2004–05 Hibernian F.C. season
|Chairman||Ken Lewandowski (until December 2004)
Rod Petrie (from December 2004)
|Top goalscorer||League: Riordan, 20
All: Riordan, 23
|Highest home attendance||17450|
|Lowest home attendance||9344|
|Average home league attendance||12539 (up 3389)|
Season 2004–05 was a relative success for Hibernian, as the team performed well in the league, finishing third and qualifying for the UEFA Cup in Tony Mowbray's first season as manager. Hibs lost to league strugglers Dundee United in both cup competitions; 2–1 in a Scottish Cup semi-final, and 2–1 after extra time in the League Cup quarter-final. The season also saw the development of a number of promising young players, particularly strikers Derek Riordan and Garry O'Connor. This relative success came after the club had been disappointingly beaten by FK Vetra in the UEFA Intertoto Cup.
Hibs enjoyed a successful first season under new manager Tony Mowbray, as the club finished 3rd in the league and qualified for the next season's UEFA Cup competition. Hibs were pushed for third place by Aberdeen and only clinched the position on the final day of the season. The final day match was against Rangers, who needed to win to have a chance of winning the championship, while Hibs needed to avoid a heavy defeat to prevent Aberdeen overtaking them on goal difference. Rangers took a 1–0 lead after 59 minutes, and the later stages of the game were played out without either team chasing a goal as it suited their needs. Highlights of the season included wins at Tynecastle and Celtic Park, which were big steps towards finishing in such a high position.
|SPL||Hibernian||0 – 1||Kilmarnock||Easter Road, Edinburgh||7 August 2004|
|Boyd 73'||Attendance: 10,933
|SPL||Motherwell||1 – 2||Hibernian||Fir Park, Motherwell||14 August 2004|
|O'Donnell 20'||O'Connor 2'
|SPL||Rangers||4 – 1||Hibernian||Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow||21 August 2004|
|Caldwell 35'||Attendance: 48,702
|SPL||Hibernian||4 – 4||Dundee||Easter Road, Edinburgh||28 August 2004|
|SPL||Inverness CT||1 – 2||Hibernian||Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen||11 September 2004|
|Wilson 37' (pen)||Riordan 12'
|SPL||Hibernian||2 – 2||Celtic||Easter Road, Edinburgh||19 September 2004|
|Balde 8' (og)
|SPL||Aberdeen||0 – 1||Hibernian||Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen||25 September 2004|
|Riordan 62'||Attendance: 12,137
|SPL||Dunfermline Athletic||1 – 1||Hibernian||East End Park, Dunfermline||2 October 2004|
|Donnelly 86'||O'Connor 39'||Attendance: 7,290
|SPL||Hibernian||2 – 0||Dundee United||Easter Road, Edinburgh||16 October 2004|
|SPL||Heart of Midlothian||2 – 1||Hibernian||Tynecastle, Edinburgh||24 October 2004|
|Riordan 90'||Attendance: 16,720
|SPL||Hibernian||2 – 1||Livingston||Easter Road, Edinburgh||27 October 2004|
|Lilley 65' (pen)||Attendance: 9,534
|SPL||Kilmarnock||3 – 1||Hibernian||Rugby Park, Kilmarnock||30 October 2004|
|Shiels 69'||Attendance: 5,959
|SPL||Hibernian||1 – 0||Motherwell||Easter Road, Edinburgh||6 November 2004|
|Murray 79'||Attendance: 10,022
|SPL||Hibernian||0 – 1||Rangers||Easter Road, Edinburgh||14 November 2004|
|Prso 65' (pen)||Attendance: 13,829
|SPL||Dundee||1 – 4||Hibernian||Dens Park, Dundee||20 November 2004|
|Lovell 62'||Beuzelin 17'
|SPL||Hibernian||2 – 1||Inverness CT||Easter Road, Edinburgh||27 November 2004|
|Juanjo 34'||Attendance: 9,728
|SPL||Celtic||2 – 1||Hibernian||Celtic Park, Glasgow||4 December 2004|
|Caldwell 75'||Attendance: 58,384
|SPL||Hibernian||2 – 1||Aberdeen||Easter Road, Edinburgh||11 December 2004|
