have started the new season as we ended the last with a very impressive turnout at the
first monthly get-together since returning to the Premier league. There were 5 new members
amongst the 22 who turned up to find out what we are planning to get up to over the coming
10 months. Welcome to George Henderson, Brian Collie, Ryan Goodfellow, Andrew Neil and
Margaret Preston who were attending their first London Hibs meeting. Apologies were
received from Brian Rogan, Ian McKenzie, Grant Ramsay, Tony Connor, Kevin Robertson and
John Ewan who for various reasons were unable to make the meeting and it was also good to
see Pete McLeod back after being out of contact with the club for a few months. With Brian
Rogan on holiday, Stuart Donald chaired the meeting.
paid up membership at the moment now stands at 97. When you consider that it was
not so long ago that our target membership for the full season was 100 members, this is a
fantastic response and a good position for us to be in so early in the season.
Andrew Murray gave a
quick update on our finances, which shows that we are back in the black, despite having
recently paid out for Merchandise (£1000), Season Tickets (£500), Player sponsorship
(£300) and Hibs 2000 (£200). With money still outstanding for fanzines sales (£300) and
with over £800 worth of merchandise in stock, our finances are looking quite healthy and
will be even more so when all our members have sent in their subscriptions for the new
Craig Bennison, who is now
responsible for our entertainments programme, ran through some ideas he had for
future meetings and social events.
Golf Day. This will be organised by
Alex Lindsay and will take place on a Saturday/Sunday in early October. If you are a
golfer and would like to take part in the first London Hibs Golf Challenge
then watch this space, as further details will follow at the September meeting and in the
Player of the Year Function. Saturday
23rd October see details below.
Burns Night Supper this will
take place on either the 22nd or 29th January 2000. Details to
Quiz Night at the September meeting.
See details below.
Tour of Ireland to celebrate Hibs 125th
anniversary. Andy Bell is looking into this at the moment and will report back to the
meeting in September with costs, dates, programme etc.
Pool Competition date and
opposition to be confirmed.
End of Season beano trip to
Speaker evenings. We will approach
Hibs over the next few weeks and invite the Chairman, the Manager or a current player
along to our November gathering on Tuesday 9 November. Our club will of course cover all
travel and accommodation expenses so we would hope to see a magnificent turn out at this
meeting. Details to follow in September.
Race night at the Dogs or a Day at
The above will be
discussed again at the September meeting when we will decide which events we should go
ahead with. If anyone has other ideas for consideration then can you please speak with
Craig before the meeting.
Player of the
The clubs main social
event of the season in Edinburgh will take place on Saturday 23 October in the Almond
Suite at Easter Road starting at 7.30pm. Things are certainly looking up for our great
club at the moment, for not only will our 1st choice POTY still be at the club
this season (the first time in a few years), but he has also signed a new two year
contract which will keep him (hopefully) at Easter Road until 2002.
We have invited
along a number of guests to the evening and have received confirmation from Malcolm
McPherson Alex McLeish and Andy Watson. Invitations have also been sent to a number of ex
and current players who will hopefully be able to come along. The evening will begin at
7.30pm with the presentation to Russell taking place at 8.30pm. There will be a hot and
cold finger buffet at 9pm and dancing through until 1am.
This will be our
first ever evening function at Easter Road so we would encourage you to invite as many
friends and family along to what will surely be a thoroughly enjoyable night. Tickets will
cost a very reasonable £10 each and, as we are limited to 180 people only, we would
encourage you to buy them sooner rather than later as they will be sold on a strictly
first come, first served basis. From the response we received at the August meeting, it
looks as though it will be a well attended event, so can you please complete the ticket
request form (sent to you by snail mail) before returning it to me (with cheque). If
necessary, you can send a post-dated cheque dated 7 October to cover payment for your
planning to produce the next issue of HHHT to go on sale before the Dundee game on
Saturday 23rd October. As always, Id be grateful if you could start
thinking about your contributions and ensure that they are with me by Friday 1 October at
the latest. Our last fanzine was a great success selling over 1000 copies and we would
like for the next issue to be equally successful, so please do your bit and contribute.
on from the problems that some of us had recently getting hold of tickets for the Hearts
game, it was suggested at the meeting that someone from the Club should act as ticket
co-ordinator for all ticket games. This is a great idea but will need a member to take
responsibility, so if there is anyone who would like to look after this role, then can
they please let me know or volunteer their services at the September meeting. The next all
ticket game at Easter Road is against Celtic on Saturday 28 September. Adult tickets range
between £15 and £18 and £8 concessions. Tickets will go on sale in the Famous Five
(North) Stand on 15, 16, 17 September cash/cheque sale only. Tickets will also be
available via the Credit Card Ticket Hotline, 0131 661 1875.
next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday 14th September starting at 8pm.
Following the formal part of the gathering, we are planning to hold a Hibs quiz to find
out just who should wear the Hibs anorak that so many of our members claim to own!
The rules for the
quiz are as follows:
- Teams of 2 players.
- £4 a team
- There will be 25 30 questions from
the 1970s through to the present day There will be 4 categories of questions:
- League and Cup
- Hibs general
- Pot luck
- The team with the most points wins.
In the event of a tie, there will be a tie breaker.
