Hibs pre-season friendly fixtures

May 12th, 2008 2 Comments »

It’s all a bit sketchy as there hasn’t yet been anything on the official site but here’s what the rumour mills has churned out so far:

Wigan – End of July (Easter Road)

Clyde – 30th July (Broadwood)

Barcelona – 4th August (Murrayfield)
I’m not mad about the idea of playing Barcelona on a Monday night at Murrayfield. I’d be surprised if we got a huge crowd for it. I’d rather us keep our unbeaten record against Barca in front of a full crowd at Easter Road.

I’ll update the pre-season fixture information as it becomes available….

Alex Miller leaves Liverpool for J-League

May 8th, 2008 4 Comments »

Alex MillerIt seems everywhere you look Ex-Hibs managers are making headlines. Tony Mowbray has just taken West Brom back to the Premiership in his first full season there, Alex McLeish is about to get Birmingham City relegated from the Premiership in his first season and now I hear Alex Miller has left his job as first team coach (ie. assistant manager) at Liverpool, where he won the Champions League for a job at struggling but nicely named J-League outfit JEF United Chiba.

JEF United Chiba are currently at the bottom of the First Division in Japan and haven’t won in 11 games. Not the easiest job in the world to take on then. Still, twenty 0-0 draws in a row and they might not get relegated.

Wonder what Blobby Williamson is up to?

New Hibs away kit for next season

May 8th, 2008 6 Comments »

Hibs Away Kit 2008Not sure what to make of this, I’ve never been keen on asymmetrical strips. The sponsor is as unobtrusive as possible which is good but the three colour design might have been a mistake. Perhaps it’ll be a grower.

Opinion on the message boards seems pretty divided on the matter with comments ranging from ‘love it’ to ‘that’s the worst strip we’ve ever had’ and numerous comparisons to Celtic and Norwich strips.

I can’t see it selling as many as the previous couple of away tops but what do I know? Judging by the comments I’ve seen – younger fans (who traditionally buy more tops) seem to like it more that older ones.

Derek Riordan back to Hibs?

May 5th, 2008 4 Comments »

Could Derek Riordan be returning to Hibs at the end of the season? That his big move to Celtic has turned sour has been well documented but rumours of a return to Easter Road have gathered momentum over the last few days.

At the time he was offerend perhaps ten times the money and being a part of Celtc’s plans in the SPL, Champions League, etc. which is tough to turn down, especially when the club you love wasn’t willing to give you the same contract they’d previously offered, despite you playing very well since. It’s sad that Hibs messed around a valuable player who would have signed a long and relatively cheap contract.

Obviously, it all went wrong, as it had for numerous others who have gone West for more dough and an unwritten promise but could it all turn around for Deeks with a move back to the mighty Hibernian?

The answer, quite simply, is yes. Maybe.

Apparently Derek Riordan was in the Hibs changing room straight after the final whistle of todays game against Glasgow Rangers, having a conversation with Mixu.

A return to Hibs doesn’t seem as unlikely as it did a short while ago. If he does return, hopefully Gordon Strachan will still be in a job with the great unwashed and Deeks will get a chance at revenge.

It’s funny how easy it is to accept players returning to Easter Road. For a short while I strongly disliked Murray after he gave us the finger at Ibrox. Deeks I always really felt sorry for and continue to. He’s earned a healthy wad over the last couple of years (not) playing for Celtc but his career has stalled. Nay, broken down completely. He needs to get it back on track and there’s not better place for that than Easter Road.

Hopefully see you next season, Deeks.