Anthony Stokes wrote himself into Hibernian folklore by scoring two goals in the 2016 Scottish Cup Final and being named man-of-the-match, as the Leith side won 3–2 against Rangers.
National team Republic of Ireland
International debut 7th February 2007 (versus San Marino)
Stokes began his senior career with Arsenal, but established himself with a successful loan spell with Falkirk in 2006. In 16 league games, he scored 14 Scottish Premier League goals at a ratio of 0.875 a game and two more in two CIS League Cup games.
His first senior goal came in September 2006 in the CIS Cup at Inverness, but it was what happened between 14th October and 7th November that turned heads: one goal in the league against St Mirren, then two at Inverness, hat-tricks against Dundee United and Dunfermline, which were the first back-to-back hat-tricks in the SPL, and then a goal against Celtic in the CIS Cup quarter-finals with Falkirk going through 5-4 on penalties.
Stokes scored in consecutive games in late November whilst also getting sent off against Motherwell for diving, and then, in his last match, after four blanks, hit a third hat-trick, against Inverness on 30th December.
At the turn of 2007 and with Stokes' loan spell complete, the Irishman signed for Sunderland in a £2 million deal, leaving Arsenal after making just one appearance. However, Stokes struggled to hold down a place in the Sunderland first team and resultantly experienced loan spells at Sheffield United and Crystal Palace.
He moved back to Scottish football when Hibernian signed him for £500,000 in August 2009, linking up again with John Hughes who had been Stokes' manager during his loan spell at Falkirk. Stokes again enjoyed success in the SPL. His first goals for Hibernian came in a 3–0 win at home to St Johnstone on 19th September 2009. In December, Stokes scored five goals in three games, which helped to extend the club's unbeaten run in the SPL to 12 games. On 27th December 2009, Stokes scored the fastest goal in SPL history, netting after just 12.4 seconds against Rangers following good footwork from Moroccan Merouane Zemamama.
Stokes continued to score on a prolific basis throughout the 2009/10 season. His good run of form was rewarded with the SPL young player of the month award for December 2009. Stokes also won the goal of the season award for his intuitive strike against Rangers at Ibrox in November 2009.
Overall, the 2009/2010 season was lined with 23 goals scored in 43 matches.
A move to boyhood heroes Celtic followed shortly after the start of the 2010/11 season.
Stokes played regularly for Celtic under the management of Neil Lennon and enjoyed success, but fell out of favour under Ronny Deila. Stokes returned to Hibernian for the latter part of the 2015/16 season, helping the Leith side to glory in 2015/16 Scottish Cup.
After a season with Blackburn Rovers, Stokes joined Hibernian for a third time in 2017.
Full name Anthony Stokes
Date of birth 25th July 1988
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 6ft 1in