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

John Hughes, a boyhood Hibernian supporter went onto Captain the club and made 85 appearances during his time at Easter Road.

Debut: Kilmarnock (4) vs Hibernian (2) - Scottish Premier League - 01/11/1996
Appearances: 85
Goals: 4


John Hughes was born in Edinburgh in 1964 and grew up as a Hibernian supporter.

He started his playing career in junior football with Newtongrange Star before beginning his senior career with Berwick Rangers in 1988, where he played as a striker. After a brief stint in the Football League with Swansea City, John established himself as a central defender at Falkirk where he made over 130 appearances in five years.

John then went onto join Celtic in the summer of 1995 when the club was looking to improve their fragile defence. He shares his name with former Celtic, Crystal Palace and Sunderland player John 'Yogi' Hughes and was nicknamed Yogi by his team-mates. A consistent performer, John became a regular in the first team and scored a late, headed equaliser in the derby against Rangers at Ibrox in March 1996, something he considers a highlight. Even though he was a regular in the side in his first season, after a 2-0 defeat by Rangers in September 1996, he was dropped to the bench and didn't feature again in the first team.

John signed for Hibernian after 42 appearances for Celtic and made his debut for his boyhood club in a 4-2 defeat to Kilmarnock. He scored his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw with Dundee United and scored a further three in his time at Hibs.

John would go on to become the Hibernian captain and helped lead the team to promotion from the second tier following their relegation. In four seasons at Easter Road, John made 85 appearances across all competitions before he departed the club in 2000 to sign for Ayr United.

He then returned to Falkirk in 2002 in a joint player and coaching role. John landed his first managerial job in 2003 when he and Owen Coyle were appointed co-managers of Falkirk. Following the departure of Coyle to Dundee United, he guided Falkirk to promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2005 and maintained their SPL status for four seasons.

Following his success at Falkirk, John was appointed manager of Hibs in the 2009 close season. He led the club to Europa League qualification in his first season in charge, as they finished in fourth place in the SPL but poor results at the start of the following season led his own fans to jeer him and he left the position shortly after.

He went onto manage Livingston and Hartlepool United before becoming manager of Inverness where he led the club to their first major final after beating Hearts in a penalty shoot-out in the semi-final of the 2013/14 League Cup. John won the SPFL Manager of the Month twice in the following season and after leading the club to their first Scottish Cup Final, he was shortlisted for PFA Scotland Manager of the Year. He won the award, ahead of Ronny Deila, Derek McInnes and Robbie Neilson and success continued as he guided Inverness to a highest ever league finish – 3rd place, and with it, a milestone debut in European competition for the club. He also led the club to their first major silverware with a Scottish Cup win over his old club Falkirk in May 2015 to conclude the club's most successful season. John left Inverness at the end of the 2015/16 season.

He became manager of Raith Rovers in 2017 but left the position following relegation to League One.


Full Name: John 'Yogi' Hughes
Date of Birth: 9th September 1964
Place of Birth: Edinburgh, Scotland

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