{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"hibs","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/hearts-favourites-to-sign-kyle-lafferty-and-michael-smith-1-4487196","id":"1.4487196","articleHeadline": "Hearts favourites to sign Kyle Lafferty and Michael Smith","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1498509179948 ,"articleLead": "Hearts are favourites to sign the Northern Ireland internationalists Kyle Lafferty and Michael Smith.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4487195.1498509292!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Kyle Lafferty is wanted by both Hearts and Hibs"} ,"articleBody": "

They will hold a third day of talks with Lafferty on Tuesday, but Edinburgh rivals Hibs also want to speak to the former Norwich City forward.

Hearts discussed terms with Lafferty during lengthy talks at Tynecastle on Monday, which followed an initial meeting on Friday. They made it clear they won't break their wage structure but are prepared to make the 29-year-old one of their highest-paid players.

He is due back in Edinburgh for further negotiations on Tuesday as he seeks a move back to Scotland, where he spent four years with Rangers between 2008 and 2012.

Hearts are keen to win the battle for his signature and parade him before the week is out. Hibs, though, plan to usurp their city neighbours if they can meet the player face to face this week.

They want to tempt Lafferty to Easter Road after losing Jason Cummings, James Keatings and Grant Holt from their forward line since the end of the season.

Right-back Smith was shown round the facilities at Riccarton on Monday. Hearts have agreed a transfer fee with his club, Peterborough United, and the 28-year-old believes a move to Scotland could help him add to the Northern Ireland cap he won last year.

He captained Peterborough at times last season but was transfer listed at the end of the campaign despite playing 44 times for the English League One club.

Coventry City had an offer accepted for the attack-minded full-back, although he chose to travelled to Scotland after hearing of Hearts' interest. Both he and Lafferty are interested in working with the Edinburgh club's assistant coach Austin MacPhee, who is also part of the Northern Ireland coaching staff.

MacPhee is understood to have been instrumental in getting the players to Edinburgh, where they will join their international colleague Aaron Hughes if they put pen to paper with Hearts.

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Hibs’ 15-1 Scottish Cup victory over Peebles Rovers in February 1961 remains the club’s largest margin of victory in a competitive match, yet on a day when records tumbled across the board, one in particular just managed to remain intact.

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Over the course of two spells in Leith, Joe Baker established himself as arguably the Club’s greatest ever goalscorer, netting a phenomenal 158 goals in 194 games, including nine in the thrashing of Peebles.

Just a year earlier however, Baker’s own brother, Gerry, had set the Scottish Cup goalscoring benchmark with ten strikes in the same game as St Mirren claimed a 15-0 win over Glasgow University.

The Peebles game itself was a mismatch from the first whistle as Hibs raced into an 8-1 lead before the break, with Baker hitting five of them.

He would go on to net another four in the second period, including one from the spot, while doubles from Willie Ormond and John Baxter and one each for Sammy Baird and Johnny MacLeod sealed the rout.

Speaking to The Scotsman in 2010, former Hibs defender John Fraser recalled Baker being unstoppable on the day.

He said: “Joe was on fire at that time and he really ran riot that day. Every time we went up the park, we seemed to score.

“I don’t know if Joe was looking to break Gerry’s record but perhaps that was at the back of his mind after he’d scored a couple.

“Everyone was trying to get his name on the scoresheet, myself included. As a former winger I was probably one of the first overlapping full-backs, I felt comfortable getting forward but, unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get a goal.”

Ironically, the Peebles ‘consolation’ came from a former Hibs trainee, striker Wattie McWilliams, but as the Evening News report of the match states, Baker was by far the standout performer.

“A look at the score is sufficient to sum up the game at Easter Road, where non-league Peebles Rovers, a goal down in four minutes and behind 8-1 at half-time, were never in the hunt at all,” it read.

“The man of the match, naturally, was Joe Baker with nine goals, including one from the penalty spot in 60 minutes. And how he struggled for a tenth in the closing minutes.

“He would have done it, too, if he had not been a bit over-anxious, but there it was. Baker and John McLeod were the Hibs dangerman in a front line where only Tommy Preston failed to find the net.

“Peebles goalkeeper Bill Lucas by no means disgraced himself in letting in the proverbial “barrowload”. Time and again he was the only man left to stop Baker or one of his colleagues.”

• For information on Easter Road Stadium Tours, contact bmcgoldrick@hibernianfc.co.uk

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Hibs have rejected a bid of around £1 million from Ipswich Town for midfielder John McGinn, according to reports today.

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The Sunday Mail claims the Skybet Championship club made the offer last week – but it was immediately rejected by the Easter Road club.

Hibs head coach Neil Lennon, who has already seen striker Jason Cummings sold to Nottingham Forest for a fee believed to be around £1 million, is determined to keep hold of Scotland midfielder McGinn, who has two years left on his current contract.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy is believed to be a big fan of the 22-year-old but his offer for the star – winner of both the Ladbrokes Championship and PFA Scotland Championship player of the year awards last season – fell well short of Hibs’ valuation.

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Hibernian star Marvin Bartley has appealed to the sporting world to help him raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire so that they can start to rebuild their lives.

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The midfielder posted a plea on Twitter as he urged his ‘friends in sport’ to help out by donating signed shirts or anything that could be auctioned or raffled off to raise money.

The 30-year-old wrote: “Since the disaster in London I’ve sat back and read people’s stories of losing loved ones, everything they own and in the worst circumstances, both.

“The more I read, the more I appreciate how this could have happened to any one of us, or close friends, or even our own family members.

“In light of this, I want to help raise money to offer as many people as possible a helping hand in rebuilding their lives.

“Imagine losing everything you own.

“I’m calling on all my friends in sport to help by donating a signed shirt or anything signed that can be put into a flash auction / raffle.

“All money raised will be donated to help these people in their time of need. Your help will be sincerely appreciated.”

The message has already been retweeted by Bartley’s fellow midfielder Scott Martin, Celtic’s Liam Henderson, who played alongside Bartley at Easter Road last season, as well as Reading winger Garath McCleary, Bolton Wanderers star Jem Karacan and Charlton Athletic’s Jason Pearce.

Bartley is no stranger to a good cause - the former Leyton Orient man and his girlfriend Sacha helped serve Christmas dinner at a temporary shelter run by homelessness charity Crisis last year.

Bartley said at the time: “Crisis have a shelter in Edinburgh and I live here now so I feel like I’ll be helping my local community. It’s something I’m very passionate about because homelessness could happen to anyone.”

