How is everyone doing? I do hope you and yours are as good as can be and Hibernian’s return to football has been a welcome boost for you.

Another hope is that we can close off August in a strong way – a very promising start – we should be assured of our craft and graft so far but with still plenty of room for improvement. 14 points from 18 was the players aim when they assessed the first 6 games and their one point away from that going into game 6 at the weekend. A comment from within the club ‘We don’t accept to win one, lose one and draw one. We’re resilient to win everything’. Always available through known channels and kpower@hibernianfc.co.uk if you need anything.

Last Thursday (20th August 2020) The First Minister announced her hope that stadia and entertainment venues can reopen by 14 September (These further changes will only be possible if everything continues in a positive trajectory – decision likely on September 10th by all accounts). There isn’t much more information coming from the Government on this – no guidelines or what the first milestone may be – with the lack of finer detail until, what will likely be, close to the decision day the club has been proactive working up 4-5 different plans for having supporters returning to Easter Road but there is so many variables, I’m sure it is frustrating not being able to plan with certainty. I know the Scottish Joint Response Group has been asking for clarity on a number of points. Very much watch this space moving into early September but positive news nonetheless.

KP – Still lots of questions but once we all know a bit more I’m certain the club will push some comms out in a timely manner about its position and approach. Very much high on my pad to stay close to this for supporters as this date looms closer

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The Match on Hibs TV returns this weekend for the third airing. This offering will continue to get smoother (feedback has been passed on about Studio audio) and it was great to hear that a high percentage rate of season ticket holders (80-85%) were signing in to use Hibspass to watch our opening games. If any issues or questions pop up the club does have a dedicated support team at Stream Digital available – support@hibernianfc.co.uk.

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The revamped Hibs TV platform is now available to Season Ticket holders (This will include audio for away games).

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Copyright Alan Rennie.

A potential big benefit noted in this bizarre footballing landscape is the full squad and the (expanded numbers) substitute bench surrounding the dugout at home matches. This has a look and feel of travelling away with your football club in younger years and youth groups – all being in it together with a common goal, supporting your teammates – not really an opportunity at elite first team level with packed grounds. Great to see the camaraderie between the players, definitely a tight group at the moment, commandeered well by the experienced players in the squad.
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A few questions asked about how Hibs Players have been handling lockdown and is the club ensuring it’s staff and players follow Government strict guidelines during the easing of lockdown. Graeme Mathie on the recent Longbangers podcast brought to life the effort the club and players have went to ensure they serve and represent our supporters as exemplars. The club has enhanced the player code of conduct at this time to protect everyone associated with the club. There was more great questions and fantastic insight shared on this podcast I would recommend you give it a listen if you haven’t already – available here > https://youtu.be/qXvjcFL1cQ0 < and through other channels.

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I’ve been working with the club and supporters on a number of issues and points recently;

Email communications – The club issued a request in July to ensure Supporters details were up-to-date (http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10685). Being up-to-date is more important now than it ever was before and this is working in the main for the majority of supporters. There is a small band of supporters not receiving weekly updates (Latest news ahead of matches, relevant digital programme and more). If you believe you’re one of the small band not receiving official communication please do check your credentials (steps in link just above) and, if needed, the next stage of contacting the club and they will review immediately with their data partners to fix. Please contact commercial@hibernianfc.co.uk providing your name and client reference. Thanks for your perseverance there.

Strip fulfilments – The small clubstore were working round the clock to get through the initial 7,000 home strip pre-order. This has now been completed and includes the Away strip plus release of the very popular goalkeeper strips. Thank you for your patience and understanding to those that have to wait a little longer, especially those with infant and very small children orders (a delay on socks).

The window to order strips again is here and includes larger sizes sold out super fast last time round – HOME STRIPS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

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3,000 new season cards for new purchases, movers and class changes are being worked up and through by the Ticket Office (new opening hours for the hard working team, 10am-1pm Monday to Friday – http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10711). Additionally they’re preparing the 1,000 Hibs Kids packs for issue and working manually and individually through emailing the 11,000 Digital Season Ticket to supporters which will act as a second option (The digital card is sent by email to the lead booker rather than the individual season ticket holder). Any questions, they’re always super helpful and available tickets@hibernianfc.co.uk

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Club call outs

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Stubbsy looking down on us.

League Cup groups announced
http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10710

All the best Adam Jackson
http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10701

The memories of Willie Hunter & Jackie Wren march on
http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10697 & http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10705

The return of Malcom McPherson to the board of Hibernian Football Club
http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10717

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Martin Boyle agrees new contract!

http://www.hibernianfc.co.uk/news/10720

I’m in awe of the desire from both sides to get this one done. Delivered and executed in an outrageous style that will be hard to top.

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www.hiberniansupporters.co.uk continue to make a difference. The above is a great example. We’re all providing a huge difference to the playing budget.

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In need of a tremendous example of outstanding Hibs creativity?

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It has been heartening to see the number of donations and fundraising activity for Leith Links Kick for Kids in August. Just under 130 KfK Season Tickets purchased. Massive kudos to the Hibs fan that has set himself a challenge to walk 10,000 steps for 100 days, sponsoring himself £1 per day in aid of Leith Links Kicks for Kids.

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This is what it feels like to be Hibs.

This Supporter update is dedicated to Elaine Urquhart. Her memory will march on.

Keep doing what you do.

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