Edinburgh based Hibernian (Hibs) were the first British club to play in European competition when they were asked to challenge for the first Champions Cup in 1955. That season they reached the semi-finals. Their forward line, known as “the Famous Five” accounted for Hibs’ most successful period. They won the League title three times between 1948 and 1952, their achievements based on an attacking style.
Hibs also reached the semi-finals of the Fairs Cup in 1961. They were managed by Jock Stein before he moved West to manage Glasgow Celtic. During his time at Hibs he coached his side to a 2-0 defeat of the legendary Real Madrid.
Hibs have failed to recapture these heady, early days but have still enjoyed sporadic success. They had on their books for two seasons mercurial Northern Ireland forward, George Best. Their most recent success was winning the League Cup in 1992. Hibs were relegated to the First division in 1998 but recovered under current Rangers manager Alec McLeish and were promoted as Champions the following season.