesBounce as well as running my own Gas Business and helping other Businesses run theirs so I am very much hands on in this Department. I also feel i am Very Competent and Hands on with any problems that arise, so i will always endeavour to help where needed.
Both of the other Two candidates are equally as good prospects, so whoever you Decide to Vote for they will be a worthwhile candidate.
Finally, I must say that if I am not successful, I will fully support the New Secretary with the Membership side via the Website.
Yours in sport,
Saint Patrick’s Members and fellow Hibernian Supporters. I have put my name forward for the vacant position of Branch Secretary of our Saint Patrick’s Branch. It will be an honour and a privilege to carry out this role if elected by you.
My straight forward aim is to keep communication high amongst our membership.
This has been a Branch priority for our 500 + members.
I want us to go from strength to strength and continue to be pioneers making positive change. It’s important to listen to you and the great feedback coming back too.
Gordon McKinley will be a hard act to follow and I am sure every member of the Branch. Appreciate the time and effort and dedication he put into our Branch.
And I know he still has a lot more to contribute.
And of course, support of our Committee in whichever way it goes in the future.
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Long time no speak, comrades. Trust everyone’s well.
As some of you may know through other web channels, Sandy Macnair has a new book entitled ‘Grumpy Gibby the West Stand Hibbie’. It’s basically 250 pages of everyone’s favourite torn-faced disaster from Mass Hibsteria on an uber rant about anything and everything. I do the prologue, which is thankfully only a few pages long. As ever with the garrulous old git, he finds himself in the most impossible situations, including a date with Beyonce Knowles (aka Bouncy) and appearances on Mastermind and Countdown. Is it merely a coincidence that ‘loadypish’ consists of nine letters?
They’re available to buy from the usual BB outlets, namely; Blackwells on the Bridges, 6 Yard Box on East Market Street and the club store. At £11.99, it’s s bigger steal than the signature of Benny Brazil back in the 70’s.
Happy to accept mail orders too. £15 gets it delivered to your door in a lovely padded envelope, the padding coming from Gibby’s cell in the Royal Ed. You can pay by bank transfer (87 70 04 – 83286368) or via PayPal at paypal.me/masshibsteria. Please send an email to email@example.com to confirm your address – only way I know where to send it to if you’re paying by bank transfer, andPayPal can be a bit of a hit and miss at times.
Ron Gordon has taken over the majority shareholding in our club – the biggest change in nearly three decades – http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10094. Ron is now Executive Chairman and in his first month in charge brought a wave of energy to everyone at the club (I’d encourage those that haven’t listened to any of his many interviews to go gie’ them a listen). He is a very enthusiastic and engaging person – his vision for Hibs is to be THE BEST at everything they can be (on and off the pitch).. My first impressions of him are great (his of mine will be that guy is always in shorts or cycling gear) and looking forward to hearing and seeing mair’.
Hibs have been back for several games and the full League cup group – It’s been a slow burner but we’re starting to ramp up fitness and strength towards the season starting this weekend. Newcastle had a bit more class and a killer touch better than us earlier but I’m quietly confident. Bring it on.
The Away strip has been on sale for a fortnight and, much like the home one, has been a fantastic success so far – Hibernian Community Foundation Sponsor prints are popular on this number too, as is leaving the tops blank but still making a donation to our Foundation – https://www.hiberniancommunityfoundation.org.uk/donate/famous-fivers-hibernian-community-foundation-10th-anniversary-appeal/1-/credit-card
It’s probably been my busiest month in terms of low level support ‘problems’/feedback but I’m available as ever to help and influence where I can.
Working Together Meeting this month was pushed to next Monday because of tonight’s game. Easter Road Stadium, Monday 5th at 6:30pm.
I attended my third board meeting on Thursday last week up at HTC. Points flagged to the board by myself and Tracey (and as always, not on behalf of all supporters but a fair proportion).
– Ticketing and Stadium Access – New system glitches experienced by many (Including Alloa and Arbroath online ST Discount availability, Interactive Seating functionality, Mobile e-ticket not available initially and then not completing as expected) some of these issues have been fixed – with process improvement and familiarity the new changes will be fantastic for us when 100%.
