Memory ManThese are the memories of  the Hibee Memory Man and memory only. No Googling, cards up sleeves, hypnosis nor mirrors used! His opinions are his own take on things of course.

Again, 9 October has not featured many Hibs matches in recent times. This is due to the comparatively recent trend for International fixtures being scheduled for weekends around about the second weekend of October.  Talking of International fixtures, that wee torn-face ginger Gordon Strachan can get tae . If he’d played John McGinn instead of persisting with possibly the least talented individual ever to accrue eighty caps for his country, i.e. Darren Fletcher, we might have a World Cup qualifier to look forward to.  If he’d started with Leigh Griffiths in the earlier matches, it might have made a difference, too.
Anyway, honorable mention to the late John Winston Lennon who would’ve been 77 today, had he not bumped into a Catcher In the Rye-wielding nobody-who-became-a-somebody by murdering him on Monday, 8 December 1980.
Here goes:
– Saturday, 9 October 1971: top tier: Hibs 0-1 Tims.  Clearly, I wasn’t at this game (I was exactly nine days old and, given that my Dad had sent my Mum back to Scotland to have me (they lived in Cheadle Hulme at the time), I would probably have been sleeping at either my Edinburgh Granny and Grandad’s at 1 Niddrie Marischal Gardens, Craigmillar or at my Leith Granny and Grandads at 16 Prince Regent Street, Leith.   A crowd of 39,000 (including, presumably, at least 20,000 tims) saw a goal by Lou Macari with less than 20 minutes left take the two points.  This was, of course, a great Celtic team.  They had reached the European Cup final against Feyenoord only 17 months earlier.  They had also lost a Scottish Cup Final to Eddie Turnbull’s SSBs only 18 months earlier.  ET was, of course, now in charge of Hibs.  But he was in the early stages of the revolution which would lead to the evolution of the legendary Turnbull’s Tornadoes.  I’m too young to have seen them live, of course.  But, having watched the old footage on video and DVD, there’s no doubt in my opinion: that was the last great team for a protracted period.  Between 1971 and 1975, Hibs were not just a great Scottish team, they were a great British, great European team.  Sad to relate, that we’ve failed to emulate that in the last 42 years.
One post-script is that just two weeks later (on Saturday, 23 October 1971) that Celtic team would face a highly unfancied Partick Thistle team at Hampden in the League Cup.  One of the greatest ever shocks in Scottish League Cup history transpired, with the Harry Wraggs scoring four in a seismic first half.  Celtic pulled one back in the second half, but the Jags held on for an historic 4-1 victory.  46 years later, almost to the day, we will face Celtic at Hampden in the League Cup.
– Wednesday, 9 October 1985: Skol Cup semi-final, 2nd leg: deid hunz 1-0 Hibs (Hibs win 2-1 on aggregate).  I listened to this on the radio: Radio Clyde.  Dad would not take Grant and I to this game.  Indeed the only times I’ve watched Hibs at Ibrox with my old man were the two Scottish Cup semis there against Celtic in April 1985.  Faither hates the hunz (both the deid club and the tribute act).  This is because he and my Uncle Denis were chased through the Weej by bigoted, grown men after Hibs had knocked them out of the Scottish Cup semi final replay in 1958.  It’s the only game, the only ground I’ve ever had bother at myself.  And, from conversations with other Hibbies and comments read on the various fans forums, violence is always in the air when you wear green and you’re players .them . Despite the off-field concerns, Hibs, having won the first leg more comfortably than the 2-0 scoreline suggested, took a huge support there.  all 8,000 tickets in the Broomloan Stand were filled by enthusiastic, loud Hibbies.  However, there had been a major accident on the M8, so the majority of the Hibs fans did not arrive until late in the first half; by which time we were a goal down on the night.  The goal – a direct free-kick – by the late Davie Cooper was, is the finest goal I have ever seen Hibs concede.  I remember the commentary team on the radio describing it as having gone in the ‘postage stamp’ top corner.  On the radio, all you could hear was the loud, raucous Hibs support.  Gordon Rae had been booked for the foul which resulted in the free-kick from which Cooper scored; which had the unfortunate consequence of ruling him out of the final.  Which was a shame because Rae was a fine servant to the Hibs for many a year.  A real stalwart who had scored some crucial goals in his time at Easter Road; not least a Scottish Cup quarter final winner against hertz on Saturday, 10 March 1979.
