Last week it was finally announced that Lewis Stevenson would receive a testimonial year. The first event will be a dinner at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange on September 3rd hosted by Grant Stott and headlined by The Proclaimers. The events will likely conclude about 12 months from now with a testimonial match at Easter Road.
I’m delighted that this is official. I’m struggling to think of anyone in our 141-year history more deserving than Lewis Stevenson. He really is everything I want to see in a Hibs player and over the last 11 years has experienced the very best and worst of playing for the club.
Lewis made his debut in September 2005 away at Ayr United in the League Cup. 18 months later, in only his 16th professional game, he was named Man of the Match in Hibs 2007 League cup final win over Kilmarnock. 18 years old and he was a League Cup winner.
The next 3/4 years of Lewis’s career didn’t quite reach those highs. He struggled to make a position his own and was often on the receiving end of abuse from the stands. While he isn’t the most talented player to play for Hibs he never once deserved the abuse he got. I’m confident in saying Lewis would run through a brick wall for Hibs, he always gives everything he possibly can for the shirt and can more than hold his own in terms of quality. There is a reason he has survived 9 different Hibs managers. He is an absolute class act on and off the pitch. A perfect example to the youngsters coming through.
For the last 5 years, Lewis has often been the first name on the teamsheet, whether it be at left-back or in midfield. He was one of the few who didn’t let himself down during our relegation season in 2013-14 and I’m delighted he stuck with the club. Since then, under the management of Alan Stubbs, he has gone from strength to strength becoming a very solid left-back and proving the boo-boys wrong. He played 53 of our 54 matches last season, missing only 1 because of suspension, and became the first Hibs player in history to win both the League Cup and Scottish Cup. Upon learning this fact in the post game interviews Lewis said ”That is mental. Legends at this club, far better players than me, have tried to get their hands on that trophy. I’m just delighted for the manager and the players and I’m delighted to end the season like this”
Well, Lewis, you are absolutely one of those legends now. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy for someone as I was for you when you lifted that trophy. You deserved that moment more than anyone involved with Hibs. You have taken horrible abuse from Hibs ”fans” at times, been surrounded by some utter dross on the field and you had to suffer Terry Butcher as Hibs manager. Despite all of that you never once hid, never once stopped running or trying and never moaned in the papers. The only good Hibs teams you have played in won trophies and you were fucking brilliant in both finals. You are a credit to the club and if it were up to me you would have a contract for life.