Stadium Access has been a problem in the three games whilst in the middle of the scanner changeover & updates but continuous improvement is there (very similar to onboarding the barcode scanners a few years back). I was hoping for another big step in improvement for tonight’s game against Newcastle and there was in pockets (turnstile sensor and screen change) but overall the experience is still poor for a lot. The club will ken this and I apologise that it hasn’t been smooth or fixed three games in – got my fingers crossed for Saturday.
The back-up of handheld scanners have been successful (improved stadium signal to allow) but this is a back-up and shouldn’t be used regularly.
– HSL – Sizeable proportion of supporters that contribute to HSL are keen to hear on next steps – intentions of support towards this initiative were varied but collectively we want it to be a success.
– Tom Farmer recognition – A high percentage of online supports and general feedback of those spoken to face to face have voiced that Sir Tom Farmer is recognized for his contributions to the club and community – club have acknowledged this request.
The club are not only working hard to have us burst into the new league campaign on the pitch but looking at reaching for the stars for us off the pitch in a number of areas, including matchday experience – it will be very exciting to hear more about this once it’s been discussed, reviewed, planned and communicated. Nothing is off the table and that includes our known hotspots (PA system, catering, stadium maintenance, ticketing, recycling etc etc).
Some more great work happening by Hibs fans, this caught my eye.
– Edinburgh Adler Hibs fans have donation all profits from their recent German Cup final movie Cameo Cinema showcase to SANDS Lothians. A fantastic day supported by over 100 people from the Edinburgh Football Community. Great work by all.
I’ve made a donation of £20 to the Hanlon Stevenson Foundation this month now that they’re up and running – https://hanlonstevensonfoundation.co.uk I hope this turns out to be a bigger success than planned – key objectives of the Foundation is primarily youth related charity funding with a view to assisting less privileged children.
Additionally, I’ve made a donation of £46 to the Bounce on request of my laddie (Gray’s boots). The Bounce has been my online home for nearly 17 years (half my life! FFS) and I’ve got a lot to thank it for. Hope it’s here for many more.
As always, gies a shout if something needs flagged and of course any time I can help – Hibs related or not.
Sirling Albion 1 v 1 Hibs – Hibs 5-4 on Pens
Ok, I feel like writing this Just Back in capital letters as that was fucking rotten. Where to start? Well I could start by saying that Albion could have been mistaken for the Premiership team, Hibs the second division’diddies’. I could start with the fact that far too many Hibs players looked like they were out for a kick about, not to stake their claim in the new era team. I could start by saying that the mythical pressing game linked to Hecky, is just that, mythical? I could suggest that at least one of the new signings is NOT good enough, the majority of the others are squad plaayers. Maybe I could start by saying that these games are being treated as pre season games with lots of changes and trying new things out, only we didnae make changes and the only thing we tried was everything to get the so far useless dud Newell into the game. Then I could strat by saying that dinnae worry, when the ‘real’ season starts, we will be fine, I cannae, as I dinnae want to lie to you all. I accept we started without Rocky, Gray, Stevenson, Daz, Boyler and Flo. Everyone of them would get a start for me before the players today, possibly with the exception of Rocky as Maxwell had two good penalty stops to secure us an extra point. However I will start by saying we were fucking garbage and were lucky to come away with the extra point. slow, lethargic, half hearted, pishy passy, lacking in dig, no natural goalscorer up front and worryingly one substitution when we are playing poorly.
