London Hibs September 1999
many years of our club holding its monthly get togethers in what can only be
described as a fairly grotty boozer, in keeping with a typical Tynecastle hostelry, the
brewery has at last found the necessary funds to refurbish the Holyrood to the standard
required by our members. Unfortunately, they started the work at the beginning of
September, so when I phoned the pub on the day of the last meeting, to ensure that the new
management staff were expecting us, I found that the pub was closed, that it had been for
10 days and that we had to find another venue to hold our meeting that evening. Brian
Rogan then contacted the William Wallace in Blandford Street who were able to accommodate
us at short notice in their upstairs function room.
Thanks to Andrew
Murray, who placed signs up outside the Holyrood and to everyone else who passed on the
word, there was another impressive turnout (21) along to our September gathering.
Apologies to those who turned up at the Holyrood for the meeting, but did not make it to
the William Wallace (Im aware of just one member, but there may be more) but this
cock-up would never have happened had the old management team of Simon and Sonya not moved
on to another pub last month!
Anyway, on to a more
positive note, we welcomed 2 new members along to the meeting - Bill Garriock and his Hibs
daft daughter Kayleigh and we received apologies from George Henderson, Stuart Donald,
Andy Bell and Rose McEwan who for various reasons could not make it.
As a result of the
venue change and the meeting going on a bit longer than we would have liked, we were
unable to go ahead with the planned Hibs quiz which had been so brilliantly put together
by Craig Bennison. The quiz will now take place after the October meeting.
We have now sold 130 of the
180 tickets for the Player of the Year presentation on Saturday 23rd
October, which is pretty good going at this early stage. As our members
traditionally leave buying tickets to our social events until the last minute, I must
stress that once we have sold all 180 tickets, there will be no more to sell. So, if you
are planning to come along, but have not yet committed to numbers, then can you please do
so without delay by contacting me on the above number, or by sending me your request by
The evening will
start at 7.30pm in the Almond suite with the presentation to Russell at 8.30pm. There will
be a finger buffet after the presentation and the disco will play on until the bar closes
at 1pm. Dress for the evening is smart casual no jeans please and tables will only
be reserved for our guests only, so please arrive early.
interested in some pre Dundee match hob-nobbing in the corporate hospitality area on 23rd
October, then Alex Lindsay has made some enquiries about costs. From memory, this is
around £50 a head, which includes a ticket for the game, access to the bar before and
after the game, refreshments at halftime and of course the match day programme. If you are
interested in this package, then you should contact Alex
London Hibs Golf Challenge
For all you mad golfers out
there then youll be pleased to know that the inaugural London Hibs Golf challenge
will be taking place on Tuesday 19th October at the Laing Golf Course in
Borehamwood. It is planned for this to be an annual event with the winner receiving the Jimmy
Lindsay memorial trophy which is of course is in memory of London Hibs member
Jimmy who very sadly died earlier this year.
The event has been organised by Alex
Lindsay and the itinerary for the days activities will be as follows:
11am Coffee in club house + register
1130am Tee off (times given by
4pm Golf complete back to club house
4.30pm Prize giving and buffet
served in club house + BAR
The cost to London Hibs members for the day
(excluding drinks at the bar) will be £15.00 per head, which should be paid to Alex at
the October meeting. If you are planning to participate in the event, but unable to make
the next meeting, then can you please contact Alex to let him know of your intentions and also to give him your golf
handicap, if you have one.
The Laing Golf
Course is just off the A1 at Borehamwood and on your arrival you should ask for Mr Dick
Rooney to register.
Many thanks to everyone who
have so far contributed to the next fanzine, but Im afraid we are still well short
of suitable contributions to meet the 23rd October deadline for the first HHHT of the season. If you promised an article, but have
not yet delivered, then can you please give me a call letting me know when I can expect to
Both tickets are
available to our members for the Dundee United game on Sunday 31 October, so if you are in
Edinburgh that weekend and would like to use them, then please contact Tony Connor.
Tickets will cost £5 each. This game is live on SKY and kicks off at 6.05pm.
