Madcap Hibs fans plan to welcome new boss Terry Butcher by sporting bandage headbands in his honour.
Supporters came up with the rib-tickling tribute for his first game in charge – believed to the away game at St Mirren – and it quickly did the rounds on fans’ message boards and Twitter.
The suggested homage nods to the former defender’s blood and bullets performance against Sweden in a 1989 World Cup qualifier. He was pictured with blood pouring from a gash on his head – making headlines around the world. Hibs fans association leader Mike Riley said his appointment yesterday had captured the imagination of fans – including the organisers of a numbers of buses believed to be behind the bandage wind-up
He said: “I’m sure we’ll have plenty of fans sporting the bloody headbands. The Hearts fans did it when Romanov came to Tynecastle – they wore the cossack hats and earmuffs – and with Butcher the blood-stained headband is the iconic symbol. Our fans are all quite light-hearted .”
Of the appointment, he added: “I think the fans will be delighted to get him, he’s got a real presence about him and we all hope that will rub off on the players.”
The former England defender is known for his no-nonsense approach and fans are hoping he will display the same grit he showed in 89 will put their season back on track, especially following the weekend’s defeat to the club he leaves, Inverness Caledonian Thistle. One highly placed footballing source – who attended a glittering dinner at the Hampden footballing hall of fame on Sunday – said the headband wheeze has been the talk of the shindig. He said: “The fans have been trying to think up ways of welcoming Butcher to the club, and this seemed like the most obvious way of doing it. All you need is some gauze, a steady head and some red paint.”
Hibs revealed late last night that they have reached a compensation deal with Caley Thistle for Butcher and assistant Maurice Malpas.
James Mills, from the Central supporters branch, said he expected fans to show to their support and said: “I don’t think I’ll be wearing a bloody headband but it would be good and novel if lots do. It would be a good scene to welcome him. It’s good to get him here, he’s the man for the job and I’m sure the fans will want to get behind him. This time they seem to be getting the right option rather than the cheap option.”
Linlithgow Hibs supporters’ branch chairman Brian Gallacher, said the gesture was typical of Hibby humour. He said: “We have got a good sense of humour and we need it given what we have been through over the past few years. It’s a humorous way to welcome him. I think the fans will be delighted as I think he’s proven himself in Scotland and he has a lot of qualities that will help the club.”
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Here’s a quick butchers at what you need to know your new manager.
Name: Terry Ian Butcher
Born: December 28, 1958 (age 54), Singapore
Height: 1.93m or 6ft 4in
Spouse: Rita Butcher
Nationality: Singaporean, English
Famous pals: Steve Harris, the bass player from Iron Maiden.
Previous teams: 1980–1990, England; 1976–1986, Ipswich Town; 1986–1990, Rangers; 1990–1992, Coventry City; 1992–1993, Sunderland; 1993, Clydebank
Trophies: UEFA Cup in 1981 with Ipswich Town, three league titles and two Scottish League Cups with Rangers
Managerial career to date: 1990–1992, Coventry City, 1993, Sunderland, 2002–2006, Motherwell, 2006–2007, Sydney FC, 2007, Brentford, 2009-2013, Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Most memorable moment: The bandage
Most likely to say: “What’s the capital of Venezuela?” – Terry is believed to have a penchant for setting pub- tyle trivia quiz questions for his players.