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Creating Paradise : The Jock Stein Story


It was the September 10th 1985, Scotland had just earned a valiant one all draw with Wales at Ninian Park in Cardiff, securing a vital play off with Austria which would eventually lead to Scotland’s qualification for the 1986 FIFA world cup.

The game was rendered meaningless, however, after the news filtered through about the tragic and sudden death of legendary Scottish boss Jock Stein. Continue reading

Daly double eases pressure on Fenlon

Two goals from Dubliner Jon Daly saw off Dunfermline at Tannadice and helped ease the pressure on fellow countryman Pat Fenlon ahead of Sunday’s crunch game at Inverness. The result leaves Hibs knowing that a win will move them six points clear in the relegation battle with a superior goal difference of at least eleven.

The Tulloch Caledonian Stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for the Easter Road men over the years but an injury time winner by Garry O’Connor earlier in the season gave them their first ever win in the city. Fenlon knows that a repeat of that result would go a long way to ease the pressure on his players.

The former Bohs manager is confident skipper James McPake will have recovered from his back injury in time for the game, and has pleaded with the travelling support to give their backing to the players.

He told Hibs TV: “Jamie trained on Friday and Saturday so he will be available for the weekend. He should be OK. It’s been a good week. We had a good session on Friday and the players worked hard. We will be ready for Sunday.

“The fans have been fantastic all season whether we’ve been home or away. I met a lot of them at the Supporters Association Player of the Year awards and they were very honest with me about their opinions.

“A lot of them told me they travel home and away to watch the team and you could see that they love the football club.

“My message to them is: Keep giving us what you’ve been giving. The support away from home has been terrific.

“They’ve got behind the team and that’s all we need. We need to stick together and we’ll get ourselves out of this problem with them with us. Then we can kick on and give them better times ahead.”

Fenlon saw enough during Inverness’ home defeat to St Johnstone to convince him that his players will have to match Caley’s commitment if they are to bring the points back to Easter Road. “I was up there on Wednesday with Billy. I know plenty about them. They’re a decent side; they work very hard, and have a system and a shape that they stick to. They’ve done a fantastic job for what they have to be where they are, and that’s credit to the manager. We’re going to have to work really hard to get anything out of the game, that’s for certain. No matter who goes there, you have to work harder than they do.”

“It is the type of place where if you don’t fancy the scrap, there’s no point going up, and we’ve discussed that ourselves this week. The football match will take care of itself, but we’ve got to make sure that we’re as committed and give as much as their players.

Fenlon is also looking forward to seeing an old team mate from his Shelbourne days. He was among the more experienced players at Tolka Park when current Caley skipper Richie Foran, joined as a raw 19-year-old striker in 2000.

“I actually played with Richie at Shelbourne when he came in as a kid. He’s done really well for himself. He’s had a good career.

“He’s a good lad, an honest player, and is probably essential to what they do. He gets about people, he gets his own players working hard, and he works hard himself. He leads by example.Richie is probably the one who Terry Butcher has moulded the team around. That’s the type of character he wants.”

Fenlon denied that he had been a major influence on Foran at the time: “I tried to be, because when he was young he was a real handful. I tried to take him aside a couple of times, but he’s a big lad, Richie.

“You try to give him a little bit of help, but like I said he was very raw when he came into our team and we had a lot of very experienced players. He did well to get in the team, but we knew he had the talent. He listened as well; he took a lot on board. He obviously listened to a lot of the advice he’s got over the years, and it’s showing now.

“He was an honest kid, probably a little bit erratic when he came into the team – I think he was sent off about three times in his first five games. But we had a good manager. Dermot Keely looked after him well and knew how to handle him. A bit like Terry Butcher, he’s aggressive and would have been in his face.”

“He’s had a great career, Richie, so you’re delighted to see someone like that do well, particularly when you see him coming in as a kid and having a little bit of a problem at the start, then kicking on and doing really well.”

The game is live in ESPN at 3pm.

Fenlon denies headbutt claim

Pat Fenlon has strenuously denied media reports that he was headbutted by on loan striker Leigh Griffiths at the East Mains Training Ground yesterday.

Several Scottish newspapers reported that Griffiths had taken exception to comments made by Fenlon after a stormy training session following Hibs latest derby day defeat by Edinburgh rivals Hearts. Griffiths was reported to have headbutted Fenlon then punched assistant manager Billy Brown who had interjected, before storming off.

Speculation was rife that he had played his last game for the club and was en route back to Wolverhampton, but Fenlon played down the incident, and told the club’s official website that it had been “typical training ground stuff”, adding “I’m surprised at the rubbish in the press.”

Fenlon said: “As is usual for high-tempo training sessions, involving committed players and coaching staff, robust views and opinions are shared and yesterday’s session was no different.

“Leigh is a quality striker and a lively personality and will remain a key part of my team for the rest of the season.

“There’s nothing at all in the story. We just want to focus on winning games and getting up the table.”

A statement on the club’s website states: Hibernian has moved to address erroneous press reports regarding an alleged incident involving Leigh Griffiths at Hibernians Training Centre yesterday.

Contrary to a report in today’s Daily Mail, Leigh Griffiths did not headbutt Manager Pat Fenlon nor punch Assistant Manager Billy Brown. The striker will be in the squad for Saturday’s crucial SPL fixture against Dundee United.

The Scotland under 21 international has been no stranger to controversy since his arrival at his boyhood club. Last December he received a ban following a gesture at Rangers fans during Hibs’ 2-0 defeat, then the following month he repeated the gesture to Hibs fans during the Scottish Cup win at Cowdenbeath. Two weeks later, Griffiths received another two-match suspension for a one-finger salute at a Hibs fan who had been shouting abuse from the Famous Five stand during Hibs’ 3-2 defeat by St Johnstone.

The Hibs board are concerned about the reputation of the club and are likely to take  such behaviour seriously. During pre-season, midfielder Martin ‘Jimmy’ Scott was disciplined by the club following a training ground bust up with Sean Welsh who suffered a fractured cheekbone.

Meanwhile fellow relegation candidates Dunfermline have announced that former Hearts manager Jim Jeffries will take charge at East End Park on a 15 month rolling contract. The Fife outfit currently sit four points behind Hibs with eight games to play.

Hibs players have taken to Twitter to give their version of accounts.

Captain @JamesMcPake tweeted “Have to laugh at the story that came out about our training yesterday! Not 1 part of it was true or near the truth!! Especially liked the part that Leigh sped off from the training centre with all the stuff from his locker? Sped away…He doesn`t drive! ”

@francomb_28 tweeted “Dont know where that story came from today but it was so far from the truth you have to laugh really #embarrassing.”