In light of COVID-19, Coronavirus outbreak we have taken the tough decision to cancel tonights St.Pats Night in the Hibs Club, Our sincere apologises to all, but we hope you will understand that this is an unprecedented virus and we feel it would be irresponsible for us to go ahead with it.
We shall either rearrange for another evening or offer a full refund to those that have purchased tickets. Our apologises once again but the health of our members is more important.
A big thank you to all our 2020 reaffiliated members, see our membership report. Also including some member’s questions answered.
Just a further thank you to everyone who reaffiliated to the Branch for 2020, we can report our re-affiliation membership from 2019 into 2020 is 450 members.
With the reaffiliation timeline closed, we will now look at our waiting list of new members and progress these applicants. Our new members will be permitted up to our maximum of 505 members, you recall this cap on membership put on all branches in 2018, (our membership in 2018 was 505).
During the reaffiliation period a large number of members, still angry with the Hibernian Supporters Association (HSA) handling of the January EGM, had asked what our Branch’s current relationship is with the Executive Committee of the HSA. We should also point out a number of members were so angered and although wishing the branch well have decided not to reaffiliate to the HSA.
Therefore in response; As you will recall having collated the required 50 signatories we demanded an EGM of the full association last year, this was to debate and force a vote on a democratically raised and agreed branch motion. As you will also recall when the EGM took place in January with over 100 association members in attendance the HSA Executive chose to close the meeting without due debate or taking the all-important and required vote, this vote to conclude whether our motion would be carried or indeed rejected by the full Association membership. This was seen by both your committee and our branch members as a rejection of the democratic process.
Your committee then reported that following the EGM we were approached and offered a meeting with the HSA trustees, to discuss the full situation? We consulted this offer with our members at our next full branch meeting late January and our branch agreed that we would accept the offer for further discussion. In early February we were informed by the HSA the meeting may take time to arrange, this was the same response at Februarys delegates meeting however at the most recent March Delegates meeting, March 5th, we have been informed the meeting will not now be progressed by the HSA.
We fully understand those members who have decided not to reaffiliate to the Association and we fully support their decision. We are also proud of the numbers who have decided to pay their 2020 contribution and wish to support the branch going forward, our current stance, therefore, remains to continue where every opportunity allows calling for a democratic response and conclusion to our motion set out at the EGM
We also understand from the delegates meetings that there are some possible planned changes to the various HSA office bearers this to be announced at the HSA AGM in May, your committee would point out that despite our obvious differences especially on the outcome from the EGM, and despite the normal truths and untruths of what St Patrick’s have said or done, we can clarify to our members we have always credited all HSA office bearers with the hard work they put into the Association and like all members of the association, we will work to support a democratic and transparent HSA.
For anyone unaware of the motion put forward at the EGM, please see our website within the member’s page under the meeting & minutes section.
February quickfire update – will need to look out the cardboard jaiket for Hampden. Again.
Hibernian Chairman Ronald Gordon unveiled our five-year strategic plan to shareholders at the club AGM during the week.
Every area of the club has been analysed to bring together an ambitious plan that sets out a vision to build on the progress made recently.
Key call outs
Compete in top 4 for all competitions and participate in Europe
Double our investment in the player budget by 2023 (currently at its highest ever level – primary focus will always be football)
Grow number of Season Tickets and matchday tickets
Increase turnover by 50% by 2023 and 100% by 2025
1million investment to improve Easter Road (PA system, Big Screen, Advertising digital ribbons, Food Kiosks(in-house service), Corporate Hospitality). A festive celebration about the club every game
Refine and define the Hibernian brand
Points I wanted to flag that might’ve went under the radar from the headlines
We play to serve our community – which is an important part of the heritage of Hibs
Aim to be the most recognised and admired Sports brand in Edinburgh
Build consistently exceptional teams that compete for trophies every year – football always comes first
Provide first class customer service – we treat everyone with respect
Innovate and take risks
Promote a ‘can do’ attitude, a culture that we can do anything, nothing is impossible
Have valued and long lasting relationships with corporate partners
Season ticket value – give value and thank you to season ticket holders (membership, discounts and exclusive offers)
Being creative how we sell tickets (packages and bundles)
Ron talked about being grateful and thanking the support and HSL for financial support of the club – now looking at how we can develop more opportunities for contributions for those that want to (anything additional is always straight to football – not at the expense of something else). Ron also extended his gratefulness and admiration to Tom Farmer and Rod Petrie for leaving the club in a great place – that will continue and to grow more we will invest.