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Prague had been devastated during the Second World War but was already slowly recovering from the hostilities with the Russians still regarded as liberators when Hibs undertook a tour of Czechoslovakia in May of 1946.

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The journey to Prague involved three flights, the first time many of the travelling party – including manager Willie McCartney – had flown. On the final leg, from Amsterdam to the Czech capital the plane suddenly lost altitude dramatically before righting itself, probably due to turbulence, but nevertheless everyone was understandably delighted to get their feet back on terra firma.

It proved to be a memorable visit, a hotel flooded as Sammy Kean and others turned on the taps for their baths but, unknown to them, the water was turned off for repairs. Unfortunately they forgot to turn the taps off and when the water came on hours later guests found water pouring through their ceilings while they were treated to the sight of shoes and clothes floating down the corridors.

Some of the players were fascinated by the trial of a suspected war-time collaborator at Prague’s town hall. At nights they would be invited to local banquets held in their honour and visited theatres before going back to the trial the next day.

At the end of one game some young Czechs mistook McCartney for Britain’s war-time leader Winston Churchill, something Kean in particular found hilarious as they two did look a little similar.

On the football front Hibs played four matches, winning two and losing two, a 3-1 win over AC Sparta Praha followed by a defeat to Brno before Vitkovice – who presented McCartney with this plaque to mark the occasion – were thumped 7-1.

Hibs lost by the odd goal in five to Slavia Praha, a radio broadcast offering supporters in Edinburgh the novelty of listening to commentary on the two games Hibs played in Prague, presented by the voice of McCartney.

• For information on Easter Road Stadium Tours, contact bmcgoldrick@hibernianfc.co.uk

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THE Scottish Cup holders Hibs and the English professionals Preston North End played each other for the “Association Football Championship of the World”, with little doubt that the winners would be considered to have been the first world club champions.

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The match was the first of its kind, and had been eagerly looked forward to for some time. It was Hibs’ first home game of the season, whereas the English side’s early start had given Hibs, in any case the underdogs, scant hopes for success. A little more patience was called for, because the late arrival of Hibs’ left winger Clark delayed the kick-off for ten minutes.

When it did get under way, the crowd was treated to a match that was the hardest fought and, we might say, the roughest that will be witnessed at Easter Road this season.

It started early on; within five minutes it was clear that the North Enders had a stiff afternoon’s work cut out for them, and almost as soon, a great deal of feeling was introduced into the game by the rough play of either side. Hibs were determined to give it their all and McGhee beat Trainor to give them the lead amid scenes of the wildest enthusiasm.

This put Preston on their mettle, and although Clark and Dunbar combined to miss the half’s easiest chance, it was Tobin who had all the difficult saves to keep Hibs ahead to the interval.

Early in the second half, Hibs possessed and won a throw-in near the visitors’ posts. A scrimmage ensued, and when it was cleared, it was only as far as McLaren who sent it flying past Trainor for the second goal; the celebrations this time delayed the restart.

As the game progressed the superior training of the professional side appeared to give them the edge, and Hibs, defending defiantly, were pressed back. Gordon hit the post and Dewhurst hit the bar. Clark missed firing Hibs’ break-out, and Preston at once returned to Tobin’s end and Goodall scored with his head.

Play now became very exciting, with the teams equally matched in rough challenges, when suddenly Groves and Smith made a break, the latter centred and McGhee beat Trainor again. A long argument ensued, and much displeasure was displayed when the claim for off-side was upheld, but time was not on Hibs’ side. Preston pressed to the call of time, but Hibs held out to be received in tumultuous fashion by their supporters.

Tobin, McLaren, Gallagher, Smith and Groves were singled out for special praise, but all the combatants enjoyed the apres-football at the Albert Hotel; Mr Fred Dewhurst warned his hosts that he would demand a day of reckoning for the defeat, and the prospect was warmly relished.

Hibs: Tobin, McLaughlin, Lundy, McLaren, McGinn, Gallagher, Smith, Groves, McGhee, Dunbar, Clark.

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Simon Murray believes he and Jason Cummings could have been the perfect fit as the Hibs strikeforce this season had the club’s top scorer not made his move to Nottingham Forest.

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Murray was looking forward to teaming up with Cummings having made his own switch from Dundee United to join Neil Lennon’s squad but was robbed of that chance when Forest stepped in with a seven-figure sum for the Scotland Under-21 hitman.

But, while he is well aware the Hibs support could well look to him as the player to fill that not inconsiderable gap, the 25-year-old insisted they shouldn’t see him as a direct replacement for Cummings.

He said: “Jason did great when he was here, scoring a good number of goals for the team. It would have been good to play with Jason. We would have worked well together, I think. But good luck to him at this new team. I just have to focus on my own targets.”

Murray, who scored 18 goals for United last season, revealed he has already been told by boss Lennon as to what is expected of him. He said: “The manager has just said he wants me to work hard and, obviously, score as many goals as I can.

“He knows how I play so hopefully I can help the team, but I don’t know if you should see me as a direct replacement for Jason. I’m just here to do my best and score as many as I can.”

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He’s only been at Easter Road a matter of days but new Hibs striker Simon Murray can genuinely claim to have always had a soft spot for the Capital club.

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Although he was born after his father Gary was forced to retire from playing through injury, the 25-year-old has been brought up listening to his days playing in the green and white shirt.

And, he admitted, his old man got a bit emotional when he learned his son was to follow in his steps by heading for his old stomping ground, snapped up by Neil Lennon after Dundee United’s failed bid for an immediate return to the Premiership.

Listening to Murray jnr talk it sounds as if it could be a bit of “like father, like son” when he takes to the pitch, revealing he’d been nicknamed “Mini-Charger” by former United boss Jackie McNamara, his dad having been christened “Charger” by his team-mates in the 1980s for his refusal to see anything as a lost cause and a work-rate which never gave opposition defences a moment’s peace.

“I think I do play in a similar way to the way he played,” admitted the new arrival. “I was called Mini-Charger by Jackie because his dad played with my dad.

“I’m hoping I can do better than he did when he was here, that’s my goal.”

Murray’s father accompanied him as he visited Hibs’ East Mains training centre as he prepared to make the switch from Tayside to Edinburgh and, he revealed, it proved to be a real eye-opener.

He said: “He came down with me when I signed. He was here a good few years ago so they never had a facility like this. I think they were just at a public park. I remember him mentioning they were running up dunes.

“He loved it when he came through. He loved the look of the place, the facilities are just amazing and he knows it can only help me improve.

“The family have always had a soft spot for Hibs even though I’m from Dundee. He’s got pictures in his kitchen and it’s always a team we’ve looked out for.

