London Hibs October 2000 Newsletter

 

London Calling..........!!!

(The Official Newsletter of The London Hibs Supporters Club)

London Hibs Members and Friends

31st October 2000

Dear Member

Welcome to the October edition of London’s finest monthly!! What will you find this month?? New members, ‘Big MaIc at the Wallace’, ‘Hibs in new Signing sensation’, ‘POTY news’, ‘Footy Facts’, ‘Hibs have Six appeal’, plus all the regulars; ‘From The Dug Out’, ‘The Starting Line-Up’, not to mention ‘The Jimmy Boco Award’.

May I take this opportunity to apologise for the late production of this months newsletter; Read on and you will find out what held up production !!!

‘Footy Facts’

You’ll hear the chant wherever you go    ‘King Kev, King Kev, we love King Kev’. Why is this so? Because he has brought the London Hibs Football team into the heady heights of the Cabbage; beating Man Utd 2-1 (so much for your Dwight Yoke, eh !!!), in the APFSCIL League — Well Done!!

Wait for it, in a great ‘Jimmy Cricket Style’, ‘There’s more !!!!!!‘.

Kevin (Our Footballing Guru) along with John Leslie, starred in a great soccer victory over the Old Enemy !!! Beating England 3-2, Kevin and John starred in a star studded Scotland team at Wembley, I believe. Star studded because not only was there Kev and John but also the legendary Rod Stewart!!

Next it will be TV for the ‘Sven and Kev Soccer Show’.

Don’t forget the London ‘Cabbage’ plays fortnightly at the Barn Elms which is situated on the Upper Richmond Road (near Chiswick); Kick Off is 2pm.

‘Player of The Year’

Where has the time gone?? It wasn’t that long ago when we were casting our votes ‘Just like the Belgian jury’ for our Player of The Year. You will remember Franck Sauzee romped home and in time honoured fashion we will applaud him on Saturday 11th November 2000, at the Forthview Suite, Easter Road, Edinburgh at 19:30pm. It’s not too late (Webmaster -oh yes it is!) to get your ticket for our once yearly event in Edinburgh.

‘An Evening With Big MaIc’

October 10th (our monthly meeting) saw Hibs Chairman, Malcolm MacPherson at the William Wallace to answer questions on Hibs and Hibernian happenings !!!!

The Hot Topics were Kenny ‘The Hun’ Miller, ‘Diddy Agathe’, What happens if we lose ‘Big Eck’ to mention but a few.

‘Kenny ‘The Hun’ Miller’

Contrary to press reports there was no other offers for Kenny. Rangers bid in at £2 million and it was the professional view of Team Manager, Chairman and others that mattered at Easter Road, that it was the correct time to cash in on Kenny as his worth may not be so certain in future months / years, whether because of the ‘Transfer saga’ or because of his ability.

‘Diddy Agathe’

Hibs are best off without a man who has no ‘Team’ or ‘Hibernian’ in his veins. Anyway, Hibs must be better off with the class of David Zitelli and others who at least have ‘Hibernian’ in their veins.

‘Big Eck’

At the time of the meeting Big Eck was in contract talks to extend his stay at the helm of Hibernian. Big Malc assured the faithful that Alex McLeish was a Hibs man and whilst no overt assurances were given, it appeared that Eck would not go to another Scottish outfit. However, elsewhere could not be guaranteed.

Alex did extend his contract and will be a Hibbie until 2004 !! Thank you !!

‘A Big Thank You !!‘

On behalf of all at London Hibs we would like to thank Malcolm McPherson for his time and trouble in attending our monthly meeting !! Also, a big, big thank you to member, Mike Gorrie, who kindly supplied a professional first rate buffet from his company for the occasion; a buffet which was fit for a king !!Thank you, Mike !!!!

‘Web-News’

Mike Inglis continues to do sterling work on the web pages. You can find everything from the prediction leagues, footy team facts, function details and reports and lots, lots more !!!! One thing that has been the mainstay of Mike is his ability to be innovative and this has happened yet again.

Fancy a London Hibs e-mail address ??? Then for £1-00 (one) you can have just that !!! What you need to do is contact Mike Inglis and pay your £1-00 pound.

‘Hibs Have Six-appeal’

The Famous Five Stand at Easter Road saw ‘King Kev’ (yes, Kevin Robertson) Mr Bennison (senior) and myself enamoured at a Hibs side that were ‘out-of-this-world’. They actually played ‘exhibition football’, showing the Jambos up for the S@X$ that they are !!!. What a night; What a game; What a result; What a Team !!! Glory, Glory to the Hibees

 ‘Hibs have a new signing’

After 9 months of negotiation, Hibs finally welcomed their eagerly awaited signing      Kiera Bennison. Craig Bennison and his wife, Maureen, welcomed the birth of their baby daughter, Kiera Georgia Bennison.