- The quiz will last approximately 1
- Surprise prize for the top three
The football team will shortly
start their 2nd consecutive season in the APFSCIL top division. Following on
from their success over the last couple of years, they are looking for new blood in the
team so if you would like to play for the team, or would like to help out in some other
way, then can you please email
Kevin Robertson to let him know of your interest.
the AGM in June we committed to increasing our clubs spend at Easter Road throughout
this season. As part of this, we have sponsored Stuart Lovells home jersey
throughout the 1999/2000 season. One of the main reasons for choosing Stuart is because he
spent his youth in the South East and his early playing career with Reading so you
could say that he is the nearest London Hibby that we have at Ester Road! This has cost
the club just over £300 but in return for what is a relatively small investment, we will
receive a mention in all match day programmes and we will also received a signed strip at
the end of the season. Hopefully, Stuart will make it along to the Player of the Year
the Score Competition
After 5 games, the league table for this seasons guess the score
competition is being led by Paul Flynn with a very respectable 17 points, followed
by both Morton Love and Pat McKinney on 14 points. There are still 4 games to go before
the first quarter prizes are awarded following the Aberdeen game on 2 October.
One of the entry
forms which was returned did not have the members name on it so if you contributed to the
competition, but your name does not appear on the above then can you please contact Andrew Murray.
With the snail-mail copy of
this newsletter, I have enclosed a copy of the latest list of members showing their
address, telephone number and e-mail address. I would be grateful if you could check your
own information and let me know by telephone or e-mail if any of the details are incorrect.
News from Easter Road over the last Month
forget that the next London Hibs meeting will be on Tuesday 14th September in
And finally, for
those members who have not yet sent in their subscriptions for the new season, then can
you please do so by return.
||Hibs officially launched their new away strip. The
press gathered at Easter Road for the first sight of the new kit and the main comment was
'it's bright'. The Le Coq Sportif strip is a combination of black shorts with the top
featuring a transition from black to a bright yellow. This is sure to be a hit with the
fans. The kit is now on sale at Easter Road and you can order yours from the club shop.
||Russell Latapy gave Hibs fans a lift prior to the
first derby match by signing a new two year deal which will see the Trinidad and Tobago
midfielder stay with the club until at least the summer of 2001. Russell's original
contact was not due for replacement until next year but both club and player were keen to
get a new deal sorted out sooner that later
||Hibs played their first game of the Scottish Premier
Youth "21" League against Hearts at Tynecastle. Hearts looked to have open the
scoring within the first minute when the ball was headed off the line, the resultant
clearance was knocked up field were it was picked up by Scott Bannerman who blasted the
ball past Roddie McKenzie from 20 yards out. Hibs one up after only ninety seconds. From
then on in it was a fairly open game with both sides making chances but neither were
unable to hit the net, final score: Hearts 0-1 Hibs
||Grant Brebner returned to Easter Road today after a
fifteen months absense. Grant has sign a five year contract in the face of bids from
English Premiership clubs. The 21-year-old originally joined Hibs in 1998 on loan from
Manchester United but despite attempts to keep him with Hibs, at the end of the season he
decided to return to England and joined Tommy Burns' Reading. After failing to gain
promotion, Reading have been forced to off-load some of their players and Grant was seen
as a prime candidate for the club to sell. Although Hibs have not disclosed the fee paid
for the talented mid-fielder, the newpapers are reporting the fee to around £400,000.
Grant was original from Danderhall near Edinburgh and joined Manchester United as a youth.
The Scotland under 21 captain scored a dozen goals for Reading last season and has already
bagged a brace this season.
||The draw for the third round of the CIS League Cup
was made today and Hibs were again drawn away from home. Hibs will visit Kilmarnock in one
of only two all Premier League ties. The game will be played on Tuesday the 12th October
with a 7:45pm kick-off
||Hibs Under-21s took on St Johnstone at Easter Road and notched up
their second consecutive victory of the campaign. Hibs opened the game looking the keener
and it was not long before Alan Ferguson in the Saint's goal was under pressure. The
opening goal came in the 19th minute when Russel Huggon took the ball to the by-line and
cut in towards goal but two defenders managed to tussle him off the ball and in doing so
conceded a penalty. Russell took the spot kick himself and sent the keeper the wrong way,
shooting it low to the right. Hibs continued the game with some nice football but without
upping the tempo, St Johnstone on the other hand hardly troubled Colgan in the Hibs goal.
||Alex McLeish was admitted to hospital yesterday after he was
diagnosed as suffering from appendicitis. He was feeling unwell, before being diagnosed
and underwent a successful operation. He is now fully recovered and back to work!.
||The Hibs U21 team reaped revenge when they took on Rangers at
Love Street. Although Rangers fielded Scottish international Colin Hendry, Ian Ferguson,
Charlie Miller, and Gordon Durie, the Hibs youngsters ran out easy winners with goals from
Kenny Miller, Tom McManus and Scott Bannerman. This polished performance sees Hibs
standing alone at the top of the U21 league having played 3 and won 3.
||The game against Kilmarnock at Easter Road, due to be played on
the 18th September has been moved to Sunday the 19th September but still with a 3pm
kick-off. This change of date is a result of Kilmarnock's participation in European
competition earlier in the week.
saw the first every Ladies Edinburgh Derby. Hibs Ladies ran out 3-1 winners over their
city rivals Hearts.