Drummond, Thornton Hibs player, scores a hat-trick at the end of the season


Stuart Drummond and Garry Thomson with their silverware (photo by John Laing)

Drummond collected all three player of the year awards from the ceremony, fans, committee and players.

Garry Thomson won the top scorer trophy for the fifth time, with 21 goals in 2021-22, and also received an extra cup by scoring his 200th goal for Hibs during the season.

Thornton was robbed of a promotion spot in Scotland’s newly revamped Eastern League Premier Division after an unlucky 2-1 defeat at Edinburgh United on the final day.

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A draw would have been enough, but the result robbed them of a place in the top seven. Unsurprisingly, Thomson was Hibs’ scorer.

They finished eighth with 42 points in 28 games, having won 13, drawn three and lost 12, with 54 goals and a plus-seven difference to their name.

With three Fife derbies to look forward to next term, the 18-team Second Division opponents will be Arniston Rangers, Craigroyston, Dalkeith Thistle, Easthouses Lily MW, Edinburgh South, Edinburgh United, Hawick Royal Albert United, Heriot-Watt University, Lochgelly Albert, Newburgh, Ormiston Primrose, Peebles Rovers, St Andrews United, Stirling University, Syngenta, Tweedmouth Rangers and Whitburn.

Hibs will have a bye next season in the first round of the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup and travel to Crossgates Primrose in the second round. In the King Cup they were drawn to Preston Athletic in the first round and will visit Kirkcaldy & Dysart or Whitehill Welfare in the second round.

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