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It’s the maddest game I have ever been involved in but quite possibly the best game ever in the Scottish Premier League.
Motherwell and Hibernian are both chasing a European place at the top end of the league, head to head at Fir Park.
If someone had said to me we would share a 12 goal thriller, I would have said they were mad, but what unfolded was amazing.
Colin Nish puts Hibs 1-0 up, Giles Coke equalises. Nish adds his second and Derek Riordan latches onto a poor back-pass and the visitors are 3-1 up. Nish scores his tat-trick to make it 4-1 and it’s not even half-time!
I managed to get on the end of a good Jim O’Brien cross to make it 4-2, but we were still expecting a roasting from manager Craig Brown and assistant Archie Knox!
In the second half, Anthony Stokes scores two to make it 6-2 and I can now see Motherwell fans heading for the exits.
We had a good defensive record that season, but you wouldn’t think so on this night.
Jim O’Brien hits the post, Giles Coke nets the rebound. Tom Hateley hits a bizarre free-kick that goes all the way through a ruck of players into the net 6-4.
Suddenly, everyone is thinking, surely not?
Jim O’Brien floats the cross over from the corner and I catch it cleanly with my head to make it 6-5. The place is going crazy, but what about the fans who left early!
Lukas Jutkiewicz wins a penalty for us and suddenly we are thinking we could snatch a point, but Ross Forbes’ spot-kick is saved brilliantly by Graeme Smith.
Then, in the dying minutes of the game, I hit a long hopeful punt into the Hibs half and after one bounce, two, then three, Lukas Jutkiewicz hits the goal of his life from the left side of the box into the roof of the net 6-6!
At the end of the game I was more worried about our gaffer Craig Brown’s heart than anything else and most of the boys were still wondering if we were going to get a blocking from assistant Archie Knox for losing six goals.
It was the most incredible game I have ever been involved in.Back to The Football Family
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