the turnout at our February meeting was one of the lowest we have seen for
a couple of years, we did welcome 3 new members along to their first ever
London Hibs gathering. Paul
Angelosanto and John Wilson who have been members of the club for a few
months, but haven’t been able to make a meeting and ‘new’ new member
Dave Stevenson from Watford were all introduced to the meeting and bought
a customary welcome pint by the Chairman.
the AGM last June I pointed out in the newsletter that London Hibs had had
a record breaking 12 months with a significant increase in its membership,
an increase in our turnover by over £2,000, two very good social events
and of course the football team finished in a very respectable 4th
place in the APFSCIL 1st Division.
In addition, we had sold a record amount of merchandise, produced 2
fanzines and set up a very impressive Web site.
All in all a very good year but despite our success, the committee
was determined to improve on things this year, which was always going to
be a difficult task!
it looks like we will exceed all these records this season as we have
already have over 160 paid up
members, our two main social events have been the most successful we have
held to date and the football team is sitting 1 point clear of London
Rangers at the top of the APFSCIL premier league AND
are in the semi finals of the APFSCIL cup.
Thanks to some great commitment by Mike Inglis, the quality of our
web site gets better (and an increasing number of visits) each day and we
have purchased and sold a vast amount of new London Hibs merchandise,
although we still have a bit more to sell.
The only downside to the season so far is that we have failed to
produce a fanzine, but hopefully this will be rectified over the next few
weeks in time for the Hearts game!
summary, not a bad season so far for our ‘wee supporters club’, but
with help from our membership, we look forward to even more success over
the next few months which will set us up nicely for our 10 year
anniversary season which starts with the planned trip to Ireland in August.
know I say this after almost every function, but the Burns Night Supper in
January was by far the most enjoyable and successful that we have held
over the years. With just
over 130 very lively guests attending the evening in Kavanagh’s Irish
bar in South Kensington, the function broke all previous records with both
the attendance and money generated through club funds.
The new venue also proved extremely popular with everyone.
the evening costing an extra £2.50 per head (mainly on food and drinks
– Kensington prices) and the cost of tickets to members being sold for
£2 less than they were last year, we somehow managed to break even on the
evening. This was thanks
mainly to a significant increase in ticket sales and a very successful
raffle which raised over £600 and included a trip to Edinburgh for 2 as
the first prize.
sincere thanks to everyone who helped make the evening such a success, but
in particular to:
Those members/friends who were unable to attend the evening, but
who purchased raffle tickets. We
sold over £250 worth of tickets to non-attendees.
Mike Prior - for donating the smart t-shirts, which we had made
into Eddie Turnbull Legends shirts and were worn by the bar staff.
Mike Inglis - for donating a raffle prize and for doing such a
brilliant job updating our web pages with pictures and sound files for
Hibs fans all over the world to view/listen to.
Scott Miller - for selling 24 tickets to his friends and his work
Martin and Lesley Longland - for doing a great job on the night
selling raffle tickets
Andrew Murray for his idea on the raffle.
Rose McEwan – for donating a raffle prize, selling raffle tickets
and of course doing a strip tease half way through the evening!
If you don’t believe me, then click here!
To everyone who purchased tickets and turned up to make the evening
a great success.
And finally, to Eddie Turnbull who, like Joe Baker and Pat Stanton
in previous years, was a fantastic Guest of Honour
can see these pictures and many more here.
For those members who do not have Internet access, but may have a
PC at home or in the office, then Mike
Inglis has produced a CD which includes all the photographs and sound
files from the evening which will allow you to hear the speeches from the
chairman and Eddie Turnbull as well as John Leslie hosting the raffle. The CD will cost £5, which covers the cost of production,
material and postage.
only downside to the evening was that a few of our members ordered tickets
for the function, but were unable to attend due to last minute
commitments. As it was
necessary for us to give final numbers for food to Kavanagh’s, 4 days
before the supper, it was necessary to charge these members for the cost
of food, which was £7 a head. Our
sincere apologies to those members who this affected but as our finances
were so very tight, the club would have had to subsidize the event by £150
had we not passed this cost back to you.
forget that the Hibs Vs Celtic game this Sunday will be live on SKY SPORTS.
For the benefit of those members who will not be travelling to
Edinburgh for the game, then you are reminded that we have an increasing
number of venues where you will be able to watch the match in good Hibby
Wallace in Blandford Street
Pub in Bracknell
Maypole (Near the Park Street car park)
Bell Pub in Watford High Street
House in Walton upon Thames
numbers for the above members can be found on the membership list.
you know of another venue to watch televised Hibs games and would like to
encourage other members to join you, then please contact me on the above
number and I will promote it in our monthly newsletter.