The line up was as expected a mix of experience, newbies and youngsters, BUT Hecky promised we would play to win. We didnt and he didnt change it. Maxwell in goal would have pissed Rocky off, Whitts came in at right back and was a diamond in a massive, steaming, smelly toly of a team, Jackson switched to right sided centre back, Hanlon was poor at left sided centre back, James at left back. Mallan and Campbell sitting as deep as Milligan or Barts most of the game, Newell out wide offering nothing, not even effort or endeavour, Horgan trying but fizzling out after 60 minutes down the right, Scotty sitting in as a false number nine when not asked to move around to accomodate the useless Newell and Christian Doidge working really really hard but ploughing a lonely big field up front on his own. Only Fraser Murray came on for Newell. I could have came on for Newell and done more than this duffer. The only other change I saw was asking Scotty to go wide left to bring Newell into the middle, how very dare you Hecky. Scott and Stevie Mallan were so far apart they could not influence the game much of the time and when we did make the switch we put Fraser on the left where he ended up letting James get down the wing, waste of Fraser’s ability, given Daryll was burst after an hour. None of the play showed any desire, no-one really lead the team, the gap between the back six (4 + 2) and front four was the size of the grand canyon. My eyes were bleeding, Shrink pished his seat.
Who done their job, well Whitts, Jackson, Josh Campbell and Christian Doidge can go home feeling like the gave it a go, the rest should be in at training at 8 tomorrow morning. I also know Whitts, Jackson, Josh Campbell and Christian Doidge would turn up fot training if asked, its called application and too many DID NOT apply themselves.
Where was Flo by the way, it was suggested he was at TRANSMIT in the weege by his agent? WTF?
Before I go into the team and individual performances, I think it is worthwhile pointing out two things, the long grass, well done Stirling Albion, any advantage take it. The other is the fantastic Hibernian support today. Stirling Albion suggested 2100 fans at the game, I hope the Inland Revenue had a rep there? Two ends full, and a third end half full of Stirling fans and an overspill of 20-30 or so Hibs fans? In a 3808 capacity stadium where in Sauzee’s name were 1700 fans going to sit/ stand. Well done those that came along, they dinnae deserve us. Stirling Albion, you deserve more fans though, well done. Well done on the cash gates Binos!
OK, the team
Maxwell, no chance at the Stirling goal and two very good penalty saves.
Whitts had a good game and done little wrong and a whole lot right. I have more faith in him covering for Sir David than others, he played well.
Jackson is a big no nosense centre half than can play left or right. He is not quiet Tommy McIntyre, he is not Daz but he is a bit better than Shaun Dennis, that give you an idea of what we have signed?
Paul Hanlon was poor, sorry, I hate to ever, ever write that but he was.
James played left back after starting right back previous games, he did fine, but he disnae have a cross in him, little attacking instinct but did hit a fine shot last minute. Cannae wait for Lewis to be fit again.
Mallan had to play so deep he was ineffective. I heard today Hecky in one of his burgeoning soundbites said Hibs don’t have defensive midfielders we only have midfielders. Your right Hecks, we don’t, but we are fucking well missing one. To sacrifice Mallan and Campbell to cover for the fact we have lost Barts and Millie is shameful and weakened us greatly. Worse against a wee part time team.
Josh Campbell, like Stephen Whittaker, at opposite ends of their careers, was a workhorse, a player in a field of dross. Great laddie who I already love watching.
Scott Allan scored a penalty, missed another and we saw snippets of your genius. I was fair pissed off when you were pushed out left to accomdate a switch for the duffer from Rotherham, bet you were too! Hair was a bit buoffant today, bit mair wax/ gel needed son.
Newell is rotten, think Paul Holsgrove, Brian Hamilton, Jarkko Wiss and Alan O’Brien, then think what could be worse. Then think of Brandon Barker and Kevin McAllister and what we thought we had signed.
Horgan gave us snippets of his ability but is back to flagging after 60 minutes, yet he played 90. I blame the management team for that. If we had no one to replace him, we picked the wrong subs as Daryll always flags last quarter of any game.
Christian Doidge is a player. Sadly he is nae single striker. He will score goals, but could set up more if he had a partner with a nose for goals. Wins the ball well, can win a header, likes a knock on. Nae #$%^@!#$%^@!#$%^@!#$%^@! near him though. Imagine Flo , Sparky 1 or Sparky 2 beside him. We will have too imagine it though as Flo wisnae in the squad, Sparky 1 plays for Thellick and Sparky 2 is doing his gairden.
Sub, fucking SUB!! One sub!
