London Hibs September 1999 Newsletter


September Meeting.

After many years of our club holding its monthly get togethers in what can only be described as a fairly grotty boozer, in keeping with a typical Tynecastle hostelry, the brewery has at last found the necessary funds to refurbish the Holyrood to the standard required by our members. Unfortunately, they started the work at the beginning of September, so when I phoned the pub on the day of the last meeting, to ensure that the new management staff were expecting us, I found that the pub was closed, that it had been for 10 days and that we had to find another venue to hold our meeting that evening. Brian Rogan then contacted the William Wallace in Blandford Street who were able to accommodate us at short notice in their upstairs function room.

Thanks to Andrew Murray, who placed signs up outside the Holyrood and to everyone else who passed on the word, there was another impressive turnout (21) along to our September gathering. Apologies to those who turned up at the Holyrood for the meeting, but did not make it to the William Wallace (I’m aware of just one member, but there may be more) but this cock-up would never have happened had the old management team of Simon and Sonya not moved on to another pub last month!

Anyway, on to a more positive note, we welcomed 2 new members along to the meeting - Bill Garriock and his Hibs daft daughter Kayleigh and we received apologies from George Henderson, Stuart Donald, Andy Bell and Rose McEwan who for various reasons could not make it.

As a result of the venue change and the meeting going on a bit longer than we would have liked, we were unable to go ahead with the planned Hibs quiz which had been so brilliantly put together by Craig Bennison. The quiz will now take place after the October meeting.

POTY Presentation

We have now sold 130 of the 180 tickets for the Player of the Year presentation on Saturday 23rd October, which is pretty good going at this early stage. As our members traditionally leave buying tickets to our social events until the last minute, I must stress that once we have sold all 180 tickets, there will be no more to sell. So, if you are planning to come along, but have not yet committed to numbers, then can you please do so without delay by contacting me on the above number, or by sending me your request by mail.

The evening will start at 7.30pm in the Almond suite with the presentation to Russell at 8.30pm. There will be a finger buffet after the presentation and the disco will play on until the bar closes at 1pm. Dress for the evening is smart casual – no jeans please and tables will only be reserved for our guests only, so please arrive early.

For anyone interested in some pre Dundee match hob-nobbing in the corporate hospitality area on 23rd October, then Alex Lindsay has made some enquiries about costs. From memory, this is around 50 a head, which includes a ticket for the game, access to the bar before and after the game, refreshments at halftime and of course the match day programme. If you are interested in this package, then you should contact Alex

London Hibs Golf Challenge

For all you mad golfers out there then you’ll be pleased to know that the inaugural London Hibs Golf challenge will be taking place on Tuesday 19th October at the Laing Golf Course in Borehamwood. It is planned for this to be an annual event with the winner receiving the ‘Jimmy Lindsay memorial trophy’ which is of course is in memory of London Hibs member Jimmy who very sadly died earlier this year.

The event has been organised by Alex Lindsay and the itinerary for the day’s activities will be as follows:

11am Coffee in club house + register

1130am Tee off (times given by starter)

4pm Golf complete back to club house

4.30pm Prize giving and buffet served in club house + BAR

The cost to London Hibs members for the day (excluding drinks at the bar) will be 15.00 per head, which should be paid to Alex at the October meeting. If you are planning to participate in the event, but unable to make the next meeting, then can you please contact Alex to let him know of your intentions and also to give him your golf handicap, if you have one.

The Laing Golf Course is just off the A1 at Borehamwood and on your arrival you should ask for Mr Dick Rooney to register.


Many thanks to everyone who have so far contributed to the next fanzine, but I’m afraid we are still well short of suitable contributions to meet the 23rd October deadline for the first HHHT of the season. If you promised an article, but have not yet delivered, then can you please give me a call letting me know when I can expect to receive it.

Season Tickets

Both tickets are available to our members for the Dundee United game on Sunday 31 October, so if you are in Edinburgh that weekend and would like to use them, then please contact Tony Connor. Tickets will cost 5 each. This game is live on SKY and kicks off at 6.05pm.

