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    Have you ever been too nervous to watch or listen to a Hibs match?

    I haven't read it for years, but one of the episodes which has stuck with me from Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch is when he can no longer bear to listen to the radio commentary on a (twice replayed?) FA Cup semi-final between Arsenal and (I think) Liverpool and resorts to switching it off and putting on a Buzzcocks LP which he knows from experience will last him until the final whistle.

    How many of us have done similar things while watching or listening to Hibs matches? The older I get I actually find it harder, rather than easier to get through a game which is too close to call and have often left the room for a while when watching the TV or switched off the radio.

    In terms of actually being at a game, I left the ground during the second half of the Hamilton play-off in 2014. I didn't even see the Accies' second goal, let alone the penalties. I simply knew what was coming and couldn't handle being there to witness it.


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    Every derby when i was a young lad. My dad used to listen to the "wireless" as i was too young to go. I was a bag of nerves. David Begg had a nack of building tension and excitement. Awfull when you can't see whats going on.

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    I've went to sit in the toilets in Hampden numerous times when a goal up with not long to go.. the Aberdeen semi I couldn't watch.. wish they'd scored now!

    I was in Krakow for the Horgan derby and stood outside the pub I was in for the last five minutes. Most games of any importance I'm a bag of nerves when there's a goal in it with 5 mins to go.

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    Having lived through and been there for some of the lowest points in our history I actually feel a lot calmer now when experiencing these tight nervous matches than i was before.
    Sure if we are a goal up on Hearts with 5 minutes to go i'll be kicking the seat in front of me but i feel i can handle bad results better now than say before the Hamilton match.

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    I hate listening to Hibs on the radio. Not too sure if it's a generational thing, but not being able to see what's happening gives me the fear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Souter96Mac View Post
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    I hate listening to Hibs on the radio. Not too sure if it's a generational thing, but not being able to see what's happening gives me the fear.
    I used to listen to the hibs match while at the games, never done it for years though. I think it retired the Walkman after Ivan’s hat trick at Ibrox.

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    I have a ritual now before games at Hampden and prior to the game take a drive to Flotterstone and have a long walk to clear the head and nerves. Say a wee prayer and then I'm good to go.

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    Listened to the 4-4 game on the radio. Never listened to a derby on the radio again!

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    Listened to the 4-4 game on the radio. Never listened to a derby on the radio again!
    Same here...at the game 😭😭

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    When Hibs and Hearts were finally back in the same division in 1983, my Dad wouldn't take me to Tynecastle, so had to listen to the game on the radio. When it went 3-2 Hearts I couldn't stand it and turned the radio off. Unfortunately, it made no difference. Haven't done it since, but do turn the radio down every now and again when the opposition are on the attack!

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    Quote Originally Posted by G B Young View Post
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    I haven't read it for years, but one of the episodes which has stuck with me from Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch is when he can no longer bear to listen to the radio commentary on a (twice replayed?) FA Cup semi-final between Arsenal and (I think) Liverpool and resorts to switching it off and putting on a Buzzcocks LP which he knows from experience will last him until the final whistle.

    How many of us have done similar things while watching or listening to Hibs matches? The older I get I actually find it harder, rather than easier to get through a game which is too close to call and have often left the room for a while when watching the TV or switched off the radio.

    In terms of actually being at a game, I left the ground during the second half of the Hamilton play-off in 2014. I didn't even see the Accies' second goal, let alone the penalties. I simply knew what was coming and couldn't handle being there to witness it.
    The cup semi vs DU after Cummings missed penalty. Went to local music bar in Singapore when extra time started. Relied on friends messages to keep me up to date. Cup final when we went 2-1 down. Turned off BBC updates when in Philippines. Woke up at 5am local time and partiyed all day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinfaePorty View Post
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    When Hibs and Hearts were finally back in the same division in 1983, my Dad wouldn't take me to Tynecastle, so had to listen to the game on the radio. When it went 3-2 Hearts I couldn't stand it and turned the radio off. Unfortunately, it made no difference. Haven't done it since, but do turn the radio down every now and again when the opposition are on the attack!

