Tel hopes for special day at Easter Road

Terry Butcher

Terry Butcher

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TERRY BUTCHER can’t wait to take his bow in front of the Hibs supporters this weekend.

Saturday’s clash with Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership will be Butcher’s first game at Easter Road since being named manager last month.

The former England internationalist is looking forward to stepping into the home dugout in front of the Hibs fans, who are expected to turn out in numbers for the occasion.

Before Saturday’s match, Butcher will head to Eastern Cemetery, which sits directly behind the Famous Five Stand at Easter Road, for a ceremony to unveil a new headstone for the grave of Dan McMichael.

McMichael was Hibs’ last Scottish Cup-winning manager, back in 1902, and Butcher is hoping that the whole day will be a special occasion.

He said: “The home games are different as we have only played away games so far. I’m looking forward to it, that’s for sure. To wait three-and-a-half weeks for your first home match is a long time.

“I am also going to the cemetery on Saturday morning for Dan McMichael – the last Hibs manager to lead the club to the Scottish Cup. It will be a long day, but hopefully it is an enjoyable occasion. I want it to be special.”

Meanwhile, Butcher is happy with the team spirit among the players he has inherited at Hibs. “If you look at the top sides anywhere in the world, their spirit in the dressing room will be immense,” Butcher said. “There are no egos or big-timers. Yes, there are star players, but those stars have to muck in and help everyone out when they are needed to. It’s all about the team and what you can do to benefit the team.”