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Hibernian Football Club

Hibernian Football Club is one of two main Edinburgh football clubs the other being Heart of Midlothian[?].

The club was founded in 1875, and play at the Easter Road ground in Leith, Edinburgh. They were the first major club in Scotland formed out of the immigrant Irish Catholic population and as such were often discriminated against by the early Scottish football authorities. Their position as the principal catholic football club in the country was usurped in 1888 by the formation of Celtic. The club is seen as being less of a catholic institution now than it was in the past, and rather than religion being the primary reason for association supporters tend to come due to their geographical location (Hibernian being the club for North and East Edinburgh).

Hibernian have traditionally been viewed as one of Scotland's top clubs but success has been harder to come by for them in recent years. The last major trophy won by the club was the 1991 League Cup, when they defeated Dunfermline Athletic[?] in the final.

The team colors are emerald green and white. The strip is a green body, with white sleeves, with a white collar, and green cuffs. The shorts are white, and the socks are green with white tops.

They are known by their fans by the nickname The Hi-bees, and almost universally the clubs name is shortened to Hibs.

Famous players have included: The Famous Five - Gordon Smith[?], Bobby Johnstone[?], Lawrie Reilly[?], Eddie Turnbull[?] and Willie Ormond[?]; in the seventies Pat Stanton[?], Alex Cropley[?], John Blackley[?] and Arthur Duncan[?], Eric Schaedler[?]. In the early eighties George Best[?] played with the club.

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