Sir Tom Farmer stepped up to the plate in 1990 to save Hibs from a hostile takeover. He has now stepped aside to allow a new owner to take over the reigns at Easter Road.
American-based businessman Ron Gordon will be the new majority shareholder at the club, Hibs have confirmed.
He invested millions into Hibs early on, but Farmer was rarely at Hibs games.
Regardless of that, he has helped Hibs transform into the club they are today.
Farmer contributions can’t be forgotten by Hibs
The founder of Kwik-Fit, Farmer was and has been very much a background figure at Easter Road. His presence has been felt though, regardless of his absence from matchdays.
He helped Hibs’ redevelopment of Easter Road take place over 15 years. The Famous Five and South Stands were opened in 1995, followed by the Main Stand in 2001, before the East Stand’s developments were completed in 2010.
He has brought the stadium into the modern era. He even opened the highly impressive training centre which cost a seven figure sum.
Success has been varied on the park. Two relegations were low points, with their blows softened by a Skol Cup win 1991, a League Cup success in 2007 and a first Scottish Cup since 1902 in 2016.
Farmer has never made a secret of his desire to sell Hibs, but he’s waited for the right time and person. Through this approach, h’s ensured the club hasn’t fallen into the wrong hands.
The departing owner has moulded Hibs in his image since 1990. He’s done some incredible things for the club, and for that, he deserves legendary status in Leith