2004–05 Hibernian F.C. season
Ken Lewandowski (until December 2004) |
Rod Petrie (from December 2004)
League: Riordan, 20|
All: Riordan, 23
|Highest home attendance||17450|
|Lowest home attendance||9344|
|Average home league attendance||12539 (up 3389)|
Season 2004–05 was a relative success for Hibernian, as the team performed well in the league, finishing third and qualifying for the UEFA Cup in Tony Mowbray's first season as manager. Hibs lost to league strugglers Dundee United in both cup competitions; 2–1 in a Scottish Cup semi-final, and 2–1 after extra time in the League Cup quarter-final. The season also saw the development of a number of promising young players, particularly strikers Derek Riordan and Garry O'Connor. This relative success came after the club had been disappointingly beaten by FK Vetra in the UEFA Intertoto Cup.
Hibs enjoyed a successful first season under new manager Tony Mowbray, as the club finished 3rd in the league and qualified for the next season's UEFA Cup competition. Hibs were pushed for third place by Aberdeen and only clinched the position on the final day of the season. The final day match was against Rangers, who needed to win to have a chance of winning the championship, while Hibs needed to avoid a heavy defeat to prevent Aberdeen overtaking them on goal difference. Rangers took a 1–0 lead after 59 minutes, and the later stages of the game were played out without either team chasing a goal as it suited their needs. Highlights of the season included wins at Tynecastle and Celtic Park, which were big steps towards finishing in such a high position.
|7 August 2004 SPL||Hibernian||0 – 1||Kilmarnock||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|Boyd 73'||Attendance: 10,933
|14 August 2004 SPL||Motherwell||1 – 2||Hibernian||Fir Park, Motherwell|
|O'Donnell 20'||O'Connor 2', 78'||Attendance: 5,859
|21 August 2004 SPL||Rangers||4 – 1||Hibernian||Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow|
|Caldwell 35'||Attendance: 48,702
|28 August 2004 SPL||Hibernian||4 – 4||Dundee||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
O'Connor 46', 50'
|11 September 2004 SPL||Inverness CT||1 – 2||Hibernian||Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen|
|Wilson 37' (pen.)||Riordan 12', 60'||Attendance: 2,011
|19 September 2004 SPL||Hibernian||2 – 2||Celtic||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|Balde 8' (o.g.)
|25 September 2004 SPL||Aberdeen||0 – 1||Hibernian||Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen|
|Riordan 62'||Attendance: 12,137
|2 October 2004 SPL||Dunfermline Athletic||1 – 1||Hibernian||East End Park, Dunfermline|
|Donnelly 86'||O'Connor 39'||Attendance: 7,290
|16 October 2004 SPL||Hibernian||2 – 0||Dundee United||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|24 October 2004 SPL||Heart of Midlothian||2 – 1||Hibernian||Tynecastle, Edinburgh|
|Riordan 90'||Attendance: 16,720
|27 October 2004 SPL||Hibernian||2 – 1||Livingston||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|Lilley 65' (pen.)||Attendance: 9,534
|30 October 2004 SPL||Kilmarnock||3 – 1||Hibernian||Rugby Park, Kilmarnock|
|Nish 20', 42'
|Shiels 69'||Attendance: 5,959
|6 November 2004 SPL||Hibernian||1 – 0||Motherwell||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|Murray 79'||Attendance: 10,022
|14 November 2004 SPL||Hibernian||0 – 1||Rangers||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|Prso 65' (pen.)||Attendance: 13,829
|20 November 2004 SPL||Dundee||1 – 4||Hibernian||Dens Park, Dundee|
|Lovell 62'||Beuzelin 17'
|27 November 2004 SPL||Hibernian||2 – 1||Inverness CT||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|Juanjo 34'||Attendance: 9,728
|4 December 2004 SPL||Celtic||2 – 1||Hibernian||Celtic Park, Glasgow|
|Hartson 18', 83'||Caldwell 75'||Attendance: 58,384
|11 December 2004 SPL||Hibernian||2 – 1||Aberdeen||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|Mackie 37'||Attendance: 13,503