Yes, sub, we were gash yet only one change. Fraser Murray, who has looked decent in the ahem real friendlies, came on but in replacing Newell ended up as a left winger, for fuck sake. Clueless by the management team.
The Management team
Do not think the Hibs fans are mugs, be warned. The pish about trying things out, well its pish. The pish about playing to win, well what the fuck was that today. The physical, pressing game, try fucking DE=pressing game. The pish about you signings, well excluding the blessed Scotty who signed before you arrived, the signings are all squad players, not one stands out, not one. I know you all live in your wee bubble of fitba, with fitba 24/7, good wages, press attention, but remember WE are Hibernian FC, not you, you come and go, we are here for life, we have to watch that shite, we pay to do so. Get your act together, sign a defensive midfielder, sort out a striker to compliment the reasonable Doidge if Flo is not the one in your mind, get Omeonga back or Mulumbu in. There is a lot of good will from the fans, we want to give you a chance but there is no sign of progress, we have gone backwards, the signings are average, and whilst we are turning up in numbers, people will quickly drift off if you expect us to watch a Hibernian team play like the fucking Gunts. Sort it out and do not treat us like dafties.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH!
The Ref was poor but that was not the reason for us scraping a win on penalties.
Stirling Albion, well I felt sorry for them today, they did not deserve to get beat. OK they had a twelfth man in the long grass, but we should accept that, thats fitba. I felt they played to our weaknesses and had we lost we could not of complained. Well done and I wish you all the best this season, another proper Scottish Local Club who deserve better, I hope the ehh, ahem, 2100 crowd’s income is spent wisely!
Man of the Match was Steven Whittaker, only Josh Campbell comes anywhere close.
In summary, imagine winning a game on penalties against a team three leagues below who had bettered us during the game. Fucking hopeless and I feel more like a Leeds fan than a Barnsley fan tonight.
Next up is Alloa back at Easter Road but only viewed from your own seat if you are willing to pay a premium. I hope we will be fielding some further new signings, as that was rotten today.
Carlisle 3 v 4 Hibs
Right, that is me settled and ready to explain, at 3-1 down to a poor Carlisle team with 10 to go and looking clueless there were a few moans coming from the large, very loud and half pished Hibs support. 3 quick goals later Bounday Park was echoing to the sound of ‘We’re gonnae win the league’ from the Hibs support. The ups and doons of watching Hibernian eh.
Arriving a good hour before kick off, we discovered an excellent wee bakers between the club shop and away end entrance, Meat Pies and a Lentil and Bacon soup purchased we sat on a wee wall to munch. The pie was excellent, it was as if it had been filled with Stovies. The lentil soup wisnae bad either. 2 meat pies, 1 sausage roll, one lentil soup and a £1 Haribo mixture, £5.60, good start.
Into the ground, cheap bar under the stand and approximately half the hibs support on the peeve. 1875 Junior had his first pint in a fitba ground, 1875 senior being designated driver had a a haribo. Noisy does not begin to describe the support tonight, they sang from start to finish, although one or two of the songs are for me unacceptable and not what I want to hear from a Hibs end. Half pished, empty heided and tooted up describes far too many of the fans. Singing under the stand for 20 minutes into the second half isnae supportig your team either, that is pissing about with your pals. Each to their own though eh, I was young once, now I am just a moany auld Hibs Da eating fecking Haribos as the young team get pished.
The game, well it was another guess who is playing where show. Marciano in Goal, James Right Back, Daz and Jacko in the middle, Smackie at left back, Mallan in front of the four, playing well beside the impressive Campbell, Horgan on the right, Newell left and Flo and Shaw through the middle. Many changes second half which I will try and go through in a mo. Rocky made a boob early in the game, but we started well, then they scored a decent goal against the run of play. Mallan was running midfield and stood out although ably supported by the very impressive Campbell, Daz disnae play friendlies, Jackson reminds me of Tommy MacIntyre, and Horgan and Flo both gave decent performaces with Flo capping it with a fine strike to equalise.