Travel to Games
It was suggested at the
September meeting that the club should actively promote travelling to games in Edinburgh
at our monthly meetings, in our newsletters and on the Internet. Everyone agreed that this
was a good idea but that it will need some hard work to ensure that it is managed
properly. Alex Lindsay and Tony Connor agreed to act as travel co-ordinators for the club
and will report back with their proposals at the next meeting. In the meantime, if you
travel to games on a regular basis and are prepared to offer a lift to other members, then
you should speak with either Alex or Tony.
If you have an item (or
an issue) that you would like to be discussed at our monthly meetings then can you please
let me have it in advance of the meeting, whether it is by telephone the day before if you
are unable to attend, or verbally before the meeting starts. One of the main reasons for
holding our meetings each month is to discuss ways of improving our supporters club
to our members, so the more people who contribute ideas, the more successful our club will
Hibernian Youth 2000
I have enclosed a
registration form (in the snail mail version - email Mike McSherry if you wish a copy) for members who may be interested in joining
Hibernian Youth 2000 which has recently replaced Club 86 to support the Hibs
Youth policy at Easter Road. Membership costs £78 a year and in return you will receive a
quarterly newsletter, priority tickets for both home and away games and free entry into
the Hibernian Youth 2000 Annual Draw this year, the main prize is
expected to be a new car. Whilst our big team may not be doing very well on the park at
the moment, the Hibs U21 team are going great guns, having won all but one of their
opening 8 games, so if you needed any extra incentive to part with your hard earned
cash for a good cause, then surely this is it! Lets support the future of Hibs by
investing in Hibs Youth 2000.
As we do not know
when the Holyrood is to be reopened, our next monthly gathering will be in the William
Wallace Pub on Tuesday 12th October starting at 8pm. The pub is in
Blandford Street. Following the formal part of the gathering, we
will hold the Hibs quiz, which was postponed in September. Craig Bennison has put a lot of
work into the quiz and has sponsored some fabulous prizes for the winners, so please make
the effort to come along and have a bit of fun.
Our club will take
on London Hearts in a "friendly" Pool competition on Thursday 7 October
in the Market Tavern starting at 7.30pm. If you would like to go along and support the
team, then the Market Tavern is on York Road, which is a 5-minute walk from Kings Cross
station. For further details you should contact Grant Ramsay. This is the 2nd
time we have been challenged by Hearts in a friendly. The last time we played them we won
quite convincingly by 7 games to 2, which was a surprise result, as this is their main (or
should I say their only) activity for their club that has potentially the 3rd
most successful team in the APFSCIL Pool league!
The football team has had a
fairly mixed start to the season with wins over Manchester United (3-1) and league
champions from last season, Eire (3-1). They have also suffered two defeats; one against
Rangers (3-2) and serious stuffing from Middlesboro (6-0). After last Sundays 3-1
over Eire, Kevin Robertson is confident that we now have a settled team and believes that
London Hibs can go on to win something this season.
If you are at a
loose end this Sunday (10 October) then team will be playing against Middlesboro in
the 1st round of the APFSCIL cup at Barn Elms kicking off at 2.30pm. If you
need further information, then contact
Kevin. Match Reports (with pictures) and information on forthcoming fixtures can be
found on our Web
the Score Competition
The winner of the
first quarters competition to predict Hibs results throughout the season is Paul Flynn who
picked up 20 points. Paul will receive a London Hibs T-shirt as a prize and the two
runners up, Morton Love and Pat McKinney, will receive a London Hibs keyring and lapel
badge. A full update will appear in the next newsletter.
Present - Hibs Hearts game
For members planning
to be in Edinburgh for the next derby game against Hearts in December then be aware that
the game will now be played on Sunday 19th December, with kick off at 6.05pm. The
move is due to BSkyB live coverage of the match.
Ex Hibby in
The board of the Bank of
Scotland SPL announced that it had accepted the resignation of Robert Wilson from the
position of chairman and appointed former Hibernian Chairman Lex Gold as chairman.
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