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 Midfielder

Mathias Jack was one of the most popular players ever to play for Hibernian and to this day supporters still describe the defensive midfield position as the 'Matty Jack' role.

 

Mathias Jack Profile

(pic: Michael Cooper, Getty Images)

 

Alex McLeish built arguably the most entertaining Hibernian team since the days of the feted Turnbull's Tornadoes and Matty's combative style and unrelenting attitude was the perfect foil for the graceful Russell Latapy allowing both to play to their strengths.

Initially signed as a defender, Matty made his debut on 31st July 1999 in a 2-2 draw against Motherwell, but Big Eck quickly decided that he would be better suited in a midfield alongside Russell Latapy whilst Franck Sauzee moved into the heart of defence.

Matty took time to adapt to the Scottish game or rather the Scottish referees, as was shown two yellow cards against St Johnstone a few weeks later.

He quickly became a regular in the first team but he had to be content with a seat on the bench for the Millenium derby. He did play however in the never to be forgotten 6-2 derby at Easter Road in October 2000.

Mention the 'Matty Jack' game to any Hibernian supporter and they will immediately think back to the 30th December 2000. Despite attack after attack and totally dominating possession, Hibernian were unable to break down a stubborn Dundee United defence.

In the fourth minute of time added on, United defender Jim Lauchlan went down apparently injured. The Tangerines had been wasting time for much of the second half, and the home supporters were not the only ones 'dubious' about the extent of the 'injury'.

United keeper, a certain Alan Combe, kicked the ball out for a throw in as manager Alex Smith prematurely celebrated an undeserved point at Easter Road.

Matty had different ideas however and saw through the visitor's strategy. Instead of throwing the ball back to a United player, he found Tam McManus whose cross was cleared for a corner at the junction of the East Terrace and Famous Five Stand.

The United players reacted furiously and Alan Combe was booked for his protests.

As Russel Latapy sent the ball into the box, Craig Easton clearly fouled Matty and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

The penalty was delayed as Alan swung on the crossbar but this did not phase the Trinidad and Tobago international who calmly slotted the ball low into the bottom corner of the net to secure the three points in the 99th minute.

Matty continued at Easter Road following the departure of Alex McLeish to Rangers but he was unable to help his friend Franck Sauzee find the results to keep his job in the Easter Road dugout.

Injury meant he missed the League Cup semi-final defeat to Ayr United which was probably the beginning of the end for the legendary Frenchman.

Bobby Williamson also recognised his value to the team and at the end of his Hibernian career Matty turned into a prolific goal scorer, netting three times in his final five weeks.

Following his departure in the summer of 2003, Matty had a short spell with Raith Rovers before returning to his hometown with Sachsen Leipzig.

In 2005, he moved abroad again to Icelandic side Grindavik before returning to Germany a year later with SV Meppen.

Matty joined DJK Amisia Rheine 1926 in January 2008, intially signing a contract until the end of the season. He is currently working as a coach with Fortuna Düsseldorf II.

 


 

Full name Mathias Jack
Date of birth 15th February 1969
Place of birth Leipzig, East Germany
Height 6ft 3in

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