Finding purpose in life can be tough sometimes. The one thing that always gives me a sense of existing, is writing. I love to write as you can so from the amount of blogposts on this blog. But creating and writing is something that I love, so I decided to take up a new project for myself. A project to enable me to grow with my writing and to give me something to focus on, while battling with incredible low. I decided to write a book.
I think everyone knows, I bloody love football and it was just a matter of time before I would start writing another book on football. Funny enough, my most creative moments are when my depressions is the most present. It’s as if the depression pushes my sadness into insane creativity with words. It was on Sunday evening that I decided to write a book about one of my loves: Hibernian FC. The book is called: “I thank Him for His work” – it can be found in the lyrics of The Proclaimers’ Sunshine on Leith.
“Captain David Gray has scored. Hibs are standing on the brink of history!” – Scottish cup final 2016, Rangers FC – Hibernian FC 2-3 Hibernian FC.
This book is all about the club based in Leith, Edinburgh. I guess it’s a bit of a surprise that a Dutch football fan would ever write about a Scottish football club apart from Celtic Glasgow or Rangers FC. But that’s one of my points of this book, it’s going to be something different. This is not your typical glory hunting book about winning more than 20-30 league titles, this is the story of enduring. I don’t pretend to be a historian, well not entirely anyway. I don’t pretend to have invented football or to know everything about this club. But it’s my club, as it’s home to many people’s heart. From Leith, from Edinburgh, from Scotland, from Europe and from all over the world. I am pretty sure they are over a hundred books written about the history, the successes, the curses and the 114-year trophy draught of Hibs. But I don’t want to write about that with 100% accuracy. I want to write this book from the perspective of a Dutch fan, who fell in love with both Leith and Hibernian FC. This is my green-white story and it’s an emotional one.
“It was the 22nd of August 2010 and it was my first ever visit to Easter Road. I was quite nervous and Mike noticed my feelings and emotions. He thought it was beautiful that I could experience these nervous feel and said the following words to me: “You are going to love it here”. Little did I know then that I would love it. Even more so, considering the outcome of the match. We played Glasgow Rangers (This is before they went into administration and came back as Rangers FC) and lost 0-3 on our own pitch. It was a bitter pill to swallow, because I loath Rangers and everything it stands for. It would turn out to be a very hard season for Hibs, where they almost got relegated to the Scottish Championship. In the end they were staying up and that was amazing to experience. I suppose experiencing a clear victory like that, wouldn’t be very appealing to most football fans out there, but for me it was beautiful. Not the losing part obviously, but the fact that the unity between supporters at Easter Road was great. Hearing the begin tunes of Sunshine on Leith by the Proclaimers and hear thousands of people belt it out with pure emotion. That is what made me fall for this club. I can genuinely say that I fell in love with Hibs and Leith that day.” – Actual part of the book I am writing now.
I want to take you on my journey, my journey through every aspect of what makes Hibs my club and why it means so much to me. I want to grab your hands and guide you through the history of this club, which knows no equal and perhaps, you will finally see at the end of this book, that Scottish professional football thrives. Not because of Celtic or Rangers. No. Because of the diamond that is Hibernian FC. This is my story.