“When the opportunity came to come to Hibs it was good and I think he was a bit emotional as well.”

One story Murray snr never tired of regaling his son with was the day he scored twice against Celtic as Simon revealed when he was asked of his father’s favourite moment as a Hibs player.

“I think he scored two against Celtic,” he said, “He did score two against Celtic because he never stops going on about it. He was up against Danny McGrain and he said he had him on toast. Those were the words he used.”

Like his father, Murray began his career at Montrose but his own route to Easter Road was more circuitous, dropping into Junior football and even spending a year in Australia before being signed by Arbroath where his goals alerted then United manager McNamara who forked out £50,000 to take him to Tannadice.

Last season Murray scored 18 goals for United and is now determined to continue listening and learning.

He said: “I suppose I have done it the hard way, coming through the juniors and the lower leagues at Arbroath. A lot of boys come through the academy route but some people don’t get that chance so you keep working hard.

“I was lucky enough I got picked up by Dundee United and that’s given me the chance to come here.

“I’m just grateful it happened to me. I was working as a plumber when I was at Arbroath and I don’t want to go back there.

“I’ve got my chance and I still feel as if I’ve got a bit to learn and hopefully I can do that under the manager here. I am sure I will improve.”

Having done it the hard way Murray admitted he feels he perhaps appreciates it all that little bit more, saying: “You don’t take it for granted. I’m not saying people do, but you know what it’s like and you want to be playing football as long as you can, especially at this level.

“You need a bit of luck and you need the right person to be watching. I’m just grateful it happened to me.”

Murray couldn’t contain his excitement at signing for Hibs, posting a photograph on social media of himself at East Mains before his move was officially confirmed and thus incurring the wrath of United supporters who’d just seen Ray McKinnon’s side lose their Premiership play-off to Hamilton.

It wasn’t, he confessed, too clever, adding: “It probably wasn’t the best timing but I suppose these things happen. It spread so quickly, it just shows you the power of social media.”

Since then it has been a waiting game for Murray, Lennon’s players enjoying an extended break before reporting back for pre-season training this week.

He said: “It’s good to be back in and to meet all the boys for the first time and with the fixtures coming out, it’s exciting. I can’t wait to get started.

“My first impressions have been brilliant, the training ground, obviously, is amazing. The players all seem great as well, which is a positive.”

There was, though, one familiar face, Martin Boyle having briefly been a team-mates at Montrose.

He said: “I was a youth player there and Martin was in the first team but he is still as fast as he was then.”

Murray is well aware of the great air of expectation among a Hibs support which in the past two seasons has watched their team win the Scottish Cup for the first time in 114 years and then clinch the Championship title and a long-awaited return to the top flight of Scottish football.

He said: “It’s absolutely massive. Obviously Dundee United, where I have come from, have a good history themselves.

“But coming through to Edinburgh, seeing the fans, seeing those season ticket figures, it’s amazing the size of this club. It’s exciting.

“Obviously there are high expectations from the fans. You want to meet those. We never want to say too much, but obviously we’re trying to make everyone happy.”

Hibs will kick-off the new season at home against Partick Thistle, before travelling to Ibrox to face Rangers for the first time since their historic victory at Hampden 13 months ago although the fixture list in the opening few weeks of the season appears to have looked kindly on the Capital club with four of their five games thereafter against sides which finished in the bottom six last season.

Murray, though, insisted each match will prove to be a tough encounter.

He said: “I’m just looking forward to the first one initially, against Partick. But then obviously you look to the Rangers game second up, it will be great.

“You want to get a god run but we know each game is going to be difficult.”

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Celtic will begin the defence of their Ladbrokes Premiership crown with a home clash against Hearts.

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The two sides met on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign, where Celtic completed their undefeated league season with a 2-0 win, and will battle it out again on Saturday 5 August.

The first Old Firm clash of the season is scheduled to take place on Saturday 23 September, as Brendan Rodgers’ side will travel to rivals Rangers, who begin their campaign with a trip to Motherwell.

Last season’s runners-up Aberdeen begin with a home game against Hamilton. Derek McInnes’ side won’t meet either of the Old Firm until late October, where they travel to Ibrox four days before hosting Celtic in a midweek battle.

The first Edinburgh derby of the campaign won’t occur until Wednesday 25 October when newly-promoted Hibs host rivals Hearts at Easter Road.

There will be no New Year clash between the Edinburgh sides this year, with Hearts hosting Hibs on Wednesday 27 December.

Just like last year, the second Old Firm game of the campaign is scheduled to take place on 30 December. The final match between the two clubs before the split is set for Saturday 10 March.

All fixtures are subject to change. Hearts, in particular, are likely to reschedule or postpone their early home fixtures as the new main stand isn’t expected to be completed until September.

Opening day fixtures

Hibernian v Partick Thistle

Motherwell v Rangers

Celtic v Hearts

Kilmarnock v St Johnstone

Dundee v Ross County

Aberdeen v Hamilton

Click here for the full fixture list

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Hibs will begin the 2017/18 Scottish top flight season with a home game against Partick Thistle.

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The Jags finished top six last season and will be a good test of Hibs’ credentials as they aim for a top three finish in their first season back in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Neil Lennon’s men will then travel to Ibrox on the matchday two before hosting Hamilton the following Saturday.

Hibs will be in Glasgow again on Saturday 30 September for the first meeting with champions Celtic.

It won’t be until Wednesday 25 October that the first derby of the season takes place. Hearts will travel to Easter Road, meaning Hibs are assured of two home fixtures against their arch-rivals.

There will be no New Years derby this season. Instead, Hibs will travel to Tynecastle on Wednesday 27 December.

Opening five fixtures

Partick Thistle (h)

Rangers (a)

Hamilton (h)

Dundee (a)

St Johnstone (a)

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After the media calls, new kit unveilings and general excitement at signing for his boyhood club, Danny Swanson got down to the real work of being a Hibs player this week as Neil Lennon’s squad returned for pre-season training.

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The midfielder trained with his team-mates for the first time since making the switch to Leith after his St Johnstone contract expired in the summer. While Swanson freely admits the intense conditioning work that pre-season brings isn’t his strong suit, knowing he is fulfilling a lifelong dream has made the prospect of the gruelling summer running far more bearable than in previous seasons.

“Yeah I am,” replied the 30-year-old when asked if he was looking forward to getting on to the East Mains training pitch. “I don’t really look forward to coming back from my holidays but I have been knowing I’m coming here and I’m excited. I never really look forward to pre-season – it’s not really my forte – but was looking forward to meeting the boys and pulling the jersey on. It’s a massive thing for me and I’m really excited for it.”