Alternatively, you can always contact members direct using the
address list, which was distributed with our last newsletter.
ERIN Community Trust Social
ERIN Community Trust committee are holding an end of season dance on Saturday
20th May following the final home game of the season, which
is against Hearts at Tynecastle. The function will follow a similar format
to our own Player of the Year presentation last October and will have a host
of ex and current Hibs players attending what is guaranteed to be an
excellent evening. Hibs
Chairman, Malcolm McPherson and Alex McLeish will also be attending the
evening along with Hibs legends Eddie Turnbull, Pat Stanton and Joe Baker to
name but a few.
function will be held in the Famous Five stand at Easter Road and will kick
off at 7.30pm through till midnight. Tickets,
which will cost £10 a head can be purchased from London Hibs member, Dave
Any profits made from this evening will go towards the ERIN
Community Trust, so it is for a good cause.
I mentioned earlier in the newsletter, the football team has gone from
strength to strength over the last few months and are in sight of a historic
APFSCIL double, that only Rangers and Celtic have achieved in the history of
the League. Since New
Year the team have played 4 and won 4, beating Norwich City 3-2 in the Cup
and 3-0 in the league. They
also beat Bristol City 2-0 and Kettering Town 9-0.
At the moment they are top of the league 1 points ahead of Rangers
with only 3 games to play! The
remaining fixtures list looks something like this:
Sunday 5th March
Vs Kettering Town, venue is Barn Elms.
Sunday 12th March SEMI-FINAL day at Barn Elms against Doncaster.
Sunday 19th March Vs Middlesboro, venue is Barn Elms.
Sunday 26th March Vs EIRE, venue is Osterley Sports Club, Tentelow
sports field at Barn Elms can be found in a London A-Z on page 90 and for
easy reference is next to the waterworks and is across the river from Fulham
before has the London Hibs football team achieved so much success in one
season, so as members I would strongly encourage as many of you as possible
to go along to one or more of the remaining games to give the team your full
the Semi final game against Doncaster on Sunday
12th March (next weekend), let’s make this a real family
day out and bring along the wife/husband and kids to cheer on the team. In case any additional encouragement is needed, I will supply
the beers for the adults and soft drinks for children so let’s make it a
good afternoon out. The games
kick off at 2pm.
the team beat Doncaster next week, then they will play in the final on Sunday 2nd April at Yeading FCs ground in Uxbridge.
are reminded that Alex
Lindsay is the travel coordinator for the club so if you are looking for
a lift up to Edinburgh for one of the few remaining home games of the
season, or if you have space in your car that another member could use, then
please give Alex a call to let him know.
to the Hearts game
you are planning to be in Edinburgh on Saturday 18th March for
the Hearts game and would like some help purchasing tickets, then can you
please give Tony Connor a call before 8 March.
Tony is the member responsible for coordinating our tickets for big
games so when we get to the Scottish Cup Final at the end of May, then Tony
could be the main man so make a note of his numbers (available on the
only One Sale – There’s only one London Hibs!
sure old Al Fayed has more things to worry about at the moment than us
stealing his slogan!
the end of March there is a special deal for members purchasing London Hibs
Merchandise! If you order a Brazil
style London Hibs V Neck T Shirt
or adult/children’s Coach
Jacket before 31
March, not only will your postage (normal cost (£1 per item) be free, but
you will also receive a London Hibs key
ring or Lapel
Badge worth £3.00 each.
the Spring drizzly season only a few weeks away, what better way to protect
your kids and your partner from getting soaking wet than buying them a smart
black coach jacket with the London Hibs logo on the left breast.
These jackets come in 3 sizes for children.
5-6 years, 7-9 years and 10-12 years and are in medium and large for
adults. The children’s jackets cost only £10 each and the adult
jackets a real bargain at £14 each.
also have a number of Brazil style London Hibs T shirts to sell in Medium,
Large and Extra Large. These shirts, which again have the London Hibs logo
on the left breast, are fantastic quality, look very smart for casual wear
and cost only £8 each or, if you buy two, then £7.50 each.
Order Form in
Order Form in
above for an order form. Please 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
the next 4 weeks, the club’s two season tickets will be used as follows:
March against Celtic
Pat and Rose McKinney
March against Falkirk
Brian and Barry Rogan
March against Hearts
Mike McSherry and Dean Day
April against Dundee United
Dave Smith and Brunhilde McCullough
should be collected from the club shop prior to the game and returned
immediately afterwards. These tickets
also give members access to the Almond suite before and after the game.
finally, don’t forget that our next meeting will take place in the William
Wallace on Tuesday 14 March starting at 8pm.
Look forward to seeing you all there.