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Former Hibs Favourite Gerry Baker Dies Aged 75


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

Malmo Finally Get Revenge After 43 Years


Forty three years ago, Hibs beat Malmo 6-0 at Easter Road, but tonight the Swedes got their revenge by going one better. Goals from Magnus Eriksson, Emil Forsberg, Markus Halsti, Miiko Albornoz, Tokelo Rantie, Jiloan Hamad, Simon Kroon silenced the large crowd who had answered Pat Fenlon’s call to turn up in numbers and make the stadium bounce.

The minutes applause in memory of the great Lawrie Reilly added to the atmosphere, and the game kicked off to a wall of noise throughout the stadium. Continue reading

Hibs Legend Lawrie Reilly Dies Aged 84

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The last remaining member of the Hibs forward line of the early 1950’s known as the Famous Five has died in hospital aged 84.

Lawrie Reilly signed for Hibs in 1944 and made his first team debut in a 4-3 away victory against Kilmarnock in October 1945 at inside right to Gordon Smith. Continue reading

Leigh Griffiths vows to silence the doubters


Leigh Griffiths

On loan Hibs star Leigh Griffiths is aware that some fans amongst the Easter Road faithful are concerned about his return to the club and have their doubts regarding his attitude, but he is determined to change their minds and do his talking on the pitch.

Speaking at the weekly press conference, Griffiths’ said: “My mates have been reading a few of the forum sites and apparently a few Hibs fans didn’t want me back but I’ve said in the press I’m trying to change and that starts with everything. Obviously the manager spoke to me as well and hopefully I can calm down a bit. I’ve still got some fire in my belly that the manager likes and I don’t think he wants to take that out of me, it’s just the stupid stuff like gesturing to the fans and getting involved with the referees that I’m trying to cut out of my game and hopefully the fans will see that in the coming weeks.

With no Rangers in the SPL this season, second place is up for grabs, but Leigh believes that may be a step too far for Hibs at the moment, but he is determined to fire the team into the top six.

He continued: “You can’t jump from eleventh to second straight away but we will do our best, obviously there are three European places up for grabs and if we can get into the top six you never know what would happen: if we get three home games and two away. We’ve got a difficult start to the league campaign with Dundee United and the derby here on the eleventh. It’s going to be hard but hopefully if we can take maximum points we could set ourselves up for a good campaign.”

“We are looking at top six because Hibs are a top six team. Last year was a bit of a blimp but we are looking to rectify that and hopefully be in the top six this year.”

On a more positive note, he expressed his joy at the news that he will start the season in the famous number nine jersey for the Easter Road club which has been worn by club legends such as Lawrie Reilly, Joe Baker, Alan Gordon and Keith Wright. “I’m delighted to get the number nine jersey. I got told on Tuesday just before the game that I was getting the official number and I managed to get the training kit this morning and I was absolutely delighted, taking pictures of it and stuff. I partnered Garry (O’Connor) last year and he’s been number nine when he was here before, and the likes of Keith Wright, and before that the legends who have also worn it. Obviously I’m not in the legendry bracket but hopefully I can write my name into the history books this year. I’m hoping to be the main striker and with the number nine jersey it gives me added responsibility but I’m happy to take it.

“I could have stayed in England but I know the manager likes me and I have faith in what I can do for the team and that’s playing well and scoring goals.”

The lifelong fan certainly silenced a few doubters with his goal and all round performance in yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Huddersfield Town, and left the field to a standing ovation.

Photograph by J.C.Mackintosh

Tributes pour in for Hibs and Celtic legend Joe McBride

Scottish football fans are in mourning today following the news that former Hibs and Celtic star Joe McBride has died aged 74 at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Joe was taken to hospital on Saturday, after suffering a stroke, but hopes that he would make a full recovery, were quashed last night when the sad news broke that he had lost his battle.

Joe was signed by Hibs boss Bob Shankly, brother of Liverpool legend Bill, to replace Colin Stein who joined Rangers for a record £100,000 and scored an incredible 58 goals in 91 games.