Swanson also linked up with his old mate Darren McGregor for the first time in a professional capacity. Both Leith lads, the two have been close since their school days, and McGregor’s passion for the club, never mind his own, is what partly convinced Swanson he had to make the move to Easter Road.

“I didn’t play with Darren before turning pro. He was a wee bit older than me but we played for the same club, Leith Athletic,” Swanson explained. “We hung about with each other and Darren was a bit crazy! He’s turned out unbelievably well considering because he was bad, like! He went to high school and then kind of just changed, stuck in and deserves everything he’s got. He’s worked really hard and he’s a great guy.

“Darren was actually at my wee boy’s party and when you speak to him about it, he loves the club and you can just feel it and you’re like ‘aye, alright Darren’ ... But then I spoke to him at the party and he said ‘you’ll regret it if you never do it’ and having that wee conversation with him sort of sent it home for me. I’m not going to lie, I was a wee bit jealous of him going up to lift the Scottish Cup with Hibs. Obviously I was delighted for him as well but there was a wee bit of jealousy there.”

Did Swanson pester his pal to put a word in with Neil Lennon? “I was saying to him ‘go speak to your manager!’ but thankfully it all worked out in the end. I’m delighted and looking forward to paying with him as well.”

Now comes the business of proving Lennon’s decision to bring Swanson ‘home’ was a good one. The Hibs boss has gone on record that he feels his team should be challenging for second spot in the Ladbrokes Premiership. While Swanson didn’t go into such specifics, he was glad to hear his manager aiming high.

“It’s something I’m delighted he’s come out and said,” admitted the former Dundee United man. “I’m not here to just finish in the top six. It would still be an achievement if we do that, but I’m a very ambitious person as well. This club deserves to be up there and over the years it hasn’t been. There’s been a lot of bad times at Hibs, but there’s a good feel about it at the moment. Everybody’s buying season tickets that I know and it’s just a club on the up.”

The Ladbrokes Premiership fixtures were set to be announced today, and there are no prizes for guessing that Swanson will immediately be marking down when he’ll be facing his former Tynecastle team-mates in his first Edinburgh derby.

“I can’t wait,” he enthused. “I’m looking forward to it because I’ve still got a lot of friends at Hearts. Its something you dream about as a kid, isn’t it? Darren has done it and now I want to do it now.”

Does he trust himself to ‘keep the heid’ given his previous? “I think I’ve done that every time I’ve played Hearts apart from when I got sent off [Swanson was a shown a straight red card for a foul on Eggert Jonsson in March 2009] the second time I played them,” he recalled. “That was just through being a daft young boy and I got well told by [then United manager] Craig Levein after that. Ever since then I’ve channelled it in the right ways and I’ve always done well against Hearts, so hopefully that continues.”

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The Coronation Cup was a one-off football tournament to celebrate the coronation of the current Queen played between four Scottish and four English clubs, held in Glasgow in May 1953.

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Hibs, Rangers, Celtic and Aberdeen represented Scotland with Manchester United, Newcastle United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur coming from south of the border.

Like the Empire Exhibition Trophy played in 1938 to commemorate the exhibition then underway in Bellahouston Park, it was held in very high regard by the clubs as at the time because it allowed teams to test themselves against opponents from another country in the days before European football.

The Famous Five were very much to the fore against their English opponents, Gordon Smith scoring in a 1-1 draw against Spurs before a Lawrie Reilly double was enough to win the replay 2-1. Reilly was again on target as Newcastle United were routed 4-0, Bobby Johnstone scoring once and Eddie Turnbull twice.

The final against Celtic, invited partly because their presence would guarantee large crowds – supported by the fact there were 117,000 at Hampden – was Hibs’ fourth game in just nine days and perhaps took its toll as the Glasgow club won 2-0. Each player was presented with a trophy, this one given to Jock Govan, as was the plaque of a ship which was gifted to all players following a friendly with Belgium at Hampden in 1948 when five Hibs players were in the team.

Govan was joined in that side by Easter Road team-mates Davie Shaw, Smith, Bobby Combe and Turnbull while, remarkably, only one Old Firm player was included, Rangers’ George Young who was Scotland captain.

Combe opened the scoring in the 2-0 win in the first half with East Fife’s David Duncan adding the second in the 59th minute.

Scotland: Jimmy Cowan (Morton), Govan, Shaw, William Campbell (Morton), Young, Smith, Combe, Johnston (Clyde), Turnbull, Duncan.

• For information on Easter Road Stadium Tours, contact bmcgoldrick@hibernianfc.co.uk

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Hibs expect to finally clinch a deal to sign Israeli international goalkeeper Ofir Marciano early next week.

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The 27-year-old returned to his parent club FC Ashdod following a season on loan at Easter Road, keeping 12 clean sheets in 28 appearances as he helped win the Championship title and a return to Premiership football. But both Marciano and Hibs boss Neil Lennon expressed the desire to strike an agreement allowing the player to return to Scotland on a permanent basis, prompting negotiations between the two clubs which have been ongoing for several weeks.

Marciano, capped 11 times, has a year of his contract with Ashdod to run and his club want a transfer fee to reflect that fact although he spent the previous season also out on loan at Belgian club Royal Excel Mouscon.

Reports in Israel have suggested a fee of ¤150,000 has been agreed with the deal also subject to a sell-on clause but the Evening News understands the final formalities have yet to be concluded. Marciano’s arrival last summer was delayed by red tape hat saw him miss Hibs’ first six matches of the season before he finally made his debut in a 4-0 win over Morton.

However, the Capital club don’t expect any such problems this time with the hope being they will be able to “get things over the line” early next week.

Marciano will return to again be Lennon’s first-choice goalkeeper but he faces competition from Ross Laidlaw, last season’s understudy who played a total of 17 games as Hibs waited for the Israeli to arrive and in two spells when he was ruled out by injury.

Former Raith Rovers goalkeeper Laidlaw, initially signed on a one-year contract, was one of seven out of contract players who quickly agreed new two-year deals while Marciano’s former Ashdod team-mate Efe Ambrose did likewise after spending the final few months of last season on loan from Celtic.

READ MORE - Analysis: Why keeping Ofir Marciano is vital for Hibs next season

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Lewis Stevenson believes his testimonial match against Sunderland will play a key part in Hibs’ preparations for the new season, insisting boss Neil Lennon won’t allow it to become no more than a training session.

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The Black Cats visit Easter Road on July 9 to mark Stevenson’s 12 years as a first-team player with the club and the left back predicted that, although they’ve been relegated to the English Championship, Sunderland still present a stiff test for him and his team-mates.