|18 December 2004 SPL||Hibernian||2 – 1||Dunfermline Athletic||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|Tod 68'||Attendance: 9,859
|27 December 2004 SPL||Dundee United||1 – 4||Hibernian||Tannadice Park, Dundee|
|Scotland 8'||Riordan 13'
|2 January 2005 SPL||Hibernian||1 – 1||Heart of Midlothian||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|Riordan 24'||Hartley 55'||Attendance: 17,259
|15 January 2005 SPL||Livingston||0 – 2||Hibernian||Almondvale, Livingston|
|22 January 2005 SPL||Hibernian||3 – 0||Kilmarnock||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|Riordan 30', 34', 52'||Attendance: 12,660
|12 February 2005 SPL||Rangers||3 – 0||Hibernian||Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow|
|Prso 35', 50'
|15 February 2005 SPL||Motherwell||1 – 1||Hibernian||Fir Park, Motherwell|
|Craigan 26'||Riordan 66' (pen.)||Attendance: 7,453
|19 February 2005 SPL||Hibernian||4 – 0||Dundee||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|O'Connor 27', 77'
|2 March 2005 SPL||Inverness CT||3 – 0||Hibernian||Caledonian Stadium, Inverness|
|6 March 2005 SPL||Hibernian||1 – 3||Celtic||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|Beuzelin 90'||Petrov 5'
|12 March 2005 SPL||Aberdeen||3 – 0||Hibernian||Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen|
Mackie 85' (pen.)
|19 March 2005 SPL||Dunfermline Athletic||1 – 4||Hibernian||East End Park, Dunfermline|
|Nicholson 43'||Riordan 66', 81'
Fletcher 69', 75'
|2 April 2005 SPL||Hibernian||3 – 2||Dundee United||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|13 April 2005 SPL||Heart of Midlothian||1 – 2||Hibernian||Tynecastle, Edinburgh|
|Miller 40'||O'Connor 68'
|16 April 2005 SPL||Hibernian||0 – 3||Livingston||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|23 April 2005 SPL||Hibernian||2 – 2||Heart of Midlothian||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|30 April 2005 SPL||Celtic||1 – 3||Hibernian||Celtic Park, Glasgow|
|Beattie 59'||O'Connor 7'
|7 May 2005 SPL||Motherwell||2 – 2||Hibernian||Fir Park, Motherwell|
|Craigan 16', 49'||Caldwell 81'
|14 May 2005 SPL||Hibernian||1 – 2||Aberdeen||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|Riordan 51'||Mackie 28', 69'||Attendance: 15,288
|22 May 2005 SPL||Hibernian||0 – 1||Rangers||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|Novo 59'||Attendance: 17,450
|P||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Rangers||38||29||6||3||78||22||56||93||UEFA Champions League 2005–06 Third qualifying round|
|2||Celtic||38||30||2||6||85||35||50||92||UEFA Champions League 2005–06 Second qualifying round|
|3||Hibernian||38||18||7||13||64||57||7||61||UEFA Cup 2005–06 First round|
|5||Heart of Midlothian||38||13||11||14||43||41||2||50|
|12||Dundee||38||8||9||21||37||71||-34||33||Relegated to First Division 2005–06|
Source: SPL official website
Despite having finished in the bottom half of the Scottish Premier League table in the previous season, Hibs volunteered to enter the Intertoto Cup. They were drawn against Lithuanian A Lyga side FK Vetra, with Hibs due to play at home first. New manager Tony Mowbray was faced with only having 12 players available for the first training session of the season, just 12 days before the first match with Vetra.
The first match, which was played in "farcical conditions after a thunderstorm flooded the Easter Road pitch", ended in a 1–1 draw. In the return match, Vetra sat back and allowed Hibs the majority of ball possession, but they were unable to create more than a few goalscoring chances from this. A goal resulting from an error by young goalkeeper Alistair Brown condemned Hibs to defeat. The Edinburgh Evening News described Hibs' participation as "a gamble" that had "backfired"; former Hibs player Stuart Lovell questioned the motives of the Hibs board, and the point of giving short term contracts to players just to play in the matches against Vetra.