Former teammate John Brownlie was just a youngster when Joe signed, but knew him well and kept in touch with him. He told Irish News Review: “I was just a kid and Joe was a senior player, but I did manage to play in the same team as him. He was very helpful, and a great talker, as well as a prolific goal scorer. He had a soft spot for the Hibs after he left, and the last time I saw him was at the annual Joe Baker memorial golf day at Wishaw and he looked great. It’s a very sad day.”

Such is his standing at the club; Joe is in the ‘Hero’ category of Jim Jeffrey’s book Hibernian Players and Managers 1946-2009, along with legends such as Joe Baker, Lawrie Reilly, Eddie Turnbull, Gordon Smith, Pat Stanton and Franck Sauzee.

Jeffrey starts his profile with the words “Joe McBride was simply a wonderful goal scorer, and only Ally McCoist and Willie Wallace in the post war era scored more goals than Joe.”

Author Ted Brack who had written four excellent books on Hibs, including Lawrie Reilly’s and Franck Sauzee’s autobiographies recalled Jos as a prolific goal scorer. He told the Irish News Review: “Joe was a prolific goal scorer. I remember one game in particular against Jock Stein’s Celtic when he scored both in a two nil win. One was an overhead kick which was one of the best goals I’ve seen at Easter Road. Pat Stanton had a great admiration for him as a player and a man. He reckoned that if Joe was one on one with the keeper you could put your mortgage on him scoring. He told me a story about the type of man Joe was. One day there was a bread strike in Glasgow and no-one could buy a loaf. Joe lived through there and had arranged to meet the team bus outside the ground instead of travelling through to Edinburgh first. As Pat was leaving he got a phone call from Joe asking if he could bring him a couple of loaves. Pat agreed, and a few minutes later, the phone rang again and Joe asked if he could get some more. Pat agreed, and Joe asked for 30 loaves. When they turned up at the ground, all Joe neighbours were there to collect their bread, which summed up the type of man he was, always thinking of others. I was very sad when I heard the news of his death. He was a man of many clubs, a man of many goals and a man of many friends”

Since the news of his death, many fans forums have been inundated with messages of sympathy for his family, highlighting the respect in which he was held by supporters of all clubs.

On Hibees Bounce, Haarlem Shuffler poster “One of the most memorable early matches I saw hanging onto a floodlight pylon behind the goals as Joe hammered two fantastic goals past Celtic in a game we were forecast to lose easily. What a player. Rest well man, cheered up my childhood.”

Joe the Hibby posted: “Deepest sympathy to Joe’s family and friends, a well thought of member of the Hibernian family, both as a player and a person.”

A spokesman for Hibs said today: “Our sincere thoughts are with his family at this difficult time, he left a lasting impression on our club and he will always be remembered with great affection.”

Meanwhile Hibs have announced that they will play East Fife at New Bayview Stadium on Saturday 14 July, kick off 2pm.

A large crowd is expected to see the debuts of Tim Clancy and Paul Cairney, along with the return of captain James McPake. New keeper Ben Williams is unlikely to start due to a lack of fitness.

Fans pay tribute to former captain Ian Murray

As Pat Fenlon starts to reshape Hibs and bring in his own players, former club captain and long term servant Ian Murray has left Easter Road at the end of his contract and is looking to continue his career in either America or back in the UK.

Last night, Hibs fans finally said a fond farewell to Murray at his testimonial dinner in Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange. This was the last in a series of events over the past twelve months to commemorate the service that Ian has given to the club that he and his family have always supported.

In an emotional night for the thirty one year old utility player, a ‘who’s who’ of past heroes lined up to pay tribute to his footballing skills and attitude which made him such a favourite with the Easter Road faithful.

First up was arguably the greatest ever Hibs player and the sole survivor of the legendary Famous Five; Lawrie Reilly. The great man didn’t mince his words when asked for his assessment of Ian. He told Irish News Review: “Ian Murray has been the best player on Hibs books since he returned the club and I’m not just saying that because this is his night. I tell anyone who will listen that, and I only wish we had more like him.”

