(The Official Newsletter
of the London Hibs Supporters Club)
London Hibs Members and Friends
May I take this opportunity to
welcome you all to a new season. A new season which has already got of to a
flyer and seen Hibs reach the top of the premier league, albeit, for only
24hrs, but nonetheless it promises at this early stage to be thrilling,
exciting, new but with a certain degree of familiarity (hopefully that does
not mean getting beat by the minnows in the Cup !!).
17 members turned out for our
‘kick-off’ to the new season, where we enjoyed the ‘new playing
surface’ of the William Wallace at its new location, 33
Aybrook Street which is right around the corner from where the pub
used to be in Blandford Street. (Map)
Of the members that came
along, we were pleased to welcome two new signings: Mike Gorrie and Richard
Anderson, who in finest tradition, received their welcome pint from the
treasurer – again lads – Welcome !!
All Change !! – Not Quite !!
The start of the new season
always brings its new looks – Lorenzo Amorouso’s hair grease, sorry –
gel!! Chris Sutton’s impression of an old firm diddy!! and of course
Graeme Souness actually winning a game of football and not having to kick sh*%
out of the opposition to achieve it !!
Well, I have decided to adorn
my finest ‘Carol Smilie’ pose and give the newsletter a bit of a
makeover. Don’t worry!! You will still find the same information, news
and views that have been the ‘backbone’ of this newsletter since Easter
Road had a ‘slope’, besides Mike McSherry would never forgive me!!
However, It is my intention to
introduce new regular features in this newsletter. Accordingly, you will
find in this edition ‘From the
Dug-Out’, this new section will carry news, views and happenings
from Easter Road or associated with Easter Road, funny and serious and ‘The Starting Line-Up’, which will take a look at all
those players and maybe even officials that have contributed in whatever way
to making our club what it is!! Whether it be ‘Benny Brazil’, Keith
Houchen, Pat Stanton, Joe Baker, Bernie Breslin or any other you will find
this is an unmissable trip in to the team as it has evolved!!
Of course we still have our
and this continues in this edition, so read on to see
if you are the proud recipient of this month’s award.
I will trial these features
over the next few months and would welcome your feedback on these.
One final change, I am
contemplating, is changing the format from the A4 sheets to a booklet style
– Now, like Franck Sauzee and Russell Latapy, not to mention Didier Agathe,
the style show has reached London Hibs!! But don’t get too carried away
this is like Ivano Bonetti’s brain (new Dundee Manager)……….. at the
formation stage !!
of The Year Function’
Franck Sauzee and his wife
‘Watch out, Edinburgh here
we come!!!!’. The London Hibs Annual Player of the The Year Function
reaches Edinburgh on the 11th
November 2000. Like last year which was a roaring success with
approximately 160 people sharing the team talk with Big Eck, Malcolm
McPherson, Ollie the Goalie, Grant Brebner, Stuart Lovell, Mathias Jack, and
the ‘calypso kid’, Russell Latapy, to name but a few !!
This is our once only official
function in Edinburgh so you have no excuse!! And guess what ……… ????
You can bring partners, other people’s partners, family and friends for a
cost per ticket of just £10 (ten) – Yes !! I did say £10.
On the night you will get to
mingle with the stars, dance the night away, meet the one and only Sauzee,
not to mention eating the famous Hibernian Buffet !!
So if you want tickets then
you better get in quick. Please write to Andrew Murray at 4
St Leonard’s Close,
Bushey, Watford, Herts, WD2 2DB and make cheques payable to ‘London
Hibs Supporters Club’.
Surely it must be the biggest
sale of the century since Nicholas Parsons took the stage all those years
ago !! Tickets will go fast so get your family and friends to come along and
grace the hallowed walls !!
Years’ – (No !! It’s not a holiday advertisement !!)
This is a real piece of
football nostalgia that you are being invited to!! London Hibs have a
reserved table at what can only be described as a Hibs Fans’ dream!! 20
ex-players including Lawrie Reilly, and Eddie Turnbull to name a few along
with the other players and officials from Hibernian Football Club from the
period 1946 – 1956. Malcolm McPherson, Alex McLeish and
Lord Provost Milligan are also invited to attend and it is to be a
real gala occasion.
