KP update - April

Power

Legendary Radge
At this time of year in the football world important issues such as becoming champions, winning trophies, qualifying for Europe and relegation/expulsion are all focused on. The outstanding support from the Hibs fans has allowed the club to be competitive from the word go in 2020/21 (thank you) - The team haven’t been out of the top 4 in the league all season. I can’t think of a better way to thank the supporters (and close off the most surreal periods in most of our lives) than by bringing the oldest trophy in world football back home to Leith. Embrace the stress of the run in and thrive under pressure to do the job. Time for new heroes.


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Always available if you need me for anything kpower@hibernianfc.co.uk

March was fairly light. So it is only right to balance that out with an action packed April - AGM, Some great performances, Season Ticket release and more.

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AGM

The club thanked the supporters who stepped up in one of most challenging years most can remember. There was also thanks to the staff at Easter Road, the football department and HSL & many supporters who contributed financially to the club.

There was time to look back at the sporting performance of reaching the latter stages of cups, revamping the squad with a younger, smaller and balanced feel. Looking back towards the business performance - 11,000 season tickets, reduced the operating costs, launched a new website, commercial growth, New PA system and new initiatives: Greenest club in Scotland and Thank You NHS.

Looking forward - European Football, Continue to invest & improve the first team, Reinvest & improve the Development Squad and appoint a new CEO. Building on the new PA system already completed there was talk of further investments off the park - new screens, updating the tired stadium, hospitality improvements and focus on the pitch straight after the last home game of the season. Social Media platforms will be upgraded, more creative ticketing products and launch of Hibs membership programme

Final note to all was everyone is indispensable and necessary to our success. Building on our Season Ticket numbers to help continue our momentum is key.

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Season Tickets

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Last week the club launched season tickets for 2021/22, confident we'll have a football resembling close to normal as can be.

The club has released all options at the start to be as flexible as possible and for those who renew the club will be offering a number of additional benefits as a thank you for the support over the current season and last year.

For more season ticket information click here

How To Buy - Hibernian FC

Finance Options - Hibernian FC

Pricing & Categories - Hibernian FC

Season Ticket Holder Benefits - Hibernian FC

Season Ticket FAQs

Remember… #ThisIsOurCity and The club will be there for you when you're ready.

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CEO Search

I'm expecting next time I update this will be complete - nearly there.

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I would like to update you on what I’ve brought to the board’s attention on behalf of supporters.

Supporter Loyalty Recognition

It is key we keep our supporters backing front of mind, finding ways to reward our fans for the fantastic backing.

KP - Great to see the club acknowledge this on the website via the season ticket release - "The Club actively looks at additional ways to recognise the loyalty of supporters and will continue to do what we can to provide value for supporters"

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Scottish Cup

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The time and date for the Scottish Cup semi final with Dundee United has been set. Saturday 8th May at 4pm. Hampden Park. Live on Premier Sports TV.

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Return to Stadia

May and June is going to give us a great indication of where we might start from come August (crazy to say there is no certainty with something that is only just over 3 months away).

Currently Scottish Government protection level advice states:
  • Outdoor seated and open space events are advised to operate with a maximum capacity of 2,000 people.
  • Outdoor grouped standing events are advised to operate with a maximum capacity of 1,000 people.
  • Seated indoor events are advised to operate with a maximum of 400 people.
At the minute the club is to work towards plans of 2m social distancing. The club is confident it can get more than 2,000 into Easter Road safely and following guidance.

The process (at the time of writing/moment) is if we want more than 2,000, we need to apply to the local authority, and if we want more than 5,000, that goes to Scottish Government for approval.

I expect a lot to change between now and August/September/October but that's where we're currently at.

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Some really insightful and great articles floating around April

Ethan Laidlaw - who is the young Hibs striker?
Ethan Laidlaw: Who is the young Hibs striker in the squad to face Huns?


Tom Wright from Hibs Historical Trust shares some history and links the club has with Leith
Day 99 — Leith For Ever


Graeme Mathie talks about interest in our talent
How Hibs chief plans to fend off interest in youngsters as English clubs circle


David Gray hungry for more
'I'm still hungry for more' - Hibs' David Gray eyeing another Scottish Cup as he reflects on 2016 and his future


Talented youngsters
Is a second Hibs “Golden Generation” on the horizon?


Hibs 90s nostalgia
15 photos to transport you back to Easter Road and watching Hibs in the 1990s


Different football environment for Hibs youngsters
Why Hibs could send more youngsters overseas - and how Man City are inspiring the Easter Road side

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Some fantastic content (as always!) coming from Hibs supporters.

