Hibernian FC was formed on August 6th 1875 by a group of Irish men who had emigrated to Scotland to escape the Irish potato famine of the mid 1800’s. The team was called Hibernian after the Roman name for Ireland and was formed as on off-shoot of the Catholic Young Men’s Society. Initially, their attempts to join the Edinburgh Football Association and the SFA were rejected, as they were informed that “the Association was for Scotsmen not Irishmen.” Hibernian’s first recorded game took place on Christmas day 1875, against a side that in time would become their greatest rivals, Heart of Midlothian. In these early days, games were played on an invitational basis around Scotland and funds raised would be re-invested by the church into local community projects. Over time, Hibernian became a football club for all the people of Edinburgh and beyond, a club welcoming to and followed by people of all and no religions.