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Former Hibs Favourite Gerry Baker Dies Aged 75

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Hibernian FC have announced the sad news that former striker Gerry Baker has passed away aged 75 following a short illness.The news comes just over a month after the death of club legend Lawrie Reilly and Gerry took the time to travel to Edinburgh for the funeral although the two fans’ favourites never played in the same team. Continue reading

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Wotherspoon Header Seals Hibs’ Third Straight Win

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Hibs go into next week’s Scottish Cup Final against Celtic on the back of three straight victories after substitute David Wotherspoon headed a sensational winner with 12 minutes left against relegated Dundee at Easter Road.

Pat Fenlon made no fewer than seven changes to the team that beat Kilmarnock 3-1 in midweek, including man of the moment Leigh Griffiths and keeper Ben Williams.

James McPake and Tim Clancy missed the game due to injury, but Fenlon hopes both will be available for the final.
The game went ahead after a late pitch inspection following a downpour of rain during the morning.

Both sets of fans were in good voice, celebrating the possible demise of Hearts which could see Dundee retain their SPL status, and the Dundee supporters continually cheered former player Leigh Griffiths who was clearly a favourite with them.

Griffiths was the first to strike with a first time volley from the edge of the box which went narrowly wide before Ross Caldwell found Alex Harris who quickly slipped it through the legs of Kyle Benedictus before bursting into the penalty area only for Declan Gallagher to slide in and clear the ball for a corner.

Griffiths sent in a dangerous corner kick which Jordon Forster headed over as Hibs dominated possession.

Simonsen then did well to block a Griffiths’ effort, then Gallagher appeared to block his follow up shot with his arm, but the referee waved play on.

Dundee, who had failed to create a chance in the first half, started the second period brightly and should have done better when Lewis Toshney robbed Ryan McGivern of possession before attempting a one-two with John Baird, but Forster read the danger and slid in to clear the danger.

Hibs soon retained their domination and both Caldwell and Griffiths went close before a terrific run from Harris sliced open the Dundee defence. The youngster found Lewis Stevenson with an inch perfect pass, but the midfielder hammered the ball over the bar from 15 yards.

Dundee introduced Ryan Conroy for Mark Kerr and he almost made an immediate impact with a well hit volley which went inches past the post.

Hibs eventually grabbed the lead in the 78th minute when McGivern found Stevenson on the left wing. Stevenson then sent a dangerous cross into the box which David Wotherspoon met perfectly from 15 yards and headed the ball powerfully into the corner of the net.

After the game a delighted Pat Fenlon said: “We can just focus on the cup final now completely between now and next weekend and make sure we’re prepared. We’re definitely going into it with a lot of confidence. We’re playing well and looking forward to it.”

“I saw the conditions and had a little worry alright but anything can happen in training or games. We asked them to keep it going and make sure we finished in that seventh spot. There was some great football played, some really good passing, crosses into the box and chances. Just a pity we didn’t score a couple more.”

“The team’s been playing well over the last few weeks which gives me a bit of a headache, but I’d rather have that than not have enough players going into it. When you get to a cup final there are always big decisions to make.The one thing we didn’t do last year was perform and that’s something we need to make sure, that we give our supporters a performance.”

Hibs: Williams, McGivern, Hanlon, Claros, Griffiths (Doyle 72′), Stevenson, Maybury, Taiwo (Robertson 82′), Caldwell, Harris (Wotherspoon 74′), Forster. Substitutes not used: Murdoch, Deegan, Done, Handling.

Dundee: Simonsen, Irvine, Lockwood, McBride, J. Baird, Benedictus, Gallagher (Finnigan 72′), McAlister, Toshney (Riley 62′), M. Kerr (Conroy 56′), Harkins. Substitutes not used: A. Baird, Conroy, Stewart, Nish, C. Kerr.
Referee: Brian Colvin.
Attendance: 9,522.

Leigh Griffiths Named Clydesdale Bank Player Of The Year

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Within the space of 24 hours, Leigh Griffiths scored his 100th career goal which helped Hibs beat Hearts at Tynecastle for the first time since May 2009, was named Hibs’ Player of the Year at the clubs end of season dinner, won the club’s Goal of the Season for his stunning right foot volley against Dundee United in November AND won the Clydesdale Bank Player of the Year.

 The 22 year old now hopes to cap an excellent season with a Scottish Cup Winners medal against Celtic on Sunday 26th May, but before that he is determined to help Hibs grab two victories against Kilmarnock on Wednesday night then Dundee this weekend.

 After the Cup Final however, Leigh’s future is still in doubt. His parent club Wolves have indicated that they wanted to take advantage of the one year option and that would mean that he would start next season in the third tier of English football after the Midlands’ Club were relegated at the end of the season.
To make matter even more uncertain, last season’s manager Dean Saunders was sacked and the club are currently looking for a replacement.

