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New season, new spirit

New season, new spirit

Welcome back to the obsessive world of Hibernian FC.

After the disappointing 1-5 loss in the cup final to neighbours and rivals Hearts, and after just escaping relegation, it was obvious that Hibs had to change a lot of things for the new season.

The team also had to respond to the fans, who continue to show their strong support despite the poor performance of the players. This year there are 8,000 season ticket holders (socios), around 1,000 more than last year.

Eleven old players have left the club and five are on loan (cedidos).

Ten new players have joined the team plus two more on loan.

They include a new second goalkeeper; a player from Finland called Shefki Kuqi; Ryan McGivern on loan from Manchester City, a Northern Irish international who played against Portugal in October; and Jorge Claros, who recently played for Honduras in an 8-1 win against Canada after being given an international place because of his good play for Hibs.

One of the best of the new players, though he’s only on loan, is Leigh Griffiths, currently the top goalscorer in the Scottish Premier League. He has scored 11 goals so far this season. Hibs are trying to get his loan period extended.

‘Pichichi’ Leigh Griffiths celebrates 2 more goals against St. Mirren

So how is the team playing this year?

So far, we are unbeaten at home; we drew 2-2 with Celtic at their stadium in Glasgow; we lost in the Scottish League Cup to a second division team; we have twice been top of the league for 24 hours; and we’re equal top with Celtic at the moment.

Apart from losing in the Cup, it has been one of the best starts Hibs have had in many years! Something we have in common with Barça this season.

Top 3 Scottish Premier League 6/10/12

Team

Played

Goal Difference

Points

Hibernian

9

3

15

Celtic

7

6

14

Aberdeen

9

3

14

On Saturday 6th October after beating Dundee 3-0 to go top of the table, Pat Fenlon the Hibs manager said, “Winning football matches gives you confidence. I don’t think where we are in the league is a real concern.” This type of modesty and realism is a good thing for the club.

Unfortunately, the next day Celtic won and they went top again.

Top 3 Scottish Premier League 4/11/12

Team

Played

Goal Difference

Points

Celtic

11

10

21

Hibernian

12

7

21

Inverness CT

12

5

18

On Saturday 3rd November, we won 2-1 against St. Mirren to go top once again. However, Celtic again played on the Sunday and are first, but on equal points with Hibs. Celtic have a better goal difference.

Fenlon was again practical about the situation, “We’ll enjoy it but we are not shouting from the rooftops.”

Andy Murray has had a good year winning Olympic gold in the singles, silver in the doubles, and the US Open Grand Slam. Andy and his brother Jamie are both Hibbies and used to regularly go to matches. Since Andy has started to win, so have Hibs! I hope it continues.

Andy Murray and his winning touch

Calum Gillies

3 Comments
  • Cris

    7 novembre, 2012at20:59 Respon

    Welcome back! I can’t wait for the match Celtic-Barça! See you soon

  • calowski

    13 novembre, 2012at21:16 Respon

    Hi again Cris, how’re you? I was very happy to see that you are still following the blog. How was the summer? I hope you had a really great one. I had a great time!

    I guess you won’t be so happy after last week’s bad result in Glasgow, but maybe Hibs doing better than Celtic can be a small compensation for you… maybe not…

    I thought Celtic deserved a draw at the Nou Camp, but I didn’t really think they deserved to win at Celtic Park. I wasn’t happy about the result.

    Anyway, life goes on and Hibs are fantastic (though it won’t last I’m sure).

    Keep your comments coming!

    Cheers

  • Cris

    14 novembre, 2012at22:57 Respon

    Hi! Yes, I’m still here! Well, we lost in Celtic Park but our results are good enough. I think we will be able to get one point in two matches! Moreover, it was their celebration!
    I’m happy to see you happy with your Hibs. You must have faith. Nobody has demonstrated that Hibs has to lost the next match.
    Oh, and my summer was very well, of course! I met a fantastic weather in England. Incredible, isn’t it?
    See you!

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