Hibs had to wait 114 years for a Scottish Cup. But if they get it right on Sunday, the wait for the Coupe de la Ligue won’t have been so long.
2007 was the last time they lifted him with a 5-1 win over Kilmarnock.
Tony Mowbray had put together a really exciting young team at Easter Road, but he was no longer there and John Collins was the man to lead them in Hampden.
Murmurs of annoyance over the manager’s methods had marred the build-up, but that certainly didn’t seem to be holding them back.
Kevin Thomson had already moved to Rangers, but there was a lot of quality left.
Many players had enormous potential, and several continued to exploit it, but where are they now?
McNeil broke into the Hibs team at a young age, mostly for a goalie, and was only 20 at the time of the cup final.
However, hopes for a great future faded when his form weakened and he continued the trend of big game howlers in the Edinburgh derbies.
I ended up only making 27 appearances for the Hibees, but as a Leith boy I lived the dream of playing for them.
Continued to rebound in the Scottish lower leagues with Montrose, Raith, Rovers, Livingston, Airdrie, Alloa and Morton.
These included stays in New Zealand with Waibop United and Hawke’s Bay United.
Currently goalkeeper coach in Hong Kong with R&F after a stint in China with Guangzhou.
Part of a group of promising youngsters on Easter Road during this time, he was also one of the few to have had a successful career.
Whittaker built a reputation as a raging right-back and was in large part why Hibs was so good to watch back then.
He was part of the Scottish squads while still in Edinburgh, but actually only got his first cap after signing for Rangers the summer following that final.
Played a huge role in the race to the UEFA Cup final in 2008, scoring a magnificent solo goal against Sporting.
Left Ibrox amid financial problems and demotion to sign for Norwich City in the English Premier League.
Almost 100 appearances for them were followed by a return to Easter Road and then to Dunfermline Athletic where he is now a coach.
Now deputy manager of MK Dons, Hogg was a highly regarded young center-back when Tony Mowbray recruited him from his former club Ipswich Town.
At first he struggled to hold onto a regular spot for Hibs until he was more under Collins.
Ended up being named captain for the 2009-10 season after Rob Jones left, but again lost his place in the squad and moved to Inverness Caley in 2011.
A stint in non-league English with Needham Market followed before taking up a coaching position at Ipswich Academy. He rose through the ranks to first team before moving to Newcastle and then landing his current role in Milton Keynes.
“Always believe in Rob Jones”. The club captain was so popular with the Hibees that they wrote a tribute using a track from Spandau Ballet.
Took the captain’s post in January of the same year after Kevin Thomson left for Rangers and scored in the final.
Ended up earning a decent honorarium for Hibs when he signed for English Premier League club Scunthorpe United.
Then he had spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Doncaster Rovers and Hartlepool.
Jones is now a coach at the RIASA Football Academy in Leeds, which brings in players from the United States for college education and football training.
Almost a carbon copy of Whittaker on the other side, the Englishman loved to bombard the front and score goals and assists.
I stayed at Easter Road for four years and scored a goal against Rangers at Ibrox in October 2007.
His only club after that was Birmingham City, who landed him a £ 1.5million contract in 2008 as the cup-winning team were disbanded.
The Brummies played in both the Premier League and the League during his time there, although he missed a full top-flight season with injury after being promoted.
Paid under Alex McLeish in the League Cup winning squad, although Murphy was an unused substitute in the final.
Forced into early retirement at age 30 due to injury and then took on a recruiting post at Middlesbrough.
Some business ventures followed, and Murphy continued to travel occasionally to watch Hibs.
Hibees remembers the explosive winger the most for his hat-trick at Ibrox, but he was also a starter in the cup-winning team.
A real weapon for the side because of that speed he was always in and out of the side but he was a very handy guy to have.
Scored big goals for Hibs before moving to Bristol City but was due to return in 2011.
Not quite the same player a second time around, then he went to Ross County, then Linfield, Ballinamallard United and Dergview in his homeland.
Recently was manager of Dergview in the NIFL Championship, but left last year.
The chic Frenchman was a big favorite in the medium due to his cunning and skill in the middle of the park.
‘Boozy’ was educated in the first two French divisions with Le Havre, he was released in 2004, paving the way for his move to Edinburgh.
He moved to Coventry City in 2008 where he played in the English Championship before returning to Scotland with Hamilton Accies, then spending time with Olympiakos Nicosia in Cyprus.
A comeback to Scotland, ironically with Killie, almost transpired but failed when he failed his medical exam.
The 42-year-old has coached with Falkirk, Stirling Uni, Dumbarton and Hamilton but is currently offside.
Scottish football fans don’t need to introduce this man.
Arguably the key man for this Hibs side, he went on to sign for Celtic on a £ 4.4million deal, and as we all know he is now a club legend.
Captain of the team during this incredible nine-in-a-row race and has an incredible 22 major trophies with them, to go with the one with Hibs.
Brown has also won five individual awards and is part of six teams for years.
His last season at the Hoops didn’t go the way he would have liked, but that doesn’t take away from everything he accomplished.
Now player-coach at Aberdeen.
Another who needs little explanation, and the answer to “Where is he now?” ” is still there’.
A man of one club at a time when this is incredibly rare, Stevenson has over 500 appearances for the Easter Road club.
Delivered a man of the match performance in midfield in the 2007 final but then established himself as the club’s left-back for many years.
Been with the club through the wind, including relegation and three years in the league, and earned his accolades when they won the Scottish Cup in 2016.
The only man, so far, to have won both cups with the club and a true Hibees legend.
He recently signed a new contract keeping him until at least 2023.
Another from this list who we can tell has continued to realize its potential.
Fletcher was linked with moves to Celtic and even Real Madrid at one point but ended up going to Burnley for £ 2.75million.
One season and eight goals for a relegated side in the English Premier League saw Wolves win £ 6.5million, where he scored 22 goals in two seasons.
Moved to Sunderland, then got a taste of life abroad with a loan in Marseille.
Fletcher then returned to England with Sheffield on Wednesday and still plays in the Championship at the age of 34 with Stoke City.
Scored 10 goals for Scotland in 33 appearances.
Benjelloun was one of the club’s two Moroccans at the time and both were adored by fans.
Hit two in that final, but had a largely inconsistent time at Hibs, with injuries playing a part, but has definitely proven himself to be a good player.
Did two loan periods in Belgium with Chareloi and Roeselare, before leaving permanently for Ismaily in Egypt.
Six other clubs followed, as well as 24 caps and five goals for his country.
Still filming for Raja Beni Mellal in his native country.
The second Moroccan was a very technically gifted player and came on in the 79th minute.
A loan spell with Al-Shaab in the United Arab Emirates brought him closer to his pregnant wife, but remained with Hibs for another two years afterward.
Zemmama was signed by Mowbray again, this time for Middlesbrough, and he spent two seasons in the northeast before passing through Raja Casablanca and Wydad Témara in his homeland.
Martis arrived in the UK with Darlington in 2005, before joining Hibs after one season.
Was only there for one season too, and was a 90th-minute substitute in the final, before descending south to West Brom.
Moved to the lower leagues south before spending time in Thailand.
Won ten international caps for Curacao.
A highly rated youngster, McCann’s progress has stalled somewhat
He was loaned out to Inverness after losing his way and ended up playing for several clubs in the lower leagues, but spent a stint in Singapore with the Warriors.
Ended his playing career with East Kilbride in 2018.
McCann was successful in coaching badges, but is now a financial planner.
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