By: Hibernian Media on 11 Oct, 2018 17:00
Former Hibernian captain and player-assistant manager Murdo MacLeod looked back on his move to the club from Borussia Dortmund in 1990 and the spoke of the lasting impact it has had on him.
His transfer from the German giants was completed after Hibernian had staved off the attempted takeover from Wallace Mercer and he admitted that the move was never in doubt.
Watching on from Germany, Murdo always had the belief that the club would survive and said that his move was a no-brainer despite the then-recent financial difficulties.
Murdo said: “With Hibs being such a massive club that you never felt that something catastrophic wasn’t going to happen.
“I was positive about the whole thing and I signed for the club because Hibs is a big club and one that I used to have great battles with when I played against them.
“The fans are great, it was a great stadium to play in with a great atmosphere too. When I came back from Germany it was a no-brainer to sign for Hibs.”
The former midfielder was talking at Eden Mill Blendworks in St Andrews and helped to craft the latest partnership gin between Hibernian and Eden Mill.
Murdo was part of a squad that would later become known as ‘That Team That Wouldn’t Die’ as Hibernian came from the brink and delivered silverware for the battle-hardened supporters – a defining moment in the club’s history.
It was rewarding and cathartic with the bottled up emotion of the fans came flowing out, as evidenced in the huge turnout at Hampden Park for the 2-0 win over Dunfermline in the final and the crowds that greeted the team during their parading of the trophy through the streets of the capital.
He knew that it was just the tonic for the players, backroom staff and supporters after a testing period, and called the parade “special” as he paid tribute to the fans for their resolve.
He said: “It was very special to be the captain of Hibs and going up at Hampden to lift the League Cup. For me though, the biggest part was going through on the open top bus.
“Going through all the streets of Edinburgh and seeing the amount of Hibs fans that turned out was incredible. You’re thinking that they were all out on the streets, but then you got to the stadium and it was jam-packed.
“It was a great feeling. When I was at Celtic we won a few cups but you couldn’t go around Glasgow on an open top bus, so it was really special.
“Football clubs are all about the supporters and the Hibs fans battled away to save their club. All the people that stepped forward and put in money, fought for it and got everything sorted out, it was a great effort.
“I hope that we rewarded them well by getting a trophy, but they looked like they certainly enjoyed it.”
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