to be usual we have to start with an apology for the delayed issue of
this fanzine. Even with new technology it’s hard to keep the
production line flowing with a relatively small (160+) and
geographically diverse membership. As ever we’re indebted mainly to
the efforts of Mike McSherry in producing this edition. Like our friends
in Mass Hibsteria we appeal for more contributors & additional
production/editorial effort to keep HHHT going well into this new
advantage of issuing your first fanzine in April is that you can avoid
looking too dumb when you look back on crass and hopeful comments made
early in the season in the first flush of victory over some Danish
amateur team! I still cringe when I remember some gushing comments I
made about Jim Duffy early on in season 1997/98.
are the uppers and downers of the season so far and what’s in store
for the final few months? Without a doubt the highlight of the season to
date came at Tynecastle on December 19 last year. What a way to end the
year/century/millennium and of course at no time did I think, “what
kind of a team is this we’ve put out?” - Well maybe for 20 minutes
or so! As I write this we’re fresh from victory over Celtic, on TV of
course and again I must confess to having some doubts about the team
composition. Maybe Alex knows a bit more than me about this game –
personal highlight was our brilliant 4-3 victory over Dundee, the first
real emergence of Kenny Miller as a star! I watched this game in a bar
in Paphos, Cyprus in the company of 12 Hibbies. Quite amazing
considering a total of 4 Everton and Manchester United fans watched the
preceding game. Watching Hibs fans stop the traffic in Paphos by running
around the square with their jerseys over their head was a great sight.
of the under 21 team is another bonus, particularly considering the loss
of Kenny Miller to their cause & the loss of Mark Dempsie through
injury. Let’s hope they go on to win the league & give a great
boost to Willie McEwan and all his team at Hibs 2000. Make no mistake,
youth development must be our future.
park things have improved dramatically with a new stand on the way, a
new badge and harmony (OK at least far better relations) between the
Board and fans. Let’s hope things continue on the up and hopefully we
can regain our board level representation at the top of Scottish and
European football as it was in the days of Tom Hart & Tommy Younger.
have not been too many. Some lethargic displays and some downright
awful, Ibrox/Parkhead/Pittodrie. I think everyone recognised this would
be a year of consolidation with avoiding even a hint of relegation as
the number 1 priority. I’m confident we will achieve that target. From
a personal perspective I have one other disappointment and that was our
apparent unwillingness to make any effort to hold on to Steve Crawford.
There is no doubt Steve’s career to date has resulted in under
achievement on his part but I believe he continues to have considerably
more future potential than either Lehmann or Paatelainen. I hope he
doesn’t return to haunt us in future years in the way that a similar
player, Paul Wright has.
News: As the fanzine issue has been slightly delayed we have the
opportunity for an update and another serious gloat at the Jambos. Big
Eck has given us more joy in one season than Mogadon Miller did in 10!
The downside is we seem incapable of beating the lesser lights and have
not scored an away league goal this century. Thank God we still have to
visit the pink bus shelter again! One other problem area has been the
handling of ticket sales for the cup semi. Although we have been buying
tickets by credit card from Hibs for 10 years, at times to a value of
£500+ we find we cannot do so for our most important game in years. I
believe ticketing arrangements were to some extent dictated by the SFA.
Nevertheless Hibs must realise they have a large out of town fan base
& that not everyone can get to Easter Road. Even though our members
have at least 10 season tickets no postal arrangements could be
accommodated. As we said earlier in this article this only reinforces
our belief that Hibs need to be back in the forefront of Scottish
football instead of leaving decisions to the likes of the Pieman. Hibs
however must be prepared to challenge the dictats of the SFA and look
after our own fans as a matter of priority.
enjoy the fanzine and keep supporting the Hibs !