Know the Ref - Hibs away

It doesn't seem to matter who you support, your opinion of him is that he's useless. Somehow he is able to do European matches, but he is a terrible official that infuriates most fans. A few months ago I was at a Scottish Cup tie between two non-league sides he took and he was still horrendously bad.

Anyway, onto the facts. He's only done one of our games this season - and we won! That was a 2-1 win at Caley Thistle, our first win of the season. The home side were awarded a first half penalty when Franco Miranda seemed to slip and bring someone down. Our record with him last season was quite good too - a Boxing Day win at Hearts and a draw with Dundee United at Tannadice thanks to a late goal. Maybe he isn't that bad!

In our first season back in the SPL he took charge of an early game at Love Street against United. We lost 3-1 and he sent off Barry Robson - a decision he came in for a lot of criticism for but was probably correct. Other games that year were midweek draws with Motherwell and Hibs.

In our title winning season he took charge of a number of games - a League Challenge Cup win at Queen of the South, a League Cup defeat to Motherwell and a home defeat to Hamilton. More interesting is a 4-1 hammering of Airdrie where an Airdrie player was sent off for swearing at a linesman. We were then given a free-kick from which we scored! He only did two games the previous season - a draw at Falkirk and a win over Airdrie.

The previous year he only took charge of one of our games, a 1-1 draw at home to Ross County when the visitors had a player sent off. That was actually Gus MacPherson's first proper game in charge.

Hibs haven't had much luck with Mr Brines this season - the only game of theirs he has done was a cup defeat to lower league Morton. Last season he did three Hibs games - a draw with Falkirk, a 4-2 win over Gretna (remember them?) when he sent off the Gretna keeper in the last minute and a defeat to Celtic.

He did a number of Hibs game in 2006/07 so it's a bit silly going into details of them all. Of note is a cup hammering of Gretna, a defeat at Ibrox were Ivan Sproule was sent off and a win over Celtic. Slightly better for Sproule was a visit to Ibrox in 2005/06 when Brines was in charge as the winger scored a hat-trick. Hibs lost a different game to Rangers under Brines that season as well as a game against Aberdeen.

In 2004/05, Mr Brines oversaw a Hibs defeat at Parkhead and a home win over Dundee. He did a few other Hibs games the seasons before that but nothing noteworthy shows up on Soccerbase.

From this, his record doesn't seem too bad - but he is an incredibly infuriating and inconsistent. With a red card average of one every four games, there's also a fair chance he'll show a red at some stage on Saturday.