|3 July 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup||Hibernian||1 – 1||FK Vetra||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|O'Connor 77'||Sasnauskas 63'||Attendance: 8,630
Referee: Tony Asumaa
|10 July 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup||FK Vetra||1 – 0||Hibernian||Zalgiris Stadium, Vilnius|
|Vasiliauskas 62'||Referee: Krzysztof Slupik
Scottish League Cup
As one of the SPL clubs who had not automatically qualified for European competition, Hibs entered at the last 32 stage (second round) of the competition, in which they defeated Alloa Athletic 4–0 at Easter Road. Hibs were then given a favourable draw against Albion Rovers in the last 16. Despite the underdogs taking a shock lead, Hibs ran out 3–1 winners in a game that was played on a neutral venue (Hamilton). In the quarter-final, Hibs were drawn to play Dundee United at Tannadice. Hibs took the lead through a Derek Riordan goal in the first half and held it for most of the game, but Jim McIntyre scored a late equaliser in normal time, and then scored the winner in extra time.
|24 August 2004 Scottish League Cup||Hibernian||4 – 0||Alloa Athletic||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|22 September 2004 Scottish League Cup||Albion Rovers||1 – 3||Hibernian||New Douglas Park, Hamilton|
|McLaren 7'||Dobbie 42'
|9 November 2004 Scottish League Cup||Dundee United||2 – 1
|Hibernian||Tannadice Park, Dundee|
|McIntyre 87', 107'||Riordan 31'||Attendance: 4,865
Hibs reached the semi-final of the Scottish Cup, where they met Dundee United. Hibs went into the match as favourites due to the contrasting league form of the two sides; indeed, Hibs had beaten United 3–2 in the league at Easter Road the previous week. Hibs took the lead in the cup match thanks to a Derek Riordan penalty, but then collapsed to a 2–1 defeat, with the winner scored by Jason Scotland.
A curious postscript to the defeat was that Jason Scotland was denied a renewal of a UK work permit the following summer by an expert panel, which included former Hibs players Murdo MacLeod, Tony Higgins, Pat Stanton, Peter Cormack and Tommy McIntyre. The panel was hearing an appeal against a decision to reject the application to renew Scotland's work permit, which had been made automatically because Scotland had only played in two of Trinidad and Tobago's international matches in the preceding two years. The decision forced Scotland to leave United; he signed later that summer for Scottish First Division club St Johnstone, and has subsequently played in the Premier League for Wigan Athletic.
|8 January 2005 Scottish Cup||Hibernian||2 – 0||Dundee||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|5 February 2005 Scottish Cup||Hibernian||4 – 0||Brechin City||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
O'Connor 32', 57'
|5 February 2005 Scottish Cup||Hibernian||2 – 0||St Mirren||Easter Road, Edinburgh|
|9 April 2005 Scottish Cup||Dundee United||2 – 1||Hibernian||Hampden Park, Glasgow|
|Riordan 58' (pen.)||Attendance: 27,271
|No.||Pos||Nat||Player||Total||SPL||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Intertoto Cup|
- "Average Home League Game Attendances". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
- Mowbray delighted despite defeat, BBC Sport, 22 May 2005.
- Hearts 1–2 Hibernian, BBC Sport, 13 April 2005.
- Hibs win dents Celtic's title run, CNN, 30 April 2005.
- Hibs prepare to meet Europe's poor relations; Stewart Fisher finds, Sunday Herald, 27 June 2004.
- Intertoto gamble fails to pay off for Hibees, Edinburgh Evening News, 12 July 2004.
- FOOTBALL: INTERTOTO SHAMBLES; Hibs have left Mowbray in the mire, Sunday Mail, 18 July 2004.
- Dobbie and Shiels spark Hibs recovery, The Scotsman, 23 September 2004.
- "Scotland's strike extends Hibernian cup hoodoo". The Independent. 10 April 2005.
- "Further shock over Scotland affair". The Courier. DC Thomson. 1 July 2005. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011.
- "The decision to refuse footballer Jason Scotland a work permit - Annexes". Home Office. 15 November 2005. Archived from the original on 1 January 2007.
- "Hibs' Ivan the Incredible". Scotland on Sunday. Johnston Press. 28 August 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Hibernian 2004/2005 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
- The soccerbase statistics do not include the lineup for the second Intertoto Cup match, which is listed Archived 3 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine. at RSSSF.
- Fixtures & Results, Hibernian F.C. official site
- Hibernian 2004/2005 results and fixtures, Soccerbase