Back to the game at Ibrox, the home side had a lot of pressure, without creating much in the way of chances.  And Roughie did not have too much to do.  I have to say that, much as at the time the second half seemed to go on for hours, this was the most I ever enjoyed listening to a Hibs game on the radio until Wednesday, 22 February 2017.  When, of course, we beat hertz 3-1 at Easter Road in the Scottish Cup.  And I listened to it while doing weights in my bedroom.  Nearly decapitated masel while bench-pressing when the first goal went in!
Another memory is that Rangers ended the match with Derek Johnstone up front.  One of the commentators opined that it was ironic that, after all these years, a Jock Wallace-managed Rangers team still had DJ up front.  Serves them right.
But the final whistle finally sounded and the 8,000 (out of 39,282) were jubilant!  I could go to school (Strathaven Academy) with my head held high and, for the first time, since 1979, we had a cup final to look forward to!  The result and this development even featured in that Saturday’s lunch-time football staple – Saint and Greavesie!  St John narrated the news in the opening sequence to the week’s event with the surprised tone-enunciating news that ‘it’s Hibs, and not Rangers, who will face Aberdeen in the Skol Cup final’ accompanying images of jubilant Hibbies in the Broomloan Stand!
We had a good record against the deid hunz in League Cup semis; beating them four times in a row: 1972, 1985, 1991, 2004.  I was at the last two.  Two probably of my top 5 Hibs matches attended.
– Saturday, 9 October 1993: SPL: Motherwell 0-2 Hibs.  Hibs stayed top of the table with goals by Jackson in the first half and Keith Wright in the second beating a fine Motherwell team who had won at Ibrox midweek.  Top of the League and in the League Cup final; it was a good time to be a Hibby!  It even featured on Blue Peter; with John Leslie interviewing fans queuing for Cup Final tickets on Easter Road!
Yet again, the 10th of October has not featured too many Hibs matches over the past three decades.  Personally, I don’t see why the powers-that-be couldn’t revert to all International qualifiers being played on midweeks throughout the season.  As prevailed until 1988; when this disruption to the League season nonsense started.  However, if you’re expecting sensible decisions from an organisation so corrupt as FIFA that it allowed Sepp Blatter global primacy for in excess of two decades, you’ll be sorely disappointed.
Anyway, back to the matter in hand.
– Saturday, 10 October 1987: SPL: Hibs 4-0 Dunfermline.  Two days after the signing of Goram for a club record £325,000, we recorded our largest victory of a League season in which we would only find the net 41 times in 44 matches.  That means that a fraction under 10% of our entire goals tally for the League season was witnessed that afternoon!  And all of them inside the first 28 minutes!  I think I’m right in stating that that was the least time it took the team to score four goals since the 3.10pm hertz 0-4 Hibs game at the Swynerie on Saturday, 18 September 1965 (Jimmy O’Rourke’s 19th birthday; he scored twice, as did the late Eric Stevenson).  I know we’ve scored, for example, six in the second half against Killie on Saturday, 2 April 1983, but I cannot recall any game in which we have the ball over the line so often before the half hour mark.  Bobby Sinnett (who really knows his stuff) might be able to put me right there, though.  I would always defer to his superior Hibby-stats knowledge.
The goals were scored (I think) by Kano, Collins, May and McCluskey, although I’m not sure if that is the correct chronological order of them.  While the crowd was a rounded-up 10,000 (in the papers, anyway).
One post-script to the match was that we would take five out of eight from the newly promoted Pars (who would end the season by being relegated).  We had already drawn 3-3 at East End Park in front of 13,500 fans (including a huge contingent of Hibbies; comprising probably half the attendance) on the first day of the season (Saturday, 8 August 1987).  We would subsequently lose 1-0 at East End Park on Saturday, 5 December 1987, in front of only 5,990 fans.  Before beating them 2-0 (again all the goals in the first half) at Easter Road on Saturday, 27 February 1987.  Goals by Mickey Weir and a ripper by Beastie.  (You can find the latter match’s goals on You Tube.)