It will be only Hibs’ second pre-season match following a trip across the Forth to face Dunfermline three days earlier, one of just three such games Lennon’s players will play before beginning their Betfred Cup campaign at home to Montrose on Saturday, July 15, the tie preceded by the now annual visit to Berwick Rangers on the Tuesday of that week.

Stevenson, who has agreed a new two-year deal, said: “They are obviously a big club so it’ll be a good test for us and it’ll get us ready for what’s going to be a tough season. Even although it’s a testimonial it’s still a big game for us.

“We need to prepare for the season and I’m sure the manager won’t be in the frame of mind to be giving me penalties and stuff like that. I’m looking forward to it.”

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Easter Road looks very different today than it did nearly 70 years ago when it bulged at the seams hosting what is still the record crowd for a Scottish football match played outside Glasgow.

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Hibs had played their first league match at Easter Road in 1893 but only secured their long-term tenure of the ground on a 25 year lease in 1922, allowing them to redevelop the stadium.

Two years later three banks of terracing were raised with a main stand boasting a capacity of 4480 built on the west side, the move meant the pitch moved 40 yards to the east to provide space for it while the famous slope was reduced to about six feet.

Hibs enjoyed great success in the period following the Second World War, winning three league titles between 1948 and 1952.

But on January 2, 1950, Easter Road was to host the largest-ever crowd to watch a Scottish football match outside of Glasgow, 65,850 turning out for the New Year visit of Hearts.

It was a much-anticipated game, Hibs going into it having won 11 out of their previous 12 games, the other being a draw at Parkhead where Celtic scored in the last minute while Hearts were also on a good run, winning their previous ten games. Hearts came from behind to win 2-1.

Although the capacity of the redeveloped Easter Road was 45,000, supporters were tightly packed in, prompting Hibs to increase the size of the already towering east terrace even further.

Plans were even draw up to expand the overall capacity to nearly 100,000 by raising each of the end terraces to the same height, but they were never realised.

The Safety of Sports Grounds Act introduced in 1975 reduced the capacity to 30,000 and it dropped again to 27,000 in the mid-1980s when the east terrace was greatly reduced and a roof erected.

Two new stands were built at a cost of £8 million at either end of the ground in 1995, cutting capacity to 16,531, a figure which was increased when the new west stand opened in 2001.

The redevelopment of the stadium, which had begun 15 years earlier, was finally completed in the summer of 2010 when the new east stand was completed, bringing today’s capacity to 20,421. In February, Hibs came close to reaching that figure, a crowd of 20,205 turning up for their 3-1 Scottish Cup replay win against Hearts.

• For information on Easter Road Stadium Tours, contact bmcgoldrick@hibernianfc.co.uk

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Lewis Stevenson will proudly lead Hibs out early next month to face Sunderland in a testimonial match to mark his unstinting service to the Easter Road club, 362 matches in the green and white and still counting.

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But, as he returned for the hard slog of pre-season training yet again, he revealed there have been plenty of times over the years when he was tempted to turn his back on football.

Today, though, he’s happy that with the help of family and friends he stuck at it, now the only Hibs player to have won both the Scottish and League Cups, while he also has a Championship winner’s medal to his name.

Thrust into the first team by Tony Mowbray in 2005, a callow, unknown 17-year-old facing Ayr United at Somerset Park, Stevenson admitted he could be regarded as something of an “accidental footballer”.

In a typically self-effacing interview, the left-back said: “When I was younger I never had my heart set on being a footballer. It kind of just happened, not something I ever imagined I’d be able to do.

“When I played my first game against Ayr I would never have imagined getting a testimonial – it never crossed my mind.

“I’ve never taken anything for granted and I never imagined I would be at a club like this for so long. I still have to pinch myself sometimes.”

There have been, however, moments of self-doubt, so much so that he would gladly have turned his back on the game only to be persuaded otherwise.

The 29-year-old said: “There have been times, to be honest, when I’ve thought about jacking football in.

“All you see is the stuff on the pitch but there is so much off the pitch that does take its toll on you. The mental aspect of football is a massive thing and I think that defeats as many people as ability or physicality.

“It was probably the worst a couple of years after I came into the team. There were just times when I wasn’t enjoying it.

“I didn’t think I was giving enough to the team, didn’t think I was doing myself justice. There are ups and downs in football. I’ve had my fair share.

“I don’t know what I would have done outside of football but there are times when I lost faith. I still don’t know what I’m going to do after football so there’s no point asking me what I would have done back then.”

If Stevenson had moments when he lost his self-belief then those closest to him have shown faith, as have successive managers, current boss Neil Lennon his ninth.

Asked who believed in him in those dark moments, he said: “Probably my family and my coaches. I maybe just doubt myself more than other people.

“It’s probably just a stress thing. Every time you get to the end of your contract people are asking you ‘what’s happening’ and your future is right up in the air.

“Probably the easiest option for me would have been to just turn my back on it all and try something else. But I stuck with it. Two cups and a league title later, I’m happy to have done so.

“The last few years are probably the best I’ve had as a player. When you are enjoying it, that’s when you play your best.”

One of the quieter characters in the dressing-room, Stevenson admitted he was already getting nervous at the thought of leading his team-mates on his big day on July 9, revealing he can be envious of his more cocky team-mates.

He said: “Even at boys’ club football I was never like that. I’ve got a wee boy now and I tell him to forget about being a defender, you get no thanks for it. Be a striker and get all the glory.

“You can only be who you can be. I would love to be the guy who is happy being the centre of attention . . . there again, maybe I wouldn’t.”

Each and every one of Stevenson’s managers have described him as a model pro, someone they can rely on just to get on with things and never rock the boat.

Stevenson is happy enough with that but added: “It would be nice for someone to say I’m a good player who does well for the team, rather than just a good guy.

“You need different types of characters in the changing-room. I’m never going to be the player who leads everyone. But I see myself as a pretty good follower.”

Hibs head into the new season without one of those “characters”, the larger-than-life Jason Cummings having left for Nottingham Forest in exchange for a seven-figure sum.

The sight of a team-mate departing is something Stevenson has experienced on numerous occasions, watching the likes of Kevin Thomson, Scott Brown, Steven Whittaker, Steven Fletcher and plenty of others move on but, as much as it might seem the end of the earth to some fans at the time, as he pointed out, life goes on.

He said: “Jason will be a big miss, not just on the pitch but definitely off it. He’s a great character, and he’ll be missed. There’s not a better person in the changing-room that you’d want to go on and be successful in his career.

