On this day – 26 June -112 years ago, Hibernian FC (the Hobbos) last won the Scottish Cup. The Final was played on the 26th of April 1902 at Celtic Park in Glasgow and was the final of the 29th season of the Scottish Cup. The Final was due to be played at Ibrox on 12 April, but the first Ibrox disaster happened a week earlier during the annual Scotland v England fixture. This meant that the Final was delayed by two weeks and moved to Celtic Park, even though Celtic were one of the finalists. . Hibs won the match 1–0, thanks to a 75th minute goal from Andy McGeachan.
It was such a long time ago that Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show was still touring Britain!
Disheartened (sic) at being beaten yet again by their greatest rivals – Hearts – at Tynecastle, a Hibs fan, unable to see properly because of the tears in his eyes, walks into the path of a bus that is travelling along Gorgie Road.
He’s very badly injured with both legs smashed and shattered. After months of surgery and rehabilitation, he is still confined to a wheelchair and it looks as if he will never be ambulant again.
His mates pool some of their Giro money to raise funds to send him to Lourdes as a last resort (Ed: it is a resort, isn’t it? check!)
With considerable difficulty, he manages to travel there, and is helped into a “healing pool”. (Ed: is that why his friends pooled their money? check!)
Suddenly, the waters start to churn and swell and swirl, and a cloud descends over him. From the cloud – a voice – the voice of the Amighty himself, quiet but thunderous, “My son, what do you wish for? What miracle do you seek of me?”
Awestruck, our wee fan stutters, “Boss, can ye make me walk again?”
There is a pause, and then a further turbulence in the waters – and the Voice from the cloud speaks…….
…… “My son, your legs are too broken and crushed and beyond repair; you will never be able to use them again. But I could MOT your wheelchair if you wish… Or have you anything else in mind?”
“Boss, yes – oh yes, please…. can you make it that Hibs win the Cup next season?”
The Voice: “I think that I’d better have another look at your legs!”