Half time saw the unimpressive Newell (I think?) swapped for Moon, with more changes made with 20 to go. By then we had let that fandan Pressleys team get ahead with a cracking strike. On came Allan, Murray, and Doige (I think?) for Horgan, Kamberi and Shaw and we actually went 3-1 down to a Daz ok. Boos came from a few dafties, others left. More fool them. In bringing on Allan, Murray and Doige, Hibs looked better, different, driven, more skillfull, and by Sauzee Scotty Allan is a winner, he clearly wants to show the world and those arseholes at Thellick what they have missed, he was magical, again ably supported by the brilliant Fraser Murray new star, Josh Campbell and Christian Doige. First Scotty battered it in to make it three two, Christian Doige then made it 3-3 and with a minute to go Josh Campbell rose to score the winner, causing mayhem in the Hibs end, less the dafties that had went downstairs or tried for a headstart home. Scenes. Both young Sterling and Doig also got runs outs for the last few minutes in a win that looked unlikely 10 minutes before.
Rocky fluffed at the beginning but wisnae at fault for the goals.
James was as poor as he was decent on Saturday, ponderously slow, this isnae English fitba pal, play with pace, and quick thinking when you play for Hibs. Hope Gray is back soon.
Daz disnae play friendlies, Daz plays fitba, same way every week, ye dinnae mess wi Daz, Daz is YLT.
Jackson is ok, I prefer Hanlon but he will do for me.
Smackie looked lost again tonight.
Mallan was magnificent, covering every blade, pinging passes left right and centre, playing deep and looking like the player we hoped we had signed. I see a beautiful relationship forming between he and Scotty.
I was very, very impressed with Josh Campbell, didnae put a foot wrong all night, scored the winner and looked like he had played for Hibs for 10 years. Well done son!
Daryll Horgan looked dangerous and up for it. Could be aplayer for us this year too.
Newell was rotten, another one who needs to improve, slow of thinking, poor of crossing and easy beat.
Oliie Shaw was poor again, he does try and played a pass to Kamberi tonight because he knew if he didnae Hibs fans would have been baying for blood. I want Oli to succeed, he needs to do more, much, much more.
Flo Kamberi scored a beauty, he second in two games. His touch is also back, but then he is back playing in hs best postition. Another one who could do a lot for Hibernian this year, he had a great attitude.
The scond half….
Moon, no convinced at all, no bad, but Omeonga, Malonga, Agyepong, Barker and McNulty are all far better.
Scott Allan is a joy to watch, his passion tonight won us the game, he has nothing to prove to us, but has a desire to prove who the rela Scott Allan is to other. Brilliant son, brilliant.
Fraser Murray has put on some musle, he complimented Scotty with his desire and ability and was as much responsible for our win as Scotty, great to see that.
I didnae fancy Doige’s efforts Saturday, tonight he scored and lead the line well. That will do for me.
Doig got a few minutes, a good laddie, big and strong.
Ben Stirling also got a few minutes, another laddie who does not look out of place in the first team.
I wasnt sure if Heck was there tonight, it looked like Robbie was taking the team, can anyone confirm? Too many changes for me again, regardless of a friendly or not. A blend of both teams will be a damned fine team I think, with one or two youngsters really staking their place the last two games, Stirling and Campbell have both really stood out for me.
The referee had a good game, hassle and incident free.
Steven Pressley is a Hearts bastard, I have no idea about him or his team but they did not impress.
As I mentioned, a large and noisy Hibs support, many pished up or chemically challenged. Drop the shite songs, we dinnae hate England, our manager is English FFS, Stokesy disnae play for us anymore and that prick Skatchel has retired, let it go. Its no big, its no clever and can someone get a good, original modern Scott Allan/ Stevie Mallan song going, it rhymes FFS, come to think about out in Heck is that the wheel, change it to Fraser Murray and Flo Kamberi……Marc McNulty plays for Reading. Good backing though young team, wouldnae like to be you and your heeds when ye wake up for work the morn!
Man of the match, well it was the Artful Grafter Stevie Mallan for me but he was closely pushed by the excellent performance of Josh Campbell, well done son, that was a brilliant starting debut for the first team.
