Thursday 6th of August saw the coming together of Hibernian Supporters, Officials and Staff of Hibernian Football Club with ex Players, organised by St. Patrick’s Branch of the Hibernian Supporters Association, in the Hibs Club, to celebrate the 140th Birthday of the greatest team the world has ever seen. Speakers included….
Alan Lugton – Author of ‘Making of Hibernian’
James Murray – General Secretary of the HSA
Sir Tom Farmer
Before Dougie McLeod the Chair of St. Pat’s introduced the first speakers of the evening Branch Secretary Gordon McKinley read out a warm letter of congratulations on Hibs 140th birthday from St Pat’s Branch members of present Dutch Cup winners FC Groningen and following the speakers the Branch presented a mosaic to Sir Tom Farmer and Fans Directors Frank Dougan and Amit Moudgil. The mosiac was made by a Branch member who lives in Leeds, Mark Shipway. Mark was inspired by an old film of the Harp which adorned the old entrance at what is now the West Stand and the mosiac that was made and hung in the Boardroom to replace it, following structural upgrading. On the death of Harry Swan it was given to his widow. The mosiac will be be mounted in a prominent position at the West frontage of Easter Road.
To round off the evening a Question and Answer session with Hibernian greats Patrick Gordon Stanton, Mickey Weir and Keith Wright took place.
Before closing the meeting Dougie said that we had Greig Mailer, Hibernian FC’s Head of Marketing and Commercial Operations who had an exciting announcement about a stip Hibs have produced to commemorate the 140th anniversary. Greig explained that on his first day of joining the Club, several months ago, he was shown to his office and a solitary letter from St. Patrick’s Branch was sitting on it with suggestions for the 140th birthday celebrations. One of them was for a retro strip. This was agreed at a Working Together meeting and one of several groups set up to look at various aspects of improvement, consisting of Hibs supporters, Staff and Directors of Hibs, set about the task of designing it. He was delighted to say that it would be in the Hibs store in time for our first League home game against Morton. There will also be a Hands off Hibs tee shirt, which was also suggested by the fans in that group, to commemorate the magnificent defeat of Mercer’s attempt to liquidate our great Club 25 years ago.