Since the inception of the Club, Hibernian have always had an ambitious and progressive outlook.

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1870 - 1879

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1856  St Patrick's Church is established to meet the needs of the Irish community living in Edinburgh.

1870  Two men key to the formation of Hibernian Football Club, Edward Hannan and Michael Whelahan, meet for the first time at a Catholic Young Men's Society.

1875  Hibernian Football Club is founded by the local Irish community of Edinburgh.

1875  Father Hannan is selected as manager and Michael Whelahan as the first captain of Hibernians.

1875  Hibernians play their first match since formation, a friendly on Christmas Day against Hearts.

1877  Hibernians are allowed to join the Edinburgh Football Association and the Scottish Football Association.

1877  The greens first appearance in the Scottish Cup comes against Hearts, with the fixture going to a replay in which Hibernians emerge victorious.

1878  Hibernians play Hearts in the Edinburgh Association Cup Final. Hibs eventually lose in a fourth match replay.

1879  All-green shirts are worn from now on, moving away from the original green and white hoops design.

1879  The Edinburgh Association Cup is won for three consecutive seasons.


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1880 - 1889

1880 - 1889


1880  The Club secure a lease for the ground known as Hibernian Park.

1881  Hibernian Park hosts the first ever recorded instance of a woman's international football match.

1881  The Club win the first title of the newly renamed Edinburgh Association Shield.

1884  Hibernians reach their first Scottish Cup Semi Final, losing out to Queen's Park 5-1.

1884  Michael Whelahan plays a big part in scrapping the Edinburgh Football Association local player rules.

1886  James McGhee and James Lundie become the first Hibernians internationalists, representing Scotland in a 4-1 win against Wales.

1887  Hibernians win their first Scottish Cup, beating Dumbarton in the final.

1887  Preston North End are beating by Hibernians in the first 'World Championship' game.

1888  The Club take their first ever tour of Ireland.

1888  Hibernians formally open Celtic Park with a game against Cowlairs, the match ending in a 0-0 draw.

1888  Hibernian Park hosts the first ever football international played in Edinburgh.


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1890 - 1899

1890 - 1899


1890  Hibernians play their last match at Hibernian Park, losing 9-1 to Dumbarton in the Scottish Cup.

1891  Canon Hannan is struck down by pneumonia and sadly dies from the illness.

1892  With no money, no home and not enough players, the Club stop competing in footballing competitions and take time out to regroup.

1892  After reforming, Hibs obtain a lease for Drum Park with the site later becoming known as Easter Road.

1893  The Club are admitted into the Scottish Football League via the newly formed Second Division.

1893  The first match at the Easter Road site is played on 4th February, a friendly against Clyde.

1894  Hibernian win the Scottish Second Division at the first time of asking but are refused promotion to the top flight.

1895  The Club are admitted entry into the top flight after winning a second successive Second Division title.

1896  Hibernian play Hearts in the first all Edinburgh Scottish Cup Final, losing 3-1 at Logie Green.

1897  The Club appoint Paddy Cannon as Club Trainer, who becomes an integral member of the coaching staff.

1898  The biggest competitive defeat in the Club's history is suffered, a 10-0 demolishing at the hands of Rangers in Glasgow.


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1900 - 1909

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1902  Hibernian win the Scottish Cup for a second time.

1902  A 6-2 victory over Celtic in the final secures Hibs the Glasgow Charity Cup.

1903  Hibernian win the Division One League championship.

1909  Hibernian travel to Tayside to play in Dundee Hibernian's inaugural match.


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1920 - 1929

1920 - 1929


1922  Development to Easter Road begins after a 25 year lease for the land is signed.

1923  Hibernian reach consecutive Scottish Cup finals in 1923 and 1924, losing on both occasions.

1924  A 4,480 capacity main stand is built on the West side of the ground.



1930 - 1939

1930 - 1939


1931  Relegation for the first time in the Club's history.

1933  Hibernian are back in the top division after promotion.



1940 - 1949

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1941  Victory in the Summer Cup.

1946  Hibernian tour Czechoslovakia, becoming the first Scottish team to visit a European country after the Second World War.

1948  Hibernian clinch their second League championship in season 1947/48.

1949  All members of the 'Famous Five' forward line play in the same team for the first time.


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1950 - 1959

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1950  The record attendance for a match in Edinburgh (65,860) is set against Hearts at Easter Road.

1951  Consecutive League titles are won in seasons 1950/51 and 1951/52.

1953  Hibs lose out on the League championship to Rangers on goal difference.

1954  Floodlights are used for the first time at Easter Road in a friendly match against Hearts.

1955  Hibernian become the first British club to enter European competition.



1960 - 1969

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1961  Hibernian beat Barcelona at Easter Road in the Fairs Cup.

