2013–14 Hibernian F.C. season

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Hibernian
2013–14 season
Chairman Rod Petrie
Manager Pat Fenlon (until 1 November)
Terry Butcher (from 12 November)
Stadium Easter Road
Scottish Premiership Eleventh place (Relegated)
League Cup Quarter Finals
Scottish Cup R5
Europa League QR2
Top goalscorer League: Collins & Craig, 6
All: Craig, 9
Highest home attendance 20,106 (v Hearts, 2 January
Lowest home attendance 8,277 (v Motherwell, 8 March)
Average home league attendance 11017 (up 526)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2013–14 season was Hibernian's fifteenth consecutive season in the top flight of the Scottish football league system, having been promoted from the Scottish First Division at the end of the 1998–99 season.[1] Having lost the 2013 Scottish Cup Final to league champions Celtic, Hibs entered the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League, but suffered a Scottish record aggregate defeat against Swedish club Malmö in the second qualifying round. Hibs also competed in the 2013–14 Scottish League Cup but lost to Heart of Midlothian in the quarter final at Easter Road. Days after that defeat, manager Pat Fenlon resigned and was replaced with Terry Butcher. Hibs were knocked out of the 2013–14 Scottish Cup in the fifth round by Raith Rovers. A long winless run to finish the 2013–14 Scottish Premiership season meant that Hibs finished in 11th place, and they were relegated after a playoff against Hamilton Academical.

Friendlies[edit]

With qualifying matches in the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League due to be played in July, Hibs started pre-season training just a few weeks after playing in the 2013 Scottish Cup Final.[2][3] The club set up a week long training camp in southern Spain, including two matches.[4]

Fixtures[edit]

Legend

      Win       Draw       Loss

Europa League[edit]

Having lost the 2013 Scottish Cup Final to league champions Celtic, Hibs qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League competition. The club entered at the second qualifying round stage, but were unseeded.[5] Hibs were drawn against the winners of a first round tie between Malmö and Drogheda United.[6] Malmö progressed to the second round with a 2–0 aggregate victory against Drogheda.[7] Hibs lost the first leg 2–0 in Malmö and they were eliminated after suffering a 7–0 defeat in the home leg, losing 9–0 on aggregate.[8] This broke the Scottish record for margin of defeat in European competition, previously held by Rangers in the 1959–60 European Cup.[8]

Fixtures[edit]

Legend

      Win       Draw       Loss

Scottish Premiership[edit]

The 2013–14 Scottish Premiership season began on 3 August 2013 and the fixture list was announced on 19 June.[9][10] The season got off to a poor start for Hibs, as they lost in their first two league matches, at home to Motherwell and then in the first Edinburgh derby of the season. Hibs then had a better run of form, losing only one of their next eight league matches. At the end of a week in which Hibs lost at home to Aberdeen in the league and Hearts in the 2013–14 Scottish League Cup, manager Pat Fenlon resigned.[11] Assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl was put in caretaker charge of the team[11] until Inverness CT manager Terry Butcher was recruited to replace Fenlon.[12] Hibs drew 0–0 at St. Mirren in his first game in charge.[13] A run of 1 win in 11 games meant that Hibs again finished in the bottom half of the league and were dragged into a battle to avoid a relegation play-off.[14][15] A run of 13 games without a win to finish the 2013–14 Scottish Premiership season meant that Hibs fell into a relegation play-off.[16] A 2–0 win in the first leg against Hamilton Academical gave Hibs fresh hope of avoiding relegation, but they lost 2–0 in the return game and lost the tie after a penalty shootout.[17]

Fixtures[edit]

Legend

      Win       Draw       Loss

Premiership Play-offs[edit]

Scottish Cup[edit]

As a Premiership club, Hibs entered the 2013–14 Scottish Cup in the fourth round and were drawn away to fellow Premiership club Ross County.[18] Hibs progressed to the last 16 with a 1–0 victory at Victoria Park, recording their first ever win against Ross County.[19] In the fifth round (last 16) draw, Hibs were given a home tie against Championship club Raith Rovers.[20] Hibs were knocked out of the competition by Raith, who won 3–2 at Easter Road.[21]

Fixtures[edit]

Legend

      Win       Draw       Loss

Scottish League Cup[edit]

As a club that qualified for European competition, Hibs entered the 2013–14 Scottish League Cup in the third round.[23] In the third round draw Hibs were given a home tie against Stranraer.[23] Liam Craig scored a hat-trick for Hibs as they progressed to the quarter-final with a 5–3 victory.[24] Hibs were given another home draw in the quarter-final as they were paired with Edinburgh derby rivals Hearts.[25][26] Despite entering the match as favourites against a youthful Hearts side, Hibs squandered several early chances and lost 1–0. Pat Fenlon resigned two days later, although he claimed that he had already decided before the cup match to leave.[11]

Fixtures[edit]

Legend

      Win       Draw       Loss

Transfers[edit]

In January 2013, Hibs announced the pre-contract signing of St. Johnstone midfielder Liam Craig.[28] Ryan McGivern, who had been on loan at Hibs for most of the 2012–13 season, and Inverness midfielder Owain Tudur Jones were signed towards the end of May.[29] Hibs had hoped to retain the services of on-loan striker Leigh Griffiths, but his parent club Wolves rejected all offers for the player.[30] Hibs instead paid £200,000 to acquire Swindon Town striker James Collins.[31]