Ron closed the meeting with a very powerful ending – The tradition, heritage and history of the club is special and should be honoured but the clubs best year are ahead of us, not behind us and we need to work together.
Thanks to everyone that got in touch over the the last month with any query big or small, keep them coming – always available. Lots of good conversations around a number of points recently – cup ticketing pricing and seating, Hėarts ticket allocations, Since 1875 and more.
Points flagged to the board by myself (and as always, not on behalf of all supporters but a sizeable proportion).
– Supporting Singing section/Since 1875. The group recently did a survey, with club backing, on potential safe standing/sing section location. Now its looking at what possibilities and opportunities there is on accommodating the group better – they contribute a lot to atmosphere/matchday experience and are a great influencer.
KP – The club are keen (as much as we are) to improve the atmosphere and are definitely open to change. Now it’s working together to deliver a well thought out plan and execute in the correct manner. I’ll keep working with all parties to keep on top of this to make sure we’re hitting full potential.
Since 1875 survey results.
Some Hibs fans are special – Alan Lugton was one of them. Great to see an appreciation of him and his Hibernian history workings during the recent LIvingston match on the 72 minute. His memory will march on.
Hibs fans are barry, especially on our travels – some majestic nostalgia posted recently.
Hibs in the Community are ramping up the outstanding work they do in the local communities.
At the start of February they launched Hibs Class – a new educational programme designed to encourage young people in primary schools to lead healthy lifestyle and gain confidence.
Not Hibs related but a fantastic story how football is a powerful tool – I’ve nae time for bullies, well done all involved.
Dnipro Kids turnstile Collection.
I was delighted to hear Dnipro kids raised £1,520 during blizzard conditions in the recent Livingston match. Echoing the massive well done to the volunteers that stood out to collect and of course, the donators.
You can make a small donation to their fundraising efforts through their update – I’ve sent a small donation over.
This is what it feels like to be Hibs.
On to Tuesday night and beyond, to quote Ron from Wednesday night – “Everyone is indispensable and necessary to the success of the club. We’re all necessary to succeed” – we’re all necessary on Tuesday and in this exciting season end.
Nice sticking it up that whinging fat jambo fud Robertson, he gret and moaned on Radio Scotland post match, ye didnae lose 1-0 you lost 5-2 and more clinical finishing and it would have been more. Sucked it up ya Gorgie Fud. I know I had a reader who is unhappy about my digs at other clubs and players, its fitba, its banter, the wee jambo fud had his own pop at Hibs tonight, its fine, its our game.
Usual rules apply, I was in my seat in the west lower, and didnae have the benefit of reruns and reverse angles on the telly. On the football front, they did start brightly, as did we. It was a penalty to Hibs when Boyler got booked, I never saw the penalty the gorgie goon moaned about. No Newell made us set up as a 4, 4 2ish but we did attack in waves all through out of the game, first half it didnae really come off, second we are a joy to watch, especially when Omeonga replaced Whitts, when Steph’s energy re-invigorated a slightly flagging team. Jamie G came on a scored a peach, as did Steph, Jacko,, Docs and Scottie…..good eh?
I met Graeme Mathie pre match and had a 10 minute blether, he wants the same things as us, good players and a winning Hibs team in front of a full Easter Road. I like him.
One big observation, the brave move to break the rules by the young team dropping from the top tier to bottom of the Famous Five at half time dramatically changed the whole stadium atmosphere, the east joined in and it sound like a crowd much larger than 9500 hardy souls at the game. Even us the west put down our vol au vents and joined in. Well done guys!
Rocky, hesitant and slow tonight for me tonight. Bombscare at corners. Good shot stopper though.
Paul McGinn strolls through games, good, steady, solid. A decent signing who goes forward and appears to enjoy playing for Hibs. That will do just fine for me.
Adam Jackson scores goals and sets goals up. He is very good going forward and good heading a ball, but not sure he defends well when playing team that don’t challenge him. Good goal that broke the deadlock.
Paul had a weird game, I liked him taking the penalty, I didnae like it was poorly hit. He defended well then made a boob. Another player who is better when up against good teams.
Lewis was decent first half and excellent second, well done Lewis, that is what we know you can do and why you are our first choice left back.
Whitts, it didnae work for me tonight, sorry, was all over the place. Hibs improved greatly when Steph replaced him.
Docs had a contained first half but got better and better second half. Scored a smashing goal too.
Allan was poor first half, seemed to do the wrong thing all half. Second half he was like a new player, especially we playing deeper or even when pushed wide, his link up play Stevenson was superb and he too scored a great goal!
