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Hibs Football Club

As one of the most historic clubs in British football Hibernian FC is a club who's on and off pitch activities have made them one of Scotland’s most memorable.

The club is universally known as Hibs, or as the Hi-bees to their fans but their name encapsulates something of their religious roots - Hibernian being the Roman name for Ireland.

As the first major club to be formed out of the Irish Catholic population, Hibernian FC could almost be seen as Celtic’s older brother. And although the club now has been far surpassed by its younger, financially fitter sibling, Hibernian have established themselves as worthy opponents to their Scottish capital rivals.

Formed in 1875, Hibernian began as a team for the immigrant Irish Catholic population in Edinburgh and were at first refused entry into the local football league.

However once in, they soon established themselves a force. In 1955 they were the first British club to play in Europe and they won the league three times between 1947 and 1952.

These were the golden years for the club with the “Famous Five” international players, namely Gordon Smith, Bobby Johnstone, Lawrie Reilly, Eddie Turnbull and Willie Ormond, helping Hibs to a healthy looking trophy cabinet.

The club’s Easter Road stadium [map] has recently been refurbished and extended to become a 16,000 seat stadium, which honours its past heroes who proudly wore the green and white kit with their own stand.

Once voted European Player of the Year, George Best is another top player who worked his magic at the club.

Recently Hibs' success has not afforded them many trophies but the club are still one of Scotland’s top teams and always have the memory of a 7-0 drubbing of their Edinburgh rivals (the biggest goal difference in the competitive history of the two clubs) to keep them going while the silverware proves elusive.

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