Chris Hogg was a solid, dependable and perhaps underrated defender who helped the club to a famous CIS League Cup win against Kilmarnock in 2007.
Debut: Hearts (4) vs Hibernian (0) - Scottish Premier League - 07/08/2005
Chris Hogg was born in Middlesbrough in 1985 and began his career in the youth academies of York City and Ipswich Town.
He signed a professional contract with Ipswich in 2002 but went onto join Boston United on a one-month loan in October 2003. He made his debut two days later in a 3–1 victory over Cheltenham Town and he made eight appearances before returning to Ipswich in November. Chris rejoined Boston on another one-month loan on 12 December and made five appearances during this spell before returning to Suffolk where he played for the reserves under coach Tony Mowbray.
When Tony took over from Bobby Williamson at Hibs, he had no hesitation in bringing Chris across the border even though an injury meant that he was unavailable for selection for the remainder of the season. Chris had cut an artery in his arm, damaging nerves and tendons, which required a four-hour operation on his left arm after he put it through a window while trying to stop thieves stealing his sister's car.
He made his debut for Hibs in a 4-0 defeat to city rivals Hearts in August 2005 but he gained revenge by appearing in two home victories against the 'unbeatables' later in the season. He signed a new contract with Hibernian in October, with Mowbray saying "Chris is a model professional for a young man of 20. He deserves his new deal and I know there's more to come."
Chris Hogg and Steven Whittaker celebrate after winning the CIS Cup.
Chris played in both European games against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and scored his first goal for the club in a 2-2 draw with Kilmarnock in January 2006. He initially struggled to establish himself in the Hibernian first team, but he started to win a regular place from January 2007 under the management of John Collins. With the focus on Hibs' 'golden generation' of youngsters who were playing some of the most attractive football in the country, Chris's consistent performances often went unnoticed as he formed a solid defensive partnership with Rob Jones.
He helped Hibs to win the CIS League Cup, beating Kilmarnock 5-1 in a never to be forgotten game at Hampden in March 2007. Chris was made vice-captain at the start of the 2007/08 season following the departure of Scott Brown to Celtic and was voted the club's Player of the Year by both the fans and his fellow players at the end of the campaign. During the early part of the 2008/09 season, Chris bravely played on for over a month despite suffering from concussion. After spending a few weeks resting, he admitted that he had been "foolish" to initially play on, in a desire to retain his first-team place.
His commitment to the club paid off as following the departure of Rob Jones, Chris was appointed club captain by new manager John Hughes. Despite his status as captain, Chris was dropped from the starting line-up early in the 2010/11 season to make way for new signing Francis Dickoh who the manager believed would offer a greater physical presence.
After Hughes left the club, Chris was reinstated to the starting line-up at right-back by the caretaker management team of Gareth Evans and Alistair Stevenson against Kilmarnock where he went onto score the two goals that gave Hibs a 2–1 win. It was the first time in over four years that he had scored a goal, his only previous senior goal also being scored against Kilmarnock. Colin Calderwood's appointment saw Chris's opportunities limited and on 31 January 2011, he was released from his contract.
He went onto join Inverness on a short term deal and scored on his debut in a Scottish Cup tie against Morton. Following a spell training with his home town club, Middlesbrough, and a trial with Crewe Alexandra, he re-signed with Inverness on a one-year contract. Shortly after he suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury in a match against Dundee United and his manager, Terry Butcher, later described it as "one of the worst knee injuries we've seen".
After a successful operation on his knee, Chris was offered a new contract by Inverness and returned to action in May 2013. At the end of his contract and despite the offer of an extension, Chris left Inverness and announced his retirement from professional football in January 2014 on twitter.
Following his retirement, he took up a full-time coaching role within the Ipswich Town Academy and subsequently worked for their under-18 and under-23 teams before being added to the first-team coaching staff during the 2018/19 season. Chris moved to Newcastle United in February 2020, working with their under-23 team.
Full Name: Christopher 'Chris' Francis Hogg
Date of Birth: 12th March 1985
Place of Birth: Middlesbrough, England