The Cabbage and Ribs

On my most recent trip to Edinburgh I was sad to see that the Hibs theme pub, The Cabbage and Ribs on Albert Street had closed down once more. Perhaps this time the shutters will indicate that this situation is a terminal one. Formerly a fairly undistinguished public house known as The Clan Tavern, ‘The Cabbage’ always seemed to polarise the views of Hibs supporters with some loving its match day atmosphere and other decrying the quality of the beer and service.
The very first time I visited the Cabbage for a pint or three pre-game I loved the place. I had just dashed up the A1 from Nottingham and was dropped almost breathlessly out of the car on a Saturday lunchtime in time for a drink before the Hibs game. The opportunity to gaze at the images of past heroes on the walls whilst listening to a few Hibs ditties played over the sound system seemed a pretty decent concept to me, I made my mind up to spend more time there for future games rather than my long-established former routine of taking a drink at the Guildford Arms and hotfooting it down London Road at a quarter to three.

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Remembering Brian Clough

When I think about football in this city my thoughts inevitably go to some of the great names over the years. I’m old enough to have watched the game with Joe Baker, John Robertson and Peter Shilton et al on the red side of the city. Jimmy Sirrel, Don Masson and others on the black and white side. My thoughts never linger long however before dwelling on the eighteen years that Brian Clough graced the Lace City with his overpowering presence. It’s a little while since his unfortunate passing but those happy memories linger. His memory very much lives within most true football fans and many non-fans too. Reading the various tributes to Brian at the time of his sad passing, it’s obvious that he had a special place in many football lovers’ hearts. Continue reading “Remembering Brian Clough”

The Harder They Come: Football’s Hard Men

In these days of namby-pamby, overpaid professionals it’s sometimes good to take a look back at when men were men on the football pitch! Those were the days when every team had its hard man. When players like John McNamee kept the other team ‘honest’! My memories tend to come from a certain generation, one in which every team seemed to have at least one player of this nature, Tommy Smith at Liverpool. Ron Harris at Chelsea, the full first team at Leeds, the list is endless. I believe there is still a place in the game for them too. Continue reading “The Harder They Come: Football’s Hard Men”

Splitting the Auld Firm?

Sometimes it’s interesting to look back on your words from the past. Occasionally one ends up with egg on the chin of course and sometimes one’s views are vindicated. I read back this article from a couple of years ago and despite a George Burley-inspired dash by Hearts and the current robustness of Hibs’ form, I wonder if anything has really changed?

The below is from a questionnaire by Colin Illingworth of in August 2005. It asks fans of Aberdeen, Celtic, Hibernian, Hearts and Rangers about the prospect of the Old Firm being separated for the first time in ten years and whether this could be the year that a team outside the Old Firm could win the SPL title for the first time since Aberdeen 20 years ago. Continue reading “Splitting the Auld Firm?”