1999 London Hibs AGM Report
|The AGM on Saturday 19th June was chaired by the
clubs Deputy Chairman, Stuart Donald, who started by welcoming everyone along to the
meeting. There was a very impressive 42 members in attendance throughout the afternoon
which we believe is a record attendance for any London Hibs meeting. Apologies were
received from Brian Rogan, Tony Connor, Kevin Robertson, Mike Hennessy, Peter Mahedy,
Martin Longland and Iain Tully who for various reasons were unable to attend. We welcomed
3 new members along to their first meeting; Roy Lawrie, Eric McMillan and Ian Mckenzie and
it was good to see some old faces that we havent seen for a while; Alex and Tracy
McGregg and Dave Jackson. There was an almost full turnout from the Smith family with
Mark, David and Ian in attendance throughout the day and Mum, Maureen, making a guest
appearance to watch the video later in the afternoon. I believe the only member not
present was sister and fanzine contributor, Carole-Marie.
As there were no volunteers
or nominations to take over any of the current positions, the committee for the new season
will remain as follows: Chairman: Brian Rogan, Deputy Chairman: Stuart
Donald, Secretary: Mike McSherry, Treasurer: Andrew Murray, APFSCIL
Member: Grant Ramsay, Football team: Kevin Robertson, Web: Mike Inglis
and Fanzine: Mike McSherry. The clubs friendly Barrister, Craig Bennison,
volunteered to look after the clubs social events in the new season but there were
no volunteers to take over the new post as Travel Co-ordinator. Therefore, the current
committee will continue to look after this role until the post is filled.
Andrew Murray, once again gave an excellent report on the clubs finances over the
last 12 months, and we had a successful 12 months with a record
turnover of over £7,500. If anyone has any questions regarding the clubs finances,
then please contact Andrew who will be more than happy to answer them.
Summary of the 1998/99 season
At the beginning of the
season, the committees were determined that our short stay in the 1st Division
would not dampen the spirits of our club and we were committed to taking London Hibs
forward, as we have done in previous years. At our first meeting, following the home
defeat against Stranraer, this seemed an impossible task but with help from some great
results on the park, and the on-going commitment from a number of our members, we can look
back on last season as a thoroughly record breaking year, not only at Easter Road,
but for London Hibs also. As I have mentioned already, we have had a record turnover of
funds with over £7,500, we have had a record number of new members (22) joining the club,
we produced 2 fanzines selling a record 1,700 copies and purchased and sold over £2,000
worth of new merchandise. Not bad for a 1st Division team!
The football team
also finished in a record position - 4th in the first division ahead of
Rangers, the only other Scottish team in all 3 leagues. With help from Mike Inglis and
Stuart Crowther, we have created our own Web pages allowing us to promote our
supporters club to Hibs fans all over the world - we are now one of the few
supporters clubs of any team, and certainly the only Hibs Supporters Club with a
presence on the Web.
Our social events
have been very successful also. In November we had an enjoyable Player of the Year
Presentation (even though the game was cancelled) and a well attended St Andrews
evening organised by the football team. In January we held another excellent Burns Night
where we had Pat Stanton down in London as our guest of honour.
All in all, a
fantastic year and we look forward to the new season where we hope to break even more
As Kevin Robertson was
unable to attend the meeting, Grant Ramsay gave an overview of the clubs successful
activities last season. Kevin will continue to run the football team next season, so if
there is any of our members who may be interested in playing for the team, then they
should contact Kevin or Grant.
Mike Inglis talked about
our Web site and some ideas that he has for improving this facility next season. Over the
last 6 weeks we have had just under 600 visitors to our site from all over the world
resulting in 4 new members joining the club and us selling quite a bit of merchandise. We
have also received numerous requests for more information on the clubs activities.
Whilst we recognise
that not all of our members have access to the Web, there is no doubt that this service is
proving to be very useful, and is a fantastic way of promoting the club and communicating
with our members who do have access. To encourage people to re-visit our pages, it is
important that our news is updated regularly so if any member has any snippets of
information that they think we could use, then please send them to Mike Inglis or call him and discuss them
Although I am prepared to
continue editing the fanzine into the new season, I would be very grateful if someone else
could take over for a season or two!!
Should a volunteer
not be forthcoming, then I will continue for one more year and will commit to producing 2
issues in the new season; the first of which will go on sale during the first quarter of
the season. In order to achieve we will be setting up a small fanzine committee made up of
3 members, Ian McKenzie, Mike Inglis and myself, to make this task a little easier. If
anyone else would like to help out then please give me a call.
In the last 6 months we
have sold 48 London Hibs fleece jackets, 40 Polo Shirts and 35 Coach jackets which raised
a small profit for the club. In December it was necessary for the committee to commit just
over £1700 to purchase this merchandise, which we all felt at the time was a bit of a
gamble. However, these concerns were short lived as we very quickly recovered what we
spent and have now sold almost everything we purchased. My thanks, on behalf of the club,
to everyone who purchased these items and apologies to those who we were unable to supply.
As you can see from
the photograph, our summer collection
has been launched with a very smart and trendy V-neck bright yellow T-shirt with the
London Hibs logo on the left breast. We have already sold 26 of them at the AGM but we
have plenty more still to sell, so if you are interested in purchasing one or two, then
can you please complete the enclosed form and return it to me. The Shirts cost £8 each or
you can buy 2 for £15. As always, these items are excellent quality and will make a first
class present for any Hibby family or friends that you are trying to impress.
Player of the Year
Russell Latapy was the
clear winner of the 98/99 season Player of the Year Presentation. Russell received 131
points, followed by Mixu Paatelainen with 65 and Ole Gottskalksson in 3rd
position with 30 points. Pat McGinlay followed Oli with Steve Crawford, Shaun Dennis, Paul
Lovering, John Hughes, Justin Skinner and Paul Hartley also picking up some votes.
