Hibernian Football Club has a long history of producing players both for the first team and the wider Scottish game.

In the 50 years from 1966 to 2016, 479 players, or just over 35% of all 1st team starts, have been a product of the Club’s youth systems.

Over the years, Hibernian has developed many notable names in Scottish football and provided them with the opportunity to debut professionally and create a career in the game. The older generation will remember Club internationalists Pat Stanton, Peter Cormack, John Blackley, John Brownlie, Alex Cropley and John Collins, players who would set the benchmark for success as a Club that produces its own talent.

In more recent years the Academy has continued this trend of producing internationalists, players of the calibre of Kenny Miller, Ian Murray, Steven Whittaker, Scott Brown, Garry O’Connor, Derek Riordan and Steven Fletcher.

Whilst only a select few will develop into internationalists, the Academy has produced, and will continue to produce, players that can make a difference either at Hibernian or elsewhere.

Contribution to the Club from our Academy graduates is not only measured by performance on the pitch, but can also be measured financially if and when they move on to another club for a transfer fee. Over the years, these fees have contributed significantly to the financial well being of the Club and the facilities that both players and supporters enjoy today.

Perhaps an even more significant contribution is that which comes from the feel good effect that is generated from graduates who are born and raised locally, especially if they are also fans of the Club.

We currently have two such Academy graduates who regularly feature in the starting XI. Lewis Stevenson and Paul Hanlon are both fantastic servants to the Club and have clocked up over 700 appearances for the 1st team between them. They epitomise the loyalty, dedication and commitment that a “home-grown” player, and fan, can give to his club.


The 1980s was a difficult period for the club on the pitch, bookmarked by a relegation in 1980 and financial turmoil at the end of the decade.

A number of legendary figures took on the managerial role during this time, including Willie Ormond, Pat Stanton and John Blackley. 1390 appearances were made by players brought through the Hibernian ranks, including debuts for the following players:

Gordon Byrne, Andrew Clarke, John Collins, Davy Fellenger, Hugh Hamill, Gordon Hunter, Willie Jamieson, Paul Kane, Colin Kelly, Danny Lennon, Pat McCurdy, Paul McGovern, Kevin McKee, Michael McManus, Derek McWilliams, Willie Miller, Callum Milne, Alan Peters, Robin Rae, Chris Reid, Brian Rice, Michael Weir

The club recovered from the brink of financial ruin to win the 1991 Skol Cup under the guidance of Alex Miller, with academy players Gordon Hunter, Willie Miller and Michael Weir in the starting line-up for a 2-0 win over Dunfermline Athletic.

Alex Miller oversaw the side until 1996, before being replaced by Jim Duffy. Alex McLeish took over as the club edged towards relegation in 1998, guiding Hibernian to an automatic return to the Premier League in 1999.

1468 appearances were made by academy players between the 1990-91 season and the 1999-00 season, including debuts for the following:

Lee Bailey, Scott Bannerman, Mark Dempsie, Darren Dods, Graeme Donald, Kevin Harper, Chris Jackson, Graeme Love, Stuart McCaffrey, Tom McManus, Graeme Miller, Greg Miller, Kenny Miller, Ian Murray, Davie Nicholls, Eric Paton, Stephen Raynes, Michael Renwick, Paul Riley, Steven Tweed.

Hibernian started the decade in style, with household names such as Frank Sauzee and Russell Latapy playing alongside academy graduates like Ian Murray and Tam McManus.

The Golden Generation then followed, gaining valuable first team experience under Bobby Williamson before bursting into life under Tony Mowbray and then John Collins.

Hibernian won the 2007 League Cup, with Academy graduate Steven Fletcher scoring twice, Scott Brown controlling play from the centre of midfield, Steven Whittaker in defence and, of course, a man-of-the-match performance from a young Lewis Stevenson.

1781 appearances were made in the decade (00-01 to 09-10), with debuts for:

Jonathan Baillie, Scott Brown, Alistair Brown, Kurtis Byrne, Ross Campbell, Ross Chisholm, Allan Dempsie, Stephen Fletcher, Damon Gray, David Grof, Paul Hanlon, Paul Hilland, James Kane, Sean Lynch, Dermot McCaffrey, Kevin McCann, Jamie McCluskey, Darren McCormack, Kevin McDonald, Kevin Nicol, Garry O’Connor, Alan Reid, Derek Riordan, Jay Shields, Lewis Stevenson, Darren Thomson, Kevin Thomson, Steven Whittaker, David Wotherspoon.

From 2010-11 until the present day the club has gone through a range of emotions, from relegation in 2014 to winning the Scottish Cup in 2016 and promotion the following year.

Breaking the 114 year hoodoo was a massive achievement for the club, and the starting line-up that day included Paul Hanlon, Jason Cummings and Lewis Stevenson, who became the only Hibernian player ever to win both the League and Scottish Cup with the club.

Academy players to have made their debuts since the 2010-11 season include:

Lewis Allan, Ross Caldwell, Callum Crane, David Crawford, Jason Cummings, Conner Duthie, Jordon Forster, Paul Grant, Danny Handling, Alex Harris, Dean Horribine, Sean Mackie, Scott Martin, Fraser Murray, Innes Murray, Kleyton Perntreou, Ryan Porteous, Oli Shaw, Jordan Sinclair, Scott Smith, Sam Stanton.