1961  Hibs reach the semi-finals of the Fairs Cup, losing a third match play-off to Roma.

1964  Jock Stein is manager of Hibs during season 1964/65.

1964  Hibernian beat Aberdeen in a reply at Pittodrie to lift the Summer Cup.

1964  Stein is the mastermind behind defeating a legendary Real Madrid team 2-0 in a challenge match at Easter Road.

1965  The Club beat Rangers both home and away in the League for the first time in 62 years.

1965  Jock Stein announces his departure to Celtic and Bob Shankly is appointed the new Hibs manager.

1965  Hibernian record their highest League victory, thrashing Hamilton 11-1.

1965  A new enclosure, becoming affectionately known as the 'shed', opens in the North Terrace at Easter Road.

1967  Hibernian overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit by beating Napoli 5-0 in the Fairs Cup.


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1970 - 1979

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1971  Eddie Turnbull takes hold of the managerial reigns at Easter Road.

1972  The League Cup is won for the first time after victory over Celtic on a cold December day.

1972  Consecutive Drybrough Cups are won in 1972 and 1973.

1973  Hibernian beat Hearts 7-0 in the New Year's derby.

1974  Consecutive second place league finishes achieved in seasons 1973/74 and 1974/75.

1976  Pat Stanton captains the Club during the centenary year before joining Celtic.

1977  Hibernian become the first Scottish club to bear sponsorship on shirts.

1979  George Best graces the Easter Road pitch for a season.


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1980 - 1989

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1980  Eddie Turnbull resigns and Hibernian are relegated for the second time in their history.

1980  Undersoil heating is installed at Easter Road.

1981  The Club are immediately promoted back to the First Division.

1987  David Duff purchases Hibernian from Kevin Waugh for £875,000.



1990 - 1999

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1990  Wallace Mercer stages a controversial attempt to take-over Hibernian Football Club.

1991  Sir Tom Farmer CBE saves Hibernian from extinction.

1991  Alex Miller guides Hibs to the Skol League Cup.

1995  Major redevelopment of the North and South stands increases the capacity of Easter Road to over 16,000.

1995  The stadium is made all seated when bucket seats are installed in the East Terrace.

1996  After ten years in charge, Alex Miller departs the Leith side.

1998  The Club are relegated to the First Division soon after Alex McLeish's appointment as manager.

1999  'Le God', Franck Sauzée, joins Hibs in the fight for promotion.

1999  A record-breaking season makes Hibernian worthy Champions of the Scottish First Division.



2000 - 2009

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2000  The famous Easter Road pitch slope is removed.

2000  Mixu Paatelainen scores the first ever hat-trick in an Edinburgh derby, as Hibernian beat Hearts 6-2 at Easter Road.

2001  A new West Stand opens for the start of the 2001/02 season.

2001  Hibernian almost overturn a 2-0 UEFA Cup first-leg defeat to AEK Athens, beating the Greek side 3-2 at Easter Road.

2001  The Scottish Cup Final is reached for the first time in 22 years.

2001  Alex McLeish leaves for Ibrox and Franck Sauzée takes his place in the Hibs' managerial hotseat for 15 games.

2004  A young emerging Hibernian team beat both halves of the Old Firm to reach the League Cup Final.

2004  Tony Mowbray becomes manager of Hibernian, with the Club excitingly finishing third in his debut season in charge.

2005  Season 2005/06 saw Hibs beat Rangers at Ibrox 3-0 on two occasions.

2007  Under John Collins' management, Hibernian win the Scottish League Cup.

2007  A state-of-the-art Hibernian Training Centre is opened at East Mains.

2007  A record transfer fee of £4.4m is received for Scott Brown from Celtic.



2010 - present

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2010  Involved in the highest scoring match in Scottish Premier League history, drawing 6-6 with Motherwell at Fir Park.

2010  The new East Stand opens.

2012  A defeat to city rivals Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final in the first all Edinburgh showdown since 1896.

2013  Hibernian reach the Scottish Cup Final for a second consecutive year, losing out to League Champions Celtic.

2013  The Club suffer a Scottish record defeat in European competition, losing 9-0 on aggregrate to Malmö.

2014  Relegation to the Scottish Championship after losing a Play-Off Final to Hamilton.

2014  Alan Stubbs is appointed Head Coach and handed the task of rebuilding Hibernian following relegation.

2016  Hibernian lose out to Ross County in the Scottish League Cup Final.

2016  Hibernian win the Scottish Cup for the first time in 114 years.

2016  The first time that Hibernian reach the finals of both the Scottish Cup and League Cup in the same season.

2016  Neil Lennon takes charge of Hibernian, guiding the Club to the Scottish Championship title in his first season.

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