Hibernian

Founded In
1875
Location
Edinburgh, Scotland

Hibernian

About Hibernian

First established by Irish immigrants in 1875, Hibernian Football Club have historically enjoyed significant success in Scottish football. Commonly known by the shortened name Hibs, they maintain a strong rivalry with fellow Edinburgh-based club Hearts. The derby between the two teams dates back to Hibs' foundation year and is one of world football's oldest rivalries.

The club's most successful era spanned from 1947 until 1956. In 1947, Hibs were beaten finalists in the Scottish Cup. They followed that with a league title win in the 1947-48 season, largely under the management of Willie McCartney. Hugh Shaw took over as manager after McCartney's death and completed that domestic season, before adding back-to-back league wins in 1950-51 and 1951-1952. In 1955, Hibs were invited to compete in the first European Cup and, in doing so, became the first British club to enter a continental competition. They would eventually reach the semi final stage, before losing to Stade Reims.

In total, Hibernian have been crowned Scottish champions on four occasions, with their other win coming in 1902-03. The club has twice lifted the Scottish Cup, although both successes were well over 100 years ago, in 1887 and 1902. The team's 2007 League Cup win remains their most recent success. In total, they have won that competition three times.

Lawrie Reilly is the club's record goalscorer, while Gordon Smith, Willie Ormond, Eddie Turnbull and Bobby Johnstone completed a group of players from that era who were affectionately known as the 'Famous Five'. Other notable former players include names like Joe Baker, Arthur Duncan and Scott Brown.

Hibs have played their home matches at Easter Road since its opening back in 1893. The stadium, which is sometimes referred to as the 'Leith San Siro', currently has a maximum capacity of 20,421. However, prior to the implementation of all-seater stands, the ground's attendance record was set in 1950 at 65,860 for a game against Hearts.