The event will take the format
of a gala meal with the usual raffles and prizes, however, there will be a
special 20-minute tribute video shown and Bob Crampsie or David Francie are
coming along to speak after dinner.
The dinner is to take place in
the Forthview suite on the 30th September 2000 at 7:30pm (after
we tank St. Johnstone). The cost is £60 (sixty) per person but I say
what price Hibernian Nostalgia !!
McSherry, today the table (10 only) will go fast !!
Anniversary – us !!
It may be the 125th
anniversary of our famous team !! But another landmark was celebrated at our
Our supporters branch, one of
the most innovative and forward thinking supporters branches of Hibernian in
the world reached its tenth birthday !!
Treasurer killed the
moths and got the drinks in for the gathered faithful as we paid tribute to
those that have and continue to make our supporters club what it is – that
is every one from the founders Dino Rafferty and Kevin Robertson to name but
a few not to mention every single member past and present – so to you all
happy birthday !!
Hot on the heals of their
record breaking season, in which London Hibs won the league championship and
were runners-up in the cup, London Hibs are FIRST again, and a ball has not
been kicked of the new season yet !! (They have now - see friendly report.
Barcelona have one, Marseille
have one, hence if all major European outfits have one and need one so do
London Hibs …….!!
Kevin Robertson has stepped
from Team Manager to become ‘El-Presidente’. London Hibs are the first
team in the APFSCIL League to have a club president !!
We salute you and your
last season Kevin, and wish you and all at the football club the very best
for the forthcoming season !!
APFSCIL season starts
on the 10th September 2000 and here you will find another New Feature : I will publish all fixtures and results of
London Hibs as they attempt to retain the championship……. whether it be
‘Humping the Huns !! or ‘Dumping Man Utd out of the cup’ we will be
there and you will be with your favourite London Team !!
To celebrate their season’s
success, the London Hibs footy team held a ‘Champions’ Ball at the
Duke’s Meadow Golf Club, Chiswick. A night which was a roaring success
with a turnover of £4,500 and a club profit of £600-00.
Not too mention that there
4 ladies to every man!! You won’t get better odds all season and so with
a ceilidh scheduled for the 25th
November 2000 (details to be confirmed !!) I think you should join
me and get along on the 25th; after all, if for no other reason,
it’s St Andrew’s Night !!
As was mentioned in the
newsletter Subscriptions are now
due !! Subscriptions are as previous last years £10
(ten) and for this you get your cheery monthly newsletter, the
chance to win the coveted ‘Jimmy Boco’ Award,
club fanzine, not to
mention the monthly like-minded meeting of minds at the ‘William Wallace
pub’ in central London.
For an additional payment you
will have access to the London Hibs
season tickets, and this year it comes
with access to the Almond Suite in the famous five stand for some food and a
cash bar before the match , at half-time, and at the end of the match. The
cost of the season ticket is £10 (ten) and application should be made on
the form sent to you with the AGM newsletter (spares available !!) However,
be quick as this is popular and dealt with purely on a
‘first-come-first-served’ basis !!
Your football club needs
you!! Calling all you ‘Hugh Keevans’ or ‘Jim Whites’ it’s time to
get your pens out and get writing for our first fanzine of the year and the
first under the editorship of Rose McEwan, our new fanzine editor.
Whether you have stories to
tell about queuing for tickets against Stirling Albion and then getting beat
by them !! or whatever, then we want to here from you !!
All article should be with
Rose McEwan by 30th September 2000
Rose intends to launch, in
this fanzine the ‘Dear Rosie’ problem page where Rose will answer
your problems…….. whether it be not being able to cope with Hibs
scoring 9 goals in 3 games or being ‘in love with Dirk Lehmann and not
knowing what to do about it' then Rose wants to help you!! Get writing
It is our intention to have
the fanzine ready for sale at the Player of The Year match against
Kilmarnock at Easter Road on the 11th November 2000 and then at
the do itself that evening.
We are the only supporters
branch to run a fanzine and this has proved popular all over the world and
especially in Edinburgh itself!!