Travel to Games

It was suggested at the September meeting that the club should actively promote travelling to games in Edinburgh at our monthly meetings, in our newsletters and on the Internet. Everyone agreed that this was a good idea but that it will need some hard work to ensure that it is managed properly. Alex Lindsay and Tony Connor agreed to act as travel co-ordinators for the club and will report back with their proposals at the next meeting. In the meantime, if you travel to games on a regular basis and are prepared to offer a lift to other members, then you should speak with either Alex or Tony.

Monthly Meetings

If you have an item (or an issue) that you would like to be discussed at our monthly meetings then can you please let me have it in advance of the meeting, whether it is by telephone the day before if you are unable to attend, or verbally before the meeting starts. One of the main reasons for holding our meetings each month is to discuss ways of improving our supporters’ club to our members, so the more people who contribute ideas, the more successful our club will be.

Hibernian Youth 2000

I have enclosed a registration form (in the snail mail version - email Mike McSherry if you wish a copy) for members who may be interested in joining ‘Hibernian Youth 2000’ which has recently replaced Club 86 to support the Hibs Youth policy at Easter Road. Membership costs 78 a year and in return you will receive a quarterly newsletter, priority tickets for both home and away games and free entry into the ‘Hibernian Youth 2000 Annual Draw’ – this year, the main prize is expected to be a new car. Whilst our big team may not be doing very well on the park at the moment, the Hibs U21 team are going great guns, having won all but one of their opening 8 games, so if you needed any extra incentive to part with your hard earned cash for a good cause, then surely this is it! Let’s support the future of Hibs by investing in Hibs Youth 2000.

October Meeting

As we do not know when the Holyrood is to be reopened, our next monthly gathering will be in the William Wallace Pub on Tuesday 12th October starting at 8pm. The pub is in Blandford Street. Following the formal part of the gathering, we will hold the Hibs quiz, which was postponed in September. Craig Bennison has put a lot of work into the quiz and has sponsored some fabulous prizes for the winners, so please make the effort to come along and have a bit of fun.

Pool Challenge

Our club will take on London Hearts in a "friendly" Pool competition on Thursday 7 October in the Market Tavern starting at 7.30pm. If you would like to go along and support the team, then the Market Tavern is on York Road, which is a 5-minute walk from Kings Cross station. For further details you should contact Grant Ramsay. This is the 2nd time we have been challenged by Hearts in a friendly. The last time we played them we won quite convincingly by 7 games to 2, which was a surprise result, as this is their main (or should I say their only) activity for their club that has potentially the 3rd most successful team in the APFSCIL Pool league!

Football Team

The football team has had a fairly mixed start to the season with wins over Manchester United (3-1) and league champions from last season, Eire (3-1). They have also suffered two defeats; one against Rangers (3-2) and serious stuffing from Middlesboro (6-0). After last Sunday’s 3-1 over Eire, Kevin Robertson is confident that we now have a settled team and believes that London Hibs can go on to win something this season.

If you are at a loose end this Sunday (10 October) then team will be playing against Middlesboro in the 1st round of the APFSCIL cup at Barn Elms kicking off at 2.30pm. If you need further information, then contact Kevin. Match Reports (with pictures) and information on forthcoming fixtures can be found on our Web Pages.

Guess the Score Competition

The winner of the first quarters competition to predict Hibs results throughout the season is Paul Flynn who picked up 20 points. Paul will receive a London Hibs T-shirt as a prize and the two runners up, Morton Love and Pat McKinney, will receive a London Hibs keyring and lapel badge.  A full update will appear in the next newsletter.

Early Christmas Present - Hibs Hearts game

For members planning to be in Edinburgh for the next derby game against Hearts in December then be aware that the game will now be played on Sunday 19th December, with kick off at 6.05pm. The move is due to BSkyB live coverage of the match.

Ex Hibby in the Chair

The board of the Bank of Scotland SPL announced that it had accepted the resignation of Robert Wilson from the position of chairman and appointed former Hibernian Chairman Lex Gold as chairman.

Mike McSherry

Club Secretary


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