Hibernian Football Club is a Scottish football club based in Leith, in the north of Edinburgh. They currently feature in the Scottish Premier League.
Hibernian were established in 1875 by Irish-born football followers and named the club as Hibernians Football Club, which means “Irish Football Club”. The club established themselves as a force in Scottish football in the 1880s and in 1887 became the first club from the east coast of Scotland to win the Scottish Cup.
They then started to decline and were busted in 1891. They were reformed as Hibernian and acquired a lease on the Easter Road site in 1892. They played their first match at Easter Road on February 4,1893. They won Scottish Cup in 1902 and their first league championship in 1903. After World War II, they enjoyed their most successful era in their history as they won the league in 1948,1951 and 1952.
Hibernian finished fifth in the league in 1955 but were still invited to feature in the inaugural season of the European Cup, thereby becoming the first British club to play in the Europe.
Hibernian frequently participated in European club competitions in the 1960s but after the mid-1970s went down the hill. They were relegted in 1980 but gained promotion the next season but continued to struggle to become a force. They revived somewhat in the mid-1990s and then were relegated.
But under manager Alex McLeish, Hibernian regained their footing in the Scottish Premier League and finished third in the league in the 2000-2001 season. They also reached the final of the Scottish Cup that season for the first time in 22 years. McLeish soon departed and after that Hibernian struggled somewhat but reached the final of the 2004 League Cup. Hibernian won the League Cup in 2007.
Hibernian play their home matches at Easter Road that can accomodate 17,500 spectators. They bear the nicknames “Hibs”, “Hibees” and “The Cabbage”.