Although Russell eventually won by the length of Leith Walk, this years vote was a
lot more interesting with 11 players picking up points. In previous years, we have had
great difficulty thinking of a suitable 3rd nomination!
The presentation will probably take place in Edinburgh on Saturday
23 October. Our new entertainment man, Craig Bennison, will give details of the
presentation in the July Newsletter, but we have reserved the Almond Suite at Easter Road
for an evening function where we hope to sell over 150 tickets. We will also be inviting
the Chairman, Alex McLeish some of the current squad and a few ex players along so if you
only ever make it to one game a season, then try and make it this one as we will certainly
have an excellent night lined up.
Plans for the New Season
As we enter into London
Hibs 10th season, it is the committees intention to continue on a
positive note by retaining our current membership and encouraging new members to join the
Although the main
purpose of London Hibs is to form a focal point for Hibs supporters in the south of
England to meet on a regular basis to discuss all things Hibs, this year we are committed
to increasing our funding to Easter Road in various ways. In the short term we will be
renewing our 2 season tickets and 3 club 86 tickets. We will also be speaking to Hibs
about the possibility of our club sponsoring a Player throughout the new season and we are
also considering a regular donation to the Erin Investment Trust,
but we will wait for this scheme to go live before committing anything.
We are also planning
to change the format of our monthly meetings slightly. Although the formal business at our
gatherings must continue, we will be looking at ways of making them a little more
interesting to encourage more members to come along. One idea is to invite a member of the
Hibs Board or the manager down to one of the meetings during the first half of the season.
We will also be considering some entertainment in the form of a Hibs quiz, Pool
competition, Darts contest or maybe another Video evening to lighten things up a bit.
Further details on our plans will follow in the July newsletter.
On the social side,
I have mentioned the Player of the Year presentation but we will also hold our annual
Burns Night in London on Saturday 29 January 2000. No venue or format for this evening has
been agreed yet but you will receive further details in October.
The club will
continue to offer the football team our full support. We would like to see the team play a
more active part in other club activities so we will be discussing the best way to do this
with Kevin Robertson.
season will remain at £10 for a single member, £5 for the first family member and £2.50
for each additional member. For anyone who is unwaged, then his or her subs will be free.
In addition to a
great social calendar we have planned, for your £10 subs you will receive the following:
Membership of London Hibs Supporters Club for the next 12 months, regular
newsletters, 2 issues of the fanzine, membership of the Hibs Supporters Association with
access to the Hibs Club and the opportunity to use the clubs season tickets at a
reduced rate (see enclosed). For this season only, each full member will also receive a
London Hibs Metal keyring and lapel badge that
would normally retail at £6.50.
Im sure you
will agree that this is fantastic value for money so all we ask is that you complete the
enclosed registration form without delay and return it with
cheque to the above address.
The club recently
purchased one of Russell Latapys international jerseys in an auction for £300 with
the money going to a charity in Trinidad and Tobago for under privileged kids.
Russells mother runs the charity. It is our intention to have the strip framed and
we will present it to the Hibs Supporters Club who will hopefully display in the club.
There will obviously be a little plaque on the frame giving us some recognition of the
Although he could not make
the meeting, Alex Lindsay is planning to organise a Golf Day for our members sometime in
August/ September. Details will follow in the July newsletter, but as the idea received a
very positive response from our members when discussed at the meeting received, it should
be quite popular.
Hibs have now
released the itinerary for their pre-season tour of Denmark next month. The team will fly
out on the 14th July and will be based in the Copenhagen area for the duration of the
tour. The first game is against Olstykke who are a Danish Second Division outfit on the 15th.
The 2nd game is against First Division side Koge on Saturday 17th. The
highlight of the tour is a game against AB on Tuesday 20th July. AB finished
third in the Danish Super League and are currently the Danish Cup Holders. This game will
be played at Melby due to work being carried out AB's ground. The final game of the tour
is against non-league outfit Kornbaek on 21st July.
There are a number
of our members who are interested in going over to Denmark for the games so if you are
considering the trip, then can you please give me a call and I will co-ordinate.
Following the meeting,
we presented Sonia and Simon, who are joint managers of the Holyrood, with a small gift in
appreciation for their wonderful support they have given our club over the last year.
Also, Jim Wallace won the raffle for the signed shirt.
As we expected, the Hibs
video proved to be a big success and was the perfect end to a very positive and upbeat
meeting. Although the picture quality at times was not brilliant, it contained highlights
of the following games: Hearts in 65, Utrecht, Torino, St Mirren (1959) Partick Thistle,
Clyde (Scottish Cup), Belenenses, Real Madrid, St Johnstone, Rangers, Dundee United,
Dundee, Celtic (Drybrough Cup Final) Airdrie, Celtic (League Cup Final) and finally goals
and extended highlights from that boring day at Tynecastle in 1973.
To raise funds for
the Friends and Relatives against Cancer charity, the club donated £50 worth of
merchandise and we held a raffle with each member putting a named £5 note into a bucket.
This in itself raised just under £220 for the charity but after each game we walked
around the pub with the metal bucket asking members to off-load their loose change and
donate what they thought the game had been worth. As you can imagine, the pub sounded more
like an indoor 25 metre firing range following the Hearts game and we eventually gave the
charity a cheque for £250, which takes our charity donations for the last 6 months up to
Ending on a bit of a
sour note, could the person who picked up the digital camera that Mike Inglis was using to
take photographs of the days activities please return it to the above address. Not
only is the camera quite expensive, but it is useless to anyone without the correct cables
and software. It also contained some excellent photographs of our members enjoying the
meeting which is why we are so keen to get it back.
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