Hit these channels onto your favourites to get the full list of uploads on each platform.

Down The Slope - YouTube

hibs pod - YouTube

Hibs Talk - YouTube

Longbangers Podcast - YouTube

Hibees Fan TV
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Hibs Take A Stand Against R - Hibernian FC

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Hibernian Football Club supports - Hibernian FC

Enough is enough.

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Hibernian Supporters

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A huge thank you, as always, to fans who have been able to back the football club financially in these times.

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Club news

Hibernian FC AGM - Hibernian FC

Eden Mill x Hibernian Football Club | #MatchdaySpirit - Hibernian FC

Hibernian NHS Fundraising efforts - Hibernian FC

Hibs Daft School Janny Gets Special Delivery - Hibernian FC

Hibs U18s make it two from two with derby win - Hibernian FC

Carabao 90+2 Challenge with Joe Newell & Melker Hallberg - Hibernian FC

Eden Mill #MatchDaySpirit | Jen's Story - Hibernian FC

Hibernian donate Saturday's match sponsorship to ELHF in support of our NHS heroes - Hibernian FC

Hibernian Women secure pre-contract signing of Toni Malone - Hibernian FC

Hibs' U18s maintain unbeaten start - Hibernian FC

Hibs U18s top table after downing Dons - Hibernian FC

Callum comm - Hibernian FC

Hibernian Football Club and Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation team up to launch ‘Fit’ba challenge - Hibernian FC

Keeper Kevin Dabrowski signs new two-year deal - Hibernian FC

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Remember to register your new online account on the new Hibernian FC website


KP - an important reminder to get yourself organised with a new online account on the new Hibernian FC website. This will act as a single sign-on for all platforms in the future (e-ticketing at the moment). A better experience. Important for season ticket renewals.

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External links

Pat McGinlay: ‘Managers feared my lovely wife and so did I when she shouted at me from the stand’ | The Scotsman

KP - Barry article recently.

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Hibernian Community Foundation

Hibees are buzzin'


Postcode Community Trust funds Hibees Project | Hibernian Community Foundation

KP - Loving the play on words here.


Chief Executive Officer - Vacancy

KP - Charlie Bennett has transformed the Community Foundation in his time here and is moving on to pastures new. Wishing him all the best.

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https://twitter.com/weephotosedin/status/1385594847172694017?s=21
Tremendous.



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https://twitter.com/hibernianretro/status/1385479382857289728?s=21

Loving this.

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Hibernian Clubstore reopens with half-price sale! - Hibernian FC

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Clubstore is back open, Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.

https://twitter.com/hibernianfc/status/1386590873203380226?s=21

KP - Ticket Office will shortly reopen too on a phased basis with the reduced staff it now has. Details later next week.

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This is what it feels like to be Hibs

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I found myself at the stadium recently to help with a sponsor opportunity and in the company of two very young Hibs fans. Hit home how big the impact of returning to Easter Road will be not only for us but our younger ones, some maybe seeing it for the first time. What a feeling that is going to be.


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Keep doing what you do.

If you need me to help with anything, please just shout.

May is massive. Catch you on the other side of it.

"First to wear green. We never give up. We'll fight to the end. To bring home the cup".

KP
 
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Rocky

Well-Known Radge
Thanks for the update KP, appreciated as always.

If I may have a little whinge, I'm not particularly impressed at suddenly finding myself to be a third class season ticket holder who's not entitled to the same benefits as others (and I know I've moaned about this elsewhere already so apologies for repetition).

I took out my first 'lad and dad' season ticket in 2012 when my boy was 8 years old (having previously been an East Stand ST). At that time it seemed like a quiet(er) part of the stadium would be best for him given that the only time he cried at the 2012 cup final was when WE scored cos the noise was too much for him! We got settled there so have never moved since. Then the tiering announcement came along so we found ourselves saving a bit of money compared to other parts of the ground, which is nice enough although I'd never complained in the preceding years about paying the same as everyone else for an 'inferior' seat.

To me, the purpose of the bronze/silver/gold tiering was to try to better spread the demand around the stadium by recognising that some SEATS were worth more than others, and that was all it was based on, paying more for a better view.

But now we're lumping additional benefits into the tiers too? What's the point of that, that's only going to increase demand in the already busier parts of the ground isn't it? i.e. the precise opposite of what the tiers were supposed to do in the first place? I really don't get it, and I'm convinced LD wouldn't have agreed with it either, she spoke often about not wanting to create divisions between classes of ST holder.

Just my tuppence worth.

