Burns Night Supper
apologies for the confusion caused in the October
giving the wrong date for the next Burns Night.
Iím pretty sure that most of you detected the rather obvious
error, but to clear things up once and for all, the main social event in
the London Hibs social calendar will be on Saturday
22 January 2000 starting at 7.30pm.
next year will remain at £15 each but as an extra incentive to encourage
our members to bring lots of guests along with them, this year there will
be a small discount to members buying additional tickets.
For the price of a ticket, you will receive a drink of your choice
on arrival at the pub, a traditional meal of Haggis Neaps and Tatties,
Live music until 1am and a wee dram to toast the haggis. Iím sure you
will agree that there are not too many places in London where you could
have a good night out for this price.
With Christmas fast approaching, I appreciate that the last thing
you want to worry about is paying for tickets to a function in January, so
if you prefer, you can send me a post-dated cheque (dated 15th
January) for the number of tickets you require.
I mentioned in the October newsletter, our Guest of Honour will be Eddie
Turnbull who has now confirmed that he will be able
to join us. I spoke with
Eddie last week who told me that he is very much looking forward to the
weekend with our branch and, in particular, to meeting with our members.
our membership at an all time high and with such a prestigious guest of
honour joining us for the evening, I hope that we will have a record
attendance at this event, so please put this date in your diary, start
inviting your friends/family and book your baby-sitters if necessary!
Although it is a London Hibs function, the evening is just as enjoyable
for non-Hibs supporters. So
much so that we have a couple of Hearts fans who have turned up at the
last two evenings Ė their tickets cost £30 each, but they have always
been made welcome by our members and they seem to enjoy themselves!
the benefit of those new members who have not yet attended a London Hibs
Burns Night before, they are always very enjoyable evenings with a good
combination of both Scottish and Hibby content.
Although they are fairly informal, we will of course be piping
in/addressing the haggis so you are encouraged to dig out those kilts and
get into the spirit of things. As
in previous years, there will again be a prize for the best-dressed
lady/man, which will be announced sometime during the evening.
we have reserved the recently refurbished Holyrood for the evening, we are
unable to say for certain that it will be held there, as we have not yet
received notification of the late license being approved.
However, should this be a problem then we have a couple of other
options available to us, which are both in Central London.
with the hard copy of this newsletter is a copy of the latest official
Hibs merchandise catalogue to assist you with those last minute presents
for your family and friends. (See http://www.hibs.co.uk
for the online shop). I have used this service many times in the
past and have always found it to be good value and very efficient, but
with the extra demand on our postal service at this time of the year,
please donít leave it too late to place your orders with the club!
on the subject of merchandise, I have a number of London
Hibs fleece jackets
nylon coaching jackets
(£14) and yellow V neck T-shirts (£8) still available for sale, so if you would like to purchase
any of them before Christmas, then give me a call to confirm that I have
your size available. We also
have a very limited number of childrenís coach jackets (Age 4, 10 and
12) with the London Hibs logo on so if you are looking for a stocking
filler for the kids, then let me know.
These jackets look really good and cost £10 each, but as there are
only a few of the different sizes available you should give me a call ASAP
to ensure that I have the size you require before sending me any money.
those members who ordered fleece tops or coach jackets at our November
gathering, then I will be bringing them along with me to our next meeting
on Tuesday 14th December so donít forget to bring your
chequebook! If you are unable
to make this meeting, then give me a call and I will send them onto you by
November meeting was another upbeat affair with 20 members in attendance.
Apologies were received from Brian Rogan, Tony Connor, Graeme Walker and
Pat McKinney. In the absence
of Brian, Stuart Donald
chaired the meeting and we welcomed Sean Slater who was attending his
first London Hibs meeting. Andrew
gave an update on the clubs finances, which are in a very healthy state at
the moment and Mike confirmed that our paid up membership now stands at
just over 140, but there are still approximately 20 members who have not
renewed their subs from last season.
Bennison hosted the long overdue Hibs quiz that we have been threatening
to hold for the last few meetings. The
questions were brilliantly put together by Craig and the quiz seemed to be
enjoyed by everyone who participated.
In total, there were 10 teams entered with names like: Archie The
Jinx Buster, Fatboy Slim, Green Cunning Linguists, Jambo fat B%s$%&s,
Mike and Andrew, F&%k the Jambos, Wee Mad Mental, Hibees Dunces,
Madrid and Will(H)ibees. The
eventual winner of the competition was Archie the Jinx Buster (Grant
Ramsay and Iain Tully) with 20 points. See Report
annual APFSCIL Dinner and dance will take place in the New Connaught rooms
in Holborn on Friday 25th February.
The club intends to reserve a table at the event, which has Labour
MP Tony Banks as guest speaker, so if you would like to attend, then you
should contact our APFSCIL representative Grant Ramsay to let him know.
Tickets cost £32 a head.
Game on 19th December
reminder that the next Edinburgh Derby will be live on SKY SPORTS on
Sunday 19th December. For
those members who live in the Berkshire area, then we will once again be
meeting up in the Bridge Pub in Bracknell at 6pm to watch the game.
For those London based members looking for good company to watch
the game, then you should make your way to the William
Wallace where Iím
sure there will be plenty of fellow Hibbies to enjoy the game with.
Letís hope that we can make it 3 wins in a row for Hibs on SKY
and that the game is as exciting as the two against Dundee and Dundee
United earlier in the season!
has announced the latest batch of fixtures in the Scottish Premier League
with two Hibs games against Rangers on 6 Feb and Celtic on 5 Mar being
this may be good news for those of us who were unable to make it up to
Edinburgh for these games, it does of course mean that those members who
have requested the season tickets (Richard Turnbull and Pat McKinney) will
have to rearrange their weekends. Other
games included in this announcement are as follows:
v Rangers 6
Rangers 27 February
v Celtic 5 March
Celtic 26 March
Kilmarnock 2 April
v Kilmarnock 16 April
Johnstone v Rangers 23 April
looks as though the William
Wallace will be the
permanent venue for our monthly gatherings.
After almost 10 years of using the Holyrood it is sad to move on,
but following its recent refurbishment, they have turned the downstairs
bar area into toilets (some may say it always was a toilet) so there is no
longer room for us to have a private meeting.
again, our congratulations to the football team for doing the double over
London Rangers in consecutive weeks last month.
In the first game we knocked them out of the APFSCIL cup by winning
and last week in the league, we went one step further and beat them 3-0 (report).
Two great results and by all accounts, brilliant performances by
the team, so well done to everyone involved.
The next round of the cup will be against Norwich City on Sunday 16th
January at King Georges Park in Earlsfield (Off Kimber Road). As
always, you are encouraged to give the team your full support at this game
and at other league games throughout the season.
ET is a Hibby
all knew that Eddie Turnbull was a die-hard Hibby but who would have
guessed that the wee terrestrial from the 80s hit film would have had the
good sense to turn out to be one also!
Whilst most of us believed that ET was already in Edinburgh playing
for the jambos under the alias of Steve Foulton, there is a great advert
out at the moment from BT showing ET celebrating Russell Latapyís
penalty goal against (I believe) the Jambos from earlier in the season.
Most of you will have no doubt seen the advert already, but for the
benefit of those who havenít, then Mike Inglis is planning to put the
30-second clip onto our web site over the next few days (Webmaster's note
- if I can get it - if anyone has it on PC please email