Hanlon and Stevenson Bid An Emotional Farewell To Easter Road 

Hanlon and Stevenson Bid An Emotional Farewell To Easter Road 

16-May-2024 11:14:11 | Hibernian FC Official Website

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Hibs legends Paul Hanlon and Lewis Stevenson bid an emotional farewell to the Easter Road faithful, in their final home game for the Hibees on Wednesday night. 

Paul and Lewy signed off with a 3-0 win over Motherwell, keeping a clean sheet in what was a much improved performance under Interim Head Coach David Gray. 

Goals from Martin Boyle (x2) and a Myziane Maolida penalty sealed the points for the Hibees – making sure Paul and Lewy left Leith on a high. 

After the match, both Paul and Lewy took to the Easter Road pitch for one last time – with their families by their side for an emotional lap of honour. 

Speaking to Hibs TV after the match, Hanlon explained how much those moments meant to him. 

“It was very emotional, it was a tough game but first and foremost our main focus was the three points. With Dave being in charge, it was a big moment for him. On top of that, we wanted to make it a special last game at Easter Road. 

“We were delighted with the clean sheet and the win, and that emotion at the end going round the pitch with all the fans is something that will live with me for ever.

“It was so special, this is a Club that can be really special. For us it was amazing, I had my wife and kids going round the pitch with me as well – it is a moment that will live with me forever and hopefully my kids can remember that for as long as possible as well!”

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Stevenson added: “We really appreciate the fans for staying behind and showing us that amazing appreciation – it was unbelievable.

“We wanted to say thank you to the fans because they make this Club. There have been lots of ups and downs over the years, there has been times we have fallen out, but we got a glimpse tonight as to how special this Club can be.

“It was strange experience, my wife Julia was really emotional – so that took the edge off me a bit. They have lived and died Hibs for their whole lives, so the Club is a massive part of them. Whatever happens, me and Paul will be the biggest Hibs supporters and we wish the Club all the best in the future.”

Stevenson and Hanlon shared the pitch for the 422nd time together on Wednesday night, and the pair reserved special praise for one-another on what has been an iconic journey for the two Club stalwarts.

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Paul said: “I have been lucky to share the pitch with Lewy so many times over the year. We are always looking out for each other and I have needed him so much throughout my career. 

“For me, Lewy is the ultimate Hibs player – there is nobody that comes near him in terms of success, trophies and as a person he is the ultimate Hibs player and exactly the type of player you want to be representing the Club.”

Stevenson shared the same heartfelt sentiment. 

“Me and Paul have righted the wrongs of the world in the car, on bus journeys and in hotels before games”, Lewy continued.

“I am going to miss him so much, both on and off the pitch. It has been a pleasure, he has made my job a lot easier – so thank you for everything Paul.”

Watch the emotional interview below!

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