London Hibs 1 Glasgow Rangers 0

Sunday 5 November 2000


Scorer: Adam Pomaro 85th Minute

John Leslie (9)

Leigh Everett (8.5) Jim McPherson (9) Rob Ruth (9.25)   Leon Ashford (8.5)

David Drysdale (6) Adam Pomaro (7.5) Russell Stinson (9) Neil Henty(8)

Paul Goodlad (8.5) Bryn Thomas (8.25)

Mark Grice – not used
Al Harper – not used
Marc Archer – for Neil Henty on 60 mins (8.5)
Kevin Ford – for David Drysdale 30 mins (8.75)
Grant Ross – for Paul Goodlad 60 mins (9)

Man of the Match: Rob Ruth

 Match View:

This was a hard fought match played in blustery conditions that meant our passing game wasn’t quite what it could be. We endured for long spells, with our back four and keeper under tremendous amounts of pressure. This was withstood well, in the second half toward the end we showed something close to our true form with Adam Pomaro waking up to strike home a beautiful 22 yard strike from outside their box, past their despairing keeper sending our large support and team in to raptures.

 Blow by Blow:

The game opened with John Leslie opting to use the wind in the first half. Our initial passes were like rockets, that despite the pace of Paul up front, not even Linford at his best would’ve got. The well organised Rangers team attacked down our right flank time and time again, this weakness was plugged with the introduction of Kevin Ford at right back and shifting Leigh Everett into right midfield, this immediately gave the team more balance and solidity, resulting in some attacking moves. Rangers tried and tried but Jim and Rob were outstanding at centre, thwarting their moves time after time. Perhaps we were lucky not to get a penalty against us, but overall I felt we matched them in the first half.

 Second Half

Against the wind in this half, with the rain starting to fall we struggled initially, with more coming down our left flank, this was transformed by Marc Archer physical presence assisting in the left midfield position, Paul Goodlad after 60 minutes of tireless service was then replaced by Grant Ross, who both soon clicked the HIBS up a notch. Moves a plenty then began to develop as their forwards grew increasingly frustrated against our stonewall defending. Adam Pomaro who by his own admission had been a passenger carried by a strong and gutsy Stinson, then woke up, releasing an absolute rasper from 22 yards to the top left 0-1 Brilliant. The ensuing celebration was dumb given that Rangers then try to lob John Leslie who was returning to goal after running ¾ the length of the position to join in with the Party.

After this we settled more and the one, two’s through the midfield then created a wonderful opportunity for Russell to hammer home, unfortunately he hit just wide. But the game was won 0-1. MAGIC!!

Going Forward:

Leigh Everett and David Drysdale did not tell me of their ailments, if they had then the substitutions would’ve been different. This is not acceptable guys, you should tell me or Adam or Dave so we can then alter things so that we can be at our strongest.

Al and Gricey took they’re not getting on, with quiet dignity. It is this behaviour I expect when we still have eleven games to go and every one of you is vital. Likewise those that were subbed, behave admirably – Thank you. It makes the management teams job far easier dealing with men rather than boys.

It was good to have Kevin Ford join us, for once we were on the positive side of his attack minded throw ins, along with a solid tackling debut.

I have lodged a complaint regarding the behaviour of the first half lineman, this included elbowing Paul Goodlad in the face; invading the pitch 4 times; throwing the ball twice at Russell. This is now with the APFSCIL committee.

Next Week

Next week is Rangers C, a tough team against whom we lost the Cup last season. They will be hard and physical, I think we are the best team in the league and each result confirms my conviction.


We have played 5 league games and won 5 league games, placing us on 15 points. We still have Rangers C Eire and pacesetters Boro to play; we need to stay focused one game at a time. With the commitment shown and spirit displayed I feel we can go all the way this year. Well done to those hardy fans turning up, we have the best team and best looking fans in the league. To Neil, Bryn, and Scotty D nice work fella’s


President London Hibernian Football Team


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