London Hibs Members and Friends
London Hibs November 2000
Welcome to this
eagerly anticipated November edition of London’s only footballing
paper !!!! In this month’s edition …..’POTY Review’, ‘By
Heck It’s Big Eck’, ‘London Hibs Footy News’, ‘Supper Time
!’, plus all your favourites including this month, ‘A Special Jimmy
Boco Award’, ‘From The Dug Out’, ‘The Starting Line-Up’, not
to mention, ‘It’s a Question of Hibs (including answers from Sept
edition) and finally a competition where you can win special prizes
………..READ ON AND ENJOY !!!
Rumour has it that
the Dundee Utd board have sensationally swooped for our footballing
Guru, King Kev to lead their tangerine revival. Why ? Well, after
winning seven out of seven in the league and having a maximum 21points,
London Hibs sit proudly at the top of the APFSCIL
League. The Latest
victims of the London Cabbage were Norwich City who apparently played
like the proverbial ‘Canaries’.
Well done boys !!
Keep up the good work.
Remember if you
want to watch London’s finest in action they come along to Bar Elms
playing fields (Chiswick) every alternate Sunday, Kick off 2pm.
N.B. Barn Elms is
off Rocks Lane at the junction with Church Road (A3003), nearest Train /
Tube – Barnes. See
Well !!!! What can
I say !!! An absolutely fabulous evening where stars mingled with stars
and all under the roof of the famous ‘ER’. However, I’m afraid the
nearest we had to George Clooney (ER fame) was the one and only Brian
As those who
attended would vouch for, the evening was a great success. Team players
were in attendance including the tremendous twosome – David Zitelli
and Franck Sauzee.
We had a special
guest in the form of a representative from the French FA, Pierre. Pierre
(real name – Mike Hennessy !!!) stole the show with a very gifted
version of ‘Allo, Allo – Edinburgh styli’.
Franck was very
impressed and told us how much life in Edinburgh had meant to him – so
much so that he was more than keen to sign on for another term (just
like Bill Clinton).
Buffet time and the
food was more than satisfactory – well, it must have been as all the
platters were finished off !!!!
With plenty of
alcohol and a DJ who knew his music (he played ‘Too many broke
hearts’ (Jason Donovan); and ‘Don’t leave me this way’
(Communards) – the night was all-in-all a great success and for more
reports, pictures and noise visit the website.
Yes, it’s that
time of year again when our thoughts turn to Rabbie and the famous
haggis !!! The London Hibs Burn Supper (another fantastic evening out -
this time in London) comes along on the 20th January
2001. It is planned to have the event in Kavanagh’s Bar
(where it was held last year and where it was a great
success). However, as soon as details are confirmed to me and tickets go
on sale then you wil all be the first to know. Just keep the date free Saturday,
Jan 20th 2001.
‘By Eck, its Big Eck’
I was honoured to
get the opportunity to meet personally the man who has transformed our
club – Alex McLeish – ‘Big Eck’ to the legion of faithful !!
I actually went
along to invite him to one of our monthly meetings in the ‘Big
Smoke’ but took the opportunity to conduct an improvised interview
which was very interesting.
Big Eck showed me
how he and the team of scouts headed by Donald Park discovered, saw and
then made moves for players ‘worldwide’. In fact at this time he
told me that that coming weekend he and Andy Watson were off to Belgium
to hopefully sign a target – no names were mentioned but shortly after
this visit Hibs had signed Michael Franks !!
I asked him about
who he thought would be a good replacement for him if he was to move to
(I hate to say it …….’A bigger club’….) Alex, in good
politician fashion side-stepped the question and did not commit himself
but did say that he believed the prudent thing for the club to do was to
have a short list of potential candidates as what he (Big Eck) did not
want to see happen was the good work at the club, undone.
We went on to chat
about players wages and the money in football today. In his own
inimitable fashion, Big Eck said ‘I wish I was a player today as I
would be a millionaire !!). He also agreed with me that an increasing
trait was players playing for the money than the pride of the team.
One thing that I
wasn’t sure about was Big Eck saying that he thought Craig Brown was
doing a good job for Scotland, especially as we are somewhat hampered
with team selections…….em !!!!
