Hibernian F.C.

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Hibernian F.C.
Full nameHibernian Football Club
Nickname(s)The Hibees
The Cabbage
GroundEaster Road,
Leith, Edinburgh
ChairmanRon Gordon
ManagerJack Ross
LeagueScottish Premiership
2020/21Scottish Premiership, 3rd

Hibernian Football Club, also known as Hibs, is a professional football club based at Easter Road in Edinburgh, Scotland. They play in the Scottish Premiership. Their city rivals are Hearts. It is one of three SPFL clubs in the city, the others being their Edinburgh derby rivals Hearts and Edinburgh City. Hibernian was founded in 1875 by Irish immigrants, but support for the club is now based on geography rather than ethnicity or religion. The Irish heritage of Hibernian is still reflected, however, in its name, colours and badge.[1]

In 1887 Hibernian defeated Preston North End in a match nicknamed the Association Football Championship of the World decider, because of the two teams’ achievements in their domestic cup trophies. Hibs enjoyed enormous success throughout the 1940s and 50s where they won the 1947/8, 1950/1 and 1951/2 League Competitions. Their not-so-secret weapon was the attacking formation known as ‘The Famous Five’ consisting of Bobby Johnstone, Willie Ormond, Lawrie Reilly, Gordon Smith and Eddie Turnbull.

Hibs became the first British team to enter European competition in 1955. They competed in the Champions Cup and gave a fantastic performance against the German club, Rot Weiss Essen, winning 4-1 and drawing 1-1 on the return match in Scotland.

Hibernian F.C. was in grave danger of being closed down at the beginning of the 1990s when Wallace Mercer of rivals, Hearts of Midlothian, decided he wanted just one main club in Edinburgh. However, the club was saved in 1991 by Sir Tom Farmer CBE.

Hibernian became the first team to be relegated via the SPFL playoffs in 2014.[2] In 2016 they ended their 114 year wait for the Scottish Cup, winning a final against Rangers 3-2.[3]

In 2019, Tom Farmer sold the club to Ron Gordon.[4] Gordon died in 2023.[5][6]

Squad[change | change source]

As of June 15 2008.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF Scotland Scotland Kevin McCann
4 DF England England Chris Hogg (vice-captain)
5 DF England England Rob Jones (captain)
6 MF Scotland Scotland Brian Kerr
7 MF Morocco Morocco Merouane Zemmama
8 FW England England Clayton Donaldson
9 FW Scotland Scotland Steven Fletcher
10 FW Morocco Morocco Abdessalam Benjelloun
11 MF Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland Alan O'Brien
12 MF Portugal Portugal Filipe Morais
16 MF Scotland Scotland Lewis Stevenson
17 MF Scotland Scotland Sean Lynch
19 DF Cameroon Cameroon Thierry Gathuessi
20 MF Scotland Scotland John Rankin
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 GK Scotland Scotland Andrew McNeil
22 MF Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Dean Shiels
23 MF Scotland Scotland Ross Chisholm
24 FW Scotland Scotland Colin Nish
25 DF Scotland Scotland Darren McCormack
26 MF Scotland Scotland Ian Murray
28 FW Scotland Scotland Ross Campbell
29 FW England England Damon Gray
31 GK Poland Poland Zbigniew Małkowski
33 DF Scotland Scotland Paul Hanlon
34 DF Scotland Scotland Martin Canning
41 GK Hungary Hungary David Grof
50 GK Belgium Belgium Yves Makabu Ma-Kalambay
–– DF Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland David van Zanten

References[change | change source]

  1. "Hibernian F.C." Football Wiki. Retrieved 2021-06-12.
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/may/25/hibernian-hamilton-scottish-premiership-play-off
  3. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/36292302
  4. https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11755087/hibernian-taken-over-by-american-businessman-ron-gordon
  5. https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11792/12816593/ron-gordon-hibernian-executive-chairman-and-majority-shareholder-dies-aged-68
  6. AFootballReport. "Hibernian Football Club". afootballreport.com. Retrieved 2021-06-12.