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    i was actually at the game , still don’t know how we lost we were better side, maybe lost due to a certain John Robertson getting his first derby goals.

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    Haven't listened to a Hibs game on the radio for at least ten years. Not knowing exactly where the action on the pitch is being played makes me nervous. Recently I turned the telly off when Hearts went up 1-0 at Tynecastle. Had a pleasant surprise when I looked at the result at full time to find out that we won 2-1.

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    I remember leaving and taking 5 minutes to myself when we were playing Airdrie away in that playoff yonks ago. That was the most tense I think I've been watching Hibs.

    We'd won the first leg but started the second atrociously, and I thought we were going down, which at that point was fairly unthinkable. If Steve Cooper hadn't hoofed his penalty miles over the bar we were in deep, deep trouble.

    Of course it happened for real the following season but we'd had a sustained spell of absolute garbage to soften me up for it then.

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    Changed channels when they took the lead in the cup final. Wasn't having it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smartie View Post
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    I remember leaving and taking 5 minutes to myself when we were playing Airdrie away in that playoff yonks ago. That was the most tense I think I've been watching Hibs.

    We'd won the first leg but started the second atrociously, and I thought we were going down, which at that point was fairly unthinkable. If Steve Cooper hadn't hoofed his penalty miles over the bar we were in deep, deep trouble.

    Of course it happened for real the following season but we'd had a sustained spell of absolute garbage to soften me up for it then.
    Yes that was nerve racking. Wife phoned me and played radio through phone. Thought we were a goner.

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    I haven't read it for years, but one of the episodes which has stuck with me from Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch is when he can no longer bear to listen to the radio commentary on a (twice replayed?) FA Cup semi-final between Arsenal and (I think) Liverpool and resorts to switching it off and putting on a Buzzcocks LP which he knows from experience will last him until the final whistle.

    How many of us have done similar things while watching or listening to Hibs matches? The older I get I actually find it harder, rather than easier to get through a game which is too close to call and have often left the room for a while when watching the TV or switched off the radio.

    In terms of actually being at a game, I left the ground during the second half of the Hamilton play-off in 2014. I didn't even see the Accies' second goal, let alone the penalties. I simply knew what was coming and couldn't handle being there to witness it.
    Tangential to the topic - but was it just me that thought this was pish? Supposedly you're a super fan if you can remember the date of your team's most important historic match ever just a few years later and you spent most of your teenage years listening on the radio or going to another team's games (Cambridge in his case). I'm more of a diehard Hibby than he is a gooner and I'm a total part-timer ffs.

    Anyway, back to the topic. The only game I've ever left early or not watched/listened to was a certain cup final. We left at about 70 minutes, got back to the car just after full time and turned the radio on briefly to be relieved that there had been no further scoring.

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    Nope - those nervy moments and big matches are why I'm in the game

    Though I do agree radio listening has often been the most agonising over the years. And I have left early in order to stop watching.. not because of nerves, but because of sick of being hammered.

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    I think the most nervous I've been listening to a radio commentary was the KeithKeithKeith semi vs the Old Huns. I was living in Glasgow at the time and travelled home from Aberdeen on the day of the game but the bus was too late to make it to Hampden so I went to my flat instead. Got in and put the radio on and we were a goal up. Result! Then had to endure Archie Macpherson commentary for the rest of the game, I think it was Radio Clyde. Archie used to do this thing of only commentating when Rangers had the ball. Then when their opponents had it he would offer analysis of what had just gone right or wrong for Rangers. So the impression was that Hibs had hardly touched the ball. Couldn't believe it later when I actually saw the highlights. Hibs stormed it and Mickey Weir motm by a country mile!

