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The Club end the season in fourth place whilst losing semi finals in both the Scottish Cup to Dunfermline and in the Summer Cup against Motherwell.

After beating Rangers in quarter final, the draw for the Scottish Cup semi final had paired Hibs with Dunfermline and Tynecastle was selected as the venue but Hibs still had League business to take care of ahead of that tie, starting with a visit to Love Street. In a dour game with defences very much on top the home side held Hibs to a 0-0 draw and another vital point had slipped away from the greens in their fight to remain in the League race.

Another tricky away tie followed but Hibs fared better this time around by going to Cathkin Park and beating Third Lanark 2-0 with goals from Hamilton and Cormack. Glasgow beckoned again just two days later as Hibs travelled to Parkhead ready to face the charges of their former Manager Jock Stein and in a wonderful display of attacking football the visitors won 4-2 with Neil Martin scoring a hat trick and an own goal from full back Ian Young completing the rout. Shankly was ecstatic and Hibs readied themselves to face high flying Dunfermline for the chance to reach the Scottish Cup Final.



Semi final against The Pars

Regrettably, it was not to be as a pale shadow of the victorious Parkhead side never really got going in the game and Dunfermline punished them with goals from Harry Melrose and Alex Smith. It was a bitter disappointment for the Club and its support and there was little consolation in the fact that Hibs entertained the same opponents just four days later in a League match at Easter Road and won more convincingly than the solitary strike from Neil Martin would suggest.

The League campaign was nearing its end by now and Hibs were too far adrift to win the title which would go to a last day decider as Killie beat Hearts 2-0 to clinch it. Still, the greens were determined to make the best of the remaining matches and travelled to Dens Park in early April but lost 2-1 in a tight game which saw Stan Vincent hit the visitors' goal.

Celtic were next and they came to Easter Road looking for revenge after Hibs had given them a hiding on their own patch just a couple of weeks earlier. Jock Stein was able to field seven of the side which went on to win the European Cup in 1967 and they were in devastating form as they crushed Hibs 4-0. Later that season Stein would lead his side to Scottish Cup victory over Dunfermline.

The Summer Cup draw was made and matched Hibs, the holders, with Hearts, Dunfermline and Falkirk but two more League ties awaited ahead of that competition starting. In the first of those, Hibs hosted relegation doomed Airdrie at Easter Road and hammered the Diamonds 5-1 with goals from Hamilton (2), Scott, Martin and Cormack.

And so the final League game of the season had arrived and Hibs travelled to Firhill to play Partick but were well and truly stung by the jags who triumphed 4-2. The Hibs goals were struck by Neil Martin and Willie Hamilton but in truth the better team won on the day. The final league table that season was very tight at the top with Killie winning it on goal average which was the preferred method in those days rather than the goal difference we use in the modern game. Goal average was arrived at by dividing the number of goals scored by the number of goals conceded. Killie had a goal average of 1.88 whilst Hearts finished with 1.84. Had the current rules applied, Hearts would have won the title with a goal difference of 41 as against just 29 for Killie)



Attempt to defend the Summer Cup

Hibs had kicked the season off on 1st August the previous year but it wasn't over yet as they began their defence of the Summer Cup with a home tie against oldest rivals and League runners up Hearts. A superb 3-0 home win saw Hibs dump their neighbours and get off to a great start in what was a very difficult group. The goals came from Neil Martin (2) and Jim Scott although it took the greens an hour to finally break down a stuffy Hearts defence.

Over the bridge next, to East End Park, not a happy hunting ground for the men from Leith with it having been six seasons since they had tasted victory there. Hoodoos are there to be broken and two fine solo efforts from the mercurial Willie Hamilton allowed that to happen as Hibs triumphed 2-1. Group topping Hibs then hosted Falkirk at Easter Road and the Bairns gave a good account of themselves, despite going down 3-2 thanks to goals from Cormack (pen), Scott and John Baxter.

Things were certainly going well for the Hibees as they made the short trip to Tynecastle and left with a point in a 2-2 draw, Cormack and Martin getting the goals in a tight, even game. Dunfermline then arrived looking for revenge and duly got it in the shape of a 2-1 win at Easter Road, Martin scoring for Hibs, his 33rd of the season!

To qualify for the semi final Hibs had to win at Brockville and hope the result between Hearts and Dunfermline worked out in their favour. The first part was achieved thanks to goals from Cormack (pen), Stevenson and Jimmy O'Rourke, the youngster earning his chance after scoring 25 goals in that season's reserve League. Thankfully for Hibs, things went their way and they qualified to meet Motherwell in a two leg semi final with the first game at Easter Road.

Things looked promising for another trip to the Final when the greens beat Motherwell 2-0 at Easter Road thanks to a couple of cracking goals from Peter Cormack and Eric Stevenson but four days later the Steelmen had reversed that score at the end of the regulation 90 minutes meaning the game went into extra time. Sad to say that the wheels came of the bus for Hibs at this stage and despite two goals from Cormack (pen) and Quinn the hosts scored four more to win 6-2 and end the Hibs defence of the trophy.



Fourth place and a semi final

An incident packed season finally drew to a close and Hibs had finished fourth in the League, just four points behind winners Kilmarnock and had reached the Semi Final of the Scottish Cup. The Manager had changed during the season also with Jock Stein departing for Celtic and Bob Shankly arriving from Dundee. Real Madrid had come a calling and had left suffering a 2-0 defeat and Jimmy O'Rourke had broken into the first team alongside his lifelong friend Pat Stanton.

Willie Wilson and John McNamee had the most appearances in the League whilst Neil Martin topped the scoring charts with 25 in the League, 2 in the Scottish Cup, 2 in the League Cup and 4 in the Summer Cup


Jimmy ORourke

Jimmy O'Rourke broke into the first team during season 1964/65


Things looked encouraging then as the players took a well deserved break which included a 20 day tour of North America during which time they played 9 games, scoring 69 goals and conceding just 6! Doesn't sound like much of a break to me and as they returned at the start of July their close season would last only a few short weeks before the whole thing started all over again!





Hibernian beat Jock Stein's Celtic at Parkhead in the League.

The Club are knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Dunfermline in a semi final at Tynecastle.

The Club eventually finish fourth in the League, four points behind Champions Kilmarnock.

Hibernian top their Summer Cup group as they attempt to defend the trophy.

Motherwell knock Hibernian out of the Summer Cup, winning in extra time of the semi final second leg.


Written by John Campbell as part of the 'Another Generation' series

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