Hibee History: Hibernians unfurl flag then thrash Partick

The championship-winning Hibernians team from 1894. Picture courtesy of Hibs Historical Trust
The championship-winning Hibernians team from 1894. Picture courtesy of Hibs Historical Trust
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AFTER indulging for a week or two in friendly matches, the Hibernians settled down to their League engagements for the ensuing season, by facing the Partick Thistle on Saturday afternoon at Easter Road.

Both teams had started the season in a manner which augurs well, and a splendid game was therefore expected.

The Championship flag, which the Hibernians fought so well for last season was unfurled amid a scene of enthusiasm, Mr Smith, president of the Second Division, unfurling it.

McGeachan was absent from the home team, not having fully recovered from a kick he received against Rangers.

The visitors were late in arriving and the game did not start until 4.45pm. The champions won the toss and Williams set the game in motion.

In the first part of the game the Hibs were having the best part of the game but could not force the ball through. At last they scored from a run by Amos Smith, having no trouble in sending the ball through.

Devine was feeding his Partick forwards well and, from one of his kicks, the forward line got a look in, but Wilkie’s shot did not take effect.

However, two more goals soon followed and Hibs pressed the visitors severely in the second half, scoring twice more.

Freebairn succeeded in pulling one goal back for Thistle.

The result was a substantial victory for the Hibernians.

Hibernians: Donnelly, Rooney, McFarlane, Breslin, Neill, Murphy, Murray, Kennedy, Martin, Smith, Amos. Substitutes: Foster, Snodin.

Partick Thistle: Smith, McCulloch, Campbell, Devine, Rory, Bruce, Freebairn, Proudfoot, Williams, Campbell, Wilkie.