 Manager Pat Fenlon insists that Hibs are doing everything within their power to keep the lifelong Hibs fan at Easter Road; however he concedes that that final decision is out-with the club’s control.

 After the ceremony, Leigh said: “It’s down to consistency, even when the team’s not been playing well, I’ve still managed to score goals. I’ve been working on the training park on my link up play and my touches and other things I can add to my game and thankfully it has paid off. I didn’t even know it was my 100th goal, but it was not a bad way to get it. We want to get as much momentum as we can, going into the cup final. There are two important league games to go, we want to get six points and finish in seventh place.

 I’ve spoken to Wolves but I just want to concentrate on the here and now. There’s a lot to play for, and a lot to be decided as well.

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

Fenlon Proving His Worth

pfIt was little over a year ago when an Irishman was courted by a Scotland’s most underachieving football club. His mission, to save the club from relegation, his ambition, to restore the club to the lofty heights of yesteryear.

A lot has occurred since Hibernian plucked Bohemians supremo Pat Fenlon from the League of Ireland in November 2011. Fenlon, chief among the greatest League of Ireland managers of all time, was viewed by Hibs chairman Rod Petrie as the man to save his club from the trapdoor. It wouldn’t necessarily be an easy task as despite Hibs’ stature the harsh reality is that they were not too good to go down. Endless infighting, uninterested players and a tendency to change managers had all impacted on the legacy of the famed Edinburgh club.

Yet few could have foreseen Fenlon’s impact. Here was a League of Ireland veteran who was untested on foreign soil, with little hope and expectation, would he be the man to save the Hibees from the graveyard of Scottish football and re-establish a club in crisis?

Fenlon galvanised the floundering squad he inherited and with some loan signings in the January transfer window he formed a squad which would eventually avoid the drop and reach an il faithed Scottish Cup Final in the process.

One year on and much has changed around Easter Road. Fenlon has rid of the dead wood and troublesome figures from his squad and replaced them with combative steel, something which was missing while both John Hughes and Colin Calderwood stood atop the Easter Road helm. Ten new players have added a new dimension to Hibs, who possess the capabilities to challenge Celtic for the title this season but inconsistency has hampered such progress.

Hibs currently sit fourth with half the season remaining, sitting two points behind second place Inverness and eleven behind runaway leaders Celtic. Had Scottish football not been in such financial turmoil and had Fenlon been granted an extra million or so the outlook may well be different.

January will be a make or break month for Hibs, coming off the back of last night’s scoreless draw with fierce rivals Hearts. The club must do their utmost to retain the services of loanees Leigh Griffiths, Jorge Claros and Ryan McGivern or risk their season descending into obscurity. Given the ovation received by SPL top scorer Griffiths following last night’s game, the Hibs faithful will be extremely nervy as they enter the winter break.

Highs

Reaching Scottish Cup Final

Few would have predicted a relegation threatened Hibs side to be lining out at Hampden Park in May but that they did, thanks to the reinvigorating force that Pat Fenlon proved to be.

Beating Celtic 1-0

Last Saturday represented a definitive moment in Fenlon’s career as a solitary Griffiths goal and an inspiring defensive display saw his charges trump Scotland’s Champions League heroes at Easter Road.

Beating Hearts 1-0

A David Wotherspoon deflected shot was enough for Hibs to overcome their city rivals for the first time since May 2009 and earn a spot in the fifth round of this year’s Scottish Cup.

Avoiding the drop

A momentous victory over Dunfermline towards the end of Fenlon’s first season in charge was the catalyst for the Hibees finishing eight points ahead of their opponents, who were relegated despite the turmoil surrounding Rangers.

Lows

Losing the Scottish Cup Final

Hope and expectation were the order of the day as Fenlon sought to bring the coveted trophy back to Leith for the first time since 1902, a feat that instills fear and misery upon every Hibs fan to date. Few could have predicted the final to play out as it did as Edinburgh rivals Hearts trumped Hibs 5-1 and Fenlon was sent to the stands.

Underdogs have their day

SPL newcomers Dundee (3-1) and Ross County (1-0) both registered victories over Hibs in the first part of the 2012/13 season.

 

Hibs Face Aberdeen Or Motherwell In Scottish Cup 5th Round

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Hibs will have to overcome another SPL side if they want to progress in the William Hill Scottish Cup after being drawn to play either Aberdeen or Motherwell who will replay at Fir Park next week in the 5th round.

Pat Fenlon’s men knocked holders Hearts out before a packed Easter Road yesterday, and their long suffering supporters are desperate to see the club win the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1902.

