London Hibs April 2000 Newsletter

 

 

As the April gathering fell within 48 (okay 49) hours of our disappointing defeat against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Semi Final, it was no surprise that the turnout at the William Wallace on Tuesday 11 April was quite low.  As I had stayed in Edinburgh for a few days after the game, I was unable to make the meeting but I’m pleased to say that Mike Hennessy very kindly made some detailed notes from which he produced some amusing minutes.  Although these spoof minutes were produced for the web site, (here) I thought it only fair to share them with all of our members in this newsletter!

Minutes of London Hibs Monthly Meeting, William Wallace pub, 11th April 2000

Present: most of the usual suspects – well, about six to ten in all, depending on the time in the evening, plus a huge number of potential new members who had inadvertently strayed into the meeting room thinking it was the pub restaurant. Only one stayed the pace, Paul Reid (brother of Chris), who was impressed with the professionalism of what existing members convinced him was a typical meeting.

Not present: Messrs. Rogan, McSherry and at least in mind, Donald (his body turned up around half-time, so he came on as second half substitute). This list bears an uncanny resemblance to the senior members of the committee, but the meeting seemed to go extremely well despite this handicap.

Issues not discussed:

·         Apart from a slight aberration when the treasurer made an appearance, there was no prolonged discussion of whether the club was rich or poor, how the accounts were presented, what the accounting policies were etc. Understandably, those present became somewhat disenchanted with the lack of the usual highbrow debate.

·         Travel arrangements were conspicuous by their absence also, despite Tony Connor bravely appearing before the select committee to answer questions on hiring Concorde to take members to the Cup Final.

·         The football match against the Garda in August

·         The previous Sunday’s Sky Sports’ Scottish match

·         The promotion of club merchandise to ethnic minorities in Gorgie and Govan

Issues discussed :

·         It was agreed that if the committee eventually finds out if we are profitable or not, any profits should be used to enable the signings of Rivaldo, Roy Keane and Dennis Bergkamp

·         Any remaining funds should help the conversion of Portobello beach into a mini Copacabana to help Rivaldo feel at home (in the case of Franck Sauzee, the biennial appearance of the French rugby team in Rose Street and the trend towards drinking foreign beers in Edinburgh had been deemed sufficient and no such lavish expenditure had been incurred )

·         Tony was asked to conduct a detailed study into the logistics of holding the May 2001 meeting in Azerbaijan, who expect to host the Uefa Cup final between Hibs and neighbouring Heart of Uzbekistan, despite not yet convincing Uefa of its European credentials.

·         A motion was passed in favour of adopting the Sir Alex Ferguson tactic of brow beating small countries into releasing stars from international matches, using the Dwight Yorke/T&T issue as precedent. No hidden agenda was admitted, though it was recognised that Hibs might benefit were T&T to be colonised officially by Manchester United. Or would they just sign Russell ?

·         Brian Rogan was given the action to speak with the T&T government about the issue, and to liaise with Robin Cooke at the foreign office over whether Hibs could colonise another country eg Brazil or Millwall , given historic links between us

·         All members using the surname “Smith” were put on notice of expulsion from the club for exhibiting a lack of imagination

·         It was agreed that all London Hibs members should be renamed “Mike”, in recognition of the huge numbers already sporting that name, and to make loss of memory after a few pints less embarrassing. The two Ia(i)n McKenzies would be exempt on the grounds of their originality

·         All members wished Grant good luck in the marathon, and assured him that they wished to be there alongside him, but that the organisers had been ruthless in not exceeding the limits on numbers. Nonetheless, Grant received many valuable tips on how to run the race ( e.g. fast, in time for the Big Match at Hayes that afternoon, for the last time etc )

The committee were thanked for their contribution and asked that they be as effective in future.

Thanks very much to Mike Hennessy for this brilliant report – with that sense of humour so soon after our exit from the Scottish Cup, he was obviously not at the game!  On a more serious note, it is good to see that Paul Reid has at last joined the branch!  Paul has been living in London for quite some time now and has been threatening to join for quite a while.  Welcome to you Paul – I hope that you received your customary free pint after you paid your subs!!   Our paid up membership for this season now exceeds 160, which I’m sure you’ll agree is a fairly impressive number - This does not include the 20 or so members from last season who have not yet got round to sending in their subs!