We want your articles, folks,
so come on !!
Mass Hibsteria may fold !!!
are rumours about that ‘Mass Hibsteria’ the long running Hibs Fanzine that has a
ITV Teletext page (p532) may be in danger of folding. As yet we have no
confirmation of this and as we do I will let you know!!
However, it was suggested by
Bill Garriock, at our August meeting, that if this was the case then perhaps
we can look at taking over their ITV Teletext page. This we agreed to do and
Bill kindly volunteered to investigate this avenue for us and report back!!
‘London Hibs have new signing
……..!!!’ – (well ! for October only!!)
Wait for it!!! Who is it!!
What position will he play!! How much will he cost!! (£52, 000 per week!!). Malcolm
McPherson has kindly agreed, subject to confirmation, to attend our
October meeting and answer any questions you may have for him!!
Whether it be ‘why did we
sell Kenny the ‘Hun’’; or ‘is there a role for Alan Rough as
goalkeeping coach at Hibs’ you need to come along and give your input at
this other ‘first for London Hibs : The date October
Memorabilia – You’re chance to win !!
You may remember that at the
Burns Supper this year (for those of you who can remember !!). Eddie
Turnbull our guest that night, presented us with a framed singed
‘Hibs-Tottenham-Tottenham-Hibs’ set of programmes.
The club have decided to
raffle this unique piece of memorabilia. The raffle will take the format of
all paid up members by the end of August 2000, having their names placed in
a hat – the first name pulled out will win the prize – it’s as simple
as that!!! So make sure you pay your subs by the end of August
Just to remind all members
that Alex Lindsay is the club transport convener!! Whether you want to know
the cheapest train seats!! The nearest airport to Vilnius for next years
Champions League (Go On The Hibbies!!) then Alex is your man!!
Alex travels up to most, if
not, to all home matches and is always willing to take members with him!!
For whatever travel query you
have please feel free to contact Alex
The Masters comes to Borehamwood ???
Keeping with Alex; the man has
made a deal that ‘Bill McMurdo’ would be proud of.
9 holes of
9 holes of golf
£20 (twenty) –
Yes, I did say £20, then you have to be quick and get your £20
to Alex by the end of August 2000. Don’t miss out!! and don’t worry
about your handicap, after all mine is my Golf – come on and show us your
‘Tiger Stroles [email protected]
Forget your Oscars !! Or your
‘Brucie Bonus’ the ‘Jimmy Boco Award’ is what all the stars are
wanting …….!! Just look at the quotes :
‘……..I would give mine
up tomorrow for this award (Michael Caine)’
‘……It’s worth coming
out of retirement for…….(Jimmy Hill)’
‘…I would wash my hair if
I thought I was going to win this award…(Lorenzo Amorouso)’
But all these and more have
been undone this month as I am pleased to announce the proud recipient of
the ‘Jimmy Boco Award’ is to go to Rose
Rose, before she became a
member, was traveling back from Highbury, after watching Arsenal play in
the FA Premiership (I’m not going to say a thing …..) It was a Saturday
afternoon and on boarding a tube to go home Rose sat beside a guy on the
tube wearing a Hibs Top.
‘Excuse me’ said Rose, do
you know what the score was today ? The gent (maybe not ?? – only kidding!!) told her the score and there then ensued a discussion about the green
and white dynamite !!
Rose tuned to the chap and
said ‘I’ve got the name of this guy to contact about the Hibs and their
meetings in London, as I am a Hibbie’, do you know a…a …….a Tony
The voice replied ….’I am
Congratulations Rose on being
this month’s proud winner !!
Any more nominations for
the Jimmy Boco Award please – send to me at the addresses above !!
As I furiously type this
newsletter, Didier is in talks with Rod Petrie, to attempt secure the
services of this French Hitman and fans favourite. After being a bit of a
‘diddie’ on the opening day of the season the Frenchman has bagged 4
goals in two games and helped blow the ‘Kenny Miller Blues’ away from
Easter Road and around!! Isn’t it nice to see a board of Hibs actually
signing real talent so that we can compete at the right end of the Premier
leaue and hopefully beyond?? (Diddy signs for Celtic!!! Webmaster)
Hibs secured the services of
David Zitelli from FC Strasbourg on a two year deal. David was presented to
the crowd before the game on Saturday against Dundee and was warmly
welcomed. Again, another influential signing and lets hope that he makes the
same impact as Didier – watch this space!!!