|Mackie 37'||Attendance: 13,503
|SPL||Hibernian||2 – 1||Dunfermline Athletic||Easter Road, Edinburgh||18 December 2004|
|Tod 68'||Attendance: 9,859
|SPL||Dundee United||1 – 4||Hibernian||Tannadice Park, Dundee||27 December 2004|
|Scotland 8'||Riordan 13'
|SPL||Hibernian||1 – 1||Heart of Midlothian||Easter Road, Edinburgh||2 January 2005|
|Riordan 24'||Hartley 55'||Attendance: 17,259
|SPL||Livingston||0 – 2||Hibernian||Almondvale, Livingston||15 January 2005|
|SPL||Hibernian||3 – 0||Kilmarnock||Easter Road, Edinburgh||22 January 2005|
|SPL||Rangers||3 – 0||Hibernian||Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow||12 February 2005|
|SPL||Motherwell||1 – 1||Hibernian||Fir Park, Motherwell||15 February 2005|
|Craigan 26'||Riordan 66' (pen)||Attendance: 7,453
|SPL||Hibernian||4 – 0||Dundee||Easter Road, Edinburgh||19 February 2005|
|SPL||Inverness CT||3 – 0||Hibernian||Caledonian Stadium, Inverness||2 March 2005|
|SPL||Hibernian||1 – 3||Celtic||Easter Road, Edinburgh||6 March 2005|
|Beuzelin 90'||Petrov 5'
|SPL||Aberdeen||3 – 0||Hibernian||Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen||12 March 2005|
Mackie 85' (pen)
|SPL||Dunfermline Athletic||1 – 4||Hibernian||East End Park, Dunfermline||19 March 2005|
|Nicholson 43'||Riordan 66'
|SPL||Hibernian||3 – 2||Dundee United||Easter Road, Edinburgh||2 April 2005|
|SPL||Heart of Midlothian||1 – 2||Hibernian||Tynecastle, Edinburgh||13 April 2005|
|Miller 40'||O'Connor 68'
|SPL||Hibernian||0 – 3||Livingston||Easter Road, Edinburgh||16 April 2005|
|SPL||Hibernian||2 – 2||Heart of Midlothian||Easter Road, Edinburgh||23 April 2005|
|SPL||Celtic||1 – 3||Hibernian||Celtic Park, Glasgow||30 April 2005|
|Beattie 59'||O'Connor 7'
|SPL||Motherwell||2 – 2||Hibernian||Fir Park, Motherwell||7 May 2005|
|SPL||Hibernian||1 – 2||Aberdeen||Easter Road, Edinburgh||14 May 2005|
|Riordan 51'||Mackie 28'
|SPL||Hibernian||0 – 1||Rangers||Easter Road, Edinburgh||22 May 2005|
|Novo 59'||Attendance: 17,450
|P||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Rangers||38||29||6||3||78||22||56||93||UEFA Champions League 2005–06 Third qualifying round|
|2||Celtic||38||30||2||6||85||35||50||92||UEFA Champions League 2005–06 Second qualifying round|
|3||Hibernian||38||18||7||13||64||57||7||61||UEFA Cup 2005–06 First round|
|5||Heart of Midlothian||38||13||11||14||43||41||2||50|
|12||Dundee||38||8||9||21||37||71||-34||33||Relegated to First Division 2005–06|
Source: SPL official website
Despite having finished in the bottom half of the Scottish Premier League table in the previous season, Hibs volunteered to enter the Intertoto Cup. They were drawn against Lithuanian A Lyga side FK Vetra, with Hibs due to play at home first. New manager Tony Mowbray was faced with only having 12 players available for the first training session of the season, just 12 days before the first match with Vetra.
The first match, which was played in "farcical conditions after a thunderstorm flooded the Easter Road pitch", ended in a 1–1 draw. In the return match, Vetra sat back and allowed Hibs the majority of ball possession, but they were unable to create more than a few goalscoring chances from this. A goal resulting from an error by young goalkeeper Alistair Brown condemned Hibs to defeat. The Edinburgh Evening News described Hibs' participation as "a gamble" that had "backfired"; former Hibs player Stuart Lovell questioned the motives of the Hibs board, and the point of giving short term contracts to players just to play in the matches against Vetra.