Next Up Stirling Albion on saturday and the crazy plan to make it pay at the gate at the 3800 capacity Forthbank), get there early if you want to get in to see this team that might just stop ten in a row. (The song is now, “We are fucking loaded and we’ll stop ten in a row” to the tune of This is how it feels).
See you all on Saturday
Pars 1 v 3 Hibees
OK, ok I know some of the unhappier Hibs fans will be mumping and grumping about this and that, but it was a friendly on a warm afternoon where I think and ye can count at the end, there were 19 Hibs players on the pitch over the 90 minutes. Before I start, can I just say that was like watching a bruise, Hibs resplendant in all purple, the Pars in all black, both with a fine pinstripe and white sponsors logo, more than once ye didnae ken if it was a Hibs or Dunfermline player who had the ball. Very poor by the clubs and ref. It was my first game of the season after missing Arbroath due to me being on my holibobs. I was like a bairn at Christmas today, the fitba back, a Stephens, steak bridie and warm enough to sit in shirtsleeves. It went wrong early though, in my desire to ensure our American Bouncer Super Tortolano got photo of a bridie and broon sauce, I opened the sachet to give a slight drizzle of broon on the pastry, only to discover that Dunfermline use a watery chippy sauce that literally did give me a money shot right down the from of my emarald green polo Lacoste. Pah.
Hibs wore the new purple away kit today, its suits us I have to say, looks like a decent kit. The starting team line up was exactly as I expected, confusing, with Heck trying new things out. New boyo Maxwell in goal, James at rightback, Daz and Paul at centre, Smackie at Left back, Mallan in front of the 4, Murray kind of right mid but in the middle too, Newell kind of left, that magnificent specimen, Scotty Allan in the middle, Boyler down the right and Doige thorough the middle. As there were so many changes second half, I will summarise my thoughts of both halfs. Pars took a very early lead following poor defending and sloppy goalkeeping, with many of the massive Hibs support still either queuing to get in or queuing for a Steak Bridie thinking it was 0-0 at half time, fans were still trickling in 30 minutes into the game. After early pressure from Dunfermline, Hibs spent the majority of the first half, playing wee slick passes between Mallan, Allan, Murray, Boyler, James, and to a lesser extent Newell, Doige seen a lot of the ball but never really looked dangerous for me, he can knock a ball on well though, pity as one up means he is knocking it down to no one in partiuclar most of the time. To be honest the first half was easily forgetable, with only really Mallan, Murray and James standing out for me.
Second half we only made one change at half time, Hanlon for Jackson and we plodded on. Then a raft of changes, announced as 4 changes, I counted five with Allan, Mallan, Murray, Boyler and Doige going off and Horgan, Flo, Stirling, Shaw and Moon coming on with around 30 minutes still to go. Daryll Horgan changed the game for Hibs. First of all we scored a fine goal from a corner. Although announced as Newell scoring, it was in fact Adam Jackson who scored a smashing overhead kick to equalise and way up the mumbling hIbs end. The changes brought a far more direct Hibs, going at the Pars, Daryll Horgan running at his man, jinked and was taken out for a clear penalty. Daryll took it himself with a fine penalty. He then worked well with Mackie to get a great cross to the back of the six yard box from where Flo Kamberi scored a fine header to put us 3-1 up. Flo looked delighted, I was too, a very good team goal from Hibernian. We then continued to carry out substitutions, bring on Sadiki, Campbell and Doig as we saw the game out to send out thexpectant Hibs support a wee bit happier.
Maxwell – Flapped twice, once at their goal, another time from a corner soon after. Had a good save second half though. Lose the fucking man bun son, you play for Hibs now.
Tom James impressed me at right back, composed, can pick a pass and like to attack. I thought he looked the best of a our new signings by a country mile today.
Daz disnae play friendlies, he just plays for Hibs, no nonsense, I wish he was five years younger. A few half chances with headers in the opposition box.
Paul done ok, he is now deidicated passer ooter fi defence, he is not Efe though.
