Copy & paste these links into your Browser to watch the 2 videos. The first features The Famous 5 & the Great Harry Swan amongst others, whilst the second is all about Paddy and took place on St. Patrick’s Day 1991.
Ian Cunningham a St. Patrick’s Branch member in Wales who was privileged to have attended this match writes…….
I was there as a 9 year old – and to record Reilly’s goal as – ” ………….and Reilly headed home Smith’s cross” is just about the greatest injustice I can think of. Lawrie was about FOUR feet off the ground when he HORIZONTALLY met the ball perfectly – and the ball flew into the roof of the net – playing down the hill. It was a fabulous header ( I can still see it in my mind’s eye – even after 60 years ) !!
This 8 page document (from James Barr, who lived in the Cowgate and now resides in the Republic of Ireland) is all about the start of Hibs. Please note that this is from a personal point of view and should be seen as such.
The next meeting will take place in the Hibs Supporters’ Club on Friday 28 September @ 7.30pm. We would encourage all current and potential members to attend, so that important matters concerning the Branch can be discussed in full. We look forward to seeing you there and if you have any additional items for the Agenda, these need to be with our Branch Secretary – Gordon McKinley by Tuesday 18th as per the recent email, so that these can be considered at the Committee Meeting to take place prior to the Branch Meeting.
As most of you should be aware, the Branch has purchased2 Season tickets as agreed at the last Branch meeting. Normally the Hibs would administer the process by which seats are donated to local charities, however because of the proximity to St. Patrick’s and environs it has been suggested that we ask Hibs to donate them to Canongate Youth Project (CYP) whohave been delivering youth work in the Southside, Old Town and Dumbiedykes areas for the past 35 years. In consequence, an e-mail was sent to Hibs by the Branch and their reply was as follows:
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of Hibernian FC’s “Kicks for Kids” season ticket initiative for season 2012/13. As one of the Club’s longest running community initiatives, your support is important to the many charities/voluntary organisations and children who benefit from your generosity. As requested, your season tickets have been allocated to Canongate Youth Project. If you wish to discuss any other aspect of the initiative please do not hesitate to contact me on 0131 656 708 or alternatively you can email email@example.com at any time.
Thanks again for really making a difference to the lives of disadvantaged youngsters.
Sue McLernon – Community Manager
Hibernian Football Club
and the reply from CYP:
Please pass on the thanks of everyone at Canongate Youth Project to the members of the St. Patrick’s Branch for the generous donation of season tickets to the home games. In light of the result this week down at Dumfries I understand your reasoning in suggesting that we give them to children or young people who misbehave as a punishment! On a more serious note, we work with a lot of families who exist on the poverty line and who would otherwise be unable to afford the admission costs. The staff here enjoy the pleasure of seeing the appreciative faces of the kids and their parents or carers when we give them out – be sure, your gesture is greatly appreciated. Thanks again.
Calling – 0131 556 9389/9719
South Bridge Resource Centre, 6 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT
The time or dates for 2 matches have changed and are shown in the Fixture List Pages. Aberdeen on the 29th September is now 12.00pm K.O. with the game on ESPN, whilst the League Cup game against Queen of the South is set for Tuesday 28 August at 7.45pm.
Thought I would write and say how good it was to meet up at the Hearts game. The performance was a big improvement and hopefully the future could be looking ok. Yes, there is a long way to go but the signs I saw were encouraging and ever the optimist, there could be ‘Sunshine on Leith’. Not wishing to sound like a broken record, I would like to thank the lads I saw and shared a drink with afterwards. I have followed the Hibs for over 40 years and the last 30 from down south. As I travelled up from Sunderland, I was always on my own and went to the game alone. Whilst I have no problem with my own company, it is always nice to share thoughts on how the game went. Sadly, my beloved wife does not share the same passion as I do for our heroes and would just say, beat again? But I no longer have that predicament, since I joined the best Supporters Club, not only for Hibs but dare I say in Scotland. Not only did I meet fellow Supporters of Hibs, but people with a true passion for our Club. You have all made me feel welcome and special and from my point of view, I have made a whole bunch of new friends. I would like to specially thank Big G and Stevie, who keep in regular contact, you are both true gents. The banter is first class and no matter the result, I now journey South with a smile on my face.
Hope to see you all again soon. Take care and thank you all once again
Gordon McKinley – Branch Secretary, has sent a letter to Hibernian on behalf of the Branch, asking that they consider a reduced ticket price for our unemployed fans during this period of austerity. £28 or so, is a lot to pay for any game and if we can encourage additional fans to come along and support the Club on a regular basis, so much the better.