"Profile of a Southern Hibby"

James H Cruickshanks


Name James H Cruickshanks (sometimes Jim but no relation honest!)
Birthplace/ Date Forfar/ 1964
Primary School Southmuir Primary, Kirriemuir
Secondary School Webster's High School, Kirriemuir
First Hibs match In the dim and distant past I remember me and my dad travelling on a Forfar Athletic supporters bus to Easter Road. Must have been late sixties/ early seventies. Me and my dad were the only Hibbies on the bus. Sat at the front. Hibs won. All the bus windaes got panned in!
How long a member of London Hibs Aboot a week if Andrew has received my cheque!
How did you find out about London Hibs Knew of them from my days in the Hibs Supporters Assoc.
Favourite all time Hibs Player It's hard to pick an all time favourite because anybody that has worn the jersey gets my respect. Stanton's up there with O'Rourke, Cropley, Best, Duncan, Brownlie, Alan Gordon, Schaedler, Rough, Herriot, and Gary Murray (he was our coach at Duncraig Boys Club in Dundee just as he signed for Hibs). Oh and Stevie Cowan.
Most memorable Game I've seen Hibs win League Cups, Dryburgh Cups, Tennents Sixes, EoS Shields, BP Youth Cup but see 'Best Hibs Goal' for my most memorable game...
How often do you get to games Not often enough. I was up at the semi last season and the re-arranged game at Perth but I'm lucky if I see a couple of games a season.
When did you leave Scotland? (If applicable) 1994 - left Edinburgh for murky lights of Manchester
Why do you live in the South? 'Gotta follow the money....'
Favourite English team Leeds United although I've got a soft spot for Man City as well
Lowest moment following Hibs? Ever the optimist, following Hibs means never having a low moment although I remember once wondering what it was all about as we were getting beat from Airdrie in December, the Broomfield ash terracing with pish green slush puppy freezing my feet......why?
Best Hibs goal? Followed Hibs home and away for ten years and never missed a game...emigrating to Manchester on the Monday my last game was the Derby at Tynie. They were on their unbeaten streak when up pops Geebsy no more than fifteen yards from where I'm sitting in their new 'stand'to pop the ba' in the back o' the net. I was the last Hibby to leave Tynie that day wi' all the stewards wondering why I was greeting like a bairn! MARVELLOUS!!!
What is the best thing about being a Hibby? Just being a Hibby is good enough for me!
Proudest moment following Hibs? Loads of them...being chairman of Edinburgh West HSC....Anderlecht....skiving off work to be in the Hibs adverts for the share issue....but the one that stands oot most is actually playing at Easter Road for Edinburgh West.
How did you become a Hibby? Coming from the sticks I cannae claim that Hibs are my local team! My Dad wanted to support someday different in his time so plumped for Hibs. The rest is history....