In conclusion, Big
Eck agreed to attend one of our monthly meetings, in London, in the
early part of 2001. He said that he would have loved to have come to our
Burns Supper but this is both his Birthday and Hibs have a game
(friendly) with the mighty GALA !!!
Alex also said that
he would come along with one of his friends …..you might know him
….that famous thespian (actor) Dougray Scott !!!…..London Hibs
….a real magnate for the rich and famous !!!
So watch the coming
month’s newsletters for confirmation of Big Eck’s attendance at the
William Wallace !!!
‘A Special Jimmy Boco Award’
It is no wonder
that this month’s recipient of the coveted ‘Jimmy Boco Award’ goes
to none other than ‘Pierre’ from the French FA. A well worked piece
of linguistical wizardry and all-round entertainment saw Mike Hennessy,
pack them in at ER.
A real piece of
humour and a real credit to London Hibs – Well done Mike on your
second Jimmy Boco Award !!!
(n.b. – Perhaps
thirds time lucky and it will be like the Jules Rimet Trophy – You
get to keep ………Jimmy Boco !!
‘From The Dug Out’
‘Trouble at the OK (ER) Kerral !!’
re-sign certain ‘key’ players at ER have hit stumbling blocks.
Franck Sauzee and Mixu the Finn have rejected the offers as laid down to
them from Rod Petrie, MD at ER. In
order to stifle unrest on the pitch, Big Eck has suspended negotiations
until the Winter Break…..watch this space !!!
‘Big Eck is
linked with every club in the world (well, if you believe a certain
Rumours are rife
that Alex McLeish is certain to leave ER in the New Year. He has been
associated with every club from Boness Juniors to Man Utd in 2002, not
too mention taking over from Robbo at ‘Boro’. At this moment in time
he is Hibs Manager and a very good, in fact excellent one at that !!!!
‘Dwight Yorke Trains with Hibs’
Yes, it is
absolutely true that Dwight Yorke (yes, the Mau Utd one) trained with
Hibs. Is he a secret target of Big Eck, I hear you ask ???? In fact he
was in Edinburgh visiting his pal and International team mate –
Russell Latapy and Russell asked the big man if the other big man could
come along and so he did !!!!
‘Points thrown away’
Kilmarnock and St. Mirren we have thrown away real opportunities of
being a further four points better in the bag.
Two late strikes, respectively, earned both these teams a draw
against Hibs. Late strikes for equalisers was a thing of the past at ER
but recently it has come back …. hopefully not to haunt us ???
‘The Starting Line-UP’
We continue our
look at the men who stood between the sticks to make our club what it is
A big imposing
goalkeeper, one of William Robb’s most notable achievements was that,
in the course of five consecutive seasons at Rangers – between 1920/21
season and 1924/25 – he did not miss a single league game.
He joined Hibs in
April 1926 and was at Easter Road for four years, after which he moved
south. He didn’t retire until 1939, by which time he was aged well
Records show that
he made 134 league appearances for Hibs 24 of which were shut-outs. He
won two Scottish caps, both against Wales – on October 31, 1925 and on
October 29, 1927.
‘It’s A Question of Hibs’
Questions – The Answers
9-1 versus Rosenborg Trondheim, UEFA Cup, October 2nd
Q2. Andy Dow
Q3. Sporting Lisbon
Q4. Scottish League Cup
Q5. Wicket Keeping for the Scotland Cricket Team.
Q1. Against Partick Thistle in a 0-0 draw on Aug 7th 1993.
Q2. Manchester United, Oct 3rd 1988.
Q4. Andy Watson
Irish (Rep of Ireland)
(ii) Danish (Denmark)
(iii) Trinidadian (Trinidad &
There is no
November questions this month. This is due to a special quiz question in
which you can enter your answers to me. Then at our January meeting we
will put all the correct answers in a hat and the correct one drawn will
win exclusive London Hibs merchandise.
There is a
separate sheet enclosed for this competition but just to tell you it is
a question based on my meeting with Big Eck, were I asked the big man to
tell me who, in his opinion, was the best player that HE had ever played
with domestically ??
Lots of Luck
: Will be at the William Wallace on the 12th December 2000 at