Football Travel: Hibernian Football Club

We pop down to Leith to check on the famous Hibernian FC at Easter Road, the club’s home since 1893.

 

In Edinburgh’s northern port district of Leith, celebrated in song so often by local brothers The Proclaimers, the green framework of Easter Road stadium stands out against the melancholy mix of housing and the shimmering Firth of Forth.

 

It was the 20th anniversary of the release of largely Edinburgh-based film Trainspotting the week I made my first trip to Easter Road. You may recall the dangerous Begbie in a Hibs shirt, or Renton’s bedroom décor: Hibernian FC given a global stage. [Continues…]

Easter Road Hibernian

A chilly February night under the lights at Hibernian FC, Leith, Edinburgh

Easter Road Stadium

Leith has gentrified somewhat since the days of Trainspotting, and is even home to the retired Royal Yacht Britannia. Easter Road itself is a tidy, 20,400 all-seater stadium, easily accessible (and visible) from Edinburgh city centre.

 

Formed by Irish immigrants in 1875, Hibs takes its name from the Latin name for Ireland – Hibernia – which translates as ‘land of winter’. Fitting, given the mercury was flirting with 0°C on the night I witnessed the team play Greenock Morton.

 

Hibs badge

Hibs’ badge points to its Irish history

Hibs were second in the Scottish Championship – one rung below the Scottish Premier League – and opponents Greenock Morton sixth with just one win in their last nine matches. But the formbook was turned on its head as Hibs’ forward line spurned chance after chance, leaving Morton free to exploit gaps on the break.

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Morton’s small travelling support witnessed a surprise 3-0 win, and it could have been more. The atmosphere in the 8,655 crowd was subdued throughout – perhaps due to the temperature and the opponent – but the game was entertaining, if frustrating for home fans. [Continues…]

 

         

 

I paid £22 to sit in the West Stand, but there is more ticket info here.

 

Visiting Hibernian FC

 

Frequent buses run to Easter Road from central Edinburgh (Princes Street) but the ground is only a 20-25 minute walk from Waverley station.

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