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 Striker

Edinburgh born Garry O'Connor made his Hibernian debut as a substitute against Dundee in April 2001 under then manager Alex McLeish. The striker formed a formidable partnership with Derek Riordan in season 2004/05. Between them they scored 42 goals in a season that earned Hibernian qualification for the UEFA Cup.

 

 

National team Scotland
International debut 16th May 2002 (versus South Korea)

 

It took the powerfully built striker some time to establish himself in the Hibs first team, including a loan spell with Peterhead, but he prospered under the guidance of new manager Tony Mowbray, as did the whole team. Establishing a formidable and prolific goal scoring partnership with Derek Riordan, the pair scored 42 goals between them in season 2004/05, helping Hibs third place in the League and qualification for the UEFA Cup.

O'Connor made his full Scotland debut against South Korea in May 2002 but had to wait until August 2005 for his first international goal, against Austria.

He joined Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow for a reputed £1.6 million, scoring 11 goals in 43 appearances, but perhaps predictably failed to settle in Russia.

Despite rumours of teaming up again with manager Tony Mowbray, then with West Bromwich Albion, he joined Birmingham City in June 2007 to now play under another former Hibs manager, Alex McLeish, where he scored his first goal for his new club against former Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

During his 2 spells at Easter Road, O'Connor played under six different managers; Alex McLeish, Franck Sauzee, Bobby Williamson, Tony Mowbray, Colin Calderwood and Pat Fenlon.

 


 

Full name Garry Lawrence John O'Connor
Date of birth 7th May 1983
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 6ft 1in

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