Thursday, February 28, 2008
Fellow Hibbies, our favourite troubadours from Sunny Leith are coming to North America!
The first tour date is April 11 in Halifax, NS and they tour until May 18 in California. Along the way ("from misery to happiness"?) they will be stopping in most of the major cities in the US and Candada.
I'll be at the show in Chicago on May 1 with my Hibs top, scarf, kilt and "cap in hand" (okay enough of that).
Check out www.proclaimers.co.uk for more information.
'Mon the Hibees!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Another great win for the Hibees, and although it was only 4-40pm - games used to only have a ten minute half time back then - plans were already made for the next game -Away to Strasbourg, from France, in round two of the UEFA Cup !!
After an expensive and short trip to Sweden for the first round game against IFK Norrkoping, we were ready for a longer away adventure to Strasbourg, close to the Austrian border. Lots of excuses had to be made about our 'early' departure from Edinburgh as parents were under the impression , if the game was on Wednesday, surely you could leave Tuesday lunchtime and make it.
Well, we left the Hibs Club on Sunday at midnight, didn't want to miss the kick off, like!! In those days there were no restrictions on taking alcohol on supporters coaches , so crates of beer, and the like, were loaded along with the bags, despite drinking the Hibs club dry that evening. "Maybe they don't have Tennents in France!!"
So, off we go, heading South, in more than one way, and not long out of Edinburgh we made the first stop , "Ahhh, that's better."
We arrived in London just in time for the Monday morning rush hour, and the realisation of being in England was made very apparent to the driving public, by the Hibs supporters bus!! By that time the 'stops' had been limited, due to a five gallon bucket appearing from somewhere, and this was just fine for bathroom relief, and the sky light was also handy to get rid of the evidence. This saved the driver from stopping too, so considerate, us Hibees!!
Along the M2 towards Dover and the ferry to Calais. The weather was not really the best for a quiet sail, but on a cross channel ferry, piece of cake. At that time there was a strike on, a common thing back then, and all trucks were being stopped at the docks. So the ferry was a wee bit light, weight wise, which we soon discovered.
Three miles out, in International waters, the bar opened, and the Hibees boys were in town!! The ferry was all over the place and it was strange to see sea sickness pills being washed down with pints of Lager. Surely not a good mixture.
Anyway, we made it ,and a long drive to Strasbourg was ahead of us. The duty free had been visited by NCH and I thought the mate got the Coke for the vodka, and he thought the same. So , needless to say the next question was 'Wonder how this will taste straight?' It made for a good nights sleep, on the bus anyway.
By this time the bus was "Mingin", with an array of empty beer cans, bottles, crisp packets, and even a pair of ladies underwear!! This was the St Giles bus afterall, but a great bunch of guys.
So we stopped in some little town for a couple of gallons of beer, and a sandwich, a quick look at the mags on display, and the pint glasses came back on the bus with us.
Next stop was Strasbourg, and we arrived there Tuesday afternoon, with no hotel reservations, and no idea where to go. We found out there was a EU conference going on, and also a International Gymnastics competition so the hotels were all full. How dare they plan something like that, when the Hibs were going to be playing!!
So where to sleep, well, we found a youth hostel and told the clerk at the desk we were avid ramblers in Scotland, and our membership card were left behind. After a lot of hand waving from the boy, and the use of the word 'bollocks' several times from us, we were in!! A nice hot shower and a bed to sleep, MAGIC!! We shared a dorm with a student that had been working the summer in the vineyards, and just happened to have some bottles with him. No for long!!
Game day arrived, and after a liquid breakfast, we went to hunt down some tickets for the game. The pitch was completely fenced in, and between the pitch and terraces, there were polis patrolling with big dogs. They must have been expecting the 'ugly sisters' and not the mighty Hibernian.
In a one sided game, the Hibs lost two nowt, so eight hundred miles, and no goals. After the game a few pints, and a kind of low key trip back to Auld Reekie. We got back Friday evening, just in time to get back to the house, and get ready for the game on the Saturday.
Incidentally, the supporters coach we went on- we saw it broken down on the M8, as we returned from Ibrox on the Saturday!!
Great times, you better believe it.
Thanks to Razormaid for guiding me to here!! Mon the Hibs, northcarolinahibee
Sunday, February 10, 2008
On game day, Saturday, mostly it was me and northcarolina (surprise) again posting frustration as neither of us could see the game and for most of it I couldn’t even hear it…hey, where were the rest of you! That’s it. A “match thread” is going up every game day that I have a chance to do it and you are encouraged to be there to post cheers or outcries of horror.
Next up to guest blog here and tell us some old Hibee stories is northcarolina (In fine keeping with the noise) and also americanhibee has volunteered to write us some rants.
Finally, it was Chinese New Year this week and we entered into the Year of the Rat, which was renamed Year of the Yam Rat in honor of our dear sister team.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
What’s gone on this week in Hibee Land and the North American Supporters world:
Well, we discussed at length the virtues of black pudding, which finally arrived on northcarolinahibee’s doorstep this week after a tense and yam-choring suspicious few days of waiting. They are the dog’s bollocks it turns out. Everyone stateside is intensely relieved and jealous of the bangers and pudding had at northcarolina’s house.
In lesser important news, Hibs made last minute signings Colin Nish and Abderaouf Zarabi this week. We’re happy with this in general but Nish is cup tied and can’t play tomorrow against the Huns.
Note that last weekend’s Gretna match which was postponed due to water logged pitch has been rescheduled for February 13 at 7:45 pm. This means that most of us will still be at work and cannot watch the game (thanks again Hibs schedulers) but BBC sport’s web site has the live game update with auto fresh every 2 minutes. If I can I’ll be listening to Radio Hibs on my headphones from work.
In one of the articles on Scotsman this week, Mixu said that he woud like to dump the mince players, but only if they want to go. This was a nice way of saying goodbye publicly to O’Brien right? At any rate, we hope this is continual squad-improvement.
Remember that the yams are just a point behind Hibs on the table, not good, not good, so let’s hope our next SPL game against Dundee on Feb. 9 will have us moving up and away from them.
And finally, back to food. Several links were posted this week for getting UK food here in the US, and they’ll be repeated in the Links page of our web site.
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Saturday, January 19, 2008
Nasty dirty win from Hearts in the derby Saturday, 1-0. Hibs were just not aggressive enough despite owning the ball for most of the game. The yams were plenty aggressive, with three bookings, two for dissent and the usual unsportsmanlike behavior. Par for the course with them but it wasn’t enough to be in Hibs’ favor.
The after match interviews with Frail were amusing:
The interviewer asked Frail, "Weren’t all the yams in today’s match foreigners?"
Frail: "They were all Hearts players."
Translation: “Weren’t all of your scruffy, badly-behaved players on the field all Lithuanian? Frail: “That’s all I’ve been given to work with from Vlad, mate.”
There should have been a penalty against Karapides who pretty much hugged Hogg and tried to hump him, but none was awarded. Honestly, would it have mattered much anyway?
Meanwhile Mixu is pissed—he’s said there should have been chances taken, there should have been more responsibility taken. All true, and I hope he whips them into shape this week. But he refuses to blame Ma-Kalambay:
The week also saw the departure of Murphs who went for an unclear sum to Birmingham, (1.5, 2, 2.1m?), where he wanted to go. We’re all happy for him because he wanted to go but it was poor timing to do it right before the city derby. And it’s always sad seeing a quality player go…
But we did gain Ian Murray from Norwich and John Rankin from Caley. Murray says he’s glad to be back despite his Hunism but neither of the two did much for us in the derby today.