He’s one of Scottish football’s most modest and humble players – but Lewis Stevenson doesn’t think much about hitting 500 appearances for Hibs.
The left-back made his debut for the Easter Road side in 2005 and has remained a one-club man throughout his career, his 500th appearance coming away to Celtic on Monday night. It’s a major milestone he takes in his stride, signing a new one-year extension to 2022 this week.
But hilariously, his Hibees career almost ended before it started via a holiday to Magaluf: “I don’t know if I should say this but when I was going on holiday, I’d buy the big packets of fags and sell them to people back home!
“And that summer I actually bumped into the kitman Tam McCourt with his wife Joyce at the airport coming back from Magaluf with my mates. I wasn’t smoking them, I was just selling them, as you used to do back then. It just shows how old I am I suppose.
“So my Hibs career was almost over before it started. Luckily Tam and Joyce let that one slide. My career went better after that!”
So after that brief mishap, it’s all gone pretty well for Stevenson since then, , only Willie Ormond (506), Pat Stanton (617), Arthur Duncan (626) and Gordon Smith (636) now holding more appearances than him at Hibs.
But he doesn’t believe he’s in the same bracket as those stars: “I’m delighted. I want to be playing here as long as possible. The manager said that I am still in his plans so I’ve still got a fair bit to give.
“Taking the romantic side out of it, Hibs have been a good club for me and I’ve been a good fit for the club. Both ways we have been good value for money. There have been times where I could have taken a move or a gamble.
“But I love it here and love what the club stands for and the people involved in the club and I’ve spent more than half my life here. The club has shown loyalty to me when I’ve not been playing well so it’s been a good match. It means everything to me and there’s never been offer that’s been enough to drive me away.
“I’m settled here and I’ve been here a while but you still have that doubt in your head, especially as I’ve not been playing as much as in previous seasons but the manager says that when I have been playing I’ve done well and helped the team.
“It’s strange, football has changed a lot. I still don’t think I will be revered in that kind of manner. I see the names I am up there with and it’s unbelievable. I just don’t get the feeling I will have that sort of status.”
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