A home-grown talent, Lewis Stevenson has enshrined his name in club legend, thanks to more than tens years of service, which has brought about two pieces of silverware. Stevenson is the only player in the club’s long and distinguished history to have lifted both the League and Scottish Cup as a Hibernian player.
National team Scotland
International debut 29th May 2018 (versus Peru)
Kirkcaldy-born Lewis Stevenson attended Balwearie High School. He joined the Hibernian youth academy aged 14 and played for the Scotland schoolboys team in 2003.
The dependable left-sided defender made his competitive debut for Hibernian in a Scottish League Cup tie at Ayr United in September 2005. And the defender would have to wait until the opening day of season 2006/07 to make his first Scottish Premier League appearance.
Since then, his consistent performances have seen him included in the plans of every manager he has played under, with his dogged determination and willingness to succeed helping the Club to victory.
Stevenson became a first-team regular under the management of John Collins, hitting the headlines as a teenager when he was named man of the match after Hibernian's CIS Cup triumph in 2007 at Hampden Park during the 5-1 demolition of Kilmarnock.
Stevenson was named man of the match in the 2007 Scottish League Cup Final (pic: SNS)
His first goal for the club came in a 2–0 win against Inverness CT on 26th February 2011. The goal came after more than 100 appearances without one, and Stevenson admitted to not knowing what to do during his celebration!
Stevenson played regularly for Hibernian during the 2011/12 season, winning the fans’ Player of the Year award as a result of his dedication and consistency. This accolade came during a disappointing season in which Hibs just managed to avoid relegation, with Stevenson admitting himself that there were few candidates for the fans to choose from. Subsequenetly, Stevenson's contract was automatically extended for another year.
Early in the 2012/13 season, Stevenson suffered a broken toe during an Edinburgh derby match. He returned to the first team three weeks ahead of schedule. Stevenson provided cover at left-back for defensive injuries and he earned praise from then manager Pat Fenlon for his performance in an Edinburgh derby victory in the 2012/13 Scottish Cup. Stevenson later agreed a new two-year contract with Hibernian in March 2013.
In December 2013, Stevenson recorded his 200th competitive appearance for Hibs. At this time, manager Terry Butcher deployed Stevenson as a left midfielder. This change produced rewards, as Stevenson scored the second goal of his career in a game against Kilmarnock and would later earn a match-winning penalty kick against Hearts.
Stevenson made his 250th appearance for the club in the fifth round of the 2014/15 Scottish Cup, becoming only the 60th player to record as many appearances since 1885. To mark this achievement, Stevenson was named captain for the 3–1 win against Arbroath, played at Easter Road with the Leith side running out 3-1 winners. In his following game for the club, Stevenson scored only his fourth career goal as Hibernian secured a 2–0 league victory against Rangers at Ibrox, with a stunning strong volleyed effort.
Stevenson scores a volley against Rangers at Ibrox (pic: SNS)
During the 2015/16 close season, Stevenson signed another two-year contract with Hibernian, allowing the defender to continue his long association with the Leith side. Stevenson was part of the Hibs team that won the 2015/16 Scottish Cup. The 3-2 victory over Rangers in the final at Hampden Park marked Stevenson's 320th appearance, whilst also becoming the first ever player to win both Scottish national cup competitions with Hibernian.
Stevenson lifts the Scottish Cup in 2016
Stevenson's performances were key in Hibernian's strong defensive showing in the 2016/17 season under Neil Lennon, which again saw Lewis lifting another trophy in the Leith side's colours - Ladbrokes Championship - and with it, promotion to Scotland's top flight league.
This season also deservedly marked Lewis Stevenson's testimonial year. The defender donated over half of the proceeds in his testimonial celebrations to charity, with the beneficiaries including Jenni and Gordon Paul Memorial in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young and Leith Links 4 Kids.
On Sunday 9th July 2017, almost 10,000 fans turned out at Easter Road to pay tribute to long serving Hibs’ defender Lewis Stevenson at his testimonial match against Sunderland.
Sunderland took the lead shortly before half time through Wahbi Khazri who fired home from close range. Jerain Lens doubled the lead for the English side before Martin Boyle reduced the deficit to 2-1.
Hibs equalised in the 73rd minute when Simon Murray tapped in his first goal for the club following good work by John McGinn and David Gray.
Lewis Stevenson left the field near the end to a standing ovation before completing completing his lap of honour.
A two-year contract extension was signed in the summer of 2017, and he was awarded a testimonial, organised by the Lewis Stevenson Testimonial Committee.
Stevenson enjoyed an outstanding campaign during season 2017/18 at Easter Road, which saw the Leith side finish fourth in their return to the top flight of Scottish football.
His performances didn't do unnoticed, with Scotland manager Alex McLeish including Stevenson within the 24-man squad for a Scotland international challenge trip to South America.
In May 2018, Stevenson, along with Easter Road team-mate Dylan McGeouch, made an accomplished international Scotland debut during a 2-0 defeat by Peru in Lima.
Prior to his senior Scotland debut, Stevenson had played eight times for the under-21 team between August 2007 and November 2008.
Stevenson is universally recognised as a truly dedicated Hibee and is looked on very fondly by the Hibernian faithful.
Full name Lewis Stevenson
Date of birth 5th January 1988
Place of birth Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Height 5ft 7in