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Offline Dr Gonzo

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Hibernian announcer sacked for playing the Beatles
« on: November 14, 2012, 10:29:02 AM »
Football stadium announcers are not expected to get too creative with their musical choices so you would think putting on a record from the most famous band in popular music history would not be a problem.
However, Willie Docherty, the stadium announcer for Scottish Premier League side Hibernian, ended up losing his job when he decided to play 'Taxman' by the Beatles at half-time of Hibs match against Dundee United at the weekend.

The song choice was a not too subtle dig at Hibs' fierce Edinburgh rivals Hearts who are fighting for their future after being issued with a winding-up order over a tax bill for almost £450,000.
The cheeky song choice caused giggles from the Easter Road faithful but was not met with the same amusement by Hibernian officials who felt it was a 'breach of conduct.'
Doherty, a driving instructor by day and a former radio DJ, was quickly sacked from his position and is said to be distraught over his punishment.

"Willie is devastated. He was brought up in Leith and is a lifelong fan of the club. It was a dream job for him," a friend told the Daily Record.

"He believes it was just a joke. I don't think many Hearts fans would want to see Hibs going as far as sacking him."
World of Sport thinks it's nice that a mate has spoken up for Willie and we hope he gets by with a little help from his friends.

And just to show we have no bias when it comes to Edinburgh football, we wish Hearts all the best on the long and winding road back to financial security.

And don't worry, we'll let it be with the bad Beatles puns now.


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Offline Samuel Vimes

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Re: Hibernian announcer sacked for playing the Beatles
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2012, 11:57:35 AM »
Serious sense of humour failure.
For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name / He writes - not that you won or lost - but how you played the Game.

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Re: Hibernian announcer sacked for playing the Beatles
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2012, 06:38:52 PM »
Didn't the Falkirk announcer get sacked for calling the new Rangers tribute club "Sevco"?

And there was the case last season where a Hearts supporter ran on and assaulted Neil Lennon, in front of a stadium full of people and millions watching on TV.

The verdict when it got to court? "Not proven".

Only in Scotland eh!