Two legends who were part of the 1991 Skol Cup victory also praised Ian and claimed that he was good enough to have made that team although the competition in midfield would be stiff.

Micky Weir, who is currently weighing up options for coaching roles in the East of Scotland League said: “Ian was a good player. He was wholehearted and what you see is what you get.”

Keith Wright said: “Ian would have been a great addition to our squad when we played although he would have had to fight for his place with Murdo (McLeod) and Pat McGinley. I liked watching him in the Sauzee team and it was good that he progressed to a higher level with Scotland, Rangers and Norwich. It’s an honour to be at this event to pay my respect to a good Hibs man.”

Chairman Rod Petrie said: “Ian has been a tremendous servant to the club and sets an example that others would do well to follow. I wish him all the best in his future career,”

Comedian Russ Williams then entertained the fans with his stand-up routine before running the auction which raised over £4500.

Tickets for Curtis Stiger went for £240, a framed Ian Murray strip from his last ever Hibs game went for £400. A golf four-ball at Archerfield reached £250 and Manchester United tickets went for £650. Overnight accommodation with dinner for two at Le Monde went for £240 and the chance to play against Hibs legends made £300. Memorabilia from Ian’s testimonial match including signed Patrick Vieira boots fetched £700.

Table 18, sponsored by Edinburgh Lock Centre, Radcliffe Terrace took the award for the most generous of the night when Max Preston from the Southside bid £800 for framed tennis  shirts worn and signed by the Murray bothers, Andy and Jamie, whilst father and son Lionel and Fraser Wilson paid £1000 for two tickets to The Proclaimers sell out show on Thursday 22 November at Edinburgh Playhouse including VIP backstage passes , two signed copies of their latest CD and Hibs home and away tops signed by Craig and Charlie.

The evening continued with an on-stage interview of Ian by TV star Grant Stott, before The Proclaimers raised the roof with a mixture of new songs and old favourites such as Letter from America, Let’s get Married, Cap in Hand, I’m on my way, and of course Hibs anthem Sunshine on Leith.

They finished up with 500 Miles which brought everyone, including 83 year old Lawrie Reilly to his feet in appreciation.

Afterwards in the bar, host Grant Stott said: “It’s been a great night. Graeme and the committee have done a brilliant job with a variety of events, but to top it off with The Proclaimers is just a great tribute to Ian and his family.”

Speaking at the event, Ian Murray told Irish News Review:  “It’s fair to say I have mixed emotions, I’ve played for the club for over ten years over two spell and been a supporter and I am immensely proud to have, achieved that but I have to get on with my life and I’ll give the same effort to my new team as I gave the Hibs, wherever that may be, I’m not sure at this moment in time.

“America is a big possibility for us. I’ve been out there for  the last ten days training with a team and it’s gone well and hopefully we can reach some sort of a deal, but if not I’m open to offers and could continue my career in the UK.

With a career in management or coaching in mind, Ian was asked specifically whether he would like to return to Easter Road one day.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at Easter Road and had great support from my family and fans and the board and various managers and assistant managers, but I would give ant team at any level my 100%. Dedication, but of course you would love to manage the team you have supported all your life, that would be the pinnacle of your career, but equally I understand that even if you want to be the manager of a certain club doesn’t mean you will.

When asked about the highlights, Ian responded: “There’s been a few highlights, I’ve had good bad and indifferent times, but obviously the dinner tonight is a highlight for me personally, I played in the cup final at nineteen year of age, derby games, even getting beat, they are all special moments, certain goals, but if I had to pick one highlight it would probably be my debut. To play one game or to play 100 games, at that stage no-one can tell, but to get that chance was fantastic.”

When asked to provide a message for the Hibs fans, he said: “It’s difficult; the whole country’s going through a hard time. I always believe that you should support your team through good, bad and indifferent times. It’s obviously set the club back a wee bit getting beat in the cup final by your rivals 5-1 but I would just say keep supporting, the team.  If you can afford to go to the games and support the local community please do.”