Hibs Heroes Remember One Of Their Own
Updated Friday, 14th October 2011
They all came out last night to celebrate a new - and long awaited - book about the one and only Franck Sauzée
It is not often you get the chance to meet so many of your club's favourites from through the years in one place. Last night I attended the official launch of 'There is only one Sauzée' at Easter Road which I reviewed on the site yesterday. I was welcomed by a beaming author Ted Brack who must have been a bag of nerves ahead of his moment in the spotlight. Anybody who has ever written an essay in an exam will know the feeling as you wait for the teacher's comments. Brack has gone through months of research, persuasion and writing before he presented his work on one of his, and a large proportion of Hibs fans, favourite players, Franck Sauzée. The work is done but Brack will only know his results once the sales figures are in. The book will be in competition with a large number of books published for the lucrative Christmas market.
Hibs heroes Lawrie Reilly, Pat Stanton, Stuart Lovell, Mickey 'he's here, he's there, he's every f***ing where' Weir, Darren Jackson and Ian Murray were all on hand to tell the gathering of their memories of Le God. They were preaching to the converted with many nods and knowing nudges between friends going on as the tales were told. Rather than re-tell any here that are in the book - buy it as it is a little piece of Hibs history unlikely to be repeated - I will recount just one of the things Stanton said - which was more a comment on modern footballers than Sauzée.
One of the things hammered home in the book is Sauzée love for the Easter Road club. Stanton met Sauzée many times and the famous wearers of the number four shirt understood what it meant to play for Hibs. Stanton said: "Franck was a class act. He had time on the ball and the vision to see what others could not. Really great players see five moves ahead and Franck was a great player. He was not one to shirk a tackle either as many forwards will agree with. His love for the club was evident in the way he played and handled himself on and off the park. When he scored - especially against the Hearts - it was joy unconfined. However, he never felt the need like many modern players to kiss the badge - do me a favour! He played for the fans and know what it meant to them that he scored for them. Jimmy O'Rourke is the biggest Hibs fan I know and he never felt the need to kiss the badge. Both players showed their love for the club as it should be shown, by playing great football"
Here are some pictures from the night.