– Saturday, 10 October 1998: First Division: Stranraer 0-1 Hibs.  On the day that Scotland played at the Swynerie since the first time since the inter-war period, we traveled to Stranraer.  The home team had already inflicted upon us possibly the most ignominious home League result in our history by beating us 2-1 (they led 2-0 at one point!) on Saturday, 15 August 1998; a date overshadowed by the Omagh tragedy.  And we did not find things any easier in this game; requiring a late goal by Stuart Lovell (I think) to secure the points.
One post-script to this match is that Judas Iscarrot’s team was beginning to come together.  This was our second win in a row following the draw with Hamilton Accies on Saturday, 26 September.  Not that we knew it at the time, but we were in the early stages of a 22 match unbeaten league run.  the longest unbeaten league run in our history.  Although, I’m sure John R Mackay’s seminal 1985 The Hibees book states that we went 17 matches undefeated in the top flight at some point during the 1950s.  Another for Bobby Sinnet, methinks.
Apologies for not being able to mind who we played on Saturday, 10 October 2015 in the First Division, but I cannae.
– Saturday, 11 October 1986: SPL: deid hunz 3-0 Hibs.  Our first League visit to the Govan since the advent of the Souness era.  And the homesters exacted a measure of revenge for their defeat at the Leith San Siro nine weeks earlier by winning comfortably.  the most notable feature of the game, though, for any visiting Hibby was the size of the crowd; or, rather, the size of the home crowd.  Only seven months earlier (on Saturday, 1 March 1986) we had lost 3-1 there (posterity has recorded Blackley’s Hibs as the last team to lose to Jock Wallace’s deid hunz in the latter’s second spell in charge there; not an accolade any Hibby will be proud of) in front of just under 16,000 spectators, which included around 1,500 visiting Hibbies.  Given that the Hibs support at Ibrox that sunny Autumn day would probably have been no higher than that, there must have been 36,500 hunz in the 38,000 crowd.  Where had these self-proclaimed  ‘pee-puhl’ been going on a Saturday afternoon for the past season, if not the past decade?
Having grown up in Strathaven, at a time when Hibs were regularly beating Rangers (four times in the calendar year 1985), the Motherwell fans that I knew were really Motherwell and Rangers fans.  I’ve been called a ‘Fenian b*******’ by guys who would wear a claret and amber scarf to school one day and a red, white and blue one another day on many occasions.  Thankfully, today – in 2017 – Motherwell appear to have moved on from the horrible, wee diet-hun club they were in the early to mid-1980s.
But October 1986 was not a good time to be a Hibby.  We did not know it at the time, but it would be Sloop’s last calendar month in charge of the team.  Having witnessed three games in a week at the end of that month, I can relate that he appeared to have lost the confidence of the players.
– Friday, 11 October 2002: Crunchie’s testimonial: Falkirk 1-1 Hibs.  If anyone deserved a testimonial, then that man was Kevin McAllister.  He really lit up Easter Road between 1993 and 1997.  His strike from outside the box against a very good Aberdeen team on Saturday, 11 September 1993 set the tone for a more-comfortable-than=the-scoreline-suggests 2-1 win.  For Hibbies like me, who had grown with 4-0 and 5-0 defeats to Fergie’s all conquering Dons, that was only our second victory over them at Easter Road since Saturday, 15 OCtober 1983, i.e. nearly a decade!  This was an international weekend and a healthy crowd including a strong contingent of Hibbies turned out to pay tribute to wee Crunchie.  I went through on the train wi Jocko, Fun Boy, Tin Foil etc..  Even though the unusual sight of Gordon Strachan in a Hibs strip was part of the entertainment, we did what we did a lot of when Bobby bloody Williamson was manager, i.e. we nashed to the boozer at half-time.
– Saturday, 11 October 2014: SPL: Hibs 0-0 Dumbarton.  Another disappointing result following the iconic 3-1 victory at Ibrox on Monday, 29 September 2014.  This game featured a penalty which TV evidence conclusively proves went under the keeper and over the line (i.e. a bloody goal should’ve been awarded!), but the ref waved play on and JC missed out on what would have been another goal for the cocky wee Jambo.