Early in the January 2014 window, BBC Sport reported that new manager Terry Butcher had made Rowan Vine, Tom Taiwo, Tim Clancy and Kevin Thomson available for transfer.[32] Butcher refused to confirm the report, but said that allowing some players to leave would freshen the squad and that he was also looking to recruit some new players.[33] On the final day of January, Hibs completed loan deals for three English players: Daniel Boateng, Danny Haynes and Duncan Watmore.[34][35] Vine and Clancy had their contracts cancelled by mutual consent.[34]

Deaths[edit]

  • 22 July: Lawrie Reilly, 84, Hibernian and Scotland player; member of the Famous Five forward line.[57]
  • 24 August: Gerry Baker, 75, Hibernian, Motherwell and St. Mirren forward.[58]
  • 22 December: David Paul, 18, Hibernian youth player.[59]

Player statistics[edit]

During the 2013–14 season, Hibs used 28 different players in competitive games. The table below shows the number of appearances and goals scored by each player.

As of 19:43, 25 May 2014 (UTC)[60]
No. Nat Pos Player Total Premiership Europa League League Cup Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 England GK Ben Williams 45 0 39 0 2 0 2 0 2 0
3 Northern Ireland DF Ryan McGivern 39 0 36 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
4 Scotland DF Paul Hanlon 34 1 28 1 2 0 2 0 2 0
5 England DF Michael Nelson 37 3 35 2 0 0 1 0 1 1
6 Northern Ireland DF James McPake 7 0 3 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
7 Scotland MF Alex Harris 20 0 17 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
8 Scotland MF Scott Robertson 31 1 26 1 2 0 2 0 1 0
9 England FW Rowan Vine 14 0 10 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
10 Scotland MF Liam Craig 42 9 36 6 2 0 2 3 2 0
11 Scotland MF Paul Cairney 20 1 19 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
14 Republic of Ireland FW James Collins 40 6 36 6 0 0 2 0 2 0
15 England MF Daniel Boateng 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Scotland DF Lewis Stevenson 43 1 37 1 2 0 2 0 2 0
17 Wales MF Owain Tudur Jones 18 0 16 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
18 Republic of Ireland DF Alan Maybury 18 0 16 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
19 Scotland MF Danny Handling 22 1 19 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
20 England MF Tom Taiwo 28 1 22 1 2 0 2 0 2 0
21 Scotland GK Sean Murdoch 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Scotland DF Fraser Mullen 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
22 England MF Duncan Watmore 10 1 9 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
23 Scotland DF Jordon Forster 30 4 26 4 2 0 0 0 2 0
24 Republic of Ireland FW Paul Heffernan 22 4 21 4 0 0 0 0 1 0
26 Scotland MF Sam Stanton 33 3 30 2 1 0 1 0 1 1
27 France MF Abdellah Zoubir 16 1 13 0 0 0 2 1 1 0
29 Scotland FW Ross Caldwell 7 0 3 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
33 England MF Danny Haynes 11 1 10 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
34 Scotland MF Dean Horribine 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 Scotland FW Jason Cummings 18 2 18 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 Scotland MF Kevin Thomson 22 0 19 0 2 0 1 0 0 0

Team statistics[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Celtic (C) 38 31 6 1 102 25 +77 99 2014–15 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Motherwell 38 22 4 12 64 60 +4 70 2014–15 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
3 Aberdeen 38 20 8 10 53 38 +15 68 2014–15 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
4 Dundee United 38 16 10 12 65 50 +15 58
5 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 38 16 9 13 44 44 0 57
6 St Johnstone 38 15 8 15 48 42 +6 53 2014–15 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
7 Ross County 38 11 7 20 44 62 −18 40
8 St Mirren 38 10 9 19 39 58 −19 39
9 Kilmarnock 38 11 6 21 45 66 −21 39
10 Partick Thistle 38 8 14 16 46 65 −19 38
11 Hibernian (R) 38 8 11 19 31 51 −20 35 Scottish Premiership play-offs
12 Heart of Midlothian (R) 38 10 8 20 45 65 −20 0231 Relegation to 2014–15 Scottish Championship

Source: ESPN
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Heart of Midlothian were deducted 15 points for entering administration
2 St Johnstone, as winners of the 2013–14 Scottish Cup, qualify to second qualifying round of Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Division summary[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A H A H A H A A H H A H A H A H A H H A A H H H A H H A A A A A A H H A H
Result L L D W D W W L W D L L L D D L D W W W D L L L W D L D D L L L L L L D L L
Position 10 9 9 8 8 7 5 5 5 5 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 9 11

Last updated: 18:33, 25 May 2014 (UTC).
Source: [61]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Management statistics[edit]

Last updated on 25 May 2014
Name From To P W D L Win%[nb 1]
Fenlon, PatPat Fenlon[62] 29 July 2013 1 November 2013 15 5 3 7 33.33
Nicholl, JimmyJimmy Nicholl 1 November 2013 12 November 2013 2 0 0 2 00.00
Butcher, TerryTerry Butcher[63] 12 November 2013 Present 29 6 8 15 20.69

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Win% is the percentage of matches won rounded to two decimal places.

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