Click here to see the minutes of May's Meeting before it takes place

Football Team

This has been a month of mixed fortunes for the team.  On the day when it was confirmed (you may remember the confusion last month) that we had actually won the APFSCIL top division, we lost 4-2 to Rangers in the final of the cup having led 2-0 and seemingly cruising to the double.  Whilst we do not wish to dwell on this defeat too much, I think Kevin Robertson would be the first to admit that this was not one of the team’s better performances of the season but when you consider we are not one of the largest clubs in APFSCIL, it is a marvelous achievement to have been in a position where we came so close to winning both competitions.  Despite the result, the 60 or so Hibs supporters who were at the game were in good spirit and seemed to have good day out!. 

Once again our congratulations to Kevin and the rest team on winning the league and on behalf of the football team, I would like to thank all those members who made the effort to go along with their families.  In particular, my thanks to Michelle Garriock who was the ‘head chef’ at the Hibby Bar-B-Q which went down well with all our supporters.  Photographs from the day can be viewed here

To celebrate their success, the team is organising a Champions Ball, which will take place at the Dukes Meadows Golf Club in Chiswick on Saturday 1 July from 7pm to 2am.  Tickets will cost £25 a head and will include a sit down Dinner, disco and much, much more.  All profits from the evening will go towards purchasing new Hibs strips for the new APFSCIL Champions next season.

As the team has done such a fantastic job representing our Supporters club and of course promoting Hibernian to other London based football supporters, it would be fantastic if we could encourage as many non football playing members with their partners and friends to attend this function.  For more information on the evening, please contact Kevin Robertson

London Hibs AGM

The club’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 10 June starting at 4pm at a venue yet to be confirmed.  Although our monthly meetings are normally held in the William Wallace, we are having to look at an alternative venue for our AGM as seating in the upstairs room is restricted to 25 which will not be big enough.

If you are one of those members who would not normally make the midweek gatherings due to work or family commitments, then the AGM will be a good opportunity for you not only avoid a day’s shopping with the wife/girlfriend, but also to meet and catch up with other southern based Hibs supporters - you will also receive a free pint!

The schedule for the day will be to meet in the pub from 3pm onwards for a couple of pints. The meeting will then commence at around 4pm and will cover the following topics:

·         Summary of the last 12 months activities at the club

·         Review of the club’s finances

·         Review of committee members for the 1999/2000 season

·         London Hibs Player of the Year for last season

·         Plans for the new season

·         AOB

Following the meeting there will be some other entertainment, which will be revealed in the May newsletter.  All you are asked to do at this stage is put the date in your diary and get clearance from your partner!

If you would like to put you name forward for one of the committee posts (Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Fanzine Editor, Entertainment, Travel, or Hibs Liaison) then please let either Brian Rogan or myself know before the meeting.  The current committee have all been in place for a number of years now so I assure you that no one will be offended if someone else feels that they could do a good job in one of these posts. After almost 5 years as club secretary, organising social events and editor of the clubs fanzine, it is my intention to stand aside at the end of this season to let someone else take over these roles.

Grand Day Out

Andrew Murray is organising a grand day out to Edinburgh on Sunday 21st May for the final league game of the season against Hearts at Tynecastle.  The plan is to leave London Kings Cross on the 8.15am train returning on the 6pm train in the evening.  If you are interested in participating on this trip and would like further information on costs, then please e-mail him at andrew.murray@lineone.net.  There are currently 7 members confirmed.

Nominations for your Player of the Year

It is that time of the year again when you are encouraged to submit your nomination for Player of The Season. Even if you have been unable to make it to Edinburgh for a game this season, I’m sure you have a view on the team from watching them on television, reading match reports or discussions in the pub.  You should nominate 3 players with one point being given to your 3rd  choice, 3 points to your 2nd and 5 points to your 1st choice.  If you have an e-mail account, then can you please send your nominations to londonhibs@aol.com.  The winner will be announced at the AGM on Saturday 10th June with the presentation taking place in Edinburgh in November/December.

Latest News from Easter Road

Although results on the park have been nothing to write home about this past month there have been quite a few worthy news items to mention in this newsletter.