One post-script is that this was the Sons’ first League visit to Easter Road since Saturday, 19 January 1985, when we beat them 3-1 in a relegation four-pointer, with goals by Jukebox (going down the slope), Snoddy (up) and a Ricey penalty (up).  Alan Kay having equalised for them only four minutes after Durie’s opener.  That was only the second game that my Dad took me and ma wee bro to at Easter Road (we did grow up in Strathaven; not a hotbed of Hibbies!).  It was the first time we stood on the East Terracing; which was then still uncovered (the late Kenny Waugh would rectify that the following season).  There was huge-for-the-time crowd of over 8,000 (it felt like a lot more) as we had recorded our first win at Ibrox since 1977 the previous Saturday!  We also had the pleasure of seeing the erratic scoreboard positioned on the front of the Cow Shed in fully working order.  Everyone took great delight in cheering as the goals went in for Fergie’s SSBs as they pumped the deid hunz 5-1 at Pittodrie on what was Big Fat Derek Johnstone’s second debut for the away team.  I had told my old Leith Grandad before the game that all the hunz at school were raving about him.  To which Auld Denis drily responded, ‘He wouldnae get a game fer Selkirk reserves, son!’  (Selkirk had lost 20-0 to Stirling Albion in a Scottish Cup tie only weeks earlier.)
Incidentally, this was the first time Dumbarton left ER with any points since they beat us 3-2 on Saturday, 15 September 1984.  An ignominious result which prompted Pat Stanton to resign.


Bizarrely, in the temp job I’ve been doing this week in a pastry processing plant near Bridgend, one of my colleagues is a Gambian called Osman, and yesterday he asked me if I liked football etc..  So I explained that I’m a Hibby and that we had a Gambian player called Pa-Kujabi; a player he recognised!  I stressed how untalented Pa-Kujabi was and how he had been sent off in a Cup Final for us.  Os found this alarmingly funny.  Totally random.
Anyway, back to the matter in hand:
– Saturday, 13 October 1984: SPL: Celtic 3-0 Hibs.  We travelled to their athletics ground.  It was Mo Johnston’s debut for the tims. Hibs wearing green shorts (as we did a fortnight later at Swynecastle) performed admirably (Darren ‘YLT’ McGregor’s favourite word; check the DVD!).  However, Celtic were awarded a penalty with around 72 minutes on the clock – which horrible Peter Grant converted.  Thereafter, the homesters scored twice more in the last ten minutes.  Still, the following days’ papers were full of praise for Blackley’s Hibs.  Incidentally, the debut boy did not open his account for the Jungle Jims that day.

– Saturday, 13 October 1990: SPL: Dundee United 1-0 Hibs.  Murdo MacLeod’s debut.  A large travelling Hibs support attended this fixture and it appeared that we would leave with an unexpected point.  Until injury time, that is, when Willie Miller attempted a pass back which soared past  Goram for the only goal of the day; leaving us empty-handed.  Again.

One post-script to this game is that that was United’s only goal against us that season, as the next two fixtures were nil nil draws, before Felly scored the only goal of the game at Easter Road on Saturday, 12 April 1991.  I was there and it was the first time I had seen us win live since Saturday, 12 April 1986 (1-0 v Dundee, Gordon Rae 62 mins).  I do think I’m a jinx sometimes, boys and girls!
– Saturday, 13 October 2001: SPL: Dundee United 3-1 Hibs.  I listened to this on the radio in ma wee flat in Parliament Street.  We scored early (cannae mind who scored, like) and were leading at half-time.  However, the home side, still aggrieved at our late, late penalty decision from ten months earlier, roared back in the second half with three goals and deservedly took the three points.  This was the time that Judas Iscarrot lost interest in Hibs, as he was too busy meeting up with Sir David Murray and negotiating the deal that would take him to Ibrox on Tuesday, 11 December that year. I’d still take him as Scotland manager, though.  You have to be pragmatic about these things.
