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Hibernian minute books dating from 1893-95.

In the summer of 1891, circumstances dictated that Hibernian Football Club withdraw from Scottish football. The following year the club was reformed with a brand new committee, and at the start of the 1893-94 season Hibs took its place in the inaugural Scottish Second Division. Winning the championship at the first time of asking, at that time automatic promotion was not yet in place and Clyde were elected to the top division instead.

However, after winning the championship for a second consecutive season, this time they could not be denied, and they took their place in the Scottish First Division. Although losing in the Scottish Cup Final that first season, a game that probably came to soon for the newly promoted side, within a few short years they had become one of the top teams in the country, winning the Scottish Cup for a second time in 1902 and the League Championship the following year.


Hibernian fixture card from season 1884-85


The 1893-95 minute books shown in the photograph cover a defining period in the history of Hibernian Football Club, and were kindly loaned to the Trust by Sir Tom Farmer whose relatives played such a prominent part in the rebirth of the club in 1892.

Irish born Dan McMichael was Hibs manager when the club won the Scottish Cup in 1902 and the League Championship the following year. A keen runner, or Pedestrian as they were known at the time, he joined the club during the late 1890's and over the years the loyal McMichael would hold many positions inside Easter Road including scout, physio, trainer, treasurer, secretary and finally manager.

Although sometimes said to have a somewhat dour personality, he was never the less well liked by the players under his charge, and admired by all in the game.

A long serving member of the Scottish League management committee, McMichael again led the club to the Scottish Cup Final in 1914, the last before the Great War, only to lose to Celtic after a replay.

Like many other sides with small playing squads, mainly due to the loss of players on war service, Hibs found the war years particularly difficult, but McMichael worked manfully behind the scenes to keep the club alive. Unfortunately, only a few months after the armistice in November 1918, he fell victim to the great influenza epidemic that swept Europe and beyond, killing millions, and he died at his house in Easter Road on 6 February 1919 aged only 54.


Memoriam card from the funeral of Daniel McMichael


He is buried in the Eastern Cemetery close to his beloved football stadium. The Memoriam card was recently donated to the Trust by relatives of the former manager.

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