“The type of club Hibs is, if a big bid comes in we’re going to have to sell, that’s the nature of football.

“Obviously, people will worry about where the goals are going to come from but we’ve always managed to find another gem or a hidden talent that’s going to come through and step up.”

• Popular Italian family restaurant group Vittoria, which owns award-winning establishments throughout Edinburgh, are to sponsor Lewis Stevenson’s testimonial match against Sunderland and provide catering, featuring the “Lewy La Favorita Pizza”, for hospitality guests. Stevenson’s shirt number is 16. Hospitality packages can be bought by visiting eticketing.co.uk/HibernianFC or calling 0131 656 7077.

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In the early days of the European Cup, Stade de Reims were one of the finest club sides to grace the continent, thrilling crowds across Europe with their free-flowing, attacking play inspired by the members of the great French side which reached the semi-final of the World Cup in 1958.

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With the goalscoring prowess of Just Fontaine and the iron defence of Armand Penverne and Roger Marche, Reims were a force to be reckoned with in the mid-fifties, however it was the midfield dynamism of the playmaker Raymond Kopa that made the French side such daunting opposition.

By the time Kopa put Hibs to the sword in the semi-final of the first-ever European Cup in 1956, ‘The Little General’ – as he was nicknamed – was on the verge of a move to Real Madrid and just two years away from being awarded the Ballon d’Or.

Hibs’ participation in the inaugural European Cup had already been groundbreaking. In addition to becoming the first British side to play in Europe, Eddie Turnbull’s opening goal in the first-round victory over West German champions Rot Weiss-Essen made him the first British player to score in continental competition.

At the quarter-final stage, Hibs eliminated Swedish champions Djurgardens IF – with the ‘away’ leg famously played at Firhill due to a frozen pitch in Scandinavia – while Reims claimed an 8-6 aggregate victory over Hungarian side Voros Lobogo to set up a clash between two of the best attacking sides in the competition.

With a capacity crowd expected, the first leg in April 1956 was moved from Reims’ Stade Auguste-Delaune to the Parc des Princes in Paris. However, the change of venue did little to overawe the ‘hosts’, with Kopa pulling the strings from midfield.

By contrast, Hibs looked shellshocked from the start and failed to get into their stride as Michel Leblond headed in a 67th minute opener, before Kopa played in Rene Bliard to add a late second and hand Reims the advantage going into the second leg at Easter Road.

The Hibs faithful turned out in their numbers, with almost 45,000 packed into the stadium but again, to their frustration, the home side were unable to break down their French opponents. With Kopa running the show again, Reims sneaked a 1-0 win, progressing to the final 3-0 on aggregate.

In his autobiography ‘Last Minute Reilly’, Hibs forward Lawrie Reilly said the gap between the sides wasn’t as great as the aggregate scoreline suggested. “Even now, 54 years later I can categorically state that the 3-0 aggregate margin greatly flattered Reims,” he wrote. “They were a very good side but we were definitely better than them. We just missed too many opportunities which we would normally have taken, and we weren’t strong enough defensively.”

Reims would narrowly lose out to Real Madrid 4-3 in the final. However, Kopa wouldn’t have to wait long to taste European Cup glory, winning three in a row with the Spanish side between 1957 and 1959.

• For information on Easter Road Stadium Tours, contact bmcgoldrick@hibernianfc.co.uk

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Darren McGregor has insisted anything more than a top-six finish should be regarded as a bonus in Hibs’ first season back in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

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Easter Road boss Neil Lennon has already stated his belief that the Capital club can finish “best of the rest” behind Celtic – again odds-on favourites for the title – adamant that there’s no point in not aiming high.

While accepting his manager’s stand-point, McGregor believes a place in the top six would be a good starting point for a squad which has spent the past three seasons in the second tier of Scottish football.

He said: “That’s the gaffer’s opinion and I can sort of see where he’s coming from as manager of the team. But, for a lot of fans, myself included, you really want to be going in and finishing in the top six.

“That’s your benchmark. Yes, you can set your sights higher, but I’m of the firm belief that, with the squad we have got, and hopefully the ‘add-ons’ we get before the end of the season, top six should be the benchmark.

“Anything over and above that would be a bonus for our first year.”

Whatever may transpire, McGregor was adamant he and his team-mates will be competitive as they relish once again visiting ground such as Celtic Park, Pittodrie and Tynecastle on a regular basis while he believes even opposition players will be happy to have Hibs back.

He said: “We’re looking forward to it. We’ve been in the Championship for three years and, no disrespect to the teams in it, but we’ve been going through the same cycle for three years.

“It will be great to get back to Parkhead, Tynecastle regularly, Pittodrie – all these places and teams that are perceived to be the top teams in the country.

“You only need to look at our stadium, the infrastructure, the fans we got last season to see we’re a big club as well. I’m sure there will be a lot of guys at other teams in the Premiership who are looking forward to us getting back as well.

“Our ground when it’s got 16-17,000 people in it has a really good atmosphere.”

After back-to-back seasons which saw Hibs win the Scottish Cup for the first time in 114 years and then the Championship title, McGregor is well aware of the rising expectation amongst Easter Road fans, evidenced by season-ticket sales running at record levels.

But he claimed he and his team-mates can rise to that challenge, saying: “There is always pressure and pressure is always good.

“It drives a wee bit of anxiety. I gives you that wee bit of the fear which in turn makes you work hard and makes you focused and concentrated.

“The fans have not put their hands into their pockets for no reason. They want to see good football, they want to see us winning games and they want to see us competing with other teams.

“Outside of Rangers and Celtic and the crowds they draw, the global audience they attract, you could argue that Aberdeen, ourselves, Hearts, are all of a similar ilk. The fans have put their faith in us so we need to go out there and perform. We are expected to win games.”

McGregor and his team-mates have had almost seven weeks to relax following their final Championship, plenty of time to reflect on what became a rather dragged out race to the title.

Asked if Lennon’s players were left drained by the experience, the 31-year-old said: “It was more of a relief, to be honest. After we beat Dundee United at their place, it was almost expected we would just go up.

“I thought we dragged our heels for a few games after it. There was a wee bit of apprehension so it was great to get that victory against Queen of the South. The plus side is we will be playing in the Premiership again, where we belong.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "DAVID HARDIE"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4481314.1497974798!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4481314.1497974798!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Darren McGregor says Premiership teams will be looking forward to sampling Easter Roads atmosphere. Pic: Neil Hanna","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Darren McGregor says Premiership teams will be looking forward to sampling Easter Roads atmosphere. Pic: Neil Hanna","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4481314.1497974798!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/darren-mcgregor-says-hibs-raring-to-go-after-extended-break-1-4481409","id":"1.4481409","articleHeadline": "Darren McGregor says Hibs raring to go after extended break","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1498023000000 ,"articleLead": "

Neil Lennon’s players will report back for pre-season training tomorrow desperate to get back into action after enjoying a near seven-week break, Hibs defender Darren McGregor has claimed.

