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Football: Keith's keeping it in the family.


THEY'RE calling it the family final and Hibs hero Keith Wright is taking the description literally.

The man who scored the club's clincher in the 1991 final is filling a mini-bus with friends and relatives for tomorrow's Hampden occasion.

Cowdenbeath manager Wright has borrowed the Fife club's bus for the day to ferry his clan and a couple of heroes from the class of 91 to Hampden.

Mickey Weir - man of the match 13 years ago - is also taking his family as is Gareth Evans.

The three have remained friends and are as up for the cup as they were the last time the Hibees won a major trophy.

Wright said: "Hibs just don't get to enough finals. That's why 40,000 Hibs fans are now going through this time.

"I'm taking my kids and they are all really looking forward to it.

"Mickey and Gareth are coming with their partners and kids as well so there will be 16 of us on the bus."

He added: "The great thing about taking the kids is knowing there won't be trouble.

"Nothing against the Old Firm, but you are never quite so keen to go if they are involved."

Wright is hoping that Bobby Williamson's kids are treated to the same experience the 91 side were, when they were greeted by thousands of fans in the centre of Edinburgh and all the way to Easter Road.

He said: "The homecoming was every bit as good as winning the cup. We picked up the bus at Maybury and drove all the way to Princes Street where the crowds were amazing. It was the same down Leith Walk and then down Easter Road."

Wright urged Williamson's rookies not to let the occasion pass them by.

He said: "They should enjoy the game - every second of it.

"They are a good team but you never know when you'll be involved in a final again.

"These games pass you by so quickly that I hope the players can soak it up this time."

"The 91 final was a nervous occasion. We were desperate to go home with the cup.

"Scoring the second goal was tremendous because when it went in we knew we had done it.

"I beat the offside trap and I knew that if I put it past Andy Rhodes the game would be over."


GOING TO THE BIG MATCH: Hibee hero Keith Wright with his children Scott, Rebecca and Jack
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 13, 2004
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