Since 1875 Hibernian Football Club has been an integral part of sporting life in the City of Edinburgh and Port of Leith; its early history up to 1946 has been brilliantly documented in The Making of Hibernian trilogy by Alan Lugton. John Campbell's At Easter Road they Play is the first part of a new trilogy that brings the history up to date, picking up the story from 1946 and covering what was the most successful part of the club's history when Hibernian won three Championship titles and became the first British club to play in the European Cup, reaching the semi-final. Packed with anecdotal tales of the times, it gives a fascinating insight into life at the club when the Famous Five were in their heyday right through to the mid-sixties when a young lad by the name of Joe Baker burst onto the scene. A game-bygame, goal-by-goal account of the many highs and numerous lows, At Easter Road they Play takes the reader on a fantastic journey back to the days when massive crowds flocked to Easter Road to see Hibernian play.
For any Hibs fan that lived through those heady days this book will bring back to life a host of happy memories whilst at the same time allowing those fans who were perhaps too young or not even born at the time to see just how different football was back then when compared to the modern day game.
John Campbell is now into his sixth decade of supporting Hibernian Football Club and is a keen scholar of the club's long and illustrious history. Over the years he has written many articles regarding Hibs and was editor of and regular contributor to the long running fanzine Mass Hibsteria before moving on to join the club's interactive team, writing regularly for the match day programme and club website as well as providing internet-based match commentaries. Since leaving the interactive team he has regularly contributed articles to Hibs.net and the Hibees Bounce.