James Delaney looks back on the black kit from the 2009/10 campaign and a trip to Parkhead to face Celtic
Given the hue of colours worn by Hibernian as an alternative, or ‘away,’ outfits, it is somewhat surprising to learn our first black and green shirt was only released in the 21st century.
The Easter Road side had previously adopted white, yellow, purple and even a luminous green when playing away from home before manufacturer Le Coq Sportif brought out their change effort for the 2005/06 campaign.
The yellow away kit from the 2003/04 season
It was one of the more popular shirts of the decade, combining a jet black colour with a smart green trim and black became a regular alternative colour for the Leith club in the ensuing years, with technical suppliers Puma, Nike and Macron all chipping in with their interpretations of the kit.
The 2009/10 season produced an interesting anomaly in Hibernian’s kit lineage as the squad adopted an all-black effort initially intended to be used as a goalkeeper’s shirt as a third kit to avoid clashes away from home.
A limited number of the shirts were made commercially available after release, with the stock quickly being snapped up as a relatively rare collector’s item as it was only worn on three occasions during the season.
The shirt was given its debut away at New Douglas Park as John Hughes’ side suffered a 2-0 reverse against Hamilton Academical in September, but thankfully its next trip along the M8 was far more successful.
A freezing January evening saw the Easter Road club travel through to Parkhead to face champions Celtic, the latest match in a tough run of fixtures that had already encompassed matches against city rivals Hearts, trips away to Aberdeen and Dundee United and a home clash with Rangers.
It was the home side who started on the front foot as French striker Marc-Antoine Fortune fired them into a fourth-minute lead.
The Celtic forward was allowed the freedom of the Hibernian box to get a flick on Paul Caddis’ corner as the home side looked to make it five league games without defeat.
The hosts - managed by ex-Hibernian boss Tony Mowbray - perhaps should have been further ahead by the time the capital Club levelled as both Fortune and Aiden McGeady saw their efforts go wide of the goal.
But their profligacy in front of goal was punished before the half-hour mark as Anthony Stokes pounced on some lackadaisical Celtic defending to restore parity.
Teenage defender Josh Thompson had almost headed into his own net from a dangerous Derek Riordan cross moments earlier and from the resulting corner, the Hibernian playmaker picked out the unmarked Stokes to tap home from close range.
Anthony Stokes is mobbed after putting Hibs level
Where the visitors had previously struggled to gain a foothold in the contest, they were suddenly on the front foot, playing the kind of expansive attacking football that had them in the mix for a European spot.
However, Celtic were persistent in their efforts going forward and Graeme Smith in the Hibernian goal had to be at full stretch to deny Niall McGinn from point-blank range and then react quickly to push a Georgios Samaras header wide.
The Greek striker later had the ball in the net, only to be denied by the linesman’s flag as Celtic stepped up their attacking effort.
But as the home side pushed for a winner, huge gaps began appearing in the Celtic back line and as the game passed into injury time, the Easter Road side launched a spectacular counter-attacking move to seal a dramatic victory.
Stokes spearheaded the move, bursting into the Celtic half, but looked to have lost control of the ball as Celtic got bodies back. However the Irish forward quickly readjusted, finding the run of Galbraith, who drilled a low effort beyond Boruc to stun Parkhead into silence, bar the buoyant band of the Easter Road faithful nestled in the away end.
Danny Galbraith rushes to celebrate after scoring the winner
It was Galbraith’s one and only goal for the club in around 60 appearances as he made a stunning late impact from the bench.
The win marked the first time the Leith club had tasted victory in the East End of Glasgow for five years and took Hughes’ side to within three points of the defending champions in the table.