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McGregor and his team-mates have been able to put their feet up and relax since their final Championship match against St Mirren on May 6, safe in the knowledge that when they did get back to their East Mains training centre they’d be preparing themselves for a return to the Ladbrokes Premiership following a three-year absence.

And McGregor believes their extended break will have done them the world of good, pointing to how their previous two seasons had been extended by play-off matches, games he revealed he didn’t watch this summer having already headed off on holiday.

He said: “I was glad just to be away relaxing as opposed to preparing for those games. A lot of the boys at Hibs have been in them. They can be really tough. It can be an extra six games in the space of two or three weeks. They are two-legged so it’s a difficult proposition playing against teams who are gunning for the same end goal as you. So it was great to be out of that.

“The long break has been good. During the last few years we’ve had no longer than three or four weeks and, when I was at St Mirren, I had a couple of bad injuries and had no time off at all, so it’s been good to recharge the batteries.

“There was a lot of pressure on us at the third time of asking – after winning the Scottish Cup the year before – to actually go up. It was expected of us as well which sometimes adds a wee bit more pressure. So to get over the line and be rewarded with just over a month and a half off is great.

“But you get itchy feet, you want to get back in. You want to see the new strip, the training kit and you can’t wait until the fixtures come out – even if I am going to miss the first league game because of suspension.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "DAVID HARDIE"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4481408.1497980210!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4481408.1497980210!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Darren McGregor has enjoyed his extended summer break","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Darren McGregor has enjoyed his extended summer break","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4481408.1497980210!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/fraser-fyvie-accepted-hibs-contract-offer-but-was-too-late-1-4480268","id":"1.4480268","articleHeadline": "Fraser Fyvie accepted Hibs contract offer – but was too late","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1497936623000 ,"articleLead": "

Fraser Fyvie is on the lookout for a new club following his exit from Hibs.

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The 24-year-old midfielder was one of several players given the chance to sign a new deal after running out of contract at the end of the Easter Road club’s Championship-winning campaign. With Hibs eager to begin preparations at the earliest opportunity for their impending return to the Premiership, offers were made under the proviso that players had to give a swift indication of whether they intended to accept them.

While the likes of David Gray, Darren McGregor, Liam Fontaine and Marvin Bartley had little hesitation in intimating to the club that they wished to remain, Fyvie took extra time to consider his future and then rejected the terms on offer. But, after a change of heart, he went back to Hibs to accept their proposal. However, with several weeks having elapsed since the initial deal was put to him, he was informed that it was no longer on the table.

The former Aberdeen player, who helped Hibs win the Scottish Cup 13 months ago, has resigned himself in recent weeks to a future away from Easter Road and is now exploring other options.

Fyvie initially joined Hibs on a short-term loan from Wigan Athletic two-and-a-half years ago and, after making a positive early impression under Alan Stubbs as the team finished second to Hearts in the Championship, he made his move to Edinburgh permanent in summer 2015. When fit, he was a regular under both Stubbs and Neil Lennon. He leaves Hibs having made 77 appearances – 67 from the start – and two goals. Fyvie started both the Scottish Cup semi-final against Dundee United and the final against Rangers last year after missing the early rounds of his team’s historic march to glory through injury.

The Aberdonian’s departure means John McGinn, Dylan McGeouch and Bartley are the only senior central midfielders currently available to Lennon, although young duo Scott Martin and Fraser Murray will be pushing for more prominent involvement in the upcoming campaign.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ANTHONY BROWN"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4480267.1497888678!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4480267.1497888678!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Fraser Fyvie has found himself looking for another club","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Fraser Fyvie has found himself looking for another club","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4480267.1497888678!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-in-50-objects-no-6-alex-edwards-cup-final-blazer-1-4480299","id":"1.4480299","articleHeadline": "Hibs in 50 objects: No.6 – Alex Edwards’ cup final blazer","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1497936600000 ,"articleLead": "

At the end of the 1970/71 season, Hibs were regarded as a talented but disorganised bunch of players, possibly the most gifted team ever to have finished as low as 12th.

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The Easter Road club, however, couldn’t be accused of not thinking big, turning to one of their own, Famous Five legend Eddie Turnbull, who had transformed Aberdeen in the late 1960s and taken them to two cup finals.

Turnbull only left the Dons because Hibs were the club who mattered most to him and on his return he added just two players, former Dunfermline goalkeeper Jim Herriot and the Pars playmaker Alex Edwards for £13,000.

Joe Baker had come home to an emotional welcome in the February but Turnbull became impatient at the length of time it was taking for his injured hip to heal and brought in Alan Gordon from Dundee United.

By the spring of 1972, it was noticeable that many of Hibs’ weaknesses had been addressed. They finished third in the league and made the Scottish Cup final for the first time since 1958 and they did so in style, defeating Aberdeen 2-0 in the quarter-finals with goals from Jimmy O’Rourke and Baker. O’Rourke scored again in a 1-1 draw with Rangers in the semi-final. Goals from Edwards and Pat Stanton clinched the replay in a one-sided game, the gates for those two matches totalling an astonishing 143,431.

Turnbull had said it would take three years for his team to develop and his prediction proved all too accurate with the cup final coming far too early for them.

Hibs were not equipped to take on Jock Stein’s Celtic who had reached the European Cup final the previous year, losing to Dutch club Feyenoord as they attempted to lift the trophy for a second time.

Edwards, whose Cup Final blazer with Hibs is pictured, had won the Cup with Dunfermline in 1968 when they had beaten Hearts 3-1. But his hopes of doing so again with Hibs were shattered as Celtic ran out 6-1 winners, Dixie Deans scoring a hat-trick and Lou Macari two after Alan Gordon had cancelled out Billy McNeill’s third-minute opener before a Hampden crowd of 106,102.

• For information on Easter Road Stadium Tours, contact bmcgoldrick@hibernianfc.co.uk

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Hibs Ladies and Hearts Women underlined their Scottish Cup credentials this season as the Capital duo eased into the third round having hit double figures at the weekend.

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SWPL 1 league leaders and Scottish Cup holders, Hibs, ran out 11-0 winners over second-tier outfit Motherwell at Keir Hardie Sports Centre on Sunday whilst city rivals Hearts also put 11 past Tayside without reply at Foresters Park in Tranent.

