Dan McMichael

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Dan McMichael (circa 1860 — 6 February 1919)[1] was an Irish[1] manager,[2] treasurer,[2] secretary[2] and physiotherapist[2] of the Scottish football club Hibernian during the late 19th Century and early 20th Century. He is the only manager to have taken charge of Hibs in two separate spells, being the first manager of the club from 1900–03 and returning in 1904 after Phil Kelso left for Arsenal. He subsequently held this position for fifteen years, also making him the club's longest serving manager to date.

McMichael, who was a sprinter in his youth,[3] helped revive the club after it was threatened with closure during the early 1890s.[3] He became the club's manager in 1904 after the club became a limited liability company, which meant that the team was no longer run by committee.[3] He was effectively the manager before then as well,[2][4] and he led the team that won the Scottish Cup in 1902 and the Scottish league championship in 1903.

McMichael served as Hibs manager and in other capacities until 1919, when he was one of the casualties of the Spanish flu pandemic.[1][3] Like many of the pandemic victims, McMichael was buried in an unmarked grave.[5] Several decades later, a group of Hibs supporters found the grave site from local records and raised funds for a gravestone.[5] A dedication ceremony was carried out in December 2013, attended by 400 people.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Forsyth, Paul (3 May 2009). "When sport caught flu". Scotland On Sunday (Johnston Press). 
  2. ^ a b c d e "99 years and counting ...". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 May 2001. 
  3. ^ a b c d Mackay, pp98.
  4. ^ Pia, Simon (20 May 2001). "Edinburgh’s real disgrace? Hibs have not won the cup since Buffalo Bill was in town". Scotland On Sunday (Johnston Publishing). 
  5. ^ a b c Hannan, Martin (8 December 2013). "Hibs’ last Scottish Cup-winning manager finally honoured". Scotland on Sunday (Johnston Publishing). Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  • Mackay, John (1986). The Hibees. John Donald Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-85976-144-4.