THE PLAYERS

 

Players to wear the green and white of the Hibees.

Here is a growing collection of players and internationalists to feature for Hibernian throughout the years.

Position Defender

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.

 

 

He made 173 appearances for Hibs, scoring three goals in a six year spell, (all against Kilmarnock) and had the honour of being named club captain following the departure of Rob Jones.

Chris was born on 12 March 1985 in Middlesbrough and educated at Conyers School, Yarm. As a 12 year old, Chris joined the York City youth system where his performances caught the eye of the England selectors.

He captained England at under-15 level, making eight appearances in the Victory Shield, the Walkers Under-15 Tournament and the Montaigu Tournament, bringing him to the attention of Premiership clubs, including Manchester United who offered him a trial.

Shortly after his sixteenth birthday, Chris joined Ipswich Town who paid a reported compensation of £150,000 for his signature.

His international career continued and he won 11 caps with the Under 17s, scoring two goals, and played five out of six games at the 2002 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship where England finishing the tournament in third place. He then made the step up to the Under 18s and played in three of England's four games at the 2003 UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup and later made four appearances for the Under 19s.

Despite his constant selection at international level, Chris was unable to break through into the Ipswich first team and was loaned to Boston United, making his debut in a 3–1 victory over Cheltenham Town. He made 13 appearances for Boston before returning to Suffolk where he played for the reserves under Coach Tony Mowbray.

When Tony took over from Bobby Williamson at Easter Road, 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.

 

 

Whilst home in Middlesbrough on Boxing Day 2004, Chris 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.

Chris made his debut in a 4–0 defeat to Hearts on 7 August 2005 although he gained revenge by appearing in two home victories against the 'unbeatables' later in the season.

He also played in both European games against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and scored his first goal for the club in a 2-2 draw with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on 2nd January 2006.

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 and helped Hibs to win the CIS League Cup, beating Kilmarnock 5-1 in that never to be forgotten game at Hampden in March 2007.

The fans had high hopes of a cup double that year after being drawn to play Dunfermline in the Scottish Cup semi-final. The game ended on a 0-0 draw and the replay looked to be heading for the same score, but a mistimed tackle by Chris gave the Pars a penalty which Jim McIntyre converted to end the dreams for yet another season.

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.

At the start of the 2009/10 season, Chris was appointed club captain by new manager John Hughes after Rob Jones moved to Scunthorpe.

At the time he said: "I know what it's all about at this club, it's a great honour. The captain has to be the embodiment of a club so it's a big responsibility. I hope to take the club forward under the new management team."

Chris subsequently lost his place to new signing Francis Dickoh, as the manager believed that he offered a greater physical presence, but 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.

The move paid immediate dividends as Chris scored both goals in a 2–1 win over Kilmarnock.

His last game came on Boxing Day 2010 in a 2-1 defeat at home to Aberdeen.

 

 

Colin Calderwood's appointment saw Chris's opportunities limited and on 31 January 2011 he was released from his contract. Terry Butcher offered Chris a short term deal and he repaid the manager's faith with a goal on his Inverness Caledonian Thistle debut in a Scottish Cup tie against Morton.

Chris left Inverness at the end of that season and after a spell training with his home town club, Middlesbrough under Tony Mowbray, and a trial with Crewe Alexandra, he returned to the Highlands and signed a one year contract with Inverness.

In December 2011 Chris suffered a serious knee injury in a match against Dundee United which Terry Butcher, described as "one of the worst knee injuries we've seen".

After a successful operation on his knee, Hogg was offered a new contract by Inverness and returned to the side in a 4–3 win against Motherwell with a performance Butcher described as 'immense'.

His last game for Caley came in a 1-0 defeat at Ross County on May 19 2013.

Despite being offered a one year extension, Chris elected to leave Inverness, but failed to find a suitable club and announced his retirement in January 2014 on twitter saying "Just to let people know, I decided to retire from professional football in the summer (2013). Not through choice but lack of the right opportunity.

"It's been hard to take but with my young family it was the right thing to do. It's changed days in the pro game and to drag them around the country every year or so just wasn't good.

"Abroad, options were not really viable and to stay pro at the levels available just wasn't for me."

Chris remains a very popular figure at Easter Road.

 


 

Full name Christopher Francis Hogg
Date of birth 12th March 1985
Place of birth Middlesbrough, England
Height 6ft 0in

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