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    Having lived through and been there for some of the lowest points in our history I actually feel a lot calmer now when experiencing these tight nervous matches than i was before.
    Sure if we are a goal up on Hearts with 5 minutes to go i'll be kicking the seat in front of me but i feel i can handle bad results better now than say before the Hamilton match.
    I agree with this, but also think that the reverse is true. Now that we've gone through one of the highest points (THE highest point?) in our history, I'm much more relaxed about losing. No defeat since that day has broken my heart or come close to it.

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    I hid in the old east stand toilets for a bit after Harper's derby winner in 98. The Aberdeen semi "Griffiths" was hard to watch as mentioned by another poster. I actually found that harder to watch than after SDG's cup winner. Mental. Think i was immune to gut wrenching dissapointment by that point.

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    Tangential to the topic - but was it just me that thought this was pish? Supposedly you're a super fan if you can remember the date of your team's most important historic match ever just a few years later and you spent most of your teenage years listening on the radio or going to another team's games (Cambridge in his case). I'm more of a diehard Hibby than he is a gooner and I'm a total part-timer ffs.
    I remember enjoying it when it first came out which I think was the early 90s so it may have dated a bit in the interim. However, to be fair to Hornby I don't recall him trying to make out he was a super fan. It was more about a life lived with football as a constant backdrop/obsession. It made for a more engaging read than somebody simply charting the games they'd been too. Basically it was different to most of what had gone before (when fanzines were really the only place you'd find the fans' perspective), although by elevating football fandom to more of a literary level it kind of paved the way for the more arty/middle class/Baddiel and Skinner/everyone loves football era.

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    Bizarrely as it meant nothing, couldn't stomach the Barcelona friendly on TV once it looked like being a massacre.

    Didn't envisage that Molde away on the radio would have been very enjoyable either.

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    I remember enjoying it when it first came out which I think was the early 90s so it may have dated a bit in the interim. However, to be fair to Hornby I don't recall him trying to make out he was a super fan. It was more about a life lived with football as a constant backdrop/obsession. It made for a more engaging read than somebody simply charting the games they'd been too. Basically it was different to most of what had gone before (when fanzines were really the only place you'd find the fans' perspective), although by elevating football fandom to more of a literary level it kind of paved the way for the more arty/middle class/Baddiel and Skinner/everyone loves football era.
    Yeah, I was maybe a bit harsh on it. I think he oversells his devoted Arsenal-ness in the first chapter and the rest of the book is more of a diversion into life with a bit of a football theme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Souter96Mac View Post
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    I hate listening to Hibs on the radio. Not too sure if it's a generational thing, but not being able to see what's happening gives me the fear.
    Same here. Don't much enjoy watching on TV either. Feel I can't influence or help in any way. Not that I can at matches either but when there I feel they can hear us cheer and shout and support somehow.

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    Mind my dad jumped out his seat at the cup final when we scored the 3rd and he stayed in the toilet until full time. He heard the cheer and presumed rangers had equalised.

    It was some feeing watching him run back up the stairs towards us

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    Have never turned it off but was listening to the Falkirk Playoff match in Orlando going into last few minutes and got cut off

    The rest is history

    Was absolutely gutted and blazing mad

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    2nd leg of the LC Semi (1986 ?) at Ibrox. 2-0 up after the first leg, Davey Cooper scored a trademark free kick to make it 2-1 on agg. Last 10 mins was torture and too much to handle.

    Hibs had the whole of the Broomloan Road stand (first set of fans to fill it, outwith Celtic). I went to toilet just to get away from the game... and there were literally DOZENS of Hibs fans pacing up and down under the stand just listening to the crowd

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    Hibs - Hamilton in 2014.

    I was sitting in the East and "left" when extra time finished. I watched Kevin Thomson miss the first penalty on the TV behind the stand. I knew he had missed before seeing it due to the satellite delay, as I heard the Hamilton fans cheering when he was just stepping up. I left the ground as soon as he missed and found out that we had been relegated by the time I was at the top of ER.

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    2016 Scottish Cup Final. I was at Hampden but kept my eyes firmly shut between SDG’s goal and the final whistle.

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