Boyler. To quote an American owner I know. Wow! I thought he was brlliant, a fucking menace. Three players booked for fouling him, a couple more might have been. He was often unplayable. My only worry is live on TV others will be thinking he is a snip at 5 million. he is worth double that when on that form.
Doidgey had a quiet first half but was very influential second, put himself about and won lots of ball. Good effort, should have scored one of his many chances.
Marc didnae impress I am afraid, he needs to get better.
Steph changed the game for me, upbeat, high tempo, skill, ability and desire, Why has he not been starting beside Docs, Hibs are better when they two are together, Superb goal too.
Jamie Gullan replaced McNulty with 10 to go and made a great impression on me, he scored a lovely goal after a wonderful ball from Chris Doidge. Looking forward to see more and more of Jamie.
Horgan came on for a Boyler who was away hame to pit plasters all over his legs. The boy had been booted up and doon all night. Some nice footwork from Daryll though.
Jack is getting it, he is learning the Hibernian way and I like what I am seeing. He must ken the defence needs major surgery, he counters it by having us play fast, flowing, attacking fitba and we score more than the opposition. I have a feeling something good is going to happen, I really do.
Got Hibs disallowed penalty wrong, I believe they might have had one, there was a sending off for one of the consistent kicking out at Boyler and I didnae see a staright red for the ICT player, yellow aye, straight red, no. Poor really.
Parking Robertson’s anti Hibs comments, they are a decent team who play football the right way and if they came up, say at the expense of the Gunts, they would cope well with many of the teams. Best of luck to Keats too, one of us. Good wee support down too. Have the puddle drinkers sold that many for Tuesday night?
Pretty poor 9500 attendance, although I get why many would stay home when its live on cooncil telly. The Since 1875 guys move at half time was a master stroke, what a good atmosphere second half, thanks to them. Cheers guys, get your fund raising link up, its pay day for many.
Man of the Match
Easy, Boyler, he was superb. Honourable mentions to Greg Docherty, Paul McGinn and Lewis Stevenson.
Next up, the up the relegation candidates and Gunter the Munter. Wont be the biggest attendance with them only selling 11 tickets but if they win the Hunfest on Sunday, it could increase to a few hundred. I hope we batter them.
Big crowd, chance to go above Livi and get right behind The Sheep and we go and do a Hibs. That was pretty poor, too many Hibs players didnae fancy it, a fe wbasically didnae try, the changes didnae work, were late and the referee was a disgrace. Livi are industrial, they play little football, although Efe was majestic much of the game. I have lived the majority of my life in Livingtson, I have nevee liked the football club, I still don’t, but then drugs were never my thing.
We started with the same team as last Sunday, or so we were told at 2pm on twatter. A late change meant Joe Newell droped out the team, and the squad, Lewis came in and Melker Hallberg came back into the squad. A couple of things around that, what happened to Joe? Why has Melker dropped down so low in the pecking order, especially when two good games a season Slivka is starting, why I am at at why has the drive, skill and dynamism of Steph Omeonga not getting a game, when Slivka and a half arsed Allan are? Onto Allan, his penalty was piss poor, sloppy, I felt his approach to the whole game was one of a player no really enjoying playing in the cauld? Paul Hanlon is too casual, nearly causing a goal by a half hit pass back and Lewis has now had two poor games in a month, I have never had to write that, and it makes my soul ache to type that.
I like the shape of the team, its very attack minded, although no Joe Newell means we are less effective down the left as Joe is a better atacking left half than Lewis. Boyler gives his all, so does Docs, John’s Big Brother and Adam Jackson and good and steady, Marc makes clever moves and is getting fitter, but is not match fit (although no as unfir looking as the Livi Number 3), Doidge scores and offers no very much more for too many games n’all.
I thought the boss managed the game badly and should be at least partly to blame for blowing a good chance to chase 3rd down.
On to the team….
Rocky had no chance at the goal, but has no idea what teh word urgency means and his distribution is poor.
We played as a back three most of the game.
Paul McGinn is fine, makes the odd error but can pass, wins the ball, can defend and does attack well. Paul is a not problem for Hibs, he is a solution to the permanently injured Sir David Gray, the man that won us that cup on that day, scoring that goal.
Adam Jackson has developed into a good, reliable defender. I like him now, sans the Yorkshire Pudding.
Paul had a good enough game today but is prone to being sloppy, it has to stop.
