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    Hibs Falkirk Alan Freeland

    Anyone have the highlights for this one? Don't think I've seen them since that day .
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foot...em/5369306.stm

    Bouncing from one Hibs youtube vid to the next and was reminded of this game.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby's Cinema View Post
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    Anyone have the highlights for this one? Don't think I've seen them since that day .
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foot...em/5369306.stm

    Bouncing from one Hibs youtube vid to the next and was reminded of this game.
    The Jack Ross mentioned brining down Zemma for the not given penalty ?

    I take heís our manager now !

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    I hope I never witness such ineptitude from a match official ever again.
    A great day out ruined by the football

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    Yogi was the Falkirk manager that day
    The Falkirk players were delighted at the sending off and high fives all over the pitch after the sending off
    Remember Yogi having verbals with the Hibs fans behind the dugouts
    My mate ran a pub up town and Yogi was in after the game
    I told my mate he should be barred after his conduct that day not to mention his players conduct
    He said Iíve got a better idea you come down and tell him he is barred.

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    I hope I never witness such ineptitude from a match official ever again.
    I'm fairly sure I can recall him booking a Falkirk player twice and not sending him off until a few minutes later when he was told by the 4th official that he'd been booked twice.

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    The worst refereeing performance I've ever seen, and I've seen some shockers.

    The old East stand was as volatile as a Hearts/Rangers game that day due to his actions.

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    So many Hibs connections in that Falkirk team. Yogi was their manager, and they had Jack Ross, Paddy Cregg, Latapy, Stokes, Gow and Craig playing.

    Was in the east that day, I agree with Chorley, people were really angry at that game. It was a shambles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan91 View Post
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    I'm fairly sure I can recall him booking a Falkirk player twice and not sending him off until a few minutes later when he was told by the 4th official that he'd been booked twice.
    Was it not a fan behind the dugout that alerted Hibs bench to that as well.

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    Was it not a fan behind the dugout that alerted Hibs bench to that as well.
    Yeah, vaguely remember Venus thanking the fan.
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    Quite simply the worst refereeing performance I've ever witnessed.
    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, vodka in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, "WOO HOO what a ride!"

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    Quite simply the worst refereeing performance I've ever witnessed.
    100 percent. Not sure anything comes close Ö.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chorley Hibee View Post
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    The worst refereeing performance I've ever seen, and I've seen some shockers.

    The old East stand was as volatile as a Hearts/Rangers game that day due to his actions.
    I was in the East that day with my flatmate at the time (Rangers fan), he said it was the best atmosphere heíd been part of.
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    It was honestly an utter disgrace. Blatant corruption or downright incompetence either way he should never have refereed another game at that level. I've felt infuriated at plenty Hibs matches over my time but that game in particular is up there or thereabouts.

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    It was honestly an utter disgrace. Blatant corruption or downright incompetence either way he should never have refereed another game at that level. I've felt infuriated at plenty Hibs matches over my time but that game in particular is up there or thereabouts.
    Didn't he referee one more game and make a mess of that too before being downgraded? My memory is fading
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    It was one of the strangest games I've ever been to. There have been probably dozens of games over the years that have been feisty and required a solid refereeing performance to keep proceedings under control but this simply wasn't one of them. There was no needle and there were no awful tackles until Freeland totally lost control of it and then all sorts of ill feeling seemed to come to the fore. It's the most I've ever seen a referee influence a game, and not in a good way.

    Whilst I have my refereeing pet hates, I actually think that officials largely get a raw deal. Linesmen especially. They do a very difficult job, often in a highly charged atmospheres and I'm amazed how often they actually get tight calls correct. I especially don't fall for the "everybody is out to get us" that football fans tend to like going for.

    That day though was just plain weird. Something was up, I don't know what. He might well have been corrupt or had some weird bet on with a mate that he'd cause a riot at Easter Road. It just wasn't a normal refereeing performance. We know what it looks like when a referee has a bad afternoon - this was just on a different level. It says it all that we're talking about what should have been a fairly unremarkable game with not an awful lot at stake all these years later.

    Very lively in the old East though and as frustrating as it was, I really miss days like that.

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    Like many, Iíve seen complete corruption with all the Hun loving officials like Davidson in the 60ís and 70ís giving blatant decisions in favour of the team they supported. No cameras replays for their unbelievable officiating in those days either, so all we have is anecdotal horror stories, so if you didnít witness it, trust me it was nothing short of criminal and could have a significant impact on who won the game.

    But yes, Freelands performance at this game was easily the worst Iíve witnessed in more modern times. The fans went from noisy anger, to cries of disbelief, to almost silence as decision after decision seemed to indicate a man having some form of public breakdown.

