Hibernian FC won the William Hill Scottish Cup for 2016. It had been 114 years since the Hibs last won the cup in 1902.
The finals game was played at Hampden Park in Glasgow on May 21st 2016, with Rangers vs. Hibernian finishing 2-3.
Following the game security was rendered void as masses of fans invaded the field in celebration, when supporters of the Rangers began to go on the pitch things got heated. Riot police and mounted horse units were deployed to keep order.
Only those in Cloud Cuckoo Land can believe there is any chance of the push to sell alcohol at Scottish grounds succeeding in the near future.
A new world order scene reminiscent of the notorious Hampden Riot following a Celtic-Rangers cup final in 1980.
This reaction could have been predicted via tradition, as longtime Hibs fan and renowned author Irvine Welsh tweeted “it’s just tradition”
Coincidentally, the sequel to the movie Trainspotting is currently being filmed in Edinburgh based on the book written by Irvine Welsh. The original 1996 motion picture Trainspotting featured main character Renton’s boyhood room decorated with Hibs memorabilia as he goes through drug withdrawal.
Irvine Welsh was also interviewed in the TV special Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men (Season 1 Episode 8) profile on Bradley Welsh. The inspiring story is of a reformed boxing trainer former underworld kingpin who’s criminal rise started with the Blackley Baby Crew of the Capital City Service hooligans connected with Hibernian FC, described as a tightly bonded mafia:
“By no means was I just the main guy. That was the beauty about this Hibs thing, there was 50-60 main guys… We made Easter Road a fortress.”
Notably for the new world order the wicked-pedia page lists Capital City Service as active from 1984.
Glory Glory To The Hibees
When the pitch was cleared the Hibee faithful sung a rousing rendition of The Proclaimers’ Sunshine On Leith
Also coincidentally, when I was in Scotland for a week in the summer of 2014 (See past ReCon blog post Vote Maybe) I stayed in an air’bnb directly across the street from the Easter Road home stadium of Hibernian with the stands viewable from the window and I’m also often seen wearing a Hibernian jacket around Toronto, Canada.