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||Hibernian||1 – 1||FK Vetra||Easter Road, Edinburgh||3 July 2004|
|O'Connor 77'||Sasnauskas 63'||Attendance: 8,630
Referee: Tony Asumaa
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||FK Vetra||1 – 0||Hibernian||Zalgiris Stadium, Vilnius||10 July 2004|
|Vasiliauskas 62'||Referee: Krzysztof Slupik
Scottish League Cup
As one of the SPL clubs who had not automatically qualified for European competition, Hibs entered at the last 32 stage (second round) of the competition, in which they defeated Alloa Athletic 4–0 at Easter Road. Hibs were then given a favourable draw against Albion Rovers in the last 16. Despite the underdogs taking a shock lead, Hibs ran out 3–1 winners in a game that was played on a neutral venue (Hamilton). In the quarter-final, Hibs were drawn to play Dundee United at Tannadice. Hibs took the lead through a Derek Riordan goal in the first half and held it for most of the game, but Jim McIntyre scored a late equaliser in normal time, and then scored the winner in extra time.
|Scottish League Cup||Hibernian||4 – 0||Alloa Athletic||Easter Road, Edinburgh||24 August 2004|
|Scottish League Cup||Albion Rovers||1 – 3||Hibernian||New Douglas Park, Hamilton||22 September 2004|
|McLaren 7'||Dobbie 42'
|Scottish League Cup||Dundee United||2 – 1
|Hibernian||Tannadice Park, Dundee||9 November 2004|
|Riordan 31'||Attendance: 4,865
Hibs reached the semi-final of the Scottish Cup, where they met Dundee United. Hibs went into the match as favourites due to the contrasting league form of the two sides; indeed, Hibs had beaten United 3–2 in the league at Easter Road the previous week. Hibs took the lead in the cup match thanks to a Derek Riordan penalty, but then collapsed to a 2–1 defeat, with the winner scored by Jason Scotland. This defeat extended Hibs' then 103-year hoodoo in the competition.
A curious postscript to the defeat was that Jason Scotland was denied a renewal of a UK work permit the following summer by an expert panel, which included former Hibs players Murdo MacLeod, Tony Higgins, Pat Stanton, Peter Cormack and Tommy McIntyre. The panel was hearing an appeal against a decision to reject the application to renew Scotland's work permit, which had been made automatically because Scotland had only played in two of Trinidad and Tobago's international matches in the preceding two years. The decision forced Scotland to leave United; he signed later that summer for Scottish First Division club St. Johnstone, and has subsequently played in the Premier League for Wigan Athletic.
|Scottish Cup||Hibernian||2 – 0||Dundee||Easter Road, Edinburgh||8 January 2005|
|Scottish Cup||Hibernian||4 – 0||Brechin City||Easter Road, Edinburgh||5 February 2005|
|Scottish Cup||Hibernian||2 – 0||St. Mirren||Easter Road, Edinburgh||5 February 2005|
|Scottish Cup||Dundee United||2 – 1||Hibernian||Hampden Park, Glasgow||9 April 2005|
|Riordan 58' (pen)||Attendance: 27,271
|No.||Nat||Pos||Player||Total||SPL||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Intertoto Cup|
- "Average Home League Game Attendances". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
- Mowbray delighted despite defeat, BBC Sport, 22 May 2005.
- Hearts 1–2 Hibernian, BBC Sport, 13 April 2005.
- Hibs win dents Celtic's title run, CNN, 30 April 2005.
- Hibs prepare to meet Europe's poor relations; Stewart Fisher finds, Sunday Herald, 27 June 2004.
- Intertoto gamble fails to pay off for Hibees, Edinburgh Evening News, 12 July 2004.
- FOOTBALL: INTERTOTO SHAMBLES; Hibs have left Mowbray in the mire, Sunday Mail, 18 July 2004.
- Dobbie and Shiels spark Hibs recovery, The Scotsman, 23 September 2004.
- Scotland's strike extends Hibernian cup hoodoo, The Independent, 10 April 2005.
- Further shock over Scotland affair, The Courier, 1 July 2005.
- The decision to refuse footballer Jason Scotland a work permit - Annexes, Home Office, 15 November 2005.
- "Hibs' Ivan the Incredible". Scotland on Sunday (Johnston Press). 28 August 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Hibernian 2004/2005 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
- The soccerbase statistics do not include the lineup for the second Intertoto Cup match, which is listed at RSSSF.
- Fixtures & Results, Hibernian F.C. official site
- Hibernian 2004/2005 results and fixtures, Soccerbase