London Hibs February 1999
It seems that every
month since the beginning of the season we have at least 1 or 2 new member coming along to
our monthly gatherings. Well the February get together was no exception with 2 new members
(Stuart Dickson and Eric Davidson) coming along to their first meeting. We also invited
back Dan Falkicov, who hasnt been around for a while, and one of the clubs
founder members, Glaswegian Jim Wallace who has recently returned to London from living in
Scotland. In true London Hibs tradition, our new members received a welcome
pint from the treasurer (after paying their subs) and we went onto have a very
positive, informative and enjoyable meeting.
Burns Night Supper
Once again the
clubs main social event of the season on Saturday 30 January was massive success and
enjoyed by the 100 or so members and friends who came along. It was a great honour for us
to have God himself down from Edinburgh who said he had a great weekend and
enjoyed himself very much chatting with all our members.
As always, our
sincere thanks to everyone who worked behind the scenes to make the evening so enjoyable.
In particular, I would like to thank Sonia and her staff at the Holyrood Pub for all they
did to make the evening a great success. For those members who were unable to come along,
the pub was decorated throughout in Scotland flags and tartan and the staff were dressed
in 70s style Hibs strips, which they later sold on to our members to top-up their earnings
for the evening. I would also like to thank Morton Love for donating a signed Hibs strip
for the raffle. As Morton is required to work on a Saturday evening, he has not yet
managed to come along to one of our Burns Nights, but for the past few years he has made
various donations to the raffle which have always been very much appreciated.
During the evening
we raised some money for our favourite charity by auctioning a Famous Five
collection of picture postcards in a frame. John Smith was the successful bidder and as a
result of his generosity we have recently sent St Columbus Hospice in Edinburgh a cheque
for £300. This was a really fantastic gesture by John and Im fairly confident that
the money will be very much appreciated and put to good use by the hospice.
Group Travel to
Having discussed the
subject at our last 3 meetings, we are now all systems go to organise group travel to the
penultimate home game of the season against Morton on Saturday 24 April 1999. There are
already 4 members confirmed on the trip, with a further 10 or so at the February meeting
saying that they were really interested. As you can see from the enclosed note from Alex,
the plan is to leave London Kings Cross on the 5pm train on 23 April returning on
the 11am train on 25 April. Accommodation can be arranged at the Dean Hotel but in order
to take advantage of any special rates, it will be necessary for you to confirm your
requirements as soon as possible.
The four members who
are already confirmed on the trip are planning to take advantage of the excellent
hospitality at Easter Road before the game and have booked a table for lunch in the
Forthview Suite. The cost for this all-inclusive lunch, which I believe includes a ticket
to the game, is £50. Our members have also been invited to the Almond suite Player
of the Year presentation, which will take place that evening. The presentation will
be held in the Almond Suite from 7.3012.30am with tickets priced at £10. I will
have more info at the March meeting..
Although it would be
nice for our members to travel together for the game, we appreciate that this is not
always possible as the method of travel and times/dates for leaving/returning to London
will not suit everyone. However, the most important thing is that we attend the game as a
club, so if you are planning to go up for the match or if you are at a loose end and would
like further information on the proposal, then you should contact either Alex Lindsay or
Can I remind you
that there is still a few items of our Autumn/Winter Merchandise available to purchase, so
if you are looking for a birthday present for your family or if you have friends in
Edinburgh who may wish to buy something, then can you please complete the enclosed form
and send it to me (with cheque). We already have some good ideas for a spring
collection but until we have sold our stock of fleece jackets (3 left) and Coach
Jackets (10 left) we will not be investing in any new stuff.
Hibs on the Internet
You may remember in
our August Newsletter that I mentioned we had our own pages on the World Wide Web courtesy
of Stuart Crowther at Erin Web. Whilst these pages
were a great starting point for us, Stuart was unable to update them regularly enough due
to work commitments, so Mike Inglis, who is another Wokingham based member, volunteered
his services to take the project one step further and add his personal touch.
pleased to say that Mike has taken the bull by the horns and done a fantastic
job so far by creating the following pages that we can all be very proud of.
believe this makes us the first Hibs supporters Club to have their own pages, and to give
you some idea of how effective the Internet can be, within 24 hours of the Burns Night,
Mike had created a page with 15 or so pictures from the evening
and some sound files of Pat Stantons
speech and Stuarts address of the
haggis. Hibs supporters viewed this from all over the world and the response to Mike
was very positive. We have also recruited 2 new members and have sold quite a bit of our
Merchandise to people checking out what London Hibs are up to.
I will bring along a
computer to the next meeting to show those of you who do not have access to the Web the
great work that Mike has done. In the meantime we would be very grateful if you could help
us make these pages a lot more up to date with our members information by completing the
enclosed Members profile form and sending it to Mike at the address
shown with a photograph of yourself. If you have access to a computer, Mike would prefer
to receive your profiles in electronic format. If you have any other ideas for what we
could include on our pages then please pass them onto the London Hibs Webmaster, Mike
Inglis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest news from London Hibs
Update on the football team
Information on the committee
Membership Application form
Dates for Meetings/map showing
location of the Holyrood
Links to other Hibs sites
Forthcoming social events
Tickets are still
available for the St Mirren game on Saturday 17th April so if any member is
planning to be in Edinburgh that weekend and would like to use them, then they should give
me a call. Between now and the end of the season, Andy Bell has both tickets for the
Airdrie game on 20th March, Martin Longland and myself have them for the Morton game on
24th April and Les Rennie has both for Hibs final home game in the 1st Division
(ever again hopefully) against Falkirk on 8 May.
In our August
newsletter I committed to the club producing 2 issues of Hibees Here Hibees There before
the end of the season and Im pleased to say that we are currently on track to print
our 2nd issue in time for the home game against Morton on 24 April. The
response I have received so far to issue 21 has been immense and I pass on my sincere
thanks to everyone at the club who contributed articles or ideas. However, I will be
asking for the same response from more of our members over the next 5 weeks to ensure that
issue 22 of HHHT is equally as good and as well received.
To ensure that we
have the fanzine on sale for the 25th April, the deadline for submitting
articles, letters, ideas for issue 22 is Tuesday 13 April, but it would be greatly
appreciated if you did not leave it to the last minute and send your contribution to me
Name that team:
They have scored no league goals since December
and have not won a game this year.
They have lost their last five consecutive games
and lost their last five home games.
They have no money to buy players and have lost
their best player for a pittance to Rangers and to Everton. They are now lying
second-bottom of the league, showing no signs of delaying the freefall.
To top it all their miserable, moaning faced
manager seriously believes that his squad is good enough to survive.
Was it worth all the pain last season?
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