Hibernian Football Club Limited
Chairman—Mr HENRY S. SWAN, J.P.
Mr THOMAS E. H. HARTLAND Mr WILLIAM
Manager and Secretary Mr HUGH SHAW
(Telephone ABB 2159)
Registered Office EASTER ROAD PARK, EDINBURGH, 7.
I kvall halsa vi en av de mest kanda fotbollsklubbarne i varlden— Djurgardens I.K. Stockholm—Talkommen till Easter Road Park. Det ar fa platser i varlden vilka de icke ha besokt, och aven om detta ar forsta gangen de aro i Scotland,—efter att ha besokt 34 andra fotbollslander—kanna vi oss sakra pa, att det mottagande de fa i Edinburgh denna kvall, kommer att bli lika allvarligt menat och lika Uppskattat som under deras besok i Glasgow haromkvallen.
Sakerligen har ingen annan klubb rest sa Mycket som kvallens svenska vanner, och jag kan forsakra dem att Deras Rykte ar lika Uppskatta’t har som overallt annars. Deras resultat inom de internationella matcherna aro oover-traffade bland dagens fotbollsklubbar i andra lander. Kvaliteten pa deras spel, deras skjutsakerhet och framfor allt den sammanhallning som finnes inom laget, gor den till Fruktade motstandare i kvallens internationella match.
Vi halsa Er Sveriges mastare, och hoppas att Er vistelse har har varit till noje och trevnad for Er, att Ni fatt manga nya vanner och att det inte.
Skall droja alltfor lange innan Ni aterkommer till Scotland och spelar flerm matcher.
Tonight we welcome one of the most famous football clubs in the World!— Djurgaarden I.K., Stockholm—to Easter Road Park. There are few parts the world in which they have not travelled, and although the present tour brings them to Scotland for the first time—after visiting 34 other football countries—we feel certain that the welcome they will receive from the Edinburgh followers this evening will be as sincere and as appreciative as during their visit to Glasgow the other evening.
Probably no other club has toured as much as our Swedish friends this evening and I can assure them that their reputation is as much admired in Scotland and elsewhere. Their record of results in International matches is unexcelled i present-day clubs in any country. The quality of their play, their ability and, above all, the understanding which prevails among the team i them very formidable opponents in tonight’s European Cup tie.
Champions of Sweden, we greet you, hope that you have had a happy t that you have made many friends and that it will not be long before TO back to play other matches in Scotland.
FLASHBACK TO FIRHILL
GLASGOW’S knowledgeable football spectators rose to two great teams at Firhill Park last Wednesday, and Hibs once more upheld Scotland’s prestige with a sparkling 3—I win over Djur-gaardens.
In the past we have seen Continentals who played copybook football up to the eighteen yards line, but had not a shot in their locker. The Swedish champions presented a direct contrast. At every opportunity they were shooting for goal and they must rank as one of the best teams to be seen in this country. All their forwards lay well up as the red-shirted Swedes flashed the ball about at a remarkable pace. It was early evident that Hibs would have to produce their best form to master the flighty Continentals. One incident probably turned the whole game. Shortly after Eklund had ripped a terrific shot past Tommy Younger, outside right Andersson sped down his wing and lashed the ball goal-sards. To us in the stand it looked as if the ball was going past and Younger must have thought so too, for he hardly moved as the ball thumped against the crossbar and bounced inches from the line. That was a really lucky escape for Hibs, but you must get the ” breaks ” in a cup-tie at some time. Djurgaardens had their share when Jimmy Mulkerrin, a tireless little worker, twice had the ball in the net, both “goals” being chalked off, and again when Eddie Turn-bull was off the target with his penalty kick. A goal seemed certain when Gordon Smith trailed the ball past two defenders on the left wing before they brought him down a couple of feet outside the box.
