2004–05 Hibernian F.C. season

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Hibernian
2004–05 season
Chairman Ken Lewandowski (until December 2004)
Rod Petrie (from December 2004)
Manager Tony Mowbray
SPL 3rd
Scottish Cup Semi
CIS Cup Quarter
Intertoto Cup R2
Top goalscorer League: Riordan, 20
All: Riordan, 23
Highest home attendance 17450[1]
Lowest home attendance 9344[1]
Average home league attendance 12539[1] (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.

League season[edit]

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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2] Highlights of the season included wins at Tynecastle and Celtic Park, which were big steps towards finishing in such a high position.[3][4]

Results[edit]

Final table[edit]

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
4 Aberdeen 38 18 7 13 44 39 5 61
5 Heart of Midlothian 38 13 11 14 43 41 2 50
6 Motherwell 38 13 9 16 46 49 -3 48
7 Kilmarnock 38 15 4 19 49 55 -6 49
8 Inverness CT 38 11 11 16 41 47 -6 44
9 Dundee United 38 8 12 18 41 59 -18 36
10 Livingston 38 9 8 21 34 61 -27 35
11 Dunfermline Athletic 38 8 10 20 34 60 -26 34
12 Dundee 38 8 9 21 37 71 -34 33 Relegated to First Division 2005–06

Source: SPL official website

Intertoto Cup[edit]

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.[5]

The first match, which was played in "farcical conditions after a thunderstorm flooded the Easter Road pitch", ended in a 1–1 draw.[6] 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.[6] A goal resulting from an error by young goalkeeper Alistair Brown condemned Hibs to defeat.[6] The Edinburgh Evening News described Hibs' participation as "a gamble" that had "backfired";[6] 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.[7]

Results[edit]

Scottish League Cup[edit]

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).[8] 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.

Results[edit]

Scottish Cup[edit]

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;[9] 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.[9] This defeat extended Hibs' then 103-year hoodoo in the competition.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.

Results[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Player stats[edit]

During the 2004–05 season, Hibs used 32 different players in competitive games. The table below shows the number of appearances and goals scored by each player.[13][14]

No. Nat Pos Player Total SPL Scottish Cup League Cup Intertoto Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland GK Alistair Brown 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
England GK Simon Brown 44 0 38 0 4 0 2 0 0 0
Scotland DF Jonathan Baillie 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Scotland DF Gary Caldwell 46 4 37 3 4 1 3 0 2 0
Northern Ireland DF Colin Murdock 9 1 5 0 0 0 2 1 2 0
England DF David Murphy 32 1 27 1 3 0 2 0 0 0
Scotland DF Ian Murray 34 1 29 1 3 0 2 0 0 0
Scotland DF Alan Reid 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Scotland DF Jay Shields 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland DF Gary Smith 26 1 20 1 4 0 1 0 1 0
England DF Mark Venus 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Scotland DF Steven Whittaker 45 2 37 1 4 1 2 0 2 0
France MF Guillaume Beuzelin 29 4 26 4 1 0 2 0 0 0
Scotland MF Grant Brebner 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Scotland MF Scott Brown 24 2 20 1 2 1 0 0 2 0
Scotland MF Stephen Glass 44 3 36 2 3 0 3 1 2 0
Scotland MF Jamie McCluskey 13 0 10 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
England MF Kevin McDonald 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
England MF Antonio Murray 14 0 12 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland MF Kevin Nicol 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Austria MF Alen Orman 18 3 12 2 2 0 2 1 2 0
Grenada MF Craig Rocastle 14 0 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Northern Ireland MF Dean Shiels 43 6 37 5 3 0 3 1 0 0
Northern Ireland MF Ivan Sproule 8 1 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland MF Kevin Thomson 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland FW Stephen Dobbie 12 1 7 0 0 0 3 1 2 0
Scotland FW Steven Fletcher 26 5 20 5 4 0 2 0 0 0
Mali FW Amadou Konte 13 1 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland FW Tam McManus 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Northern Ireland FW Sam Morrow 29 3 22 1 3 2 2 0 2 0
Scotland FW Garry O'Connor 43 19 36 14 4 3 1 1 2 1
Scotland FW Derek Riordan 44 23 37 20 4 1 3 2 0 0

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Average Home League Game Attendances". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Mowbray delighted despite defeat, BBC Sport, 22 May 2005.
  3. ^ Hearts 1–2 Hibernian, BBC Sport, 13 April 2005.
  4. ^ Hibs win dents Celtic's title run, CNN, 30 April 2005.
  5. ^ Hibs prepare to meet Europe's poor relations; Stewart Fisher finds, Sunday Herald, 27 June 2004.
  6. ^ a b c d Intertoto gamble fails to pay off for Hibees, Edinburgh Evening News, 12 July 2004.
  7. ^ FOOTBALL: INTERTOTO SHAMBLES; Hibs have left Mowbray in the mire, Sunday Mail, 18 July 2004.
  8. ^ Dobbie and Shiels spark Hibs recovery, The Scotsman, 23 September 2004.
  9. ^ a b c Scotland's strike extends Hibernian cup hoodoo, The Independent, 10 April 2005.
  10. ^ Further shock over Scotland affair, The Courier, 1 July 2005.
  11. ^ The decision to refuse footballer Jason Scotland a work permit - Annexes, Home Office, 15 November 2005.
  12. ^ "Hibs' Ivan the Incredible". Scotland on Sunday (Johnston Press). 28 August 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Hibernian 2004/2005 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 
  14. ^ The soccerbase statistics do not include the lineup for the second Intertoto Cup match, which is listed at RSSSF.

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