Second-half substitute Lia Tweedie stole the show with four goals for the Hibees in North Lanarkshire with Rachael Small also grabbing a hat-trick. An Amy Gallacher brace and further efforts from Abi Harrison and Lucy Graham completed the rout.

“I love scoring goals so it’s always good to come on and score a few,” striker Tweedie said. “I think scoring 11 goals against any side shows a really professional performance. They are a good side playing at a decent level so having a few different goalscorers also really helps.”

Hearts, meanwhile, were just as impressive in their win over their SWFL 1 North opponents. Striker Ashley Carse had her shooting boots on as the 26-year-old scored six of the Jambos’ goals with Rachel Walkingshaw (2), Jen Dodds, Stacey Hutchison and Kayza Stevens also netting.

Elsewhere, Spartans Women are out of the competition after being comprehensively beaten 6-0 by SWPL 1 champions Glasgow City at Ainslie Park whilst Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale also crashed out going down 4-0 to Stirling University at East Peffermill.

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Alex Harris hopes the presence of former Hibs coach James McDonaugh can help him kick-start his career at Falkirk.

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Winger Harris, who left Easter Road when his contract expired at the end of last season, has joined the Bairns on a two-year deal.

Harris burst onto the scene in 2013, scoring for Hibs in a remarkable 4-3 Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Falkirk at Hampden. But, having failed to hold down a place under successive managers, he was farmed out on loan to Dundee and Queen of the South.

After leaving Hibs in May, Harris, 22, aims to make his mark under Peter Houston and his No.2 McDonaugh.

He said: “I know James from his time at Hibs and a few of the boys having played with them before too. It’s good to get the move done and dusted and I am really looking forward to getting started.

“It’s great to meet the manager and everyone around the place has made me feel so welcome already.

“I’ve been keeping fit throughout the summer so now it is all about working hard and making a good start to pre-season.”

Boss Houston said: “Alex made a big impact when he first broke into the Hibs team and impressed me any time we played against him while he was on loan at Queen of the South.”

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In the early years, Hibs played many games for Catholic charities, a fact noted by Brother Walfrid, a Marist priest from Glasgow, who was responsible for a handbill in late 1887 to launch Celtic – a team “to do credit to the Catholics of the west of Scotland as the Hibernians have been doing in the east”.

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Hibs offered to lend Celtic a number of their players for their initial games, but their naivety proved to be the undoing of the club. The newly-formed Glasgow side had seven of their original 11 players signed from the Capital outfit.

Hibs’ problems quickly mounted. Two more players left for England and their crowds numbered just a few hundred, and on occasion they had to recruit from amongst them to field a team.

By the end of autumn 1890, the end was in sight. They’d been told to leave Easter Road and their last appearance came on February 14, 1891 when they were beaten 6-1 by Leith Athletic.

One group tried to continue as Leith Hibernians based at Hawkhill, but managed just one game and didn’t survive the summer break. However, behind the scenes efforts were ongoing with a meeting of those “favourable to the resuscitation of the (Hibernian Football) Club” was held in Buchanan’s Temperance Hotel in the High Street.

By December Hibs were back in business, professional and non-sectarian. Two leading figures were the brothers John and Philip Farmer, the grandfather of Sir Tom who many years later would again come to the club’s rescue.

This is the original minute book dating from 1892 to 1896 open at that first meeting on March 7, 1892, and on the right-hand page is a list of supporters who had pledged money – including Philip Farmer.

• For information on Easter Road Stadium Tours, contact bmcgoldrick@hibernianfc.co.uk

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Lewis Stevenson has revealed he is delighted to finally see Danny Swanson in a Hibs shirt after waiting years fot him to arrive at Easter Road.

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Swanson, a lifelong supporter of the Easter Road club, had been linked in the past with a move to the Hibees, the 30-year-old revealing he once called former boss Alan Stubbs to plead his case. Current head coach Neil Lennon ended that wait, making Swanson his first signing of the summer as the midfielder’s contract with St Johnstone came to an end. Now Stevenson has predicted his new team-mate will soon be getting the fans out of their seats.

“I’ve been a big fan of Danny’s for years,” revealed the club’s longest serving player who will enjoy a testimonial match against Sunderland early next month. “There’s been talk of him coming here for long enough so I am just glad he has finally arrived as the club means a lot to him.”

Such is Stevenson’s admiration for Swanson that he disclosed he was stunned not to see him among the nominations for the Premiership’s player of the year after a season in which he scored 15 goals for Saints.

Stevenson, who was once a youth player at McDiarmid Park, said: “I saw quite a lot of Danny playing last season and every time I saw him I thought he was the best player on the pitch.

“He’s got loads of quality, he scored a lot of goals and had a lot of assists to his name. I couldn’t believe he wasn’t one of the nominations as player of the year.

“Danny will be a great addition to our squad. He’s an unbelievable player, someone who can produce that moment of magic that wins games.”

Swanson will report with the rest of his new team-mates to East Mains on Thursday for the start of pre-season training, joining a squad according to Stevenson that is brimful of confidence and raring to get going after three years of Championship football.

The little left-back said: “Looking forward to it maybe isn’t the right word at the moment given we still have to go through pre-season but once the games start we’ll enjoy it. We’ve had quite a long break this summer so we are champing at the bit and ready to go.

“Last season was positive in the main, the only disappointment was probably not getting to the final of the Scottish Cup again.”

Stevenson admitted he’s a little uncertain as to what the Premiership might hold given Hibs’ lengthy absence from the top flight. He said: “It’s hard to say if anything has changed in the meantime.

“On the outside looking in not much seems to have changed but we’ll only be able to say when the games start. But the one thing we know is it’s going to be hard, every game is going to be tough but we are in the right frame of mind to do it.

“We’ve lived under pressure in the past few seasons, a scalp everyone wanted to take so we know we can handle it.”

Lennon’s players have an early chance to lay down a marker when they meet Ross County in Dingwall in the BetFred Cup although Stevenson was adamant no-one could read too much into the outcome of that game, Jim McIntyre’s side having beaten Hibs in the final of the League Cup the last time they met.

Stevenson said: “It might give us the opportunity to do that but it’s still going to be very early in the season and neither side will be fully up and running. I don’t think you can tell until everyone is a few games in.

“However, we played quite a few Premiership teams in the cups in the last couple of seasons and we acquitted ourselves pretty well. What I can say is that we have a great squad. I know you say that every season, but I can say it and mean it.”

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