Do not think, however, that it was a robust game—far from it! It was a typical cup-tie. The first hour’s play was as good if not better than any seen this season. Djurgaardens’ goal was a beauty; so was Hibs first. Gordon Smith swung an inch perfect pass through the middle to Bobby Combe, who went right in to send a quite unsaveable shot past Arvidsson, a stylish and competent ‘keeper.
Hibs are two goals ahead, but their passage into the semi-final of the European Cup is not yet assured—the Swedish players are worthy upholders of their title as national champions.
For the records tribute, too, must be paid Mulkerrin for his goal, a quick piece of thinking after he had been almost stunned in a joust with the Swedish ‘keeper. The ball spun loose, and although he lost sight of it momentarily Jimmy reached it to score before collapsing on the Djurgaardens’ goal line. The last was an unlucky one for Olsson who helped divert a ball from Eddie Turnbull into his own net.
CLUB NOW LICENSED
THE Sheriff has been pleased to grant a licence to the Hibernian Supporters’ Club at Carlton Terrace, so from now on that additional amenity will be available to the club members. It was a noteworthy feat to equip, maintain and run the premises so well since their opening, and now that they have the same facilities as other Clubs in the city their future activities are bound to prosper. Hibs certainly led the way, for it was only a few days ago that the Hearts’ body secured Town sanction for their new premises at Palmerston Place. The friendly rivalry between the clubs will be maintained between the supporters.
JOHN GRANT has bought himself a new house, quite close to Easter
Road and he hopes to move into it early in the New Year. His excuse : 11 I don’t like having far to walk to my work.” John is showing his versatility these days for he turned in a very capable show at full back when John Higgins unexpectedly took ‘flu recently and had to call off on the Saturday morning.
EUROPEAN CUP (Second Round—First Leg) Wednesday, 24th November.—
Hibernian 3 (Combe, Mulkerrin, Olsson o.g.), Djurgaardens I (Eklund). At Firhill Park.
Djurgaardens.—Arvidsson; Fors berg, Gustafsson; Holmstrom, Olsson, Parling; Andersson, Grybb, Eriksson, Eklund, Sandberg.
Hibernian—Younger; MacFarlane, Paterson; Thomson, Plenderleith, Preston; Smith, Combe Reillv, Turnbull, Ormond.
Swedish players and officials were welcomed to ;urgh last Friday forenoon, when they had h the Lord Provost, Mr John G. Banks, who the good wishes of all Edinburgh citizens to -om Stockholm. Also very interested to meet :s was Mr Ames L. Imrie, Edinburgh’s City = in, who himself speaks Swedish and is ex-rerested in all the Scandinavian countries.
armest thanks are due to Mrs Karin Wood
£T letters on the Programme’s behalf to Sweden r translation of the message printed on Page 2. -led to a master at Loretto, Mrs Wood’s father recently, President of the Swedish Athletic
Federation. She is very interested in sport but was unable to accept the invitation of the Hibernian Directors to be here tonight to see the game.
All gramophone records played here tonight can be obtained from BANDPARTS, 9 Union Place, Edinburgh
SATURDAY, 3rd DECEMBER K.O. 2.15 p.m.
HIBERNIAN v. ST MIRREN
LAWRIE REILLY’S throat trouble took by surprise early last week, but the prompt v ment given him prevented a recurrence of the ser illness which kept him out of the game for so km& as this is being written Lawrie himself hopes that he be given the O.K. by his doctor to get back into har without undue delay. Whether that will be Urn against the Swedes remains to be seen. Lawrie, Kin has only figured in one of Hibs’ three European games this season and he is very anxious to plav. should the doctor decree otherwise he is always the to pay tribute to Jimmy Mulkerrin whose dzs displays have maintained Hibs’ record this season
DJURGAARDENS I.F. was founded on 12th March 1891 under an oak tree in the Zoological Gardens, Stockholm, a vast park once the Royal Hunting Grounds.
Thanks to the energetic efforts of Mr Wolf Lyberg, a Swedish sports journalist and the Club Secretary, we are able to include pen pictures of the players.