– Saturday, 14 October 1989: SPL: Hibs 3-2 Motherwell.  Hibs had suffered a 3-1 reversal at Parkhead on Wednesday, 4 October, i.e. the last League game before the break for the International match.  Consequently, it was good to get back to winning ways in front of around 8,000 fans.  Compare that with the 17,335 who attended the recent 2-2 draw between the teams at the same; albeit seismically changed, venue (Easter Road in 1989 did not have any of the four stands that comprise the Leith San Siro today).  While the state of the stadia and the size of the crowd vary differently in this 18 year compare and contrast exercise, one factor the two matches in this fixture share is that Hibs led 2-0 at half-time (through Collins and Houchen, I think).  In this game, Cusack pulled one back for the Well, before we restored our two goal lead (not sure of the scorer, but think it might have been Houchen again), before the away side again halved the deficit.  Fortunately, Hibs held on to ensure the points remained in Leith.  We had had a fairly bright start to the season, with home wins against the deid hunz, St Mirren and now Motherwell.  While we had lost on trips to Pittodrie, Swynecastle and Darkheid.  Sadly, the season would peter out due to our inconsistency.  But all those problems paled into insignificance when the realisation arose that Wallace Mercer was actively trying to kill off Hibernian FC during the close season.  However, on that sunny afternoon in the autumn of 89, none of us knew just what we would encounter only eight months later.
I sometimes go on to Jambos Kickback (to make myself feel good about myself) and the delusional rubbish that is posted there about our attempts to preclude their CVA and compare and contrast lies about Mercer’s takeover attempt is enough to make me want to launch my laptop through the windae.  Neil Lennon should sit the entire first team squad down and make them watch contemporary footage of that episode. Nothing less than the three points will do when we face Levein’s mob in ten days’ time.  (Although, it’s a little bit funny ,my fave Elton John lyric!), but, if you gave me the choice between winning the Cup Semi next Saturday v Celtic and the Derby three days later v hertz, I would choose the cup semi.  I’d love another crack at the new hunz in a Cup Final at Hampden.  The exuberant goading would be off the Richter scale!
– Saturday, 14 October 1995: SPL: Celtic 2-2 Hibs.  I was at this one.  It was a bright sunny, unseasonally warm day.  We were wearing the then away top, which was a purple and green striped effort; which commentator Gerry McNee described as ‘turquoise’.  I disliked him as a commentator.  Self-important buffoon.   In truth, we got pumped.  But Celtic’s defending was not too clever, and Kevin Harper took advantage of some poor marking to knock the ball past whoever their keeper was that day after about 20 minutes.  No sooner had our celebrations began to calm down and parity had been restored through a Johnny Collins direct free-kick.  Into the second half and Pierre van Hooijdonk gave them the lead after roughly an hour, but they could not add to it.  And with ten minutes to go Gareth Evans dived in the box, which Celtic-hating referee Jim McCluskey penalised and Darren Jackson converted our second penalty in Glasgow in the space of three weeks.  A totally undeserved point, but we were not complaining.  After all, we had seen the converse happen through there all too often.
– Saturday, 14 October 2000: SPL: Hibs 1-0 deid hunz.  On Kenny Miller’s first game at Easter Road following his close defection to the bastion of bigotry. The three points remained in Leith thanks to a well-worked move and superlative finish by David Zitelli.  What a player he was.
We all ken what happened when hertz came a-visiting just eight days later.
On to today, I’m going for the Hibs to end Aberdeen’s unbeaten League run with a 3-2 win, with the scoring sequence mirroring that of the Motherwell game played exactly 28 years ago today.  Stokes, Murray and Swanson to score.
Get yer bonkers bets on now, gadgies and gadgesses!
In something of a rush this morning, as I am working in a warehouse in Nantgarw at 6am, and, consequently, will need to leave at 5am.  Also, a disappointing loss yesterday.  Listened to the second half on the radio, and the comments of Willie Miller and Michael Stewart were revealing.  It appeared that we had plenty of possession, but a concomitant paucity of penetration.  As MS stated, ‘Hibs appear to want to walk the ball into the net’.  I think NL needs to fire a rocket up a few Jimmy Carters and get them to be more urgent and more direct.  Aberdeen appeared to have played a Revie-era Leeds-type of a game, i.e. score against the run of play, then hold out til full-time.  We need to become a bit more streetwise in this League and cut out the silly errors.  We won’t get away with them against the better sides in this division.  Still, I’d sooner see Aberdeen win the title than Celtic.
