2000–01 Hibernian F.C. season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Hibernian
2000–01 season
Manager Alex McLeish
SPL 3rd
Scottish Cup Final
League Cup Quarter
Top goalscorer League: Paatelainen, 11
All: Paatelainen, 12
Highest home attendance 14939[1]
Lowest home attendance 8224[1]
Average home league attendance 10793[1] (down 1277)

Season 2000–01 was Hibs' second season in the Scottish Premier League, after gaining promotion from the First Division in 1999. 2000–01 proved to be a successful season for Hibs, as they started the season extremely well and eventually finished third, qualifying for the 2001–02 UEFA Cup.[2] The club also had a good Scottish Cup run, reaching the 2001 Scottish Cup Final, but were beaten 3–0 by treble winners Celtic at Hampden Park.[2] The season was also memorable for Hibs fans due to a 6–2 win in an Edinburgh derby against Hearts.[3]

League season[edit]

Hibs got off to an excellent start to the league season, winning 11 of their first 14 games. This led to Celtic manager Martin O'Neill describing Hibs as "worthy challengers" for the league in October, after they had beaten defending champions Rangers 1–0 at Easter Road.[4] Rangers manager Dick Advocaat dismissed Hibs' chances, but Hibs responded with a "scintillating display" as they won 6–2 in an Edinburgh derby days later, with Mixu Paatelainen scoring a hat-trick.[3] Celtic eventually ran away with the league championship, but Hibs continued to challenge for second place until a losing run in March effectively ended their chances of finishing above Rangers.[5] Their early season form, however, meant that Hibs finished well clear of the other SPL clubs in third place, qualifying for the following season's UEFA Cup competition.[2][5]

Results[edit]

Final table[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic 38 31 4 3 90 29 61 97 UEFA Champions League 2001-02 Third qualifying round
2 Rangers 38 26 4 8 76 36 40 82 UEFA Champions League 2001-02 Second qualifying round
3 Hibernian 38 18 12 8 57 35 22 66 UEFA Cup 2001-02 First round
4 Kilmarnock 38 15 9 14 44 53 -9 54 UEFA Cup 2001-02 Qualifying round
5 Hearts 38 14 10 14 56 50 6 52
6 Dundee 38 13 8 17 56 50 6 47 UEFA Intertoto Cup first round
7 Aberdeen 38 11 12 15 45 57 -7 45
8 Motherwell 38 12 7 19 42 56 -14 43
9 Dunfermline Athletic 38 11 9 18 34 54 -20 42
10 St Johnstone 38 9 13 16 40 56 -16 40
11 Dundee United 38 9 8 21 38 63 -25 35
12 St Mirren 38 8 6 24 32 72 -40 30 Relegated to First Division 2001-02

Source: SPL official website

Scottish League Cup[edit]

As one of the SPL clubs who failed to qualify for European competition, Hibs entered at the second round stage of the competition, in which they defeated Stenhousemuir 2–1. Another 2–1 win, after extra time against Falkirk, sent Hibs through to a quarter-final against Kilmarnock. In that match, Hibs took an early lead through a Russell Latapy goal, but conceded two second half goals to lose 2–1 and exit the competition.

Results[edit]

Scottish Cup[edit]

Results[edit]

Transfers[edit]

The only major transfer involving Hibs during the season was the sale of Kenny Miller, Hibs' top goalscorer in the previous season, to Rangers for £2M in total.[7] It was suggested in the media that the fee would be used to finance refurbishments of Easter Road, but the Hibs board denied this and pledged to reinvest in the playing squad.[7] A curious bit of transfer activity involved Didier Agathe, who Hibs signed as a free agent on a short term contract in the 2000 close season.[8][9] After a few good performances for Hibs, Agathe was offered the chance to double his salary by Celtic manager Martin O'Neill.[8] This prompted Hibs to sell Agathe to Celtic for the relatively small fee of £50,000, given that the player only had weeks remaining on his contract, and could have signed for Celtic for no transfer fee when it expired.[8]

Player stats[edit]

During the 2000–01 season, Hibs used 27 different players in competitive games. The table below shows the number of appearances and goals scored by each player.[11] None of the players appeared in every match, but goalkeeper Nick Colgan played in all but one of the league matches and in all eight of the cup ties. Gary Smith and Mathias Jack also appeared in 37 league matches, as Hibs fielded a relatively settled side.

No. Pos Nat Player Total SPL Scottish Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Republic of Ireland Nick Colgan 45 0 37 0 5 0 3 0
GK Canada Mike Franks 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
DF Scotland Derek Collins 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
DF Scotland Mark Dempsie 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
DF Canada Paul Fenwick 39 1 31 1 5 0 3 0
DF Denmark Ulrik Laursen 35 3 29 2 5 1 1 0
DF Scotland Martin McIntosh 7 0 4 0 0 0 3 0
DF France Franck Sauzee 39 4 33 2 5 2 1 0
DF Scotland Gary Smith 44 0 37 0 5 0 2 0
DF Scotland Tom Smith 11 0 8 0 0 0 3 0
MF Trinidad and Tobago Lyndon Andrews 14 0 11 0 1 0 2 0
MF France Frederic Arpinon 8 0 7 0 1 0 0 0
MF Scotland Scott Bannerman 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
MF Scotland Grant Brebner 17 0 11 0 4 0 2 0
MF Germany Mathias Jack 43 1 37 0 4 1 2 0
MF Trinidad and Tobago Russell Latapy 39 10 33 7 4 0 2 3
MF Australia Stuart Lovell 36 5 31 5 3 0 2 0
MF Scotland Ian Murray 25 1 21 1 4 0 0 0
MF Scotland John O'Neil 40 7 33 4 5 3 2 0
MF France Hakim Sar-Temsoury 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
FW France Didier Agathe 6 4 5 4 0 0 1 0
FW Germany Dirk Lehmann 33 5 29 2 1 2 3 1
FW France Marc Libbra 13 5 10 5 3 0 0 0
FW Scotland Tam McManus 20 5 16 2 3 2 1 1
FW Scotland Garry O'Connor 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
FW Finland Mixu Paatelainen 43 12 36 11 5 1 2 0
FW France David Zitelli 36 11 30 10 5 1 1 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 "McLeish gracious in defeat". BBC Sport. BBC. 26 May 2001. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Six-goal Hibs break Hearts". BBC Sport. 22 October 2000. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "O'Neill warns of Hibs title challenge". BBC Sport. 17 October 2000. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Ross, Kenny. "Hibs' Euro Dream Now In Dane-Ger". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Latapy keeps Hibs in the hunt, Independent on Sunday, 31 December 2000.
  7. ^ a b c Lomax, Andrew (22 June 2000). "Rangers close in on £1.5m deal for striker Miller". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d Gordon, Phil (14 October 2001). "Celtic seek exultation on sacred ground". The Independent. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Hibs get tough over Libbra". BBC Sport. 4 June 2001. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Agathe fixed up by Hibs". Daily Mail. 4 July 2000. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Hibernian 2000/2001 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 

External links[edit]