THE 2016 SCOTTISH CUP

 

On Saturday 21st May 2016, history was made at Hampden Park - Hibernian won the Scottish Cup.

Trading card design reproduced by kind permission of Scott Boobis.

Position Defender

On 21st May 2016, Gray wrote himself into Hibernian folklore, by becoming the captain of the side that won the Scottish Cup for the first time in 114 years. The defender scored a stoppage-time winner against Rangers in the Final at Hampden Park.

 

David Gray 1

 

2016 SCOTTISH CUP STATS

Minutes played 534
Appearances 6
Substituted in 0
Substituted out 1
Yellow cards 1
Red cards 0
Goals 1

 

David Gray was Alan Stubbs' first signing as Hibernian manager, with the right-back joining the Leith side in July 2014. The defender brought a wealth of experience to the squad following spells with Manchester United, Preston North End and Stevenage Borough.

Gray got his Hibee career off to a goalscoring start, netting on his debut in a friendly match against Berwick Rangers. On 29th September 2014, he scored his first ever professional league goal whilst helping the club to an away victory over Rangers. Gray latched on to a Lewis Stevenson cross to head past the Rangers goalkeeper at Ibrox.

The right-back would score again later that year against the Glasgow club, this time netting a spectacluar effort at Easter Road on 27th December. Gray took time to steady himself before carefully arrowing a shot into Steve Simonsen's top right-hand corner. The defender's goal was part of an impressive team display in which Hibernian swept Rangers aside 4-0 on the day.

Prior to his second season at the club, Gray was given the captain's armband by Alan Stubbs after a solid and dependable first season in Leith. At the same time, he agreed a contract to remain at the club until the end of the 2016/17 season.

As captain, Gray again played consistently over the course of the 2015/16 season, adding to his Hibernian goal tally in a League Cup match against Dundee United at Easter Road. Hibernian convincingly won 3-0 on the night.

In the 2016 Scottish Cup Final, David Gray played a major part in a miraculous Hibernian comeback, with the Leith side beating Rangers 3-2 at Hampden Park to claim their first Scottish Cup since 1902.

As the match sat in the balance at 2-2, the right-back powered home a stoppage-time header from a Liam Henderson corner to claim victory over Rangers and spark wild celebrations amongst the Leith faithful behind the goal.

The end to Hibs' hoodoo also meant they became the first lower league club to win the Scottish Cup trophy since East Fife in 1938.

Amongst emotions of pure elation and joy, there was an element of relief too for a Hibernian team that suffered much disappointment during the 2015/16 season. The team lost out on promotion to the Premiership as well as being defeated in the League Cup final against Ross County in March, 2016.

The captain told Sky Sports after the Scottish Cup Final, "It's not properly sunk in yet. I'm obviously just delighted for everyone involved at the club and all the fans. It's a dream come true really. I've got a lot of friends and family that will be very proud tonight.

"We've always believed we could do this. Every time we have a bad result, people are quick to comment: 'Oh Hibs have failed to do this, they've failed to do that'.

"We got to the final of the League Cup, played really well but it wasn't to be our day that day. Then we got all the way to the play-offs and it could have gone either way too.

"But to top off by winning the Scottish Cup, with me scoring the winner was just fairytale stuff."

Hibernian's Scottish Cup Final victory also included a ticket into the UEFA Europa League qualification rounds the following season.

The Leith side's return to European competition saw them paired with Danish opponents Brondby IF, and after trailing 1-0 from the home leg, captain David Gray's deft finish levelled the tie in the away leg after 62 minutes. Disappointingly, Gray was forced off the pitch injured at half-time, but the Hibernian team survived intense Brondby pressure to force extra-time.

Despite a heroic performance in Copenhagen, the 2016/17 European campaign ended in heartache, with Hibernian exiting the UEFA Europa League on penalties.

The Leith side had never won a European tie in 61 years after losing the home leg, but they came close to making history after deservedly prevailing in normal time of the away fixture.

 


 

Full name David Peter Gray
Date of birth 4th May 1988
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5ft 11in

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