Hibs v Falkirk: Liam Craig’s wife won’t watch her Hibs captain husband face her employers

Liam and Laura Craig met at Falkirk FC
Liam and Laura Craig met at Falkirk FC

Laura Craig will have split loyalties tomorrow as her husband goes head to head with her employers when Hibs take on Falkirk in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.

But rather than face an uncomfortable afternoon she will bodyswerve the national stadium and treat herself to some fun on a girlie weekend instead.

“It’s a great club with a lot of good people,” Hibs captain Liam Craig said of Falkirk. “My wife works at the club so I need to be careful with what I say. I still live in the area as well so there is a connection there. Come Saturday it’s all about getting Hibs to the cup final and if I play I’ll be looking to do that.”

He joked that his wife would be delighted to return to a happy husband and a win bonus.

“She’s on a hen party so she’s not that bothered – convenient eh!” said the Hibs club captain to our sister paper, The Scotsman. “She is away up north with all her pals this weekend. She said she would not watch the game either. The fact she works at a football club and she gets a day off – the last thing she wants to do is watch the game. She’ll probably take very little interest apart from the fact that I’ll still be moaning on Sunday and all next week if we don’t win the game.”

The wedding of Laura’s pal Lee is scheduled for cup final day, which means that his wife could also miss out on the Hampden showpiece on May 30. The Hibs midfielder would prefer to miss out on the wedding. He is hoping that the Edinburgh club can seal another shot at winning the trophy which has eluded them since 1902, content that his wife, whom he met during his two-year stint at Falkirk, will not be there to jinx them.

People talk about winning leagues, but the final of the FA Cup and Scottish Cup are games you want to be involved in and games you want to win

Liam Craig

“I don’t think Laura has seen Hibs score yet and she’s been to a few games. I told her she wasn’t coming to the semi-final anyway. It’s been good banter with her as well but it’s about what Hibs do on Saturday.

“I would be lying if I said Falkirk was not the draw we wanted. If you were to ask the Falkirk players they probably wanted us after not beating them this season. We won’t underestimate them, we know how difficult a team they can be. There’s not been a lot in the three games even though they’ve won two. Come Saturday that won’t matter. We will go into Saturday with great belief that we can cause them problems.”

Craig has fond memories of a previous cup semi-final featuring the teams.

“I was at the [2013] semi-final when they [Hibs] beat Falkirk 4-3 and I had already signed the pre-contract and I remember standing in the main stand and looking at the Hibs supporters singing Sunshine on Leith at the end of the game and I just couldn’t wait to be here. That’s what is in my mind this week, going into the game.”

The Craig household is not the only one conflicted by this weekend’s semi-final. As revealed yesterday in The Falkirk Herald’s special 12-page ‘Hampden Calling’ pull-out, Craig Sibbald’s Hibs-supporting brother Gary will avoid the Scottish Cup clash, after watching his brother open the scoring the last time the sides met at Hampden.