(The Official Newsletter of The London Hibs Supporters Club)
London Hibs Members
31st October 2000
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
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
‘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.
‘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.
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.
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 !!!!
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
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
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
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
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 !!!
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.
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.