Lewis didnae have his best game, I hate to say, he an dSlivka, both of them were at fault in the run up to the Livi goal.
Greg Docherty was excellent, I expect he always will be.
Vicky Slivka proved why he should go in the summer. Two good performances are followed by a piss poor, effortless, shirking one, next he will be losing his place for yonks before the whole cycle starts again. To think he keeps Stephane Omeonga, Fraser Muray and Melker Hallberg out the team?
Scott Allan should have stayed in, heating on and watched a film on BBC2 today as he was rotten, he missed a penalty taken with all the gusto of a player who thinks he is better than he is. Pity that, it is magic when he is magic.
Boyler never stopped twisting, turning, running on, taking a man on and trying to improve the flatness of the game. I love the way he takes a ball in and turns to go forward, too many of his team mates go back wards every time a sign of a lack of confidence for me. Not our Boyler, he loves going at teams. Hi srun to keep the ball in when his two striker pals stood and done nowt said it all. They targeted him and Docs today, that tells you something. Thank Sauzee for Martin Boyle.
Marc McNulty kept making runs not picked up by his team mates, he is a player but is lacking service.
Doidge scored, can someone tell me what else he offered all game? A few seconds before he scored he let an excellent cross from I think Horgan go right across him when a better player would have stuck his head on it. When I say a better player, I mean Colin Nish would have. Ite weird, he scores goals but……
The subs well too late and wrong for me, dead simple. Okk they were attacking players but two if them can be too cautious. None of the three can do much in the time allowed.
Let me explain that a little.
Fraser Murray did get 25 minutes BUT 10 of those minutes are in a position where he can do very little. Flashes of excellence, a good shot popped off but matinees will never make Fraser a regular. He is better than Slivka imo, so give him a start. Prone to going backwards with a pass although by no means the worst.
I get why we want to play Jamie Gullan ( I found out today he is a Jambo, fuck sake son), I want to se eteh laddie play too. But not out left with 15 to go. If he is good enough, play the laddie.
Daryll Horgan comes on and passes back too much. Pity as when he does take a man on and stick a ball in, its pretty decent. No for 10 minutes though.
I thought Jack’s approach was poor today. It was clear it wasn’t working the way it was set up, it was clear their 3 was poor so we dont feed Boyler enough to challenge him, the changes were ‘soft’, it needed Stephane Omeonga, we got Fraser Murray and Daryll Horgan. Sorry, that was mundane, and was not good enough Jack. 60+% possession means nothing when half of that is going backwards is not what we pay to see.
Livingston are horrible to watch, I imagine its like being on hallucinatory drugs, or at least selling them. A pub like team who come to grind out a result, pushing, pushing and pushing, ohh aye and pulling, shoving and kicking as the ref ignores it all. Ugly fitba. ugly team, 300 fans, most of whom must have supported someone else before dealing with Livi. You wouldnae pay a score to watch that every week. Their Goalie however was very good, as was their defender, a boy called Ambrose from Nigeria, he looks a player, one to watch? Bit cheaky yon slippers, smoking jacket and cee-gar but seemed to get away with it. He cheated last minute right enough.
The referee was a fucking idiot and if I was a Celtc fan I would say he had a thing about Hibs, a thing he didnae like, maybe a bad night doon the docks or short changed in Ali’s Cave? The throw in decision told you all we already knew, we have refs who either hate Hibs or over compensate for supporting our club. No idea what that useless baldy pricks background is but he is a fucking buffoon.
The fans, lots of us but no atmosphere as the east didnae sing and dafties corner in the Famous Five Uppers words were blown away straight doon to North Berwick. Move back to the East Stand guys, the atmosphere is now dire, no helped by a boring, half arsed Hibs perfromance. Good crowd too.
Man of the Match was Martin Boyle, well mine was. Martin is worth the entrance fee.
Next up is Inverness and Fat Robbo the Jambo Jakey. They are doing ok in the diddy league and will come to ER looking for a lucrative draw. We welcome our hero James Keatings back (great news about James today). James will always be a Hibernian hero, the man that run the other way on that glorious day. Pre match, lets show the love for the laddie, he is a good guy, treated badly by injury and those *&*^ at the SFA. During the game fuck um though, its all about Hibs.
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’
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.
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.
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. __________________________
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.
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. __________________________
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. __________________________
As always, Hibs fans are barry.
Shaun McKinley memorial match doon Leith.
Morning’s in ma hoose. __________________________
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.
The Hibs community are proud and strong backers here. Something in their bucket come that Livingston game would be appreciated by all.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.