Hibernian’s five variants in 2007 CIS Cup final

Earlier this week, we published an article about Borussia Dortmund’s first Nike kits, which had differences between short- and long-sleeved versions.

In reply to that, David Reynolds had a similar example – Hibernian in 2006-07.

Quite why the long-sleeved shirt had this alteration is unknown, but it was a strange kit season for Hibs – according to David, it was only the second time that the home shorts had been green and the first instance, in 2004-05, was supposed to be a one-off.

In addition, the away kit was green too, albeit in far darker shade – dark enough to be worn at Celtic Park with no problems.

However, it’s not a game with Celtic that we are concerned with but a clash against Kilmarnock, the CIS Insurance Cup final on March 18, 2007. Four Premier Division meetings with Killie that season would yield a single point but, at Hampden Park, Hibs found form and won 5-1.

Coincidentally, they had as many kit variations as goals. With thanks to David, they were as follows:

There was the normal short-sleeved shirt, worn by most of the team.

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Abdessalam Benjelloum wore short sleeves with a baselayer underneath. The Fifa rules state that a baselayer should take the appearance of the long-sleeved shirt but, understandably, he wore a white undershirt.

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Less explicable was the dark blue baselayer, as worn by Ivan Sproule.

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Sheldon Martis, who came on as a sub late on, had the long-sleeved format:

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And, finally, Merouane Zemmama also used a shirt that was originally long sleeves, but he took a scissors to them.

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Hibs kept green shorts for each of the next two seasons but, since then, the traditional white shorts have been in use. To the best of our knowledge, long-sleeved shirts have followed the short-sleeved versions more closely, too.

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