In charge of the party is the Club President, Mr Sigvard Bergh, and it is an indication of the thoroughness with which Djurgaardens approached this match that he came specially to Scotland to watch Hibernians play their League game against Queen of the South at Dumfries before flying to Amsterdam to collect Parling who was included in the Swedish team against Portugal.
The trainer is Kjell Cronqvist who joined the club as a goalkeeper from Brage in 1945 and was assistant to the former Stoke player, Frank Soo. When he resigned after helping them to win the Swedish club championship last season, Cronqvist was appointed trainer.
Arne Arvidsson (Goalkeeper), by general consent the best goalkeeper in Sweden during the past season. Has two M A ” and five ” B ” ” caps ” since 1954. A pay-roll clerk. Age 25 years. Height 6 ft. I in. Weight 12 st. 12 lbs.
Ola Forsberg (Right Back). First season in M A ” team, being promoted this year, after being recruited from north Sweden as a half-back, but converted to right back.
Language student at Stockholm. Age 24 years.
Height 5 ft. 10 ins. Weight 12 st.
Stig Gustafsson (Left Back), operating at left back after several seasons in ” B ” team. Known as the man who stopped Matthews when he played against ” the Wizard ” at Laurenco Marques when the Blackpool winger was on his South African trip. Is a typographer to trade. Age 25 years.
Height 5 ft. 9J in. Weight 11 st. 2 lbs.
Stig Holmstrom (Right Half). This is his flrst’season in the “A” team, but his hard work and constructive play earned him promotion. A toolmaker to trade. Age 27 years.
Height 6 ft. Weight 11 st. 2 lbs.
Ake Olsson (Centre Half) is veteran of the party. Has been playing in the Senior side since 1954, mostly at back. Member of the champion side of 1954-55 and replaces the injured captain as a brilliant ” stopper,” i.e. centre-half. A dentist by profession. Age 29 years.
Height 5 ft. 11 in. Weight 11 st. 2 lbs#
Sigvard Parling (Left Half) has been with Djurgaardens since 1949, playing mostly at inside forward. He switched to half-back three years ago. Called con t. on next page
” the man without mercy,” he has nine ‘* A M and five ” B ” ” caps.” Has been “capped ” as a goalkeeper at ice hockey. Captain of the team. An engineer, he qualified by a course of study at the University. Age 25 years. Height 5 ft. I0J in. Weight 13 st. 5 lbs.
Sven Johansson (Outside Right) was originally a centre forward, making his first “A” team appearance against Hearts in May 1953 to score three goals. Scored five against Finland at Helsinki in 1953. Is tipped for a place in Sweden’s World Cup team, and is a first rate ice hockey player. Is studying at the University to become a Sports Director. Age 24 years.
Height 6 ft. I in. Weight 11 st. 12 lbs.
Hans Tvilling (Inside Right) Has been ” capped ” five times for Sweden ” A ” and played against Scotland at Hampden in 1953. He has been with the club since 1947, and is also an ice hockey star and Olympic team man. Employed by a well known Swedish Insurance Company. Age 27 years. Height 5 ft. 7 in. Weight 10 st. 4 lbs.
John Eriksson (Centre) has played eleven times for Sweden “A” and might have had more ** caps ” but for injuries. He scored a hattrick in Djur-gaarden’s visit to Warsaw. Works as a clerk in an industrial company. Age 26 years.
Height 6 ft. I in. Weight 13 st. 3 lbs.
Birger Eklund (Inside Left) joined the club in 1949 from the ” B ” League club Spanga, and has been ” capped ” thrice for the Swedish ” A ” team. Is a clever, constructive player with a good shot. Age 26 years. Height 5 ft. 11 in. Weight 11 st. 9 lbs.
Gosta Sand berg (Outside Left) is youngest player in the team, but most experienced. Played twenty-nine times for Sweden ” A ” team and twice for ” B ” team. This includes two games against Scotland.
