1877–78 Hibernian F.C. season

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1877–78 season
Scottish Cup Fifth Round

Season 1877–78 was the first in which Hibernian competed at a Scottish national level, entering the Scottish Cup for the first time.


Hibs reached the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, losing 3–1 to South Western. They had defeated Edinburgh derby rivals Hearts in the first round after a replay. The fourth round match against Thornliebank was highly unusual. Hibs won the first match 2–1, but the Scottish Football Association decided to consider the result a draw and ordered a replay.[1] After the replay ended in a 2–2 draw, both clubs were admitted to the fifth round of the competition.[1]

Later that season, Hibs and Hearts contested the Final of the Edinburgh FA Cup.[2] Hearts eventually won the local competition after a fourth replay, with the decisive match (won 3–2 by Hearts) played over two months after the first attempt.[2] The long running saga established Hibs and Hearts as the predominant clubs in Edinburgh.[2] The Edinburgh derby, as it would become known, is the second oldest regularly played derby match, after the Nottingham derby between Notts County and Nottingham Forest.[2]


All results are written with Hibs' score first.

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
22 September 1877 R1 Hearts A 0–0[3]
6 October 1877 R1 Hearts H 2–1[4]
20 October 1877 R2 Hanover A 1–1
27 October 1877 R2 Hanover H 3–0
10 November 1877 R3 Edinburgh Swifts H 2–0
8 December 1877 R4 Thornliebank A 2–1
15 December 1877 R4 Thornliebank H 2–2
29 December 1877 R5 South Western A 1–3

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Scotland - Cup Results 1873/74-1877/78 and 1889/90-1995/96". RSSSF. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "The First Great Edinburgh Derby - The Five Games for 1878 EFA Cup". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Archived from the original on 27 September 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sat 29 September 1877 Scottish Cup Hearts 0 Hibernian 0". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Sat 6 October 1877 Scottish Cup Hearts 1 Hibernian 2". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 

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