She already knows the beautiful game, and has taken in two Hibs games, not to mention the piece-de-la-resistance, she has her first full Hibs Strip !!! Now that’s worth waiting for !!!! (pictures to follow !!)

‘From The Dug Out’

‘Biggest Derby Win Since 1973’

Mixu topped a fine performance, bagging a hat-trick in a stylish ‘European’ performance by Hibs over their deadly rivals, Hearts, to beat them 6-2 at Easter Road   and of course it was in front of those SKY Cameras !!!!

‘Hibs Keep Up Pressure’

After two visits to Tayside and not a ‘punch-up’ in site, Hibs took all 6 points to stay 3 points behind Celtic at the top of the SPL and some 10 points clear of the Huns   It’s European Stuff; I tell you !!!!

‘Russell Sign On !!‘

Despite interest from Bradford and lpswich, Russell (God to so many at ER) has chosen wisely to sign a new contract with that first-rate European outfit       Hibernian !!! His talents will be seen for another year or two at least and definitely next year when Hibs go to the Neu Camp!! and the San Siro !!!

‘Will he ever hang up his boots?’

Reports have it that big Franck likes it so much in Edinburgh and most importantly playing for Hibs that he just can’t bring himself to retire!! He is set to play at least another season at ER and probably many more than that !!!!

‘Calling All Hibbees in Milton Keynes !!!!!‘

Andy Tolcher, a Hibby exiled in Milton Keynes is keen to meet up with any other like minded soul in the area. Andy assures me that he is not your garden average Hibby (mind you, are any of us !!). So if you want to know what Andy means, then meet up with him!! Call Andy on 01908 695983 or 01908 286834.

‘The Jimmy Boco Award’

This month’s proud recipient is Jimmy Wallace. Jimmy Wallace, a legend amongst the London Hibs faithful, done us proud on the evening Big MaIc joined us!

With both hands full with pint glasses, which themselves were full to the brim, Jimmy clattered off the door and you’ve guessed it the glasses and the beer went everywhere.......God bless you, Jimmy Wallace enjoy the award !!!

‘The Starting Line-Up’

This month we continue looking at all those players and officials that have helped shape our club. We continue looking at goalkeepers and this month look at Jim Leighton

For years, Jim Leighton was a goalkeeper at the top of his game. With Aberdeen, he was twice Scottish League Champion and four times a Scottish Cup Winner. He played in the Aberdeen team that won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983 and the European Super Cup soon afterwards. With Scotland, he was the regular number one. When his former Aberdeen manager, Alex Ferguson, issued an invitation to join him at Manchester United, no longer could English pundits heap ridicule on Scottish goalkeepers, as they had done for years.

Leighton was a star. Though it was not the best of opening seasons at Old Trafford, he could not have been prepared for the stinging criticism he would receive following a miserable 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Final at the end of that first season, 1989/90. Leighton was blamed for at least one of the goals and was sensationally dropped for the replay which United won.

Suddenly his career at Old Trafford was going nowhere. Since confidence is vital to a goalkeeper, nobody else was prepared to take a gamble on him. He found himself in the Dundee reserve side. Then Hib’s manager, Alex Miller, decided to take a chance and just as quickly as it had nose-dived, Leighton’s career was back on the rails again. He made his league debut for Hibs against Partick Thistle in a 0-0 draw on August 7th 1993 and during the four seasons that he spent with Hibs, he handsomely repaid Miller’s faith in him. He left in June 1997, following the arrival of former Dundee manager, Jim Duffy, and returned to Aberdeen. While at Hibs he had been good enough to reclaim the goalkeepers jersey for Scotland. He retired from international football in late 1998.

Records show that he played 151 league games for Hibs.

‘It’s a question of Hibs’

QI. Against whom did Jim Leighton make his league debut for Hibs?

Q2. Against who, did Hibs play in the Gordon Rae testimonial?

Q3. Who scored Hibs last goal in the 6— 2 mauling of hearts at Easter Road of the 22nd October 2000?

Q4. Who is Alex McLeish’s No.2 at ER?

Q5. Name the nationalities of the following players:

(i) Nick Colgan

(ii) Ulrik Laursen

(iii) Lyndon Andrews

N.B The answers from last month’s quiz (Sept) will appear in November’s newsletter. This is due to a slight printing problem.

Craig Bennison

 

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