Date: 31st May 2010 at 9:29am
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With the Hands Off Hibs 20th anniversary just around the corner today is the day for Hibs fans when they can begin to purchase copies of The Proclaimers anthem Sunshine on Leith in a bid to have the record chart to coincide with a tribute concert on Wednesday June 9th.

The track costs 89p and can be purchased from here.

For those who are wondering what Hands off Hibs was, takes us back to the summer of 1990 when then Hearts Chairman Wallace Mercer thought it would make sense to attempt to purchase Hibs lock, stock and barrel and amalgamate them under the banner of their fierce rivals.

Hibs had accrued a huge debt under the stewardship of David Duff and Jim Gray who had purchased pubs and clubs throughout the UK which had in fact turned into a massive loss making adventure.

As such Mercer circled like a vulture and tried to gain the required shareholding (Hibs were listed on the stock exchange at the time) which would extinguish 100 years of Edinburgh footballing history.

A campaign led by the late Kenny McLean, an Edinburgh publican and life long Hibee, was eventually to triumph over Mercer’s outrageous bid which was to see him become public enemy number one in the eyes of Hibs supporters worldwide.

At the time the news of a potential made headlines all over and was the lead story on the BBC’s national 6 o’clock news when the story broke.

Mercer often recalled barriers which prevented the takeover as “tribalism” – most rational supporters thought he was quite plainly egotistical and on a power trip.

McLean managed to persuade many shareholders from selling to Mercer and enlisted the help of Sir Tom Farmer to help bail the club out.

The following season saw Hibs repay McLean and the fans support by lifting the League Cup with a 2-0 victory over Dunfermline.