Smackie got a two year extension this week, well done son. He proceeded to have the worst game he will ever have in a Hibernian shirt. Disnae matter, its a pre season friendly, get the shite games out your system early son, you will do just fine once you settle in.
Stevie Mallan played like Dylan did at his peak today, I thought Stevie, Scotty and Fraser linked up really really well once we got going. A few half hit chnaces before being subbed to. May be a key player for hIbs this year, looked up for it.
Fraser Murray is a baller too, lovely fitba player and looks like he has played for us for years, another one who could be important for Hibernian this season. One twist and turn in particular was more Scott Allan than Scott Allan, nice.
Scotty, ohh Scotty with that shining hair and deft touch, sigh. To think I thought you were a Hun bastard at one point, shame on me. I think with some muscle in midfield to help, the triumpherate of Mallan, Allan and Murray could be very exciting this year.
Newell I felt was simply not very good and offered very little, I hope he is just out of shape and short of match fitness.
Boyler look happy to be back and gave it a few good goes without really getting anything really dangerous into the box. Nice to have a bit of pace again.
Doige showed snippets of something, he can win a ball, he can head a ball, he can hold it up well, but played as a single striker, it really didnae work.
So that was the eleven who played 45 minutes or more from the start.
Jackson played the whole second half and did nowt wrong, no nonsense centre half who scored a cracking overhead kick ( I think it was him?). Can he header a ball properly in the opposition box, if he can we have signed a winner.
Horgan changed the game. I suppose if Daryll did what he did in every game he would not be playing for us. Excellent 30 minutes.
Moon, thought I would get this in early, he played down the right but is clearly left footed, it did not work and he didnt particularly impress. Time yet though.
Flo came on with apoint to prove and I felt he offered far more as s striker than Doige, his header was a thing of joy, if Oli had a fitba brain, Flo would have had a second. He did well and did his starting chances no harm at all.
Ben Striling. Well the laddie for me may just fill the role of midfield ball winner that we are missing. Maybe not right away, but blooded in, as the laddie looks like he has it, I thought he was cool, composed and strong.
Shaw fluffed a sitter should have passed to Flo but missed instead and looked poor. I will keep saying, he needs to get out on loan, dare I say it at somewhere like Dunfermline where he can get himself back in the goals. Pity, as I always want the Hibs supporting laddies to do best.
Sadiki – I atcullay think this young man mountain will go on to for part of the best centre half pairing of Hibs near future with Ryan Porteous, another one who did not look out of place.
Campbell and Doig both came on I think but with so many changes and similarity of kit I struggled to work out what they could do in their five or so minutes.
Hecky and Robbie are still tinkering, I think we are still missing an Omeonga, a Marc McNulty and a younger, fitter and better passing version of Milligan and Bartley combined. I am confident we will formma good team this year, I am looking forward to watching it take shape in the friendlies and leagie cup. Those going along with their negative, anti Hibs attitude need to mind its early July and we are trying things out, shouting down good Hibs players will never win us anything, you will still go home to you sorry, shitey lives. Watch Hibs to enjoy life, not to take out your frustrations on the things we love ffs.
I have nothing to say about Stevie Crawford and Dunfermline, I was there to watch Hibs taking shape today. I do wish them well, proper local club with excellent pastry based snackage.
The refereee looked like something from 1976, weirdly old fashioned looking but was insipid and booked no one letting the game flow. Fair enough. I hope you enjoy your Vesta Curry and the Good Life on the telly tonight.
Massive Hibs support, I expect this will continue. No Since 1875, drums or songs the whole 90 minutes?
Overall, the first half was poor, we passed the tits of ourselves after struggling for the first 20 minutes. Too many short, under-hit passes, too much indecision at the back, powder puff up front. Best were Mallan, Murray and James. Last 30 minutes were a Daryll Horgan led attacking Hibs performance with Horgan, Kaberi, Jackcon James and Striling looking good.
Man of the match, well it was between Mallan and Murray first 60 but for me Daryll Horgan scored, created and changed the game. he gets it fo rhis excellent 30 minutes.
Next stop, a trip to Ingerlund, see you in Carlisle on Tuesday night, should be a quiet wee trip.