The tie will be played at Easter Road on the weekend of 2 February and there is sure to be another large crowd in attendance. Hopefully Fenlon will be able to retain the services of loan stars, Leigh Griffiths, Jorge Claros and Ryan McGivern who was immense in the centre of the defence against Hearts, replacing the injured James McPake, and possibly add to his squad during the January transfer window.

The full draw is as follows:

Raith Rovers v Celtic or Arbroath

St Mirren v Cowdenbeath or St Johnstone

Dunfermline v Dumbarton or Hamilton

Hibs v Aberdeen or Motherwell

Falkirk v Forfar Athletic

Dundee United v Rangers

Dundee v Turriff United or Morton

Kilmarnock v Ross County or Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Ties to take place on weekend of 2nd February

Injury Hit Hibs Lose To Bottom Of The Table Dundee

An under strength Hibs side failed to retain top spot in the SPL after losing 3-1 to bottom of the table Dundee at Dens Park.

Pat Fenlon retained the same starting XI who beat Dundee United last Sunday, with influential trio James McPake, Tim Clancy and Gary Deegan all missing through injury.

The Easter Road side brought a large contingent of fans from the capital, but it was the home side who started the game in better form.

Dundee almost took the lead when Milne nipped in to knock the ball beyond Ben Williams but his effort went narrowly wide.

On form Leigh Griffiths had a right-foot shot deflected into the side netting by Matt Lockwood as Hibs looked to take command, but it was the home side who deservedly took the lead in the 21st minute. Hibs defenders failed to clear Jim McAlister’s corner kick and Kyle Benedictus hammered a superb curling effort high into the net from the edge of the box to silence the travelling supporters.

Hibs had the chance to equalise quickly but David Wotherspoon struck his shot just wide of goal. Eoin Doyle then went close with a cross which deceived former Scotland keeper Rab Douglas, but went narrowly wide.

Dundee finished the first half on top once again and they were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when Riley appeared to be tripped in the box.

In injury time at the end of the half Iain Davidson should have grabbed a second goal, but his close range header was off target.

The Hibs fans who hoped for a transformation in the second period were disappointed and two further goals in the first seven minutes ended the game as a contest.

Milne bundled in a knock down from Colin Nish although there was doubt about whether the ball actually crossed the line, which doubled Dundee’s advantage.

Dundee’s third saw two familiar faces involved. Former Hibs striker Colin Nish was bundled over in the box by Alan Maybury and former Hibs midfielder Kevin McBride made no mistake with the resultant penalty kick.

Ironically it was former Dundee striker Leigh Griffiths who almost brought Hibs back into the match with a couple of well struck shots from the edge of the box, but Douglas was able to keep him out.

Despite being three goals down, the Hibs players continued to fight and a Griffiths free kick was flicked on by Wotherspoon to Hanlon, however the defender’s effort was easily saved.

In the last minute a stunning long-range drive from Griffiths looped over Douglas and into the net, but it was little more than a consolation as Dundee claimed all three points. The goal was Griffiths’ thirteenth goal of this campaign and he has now scored in the last six games.

After the game, a disappointed Pat Fenlon told BBC Scotland: “We haven’t been good enough today but we have to give Dundee credit, they were exceptional. They worked harder than we did and picked up a lot of second balls. It’s disappointing but I don’t want to be too critical of the players since they have been different class since the start of the season.”

“We knew it was a difficult place to come because Dundee have had some decent results of late, maybe we thought we’d pick up the points because of the positions in the league but it’s not like that. Every week you go into a game with a chance of winning or losing. We never really got going and that hasn’t happened to us this season. We haven’t had many off days and it was more down to how good Dundee were. We just need to pick ourselves up and prepare better for the next game.”

Celtic leapfrogged Hibs with a 2-0 victory over third place Aberdeen at Pittodrie in the day’s early kick off. Hibs play the Dons at Easter Road next Saturday and Fenlon is hoping that his missing players will be fit.

Dundee: Douglas, Irvine, Lockwood, Davidson, McBride, Riley (Conroy 82′), Milne (J. Baird 79′), Nish (Toshney 90′), Benedictus, McAlister, Gallacher.Substitutes not used: A. Baird, McGregor, Boyle, Webster.

Hibernian: Williams, McGivern, Hanlon, Claros (Sproule 70′), Griffiths, Doyle (Kuqi 55′), Cairney, Wotherspoon, Stevenson (Caldwell 83′), Maybury, Taiwo.Substitutes not used: Murdoch, Handling, Stanton, Donaldson.

Referee: Brian Colvin.

Attendance: 6,743.

Photograph by http://www.jcmackintosh.co.uk

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