Friday, January 07, 2011

The Best Birthday Present

Indulge me, it's my birthday.

The programme pictured is from the first match played at Easter Road after I was born in 1980.

A league game against Celtic. And a goal for George Best. Dodgy video footage below of Best sending Peter Latchford into the back of the net along with the ball.

Lessons to be learned? Maybe I am a Jonah. Hibs ended the season relegated in bottom place.

In those days we had a 10 team league. But Dundee joined Hibs in heading for the First Division with a system of two up, two down in place.

Aberdeen were the champions, pipping Celtic by a point with a 5-0 demolition of, as you might have guessed, Hibs in their penultimate game.

As Aberdeen were playing at Easter Road, Celtic were toiling to a goalless draw against St Mirren. With ten minutes to go Celtic were awarded a crucial penalty. Then, after consulting with his linesman, the referee changed his mind and Celtic's chance was gone.

Alex Ferguson had his first major trophy and the Scottish championship was taken away from the Old Firm for the first time in 15 years.

A ten team league? Referee and linesmen consulting over penalties? Hibs woeful?

Aye, I've seen a lot of changes over the years.

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