Yours faithfully

A 3rd class season ticket holder pleb

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Hibee Kev

Well-Known Radge
Thanks for the update KP, appreciated as always.

If I may have a little whinge, I'm not particularly impressed at suddenly finding myself to be a third class season ticket holder who's not entitled to the same benefits as others (and I know I've moaned about this elsewhere already so apologies for repetition).

I took out my first 'lad and dad' season ticket in 2012 when my boy was 8 years old (having previously been an East Stand ST). At that time it seemed like a quiet(er) part of the stadium would be best for him given that the only time he cried at the 2012 cup final was when WE scored cos the noise was too much for him! We got settled there so have never moved since. Then the tiering announcement came along so we found ourselves saving a bit of money compared to other parts of the ground, which is nice enough although I'd never complained in the preceding years about paying the same as everyone else for an 'inferior' seat.

To me, the purpose of the bronze/silver/gold tiering was to try to better spread the demand around the stadium by recognising that some SEATS were worth more than others, and that was all it was based on, paying more for a better view.

But now we're lumping additional benefits into the tiers too? What's the point of that, that's only going to increase demand in the already busier parts of the ground isn't it? i.e. the precise opposite of what the tiers were supposed to do in the first place? I really don't get it, and I'm convinced LD wouldn't have agreed with it either, she spoke often about not wanting to create divisions between classes of ST holder.

Just my tuppence worth.

Yours faithfully

A 3rd class season ticket holder pleb

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Are there extra benefits that go with the gold/silver/bronze tiers? Wasn't aware of these. What are they? I know the corporate ST holders get extra benefits but those were the only ones I'd heard of.
 

Rocky

Well-Known Radge
Are there extra benefits that go with the gold/silver/bronze tiers? Wasn't aware of these. What are they? I know the corporate ST holders get extra benefits but those were the only ones I'd heard of.
Aye, it's in this link that KP posted:


I'm not even that fussed for the benefits I'm not entitled too, just narked that I'm suddenly of less value to the club than others and the only way to change that is to try to move to part of the ground that's pretty much full anyway!
 

Power

Legendary Radge
Thread starter
Thanks for the update KP, appreciated as always.

If I may have a little whinge, I'm not particularly impressed at suddenly finding myself to be a third class season ticket holder who's not entitled to the same benefits as others (and I know I've moaned about this elsewhere already so apologies for repetition).

I took out my first 'lad and dad' season ticket in 2012 when my boy was 8 years old (having previously been an East Stand ST). At that time it seemed like a quiet(er) part of the stadium would be best for him given that the only time he cried at the 2012 cup final was when WE scored cos the noise was too much for him! We got settled there so have never moved since. Then the tiering announcement came along so we found ourselves saving a bit of money compared to other parts of the ground, which is nice enough although I'd never complained in the preceding years about paying the same as everyone else for an 'inferior' seat.

To me, the purpose of the bronze/silver/gold tiering was to try to better spread the demand around the stadium by recognising that some SEATS were worth more than others, and that was all it was based on, paying more for a better view.

But now we're lumping additional benefits into the tiers too? What's the point of that, that's only going to increase demand in the already busier parts of the ground isn't it? i.e. the precise opposite of what the tiers were supposed to do in the first place? I really don't get it, and I'm convinced LD wouldn't have agreed with it either, she spoke often about not wanting to create divisions between classes of ST holder.

Just my tuppence worth.

Yours faithfully

A 3rd class season ticket holder pleb

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Fair call out, really appreciated. Something I will pass on for you.

You’re absolutely spot on about the purpose behind the stadium segmentation.

The club have released a season ticket benefit package per categories for next season to acknowledge the difference in pricing categories fans have paid for this current season (Some paying more than others but for the same digital product. ie. gold v silver/bronze).

This won’t be a permanent feature when we return to some form of normality, which I hope is next season.

Every type of supporter is valued.

Segmentation/seat pricing is a sound idea but the timing of launching it couldn’t of been any worse with this unforeseen and unfortunate landscape. Difficult one to balance between now and returning to football like normal.

This is something I will keep in the back of my mind moving forward and actively work with the team to find improvements. Links strongly to finding additional ways to recognise all supporters flagged to the board.

Always available to help where I can.

KP
 

Rocky

Well-Known Radge
Thanks KP, I didn't realise it was a one off for this season only. And I do get the fact that some paid more than others for the same product this season so it's nice that the club are trying to recognise that. On the flip side I've been paying the same as others for a "worse" product in terms of seat position for years so I reserve the right to still be a bit narked 😂. Plus I've paid for two seats and only watched on one telly as have thousands of others.

Cannae please all of the people all of the time though!
 
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