Hibs are to play in a shirt without white sleeves for the first time in around 80 years to honour the legacy of the Easter Road club’s Famous Five.
The Edinburgh outfit have gone back to the 1920s, the decade in which Gordon Smith, Bobby Johnstone, Lawrie Reilly, Eddie Turnbull and Willie Ormond were all born, for inspiration for this season’s kit which will be worn for the first time by Alan Stubbs’ players when they face Vale of Leithen at Victoria Park on Saturday.
A “solid” bottle green jersey has been matched with white shorts and black socks, distinctly different to what today’s fans would regard as a classic Hibs strip, but it was a kit which remained unchanged between 1923 and 1929.
The left shoulder of the jersey will also carry the legend “Their memory marches on” in tribute to the club’s most celebrated forward line, the last surviving member of which, Reilly, died last year.
Helping launch the new kit today were the grandchildren of the club legends, with Carolyn Low, granddaughter of Turnbull, describing the idea as “a lovely tribute.” She added: “I know my grandad would have been absolutely delighted and I’m sure that could be said of the other four. It’s really touching, really nice that the club is keeping their memory alive after all this time. Hibs and Easter Road were so special to my grandad and, I’m sure, all of them.
“Hopefully it will inspire everyone for the coming season.”
And Caroline Taylor, grand-daughter of Johnstone, echoed those sentiments, saying: “It was a surprise, but a pleasant surprise when Hibs got in touch out of the blue with this idea. It’s lovely to think they are still remembered and appreciated that the legacy continues.”