Hibernian continued their very positive start to the season with a 1-0 win over St Johnstone on Sunday afternoon, with Stevie Mallan’s injury time penalty proving to be the difference between the two sides in Perth.
With three points heading back to Easter Road, the first team weren’t the only winners over the weekend. Hibernian Supporters contributor Mathew Moir walked away with £250 after placing his vote in our Man of the Match poll on Sunday evening.
The vote, which allows fans to have their say on who should be crowned the game’s best player, has been running successfully since the first day of the season with a trial on the opening day followed by live polls in all following matches.
Each vote initiates an automatic £1 payment with one lucky voter bagging themselves at least £250 in prize money following a random draw of all entrants.
Speaking to Hibernian Supporters following the news he was last weekend’s winner, Mathew confirmed he was delighted to pick up the £250 prize pot.
In an incredibly generous act of kindness, Mathew plans to give a portion of his winnings to Leith Links Kicks for Kids, the fans’ fund which allows season tickets to be purchased for young people in Edinburgh and the surrounding area.
“I was shocked and pleasantly surprised when I was informed that I was the recent Hibernian Supporters Man of the Match winner. The fans vote is very important as it gives supporters the chance to choose their Man of the Match.
“I am planning on giving another child, through Kicks for Kids, the chance to attend a match at Easter Road just as I have had the opportunity to attend games. I also plan to add to my other passion of collecting a Diecast Model Plane!”
As an ordinary Hibs fan, Mathew believes the work of Hibernian Supporters is very important, with additional funds being passed to the manager’s budget on a monthly basis.
“I am a third generation Hibee, and I have been fortunate to have attended many games at Easter Road since I was a child. I attended my first game with my uncle when I was three. I have had some fantastic opportunities with Hibs, which has created wonderful memories – obviously 21st May 2016 being the best one so far!
“I think it is a great idea that fans can come together and help their club. We all want to see the club achieve great things but that can be costly. That’s why it is great that fans can feel a sense of pride by helping to raise funds to help towards the costs of a player and say that they contributed to bringing players into the club.”
With another three points on the board, Hibs are riding high and joint-top of the league after five matches – our best start to a season in the top flight since the days of Turnbull’s Tornadoes.
Mathew was pleased to see the team come away with a win in the type of match which has seen us slip up in recent years.
“I was happy to get the three points, though St Johnstone had better possession and were the better team at times. Numerous times we have lost points in a similar way so a win is a win.
“I do feel that the team can improve in some areas, but I have faith in Jack Ross to accomplish this as the season progresses and he gets in the players he would like. Then we will have a stronger team to keep the great start to the season going.”
The Hibernian Supporters Man of the Match poll will be back following Aberdeen’s visit to Easter Road this Sunday, with all voters in with a chance of winning at least £250.
To place your vote, simply log in to your Hibernian Supporters account and select your player of choice from the options on the ‘My Account’ page.