    It was off the scale and should be used as a training aid in ref school, if such a thing exists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matty_f View Post
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    I was in the East that day with my flatmate at the time (Rangers fan), he said it was the best atmosphere heíd been part of.
    That was my then four year old sonís first visit to Easter Road. He loved it despite the scarey lady sat next to him screaming abuse at Freeland. His Mum had calmed down by the time we got back to the car though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby's Cinema View Post
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    Anyone have the highlights for this one? Don't think I've seen them since that day .
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foot...em/5369306.stm

    Bouncing from one Hibs youtube vid to the next and was reminded of this game.

    Totally incompetent referee Freeland but Alan Muir's performance in play off, also of course against Falkirk, must run him close. His failure to award us a penalty when McCracken (?) almost carried the ball in the box, stopping only to blooter SJM (?) with no ball in sight, on his way out of the box was just unbelievable.

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    Totally incompetent referee Freeland but Alan Muir's performance in play off, also of course against Falkirk, must run him close. His failure to award us a penalty when McCracken (?) almost carried the ball in the box, stopping only to blooter SJM (?) with no ball in sight, on his way out of the box was just unbelievable.
    Stephen Craigan put that to bed Iím afraid
    ď He had to put his hand somewhere as he fellĒ was the experts take on it

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    Totally incompetent referee Freeland but Alan Muir's performance in play off, also of course against Falkirk, must run him close. His failure to award us a penalty when McCracken (?) almost carried the ball in the box, stopping only to blooter SJM (?) with no ball in sight, on his way out of the box was just unbelievable.
    Seem to remember it was Hendo who got booted in the box as play broke away? But Iíve tried to forget that game, absolute disgrace of a referee 😡

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCHAEDYSHORTS View Post
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    Seem to remember it was Hendo who got booted in the box as play broke away? But Iíve tried to forget that game, absolute disgrace of a referee 😡
    It was Henderson.

    Two stonewall penalties were "ignored" by Muir in the space of a few seconds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brog View Post
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    Totally incompetent referee Freeland but Alan Muir's performance in play off, also of course against Falkirk, must run him close. His failure to award us a penalty when McCracken (?) almost carried the ball in the box, stopping only to blooter SJM (?) with no ball in sight, on his way out of the box was just unbelievable.
    Yepp. Muirís performance made me think he had genuinely taken a wedge to throw that game. Freeland was just crap.
    A great day out ruined by the football

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    Totally incompetent referee Freeland but Alan Muir's performance in play off, also of course against Falkirk, must run him close. His failure to award us a penalty when McCracken (?) almost carried the ball in the box, stopping only to blooter SJM (?) with no ball in sight, on his way out of the box was just unbelievable.
    Then in the replay Thomson failing to send their boy off for a clear goalscoring opportunity when we got our penalty was just as strange.

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    Not winning the Cup for well over a century wasn't purely down to our team never being able to. Despicable refereeing was a huge part of it plus the hot and cold balls in the draw jar. Steven McLean was a revelation. Before then Anthony Stokes early goal would have been ruled out for an imaginary something or other. Petrie was a miracle worker among others of the against anti Hibernians. Things have gotten a lot better in recent years and rightly so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCHAEDYSHORTS View Post
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    Seem to remember it was Hendo who got booted in the box as play broke away? But Iíve tried to forget that game, absolute disgrace of a referee 😡
    I'm sure you're right. I watched that unfolding with a surreal sense of disbelief. Felt like I'd entered a parallel footballing universe! Just unbelievable!

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    Yeah, vaguely remember Venus thanking the fan.
    That fan was me. A policeman beside the dugout made moves to throw me out, because I was screaming at David Murphy not to take the throw in. I thought if play was restarted the muppet of a referee couldn't correct his error.

    Apart from thanks from the dugout, Zibi gave me his jersey after the game, as the players walked off the pitch.

    The worst refereeing performance of all time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craigmount Hibs View Post
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    That fan was me. A policeman beside the dugout made moves to throw me out, because I was screaming at David Murphy not to take the throw in. I thought if play was restarted the muppet of a referee couldn't correct his error.

    Apart from thanks from the dugout, Zibi gave me his jersey after the game, as the players walked off the pitch.

    The worst refereeing performance of all time.
    Have you still got the jersey?
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    Have you still got the jersey?
    No. I gave it to Tom Wright - for a time it was one of the strips on display as part of the stadium tour he did.

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    No highlights out there then?

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    There was a game under Mowbray I think,we played at home against Motherwell and Charlie Richmond was the ref that day.Iíve never been so incensed at a game of football.He was absolutely horrendous in every aspect and Iím sure he was escorted off the pitch by police at FT

    Iím sure we won the game though

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