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Hibs’ Fans Finance Headstone For Former Manager Dan McMichael

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Hundreds of Hibs’ fans attended Saturday’s rededication service for former Manager, Secretary and Treasurer Dan McMichael at the Easter Cemetery in the shadow of the Famous Five Stand.

The event was organised by members of the St Patrick’s Branch of the Hibernian Supporters Association after it was discovered that Dan had been buried in an unmarked grave and a decision was quickly taken to rectify that situation. Continue reading

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Bike Ride To Raise Funds For Dan McMichael Memorial

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A Hibs season ticket holder will take part in a charity bike ride from London to Edinburgh next month to raise funds to help buy a fitting memorial to club legend Dan McMichael, who was the manager when the Scottish Cup last sat in the Easter Road trophy room.

Hugh Cockburn (57) who now lives in Sunderland will cycle from London to Edinburgh, starting off at Tower Bridge on Friday 3 May, arriving four days later in Holyrood Park.

Money raised will go to the St Patrick’s Branch of the Hibs Supporters Club, to be used to buy a gravestone for the club’s longest serving manager. Continue reading

Hibs to face Falkirk in Scottish Cup Semi-Final

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Hibs will face Falkirk at Hampden Park in the semi-final of the William Hill Scottish Cup, with the game taking place on either Saturday 13 or Sunday 14 April.

The draw was made live on Sky Sports News by former Nottingham Forest and Scotland winger and Celtic assistant manager John Robertson and Lucy Carter, Head of Branch at William Hill with SFA President Campbell Ogilvie presiding.

This will be Pat Fenlon’s second consecutive semi-final in the tournament which Hibs haven’t won since Dan McMichael’s side beat Celtic 1-0 at Parkhead.

Since then, Hibs have appeared in nine finals, losing them all, although two went to replays; in 1914 they lost 4-1 to Celtic after drawing 0-0 in the first game and in 1979, they lost 3-2 to Rangers after two goalless draws.

Their last appearance was of course the disastrous 5-1 defeat to near neighbours Hearts on 19 May and everyone at Easter Road is determined to wipe away that memory.

The Easter Road men have earned their place, defeating three SPL teams en route. Cup holders Hearts were first to fall thanks to a David Wotherspoon goal in front of a packed Easter Road in December.

Aberdeen were next after a wonder goal by Dubliner Gary Deegan, which won the Sky Sports goal of the week competition, saw them through to the quarter final, although it took a Ben Williams’ penalty save to prevent a replay.

Yesterday at Rugby Park, Leigh Griffiths scored his first ever professional hat-trick and made another for Matt Done, as Hibs saw off Kilmarnock 4-2.

The other semi-final will feature Dundee United v Celtic.

The final will take place on Sunday 26 May.

Fenlon Wants To Reward Long Suffering Fans With Hampden Trip

Pat Fenlon will take his new look Hibs side to Somerset Park this weekend hoping to reward the long suffering Hibs fans with a victory which would see the Easter Road club returning to Hampden Park for the first time in five years. The supporters need no reminding that Hibs have gone out of the tournament to lower division opponents for the last two years.  Only Paul Hanlon and David Wotherspoon remain from the side which lost to Saturday’s opponents Ayr United last January, highlighting the extensive changes made by the former Shelbourne and Bohemians manager, who believes that victory could kick-start their season and help bring the lapsed supporters back to Easter Road.

The Colin Calderwood era saw thousands of fans deserting the club, with attendances dropping under the 8000 mark, and the manager   is desperate to see them return. Although results have not been great since his arrival, there has been a noted improvement in performance and attitude of the players, facts which have not gone unnoticed by the Hibs faithful.

Apart from a heavy defeat by Champions elect Celtic at Easter Road, Hibs have more than matched the other teams in the league, and produced their best performance of the season with a 3-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, leaving them four points above fellow relegation candidates Dunfermline.

This week sees the launch of the club’s annual season ticket sales, and while many predict another fall in numbers, Pat Fenlon insists that a good cup run followed by a victory over city rivals Hearts on St Patrick’s day weekend will convince the lapsed supporters that he is the man to take the club back to their rightful place in the Scottish game.

Earlier this week he told the club website:

“It’s a big two weeks for us, we’ve got a quarter final in the cup which gives us a massive chance of getting through to a semi-final, then we’ve got a big derby game on St Patrick’s Day weekend, so it’s a big couple of weekends where we can set our season alight if we can win both games.

“I think the supporters who have been through to watch recent games can see the desire. We’re trying to build a unity around the club so we’re moving forward together as one.

“I think that when I came to the club that was missing a little bit. I think the atmosphere around the training ground is better now.

“We’re trying to build that all over the place with players and supporters so everyone is in the fight together.

“Hopefully the club can move forward. Success for me would be to see an extra couple of thousand people coming through the turnstiles on a regular basis.

“We’ve got to try and get people back to Easter Road who have a big interest in the club but have maybe fallen away.

“We’re working really hard to get the good times back at Hibs. There are a few targets for us including that we become the number one club again within our city.

“Those are our challenges that we get people back within the ground, overturn our poor form in relation to Hearts and to see if we can get through to a cup final which would be massive for everyone at the club.

“There are a lot of positives the moment although I know that there have been a lot of negatives over the past couple of seasons but at the moment, I think the club is looking up and moving forward.”

The manager is delighted that on loan midfielder Tom Soares who scored twice at Rugby Park, has recovered from his dead leg and will be fit to join the Irish contingent of Graham Stack, Matt Doherty, Roy O’Donovan,Richie Towell and Eoin Doyle in the squad for the cup tie.

Club captain Ian Murray however has warned his team mates about the danger of complacency. The veteran defender whose season has been blighted by injury recalls the pain of losing out to the ‘Honest Men’ last year.  He said: “The worst thing we can do is to underestimate them, then we will come away with nothing.”

As all followers of Scottish football know, Hibs last won the Scottish Cup in 1902, but  Pat Fenlon points out, the manager that day was also a proud Irishman. Whether he can emulate the legendry Dan McMichael and bring the silverware back to Leith remains to be seen, but there is a quiet optimism around the club that has been missing for several years.

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