The first is that Franck Sauzee has extended his contract at Easter Road for a further year, which is good news as we all believe that he has at least one more season left in his old legs!. 

Kenny Miller became the first Hibs player since John Collins to be named SPL Young Player of the Year ahead of Barry Ferguson of Rangers.  This has been quite a season for ‘young Kenny’ as he also extended his contract with Hibs to, I believe 2003.  He is also our top scorer with 13 goals.

Hibs recently released their plans to build a football academy in Midlothian,  as well as the rebuilding of the old main stand at Easter Road.  Following the Aberdeen game last week the pitch was to be lifted and levelled with new undersoil heating installed.

The first six rows of the East Stand (the terracing) will go as the pitch is moved 5 metres in that direction. The West Stand will be demolished and a new 6,500 capacity two-tier stand built, in the same style as the Famous Five Stand.  This will take approximately 20 weeks to complete the work. This of course means that until around mid-November, Hibs will play in front of a reduced capacity (10,500) although every effort will be made to open the seating decks as early as possible. Within the structure it is the intention to use the Hibs 100 monies to create changing rooms, a warm up area and press facilities but there will be no further internal development until it is decided exactly what they would like to have there.

Hibernian Ladies recorded an emphatic victory by 7 goals over their city rivals at Gorebridge. Four goals from Carolyn Morris and a hat-trick from top scorer Mhairi Gilmour were rounded off with a goal from Louise Young to give the Ladies an 8-1 win. The team are currently in 4th place in the national league, behind Stenhousemuir, Ayr United and Kilmarnock.

The Hibs U21 team are still 5 points clear of Hearts in their league with only 2 games (Hearts and Rangers) left to play.  With 2 games in hand over Hibs, Hearts could still win this league but it will be necessary for them to have a fairly impressive run in if they are to do this.  For the record, Hibs have topped the U21 league throughout the season and at one stage were 13 points clear of Hearts.

Merchandise

Thanks to all those members who took advantage of the special offer last month to purchase some of the clubs excellent merchandise.  Since 1 March we have sold well over £250 worth of new merchandise which has gone a long way to topping up our club funds.

As this special deal has been very popular with our members, we have decided to extend the offer until the AGM on Saturday 10 June. 

To remind you what the deal was, we said that the postage (normally £1 for each item) would be free and that you would also receive a free London Hibs metal lapel badge (£2) or metal Keyring (£3) for each item ordered.

There are a number of yellow Brazil style v  -neck T Shirts in medium, large and extra large available at £8 each or 2 for £15.  There are also some very smart black coaching jackets in 3 sizes for kids (5-6 years, 7-9 years and 10-12 years) and in large and extra large for adults*. The children’s jackets cost only £10 each and the adult jackets a real bargain at £14 each.

All the above have the London Hibs logo on the left breast.  * Limited number available so please check availability before placing an order.

Please cut and paste the order form below and send in your order and payment without delay to Mike McSherry, Hibernian House, 149 Easthampstead Road, WOKINGHAM, RG40 2JB and indicate whether you want a London Hibs keyring or lapel badge with your order.

Fanzine

It would appear that the sale of latest issue of the fanzine (22a) has been another massive success so my thanks once again to everyone who contributed articles and helped sell them before the Aberdeen game.  Excluding the money which is still to come from the retail outlets in Edinburgh and London who sell them for us, the club has already made a small profit of over £100 on this issue.   We will receive a further £150 when they are sold in the shops.

May Meeting

Our next meeting will be held in the William Wallace on Tuesday  9th May starting at 8pm.  As this will be the last official midweek meeting until the new season starts, I hope as many of our members as possible make the effort to come along to discuss the highs and lows of our first season back in the Premier league.  See you all on Tuesday.

Mike McSherry

Club Secretary

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Nomination for Player of the Year

 

From……………………………

My nomination for Player of the Year is as follows:

1st choice……………………………………………  (5 points)

2nd choice…………………………………………… (3 points)

3rd choice……………………………………………. (1 point)

 

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Order for London Hibs Merchandise

From…………………….  

 

Can you please send me the following items of London Hibs merchandise:

 

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I enclose a cheque for £……. to cover the cost and can you please send them to the following address:

 

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Please indicate whether you want a lapel badge or keyring with your order

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