Barry Lavety – Signs On !!
One time Hibs man,
‘Basher’, Barry Lavety, has been signing on for ‘Job Seekers’
allowance for the past few months. St Mirren are keen to keep the player but
cannot afford the Hibs asking price and hence has not played football for
some months. Then again, some fans may argue that ‘Basher’ has never
played at all. However, there is good news for him – Hibs are reduce their
asking price and ‘Basher’ can resume his ‘Pele’ days – Good luck
Big Eck and Paul Fenwick ……….. Racists
So that’s what happens when
you’re found out not to be as good as you make people think!! You
automatically blame your defeat; your losing top spot in the league; and
two of your players getting sent off on something else.
Is it Ivano Bonetti is ‘offo
his boxo’ in calling Alex McLeish and Paul Fenwick, racists ?
Come on Ivano !! You didn't
think Dundee could actually beat the cabbage did you???
Top Again !!
0 –v. – Hibernian 1 (SPL, 16th Aug 2000)
This result proudly moves the
Hibbies back to their rightful place on top of the SPL. After a gutsy
performance, Mixu, the Finn, sent us to the Top!!
As mentioned above, monthly
you will find under this section a profile on players and may be even
officials of our club who have shaped the club to what it is today – No
matter in what way – big or small !!
I hope this brings back some
memories for you all !!
Goalkeepers – Alan Rough
With that distinctive perm
Alan Rough was as noticeable in the Hibs goal as Hugh Dallas giving Celtic a
penalty in an old firm clash.
Roughie had won all but two of
his 53 Scotland caps when he signed for Hibs. He had already been voted
‘Player of the Year’ by the Scottish Football Writers Association. He
was moving into the autumn of a career that previously had only been with
Partick Thistle. Yet he proved to be an inspired signing when Hibs Manager,
Pat Stanton, brought him to Easter Road in November 1982 for a reported fee
As had always been the case
when he was at Partick Thistle, ‘Roughie’ was hardly ever flustered. For
years he had heard people question his ability and doubt his ambitions. He
had a poor World Cup in 1978 and his critics were instantly on his back,
questioning his positional sense and asking rhetorically why no big club
appeared especially interested in signing him.
It was that same calmness that
made him instantly popular with the Hibernian faithful. He was steady and
more than that, he saved the club valuable points with some outstanding
He remained at Hibs for five
seasons until the signing of Andy Goram from Oldham. He was freed on April
19, 1988, aged 36. However, it wasn't long before he was back at Easter
Road, this time in the colours of Celtic, as he made one of seven
appearances as emergency cover for them. ‘Roughie’ was warmly welcomed
especially as Hibs went on to beat Celtic that day.
He went on to have spells with
Hamilton Academical and Ayr United followed by a move into management with
Junior side, Glenafton.
Records show that he played
175 league games for Hibs !!
‘It’s a Question of Hibs’
The final of my new pieces
allows you to pit your wits against the ‘Quiz Master’. Each month you
will find five Hibs trivia questions designed to test your knowledge. Keep
your answers safe as next month you will get the answers !! Its your chance
to get the knowledge to challenge Pete Maheedy …….Come On !!!!
Where did Keith Houchen make his debut for Hibs in 1989 ?
Who signed from Falkirk in 1993 ?
What was Hibs recorded biggest ever victory in all competitions ?
In which year did the Famous Five make their collective debut ?
Against whom did George Best make his debut for Hibs ?
Next Meeting !!!!
Our next meeting will be at
the William Wallace on the 12th
September 2000 at 8pm. Remember the draw will take place for the
Eddie Turnbull programmes so come along and hopefully collect your prize !!!
Remember the William
Wallace has moved to 33 Aybrook Street, (just around the corner from where
it used to be)