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    George Best Hibs Appearances & Programmes

    I'm trying to collect all the programmes from Hibs matches that George Best played in during his two spells at Easter Road. I've pulled together the list below and by my reckoning he played 25 matches for Hibs of which 24 of them had programmes issued. Does anyone know of any other matches that George played in for Hibs and if so was there a programme issued for it?

    Season 1979/80
    1 24-11-79 League A St Mirren
    2 01-12-79 League H Partick Thistle
    3 08-12-79 Friendly A Kilmarnock (No programme issued)
    4 10-12-79 Friendly H Leicester City
    5 22-12-79 League H Rangers
    6 05-01-80 League A Kilmarnock
    7 12-01-80 League H Celtic
    8 15-01-80 Friendly A Leicester City
    9 26-01-80 Scottish Cup A Meadowbank Thistle
    10 01-03-80 League A Rangers
    11 08-03-80 Scottish Cup A Berwick Rangers
    12 15-03-80 League A Dundee
    13 25-03-80 League H Dundee
    14 29-03-80 League A Celtic
    15 02-04-80 League H Dundee United
    16 05-04-80 League A St Mirren
    17 12-04-80 Scottish Cup N Celtic
    18 16-04-80 League A Aberdeen
    19 19-04-80 League H Dundee United

    Season 1980/81
    20 09-09-80 League A Dundee
    21 20-09-80 League A Hamilton
    22 24-09-80 League Cup H Clyde
    23 04-10-80 League A Dunfermline
    24 08-10-80 League Cup A Ayr United
    25 11-10-80 League H Falkirk


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    Quote Originally Posted by EL Green View Post
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    I'm trying to collect all the programmes from Hibs matches that George Best played in during his two spells at Easter Road. I've pulled together the list below and by my reckoning he played 25 matches for Hibs of which 24 of them had programmes issued. Does anyone know of any other matches that George played in for Hibs and if so was there a programme issued for it?

    Season 1979/80
    1 24-11-79 League A St Mirren
    2 01-12-79 League H Partick Thistle
    3 08-12-79 Friendly A Kilmarnock (No programme issued)
    4 10-12-79 Friendly H Leicester City
    5 22-12-79 League H Rangers
    6 05-01-80 League A Kilmarnock
    7 12-01-80 League H Celtic
    8 15-01-80 Friendly A Leicester City
    9 26-01-80 Scottish Cup A Meadowbank Thistle
    10 01-03-80 League A Rangers
    11 08-03-80 Scottish Cup A Berwick Rangers
    12 15-03-80 League A Dundee
    13 25-03-80 League H Dundee
    14 29-03-80 League A Celtic
    15 02-04-80 League H Dundee United
    16 05-04-80 League A St Mirren
    17 12-04-80 Scottish Cup N Celtic
    18 16-04-80 League A Aberdeen
    19 19-04-80 League H Dundee United

    Season 1980/81
    20 09-09-80 League A Dundee
    21 20-09-80 League A Hamilton
    22 24-09-80 League Cup H Clyde
    23 04-10-80 League A Dunfermline
    24 08-10-80 League Cup A Ayr United
    25 11-10-80 League H Falkirk
    I'm sure he is listed in one of the Testimonials, possibly Arthur Duncan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad Gray View Post
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    I'm sure he is listed in one of the Testimonials, possibly Arthur Duncan?
    Thanks for the reply, I checked the programme for the Arthur Duncan testimonial, George isn't listed in the team line ups. There is a bit in the programme about George trying to get Pele to play in the match but unfortunately he had another commitment! It also states that George was required to play against San Diego in the American League and that was the reason he couldn't play.

    We played San Jose Earthquakes in a friendly at Easter Road in October 1981, I'm thinking this could be the match that you mean and that George played in this game?

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    Was it not Jackie McNamara's testimonial around 84 that he played in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanfield View Post
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    Was it not Jackie McNamara's testimonial around 84 that he played in?
    He did indeed, thank-you. This match brings me up to 26 appearances for Hibs, plus the San Jose Earthquakes friendly in October 81 where he played against Hibs.

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    I think he also played in the San Jose v Hibs game on 17/5/81.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad Gray View Post
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    I think he also played in the San Jose v Hibs game on 17/5/81.
    Correct again, he did play in this match and also scored twice although Hibs won the match 4-2.

    So I now have 26 appearances in a Hibs jersey and a further 2 appearances against Hibs playing for San Jose Earthquakes.

    I'm thinking that could be all now, unless someone else knows differently?

    Thanks for your help with this and also to tanfield

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    9/9/80 away to Dundee. Did he definitely play in this match ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hibeg View Post
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    9/9/80 away to Dundee. Did he definitely play in this match ?
    He did indeed, the programme from the East Stirling match on 17/9/80 has a report of the match against Dundee on 9/9/80. George "made a triumphant return to Scottish football and laid on a late winner for Gordon Rae"

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    Ok N, cheers. I never had that one listed as one of his games.

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