Has refused professional offers from Rheims (France) and Sevilla (Spain), when a £10,000 inducement was held out. Is in charge of the colour shop owned by his father-in-law. Age 23 years.
Height 5 ft. 9 in. Weight 12 st. 7 lbs.
Snaps from Stockholm TONIGHT’S REFEREE
THE Swedish F.A. plan to go over X to part-time professionalism soon. By putting players on part-time contracts, to pay premiums and thereby to prevent players from leaving without recompense to their clubs. Up to now thirty of Sweden’s best players have gone to foreign clubs (mostly Italian) and the Swedish clubs did not get a single kroner.
Djurgaardens’ Official Handbook for 1954-55 lists the League tables for 18 nations in addition to their own Swedish League. ..
People in Sweden who know English football describe them as the Swedish Chelsea, but Djurgaardens are not too sure whether this is a compliment! . . •
Djurgaardens’ 1950 tour embraced Rangoon, Saigon, Hong Kong and Manila—14 games in all, and they won the lot. . . .
They have also played in Iceland, U.S.A., Israel, Turkey, Japan, Moscow, and have played British clubs such as Liverpool (2-3), Don-caster (0-4), Hearts (5-1), and Hull City (0-4) and Wolves (3-0). . . .
Thirty-five players connected with Djurgaarden have played for Sweden between 1910 and 1955. . . .
The club has 1,500 members with sections for football, bandy, table tennis, bowling, boxing, wrestling, curling, athletics, handball, ice-hockey, skiing and cross-country. Over the years they have won 278 Swedish championships. . . .
Their best known stars just now are Olle Tandberg, the professional heavyweight boxer, Dan Netzell, who has jumped 137 metres (171 yards) on skis, and Hans Jeppson, the Naples footballer whose three-year contract is worth $190,000. No wonder they call him the world’s most expensive footballer. . . .
The average gate at Stockholm is about 20,000, but Djurgaardens share in the record gate of 42,504 when they met A.I.K. eighteen months ago. • . .
In a period of eighteen months, four members of the club played centre forward for Sweden. . . •
They were the first European club invited to the U.S.A. and to Russia after the War. . . .
Djurgaardens means the Zoological Gardens. They took the name when the club was formed under an oak in that part of Stockholm. Their emblem is now the Oak. Their present home ground is the Stadium erected for the 1912 Olympic Games at Stockholm. . . .
2nd ROUND DRAW
THE other quarter-final matches in the European Cup tournament are : S.K. Rapid, Vienna v. F.C. Saarbrucken Stade Rheins v. Voros Lobogo, Budapest.
These matches are being played at Paris on 14th December and at Budapest on 28th December. The other qualifiers :
Partisan, Belgrade v. Real, Madrid play their first tie at Madrid on Christmas Day.
All ties in this round must be completed by 31st January, the semi-finals (also on a home-and-home basis) by
mid-April and the Final is to be played under the auspices of the Union des Associations Europennes de Football at Paris in June.
MINE HOST, GORDON!
GORDON SMITH is laying the final plans for the opening of his Road House at Willowbrae. The name will be “The Right Wing,” and the short opening ceremony will take place about 12 noon a week to-day. It will be a fairly quiet affair, confined mainly to representatives of the trade in Edinburgh.
HIBS FLOODLIT RECORD
Sept. 14. Rot-Weiss, Essen (A)4—0
„ 19. Manchester Un. (H) 5—0
Oct. 3. Preston North End (A) 4—0
Oct. 12. Rot-Weiss, Essen (H) I —I
„ 19. Newcastle Un. (A) 2—1
Nov. I. Manchester City (H) 2—1
„ 16. Newcastle Un. (H) 2—0
„ 23. Djurgaardens (A) 3—I
OUR COVER PICTURE
Gordon Smith, Lawrie Reilly and
Tommy Younger leaving Easter Road Park the other morning after training. This picture, by the Editor, has caught all three of them in happy mood.