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.