Spivs in for the long haul, relegate Hibs


Rangers International adopted a firm position in their court hearing against former director, Imran Ahmed, in Edinburgh yesterday.  Directors and major shareholders know they have a cash shortfall for next season, even if season ticket sales are as higher than anticipated.  Therefore, they know they will need to facilitate a loan, cough up for more shares or issue shares to new investors.   A few million here or there from season tickets will not change this fact – so the argument goes.

With that in mind the club is under no serious threat from fans turning towards Dave King’s glorious attempt to deprive them of cash.  Contrary to earlier reports, organised protests against the Easdales, Ashley and Laxey Partners is in no danger of putting the club under.

The best case scenario for King and his Band of Protagonists is that the club owners would be worn out by the sheer hassle of dealing with their campaign and would wilt before cutting a deal with him on very easy terms.  This does not look likely today, the owners appear intent on getting a return for their money.

At various times during the past two years I’ve offered goodwill towards Hibernian, wishing them well against Hearts in the 2012 Cup Final, encouraging them after they lost to Celtic in the 2013 Final, and on the Hail Hail Media Celtic History podcast I spoke about The Famous Five being the best team in Europe in the late 40s, but I’m all Hibs-d out.  I hope they are relegated.

50 years ago Hibs were almost the same size a club as Celtic, although Hibs were far more successful at the time.  The decades since have utterly destroyed whatever legacy left by The Famous Five.  Sir Tom Farmer’s ownership has provided financial stability but when he combined with Rod Petrie the pair contrived to bring about the most wasteful partnership in the history of the Scottish game – and that includes Sir David Murray’s years of unrestrained bombast.

New chief executive, Leann Dempster, has been more than a firm hand on the tiller at Motherwell, she delivered success over and above their station, but Hibs are so afflicted you wonder is anyone will be able to resurrect it with Petrie still in the chair, Farmer in ultimate control and Terry Butcher in the dugout.  Not only do they deserve relegation, it may be necessary for Dempster to clear-out the deadwood above and below her.  Better to be relegated than stumble on with Petrie and his Inverse Midas Touch.

Some good Celtic fans and CQN’ers are holding an event at Monroe’s Tavern in Galway tomorrow in aid of Console, the Irish suicide prevention charity.  One of the many auction items is the photo above, signed by Bertie Auld.  If you would like to help Console, stick a wee bid into ruairigucks@gmail.com .

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  1. Re attendances



    In the season that they played their last ever game in the SPL, the average attendances for the home games of the top 6 attended clubs were;



    Celtic 50,904


    Rangers 46324


    Hearts 13381


    Hibs 9909


    Aberdeen 9296


    Dundee United 7481



    This present season the averages comparison for those same teams (minus the dead team obviously) are;



    Celtic – down 4121


    Hearts – up 745


    Hibs – up 906


    Aberdeen – up 2926


    Dundee Utd – up 118



    Of course the overall attendance figures will be down in SPL due to the death of what was the 2nd biggest club, but, the numbers suggest that outwith Celtic, fans of other teams have embraced the better competition.



    Is the 8% decline at CP down to the vanishing of the only competition, or other factors? We can only offer opinion on that. (or find the missing 4121 fans and ask them)

  2. markderrybhoy on

    Good article again Paul. King will get nothing on the cheap. The investors will require a return.

  3. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Hibs go down, Queens come up to reassert their status as our ‘bogey’ team.

  4. Hibs as a club has long lost it’s identity with it’s fans, and deserves everything it gets

  5. Probably been asked already but did Prat Nevin say that the Celtic/Aberdeen game was one of the best he had seen anywhere in Europe this season?




  6. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    Neil Lennon in for the long haul,bring back Boruc and McGeady in some capacity for the ten in a row season.

  7. Hi Paul67,



    May be a bit disingenuous but if Hubs get relegated get their act together we could see them competitive in the Championship.



    Hopefully they’d be back the Season after reinvigorated – if Hearts get promoted at the first time of asking so much the better.



    Scottish Champions League Football need a strong Hibs…..



    And Hearts:-)



    Hail Hail

  8. I’m trying to fathom out the article – the ‘Hibs’ part?



    Paul 67 – no sympathy for the Hibs support who are suffering here due to mis-management at various levels, not least of all by Butcher?



    Maybe I am biased in that I know several Hibs fans and I have a lot of time for them. I hope they survive.

  9. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    ..there will be a strict dress code- checkerboard shoes, electric green ties, Russian novelist stylee spectacles will be compulsory.

  10. Delaneys Dunky on

    A very Happy 21st birthday to my (lurking) baby bhoy Ryan.


    Happy birthday also to, Zbyszek, Dharma and Mrs Bognorbhoy, who are also 21 today. ;)))

  11. Tn’T @ 12:55,



    No desire to see big Tel back at Ibrox giving Ally a lesson in anti-football:-)



    Hail Hail

  12. Steinreignedsupreme on

    I’m not bothered what happens to Hibernian, but I think relegation may be better for the long-term future of the club.



    I also think Butcher will sort them out when the deadwood has been punted. Easy to forget he took Inverness CT down and rebuilt the squad to great effect.



    So long as Celtic are improving I’m happy with that.

  13. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    twists n turns



    According to your figures, if my calculation is correct, Celtic’s average attendance for this season is 46,783.



    I’m sorry but there’s absolutely no chance that’s accurate.



    I’m guessing that our figures for this season are taking into account season ticket sales coupled with those tickets which have been purchased on a single game basis.



    As we know there are many seats left empty by season tickets these days.

  14. Margaret McGill on

    Bring on the Hibs the Hearts the Rangurs


    Show them the championship door

  15. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    There are worse clubs and affiliated supports than Hibs but I’d be delighted to see them relegated.

  16. bognorbhoy oscar in my thoughts on

    Delaneys Dunky



    the missus gave what could only be called a wry smile….21 indeed





    all the best to Ryan Bhoy…

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