– Saturday, 15 October 1983: SPL: Hibs 2-1 Aberdeen.  Our only home victory over the Dons during the worst decade to be a Hibs supporter since the 1930s, i.e. the decade of Margaret Thatcher, the miners’ strike, the poll tax, yuppies, dodgy fashion and sometimes even worse music: the 1980s.  When me and most of my mates spent our formative years as Hibbies.  Character building they call it.  Well, I hope the young pups of 17 or 18 who’ve already seen us win the two domestic cups appreciate it.  A lot of Hibbies lived and died and never saw that.  And most of us had to wait a lot longer.
Back to the game, Rougvie gave Aberdeen a first half-lead, but two second half goals by Willie Irvine (on 68 and 88 minutes) burst a few coupons and ensured that Pat Stanton got one over his old managerial partner at Pittodrie (Pat had been his number two there), Alex Ferguson.  Compare this match’s attendance of 7,000 with yesterday’s 19,038.  Several months later, by which time I had started supporting Hibs (I started in November 1983), Shoot! magazine had a feature in an issue (in February 1984) about the next Easter Road fixture between the teams.  The heading was about Fergie’s plan to ‘DESTROY HIBS’!  Sadly, they won 2-0 that day.
– Saturday, 15 October 1994: SPL: Falkirk 0-0 Hibs.  I was there with my old man.  It was a pretty turgid encounter with neither team really deserving to either win or lose.  We drew a lot that season and didn’t finish many games, finishing third.  But for Raith Rovers’s League Cup victory over Celtic (which was funny at the time, of course) we’d’ve qualified for Europe.  But we didn’t know that at the time.
– Saturday, 15 October 2005: SPL: Hibs 4-2 Killie.  We were two down at the interval, but roared back in the second half with what I am told was one of the single finest performances of the Mowbray era.  Not sure who scored, but, given the team of the time, I’m guessing both Riordan and O’Connor were on the scoresheet.  As a footnote, Billy Brown is not the most popular man at Easter Road (and deservedly so, given the nonsense he came out with in the run-up to the Controversial Craig Thomson Cup Final of 19.5.2012), but, at the time, he wrote a column (it was probably ghosted; I doubt thathe could write a birthday card) in the Daily Ranger and the following week he was fulsome and effusive in his praise for Hibs.  We were described as having ‘a right good team’.  Which we did, Billy.
– Sunday, 15 October 2006: SPL: Hibs 2-2 hertz.  Came up for this one.  A good weekend with the usual suspects.  Spoiled only by our inability to retain a two goal lead against a hertz team who were reduced to ten men while the score was still 2-1 to us.  Zemmama and Killen had us two up within 16 minutes.  I was seated in the Famous Five and went for a mad wee dash with my top off and tats displayed along the perimeter at the front of the stand; staying away from the pitch as I didnae want lifted.  We should’ve been more than that up shortly afterwards, and, boy, would we come to rue the missed chances.  Zibi made howler after howler and was certainly to blame for both hertz goals.  Velicka (who would subsequently move to Rangers) got both of them.
– Saturday, 15 October 2011: SPL: Hibs 0-1 Motherwell.  Wearing our purple ‘Thistle’ strip we conceded an early goal, and could not equalise it in the remaining eighty-odd minutes.  This was to be one of Colin Calderwood’s last matches as Hibs manager.  Petrie should’ve taken the money Birmingham City offered in the summer and appointed a decent manager then.  But, no, we had a ridiculous staring competition which only ended when the Chairman blinked first after an even worse 1-0 defeat at home to Dunfermline on Saturday, 5 November 2011.  Calderwood, in my opinion, is the worst Hibs manager in my time as a supporter.  And many of the problems and difficulties encountered by his successors (specifically Fenlon and Butcher) had their roots in the damage wreaked by his lazy, lackadaisical tenure.
– Saturday, 15 October 2016: 1st division: Raith 0-0 Hibs.  Marvin Bartley’s second red card in a month.  And, also, Marvin Bartley’s second red card to rescinded in a month.  No wonder we dropped some silly points this time last year.  And, having listened to the game on the radio yesterday, I don’t know why Lennon took him off.  Bartley is a big, big player for Hibs.  We’ve needed a player like him for years.  And, having seen the Cup Final DVDs, and the article yesterday about his charitable efforts re the Grenfell Tower tragedy, it appears he’s a bloody good bloke, too.  Top man, Marvin!  Grab a goal in the derby, please!
The Hibee Memory Man





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