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Alan Stubbs' Hibernian took the trophy back to Leith for the first time in since 1902.

Alan Stubbs to sell his Scottish Cup winner's medal after Hibs see off Rangers

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Boss Alan Stubbs revealed he will auction his William Hill Scottish Cup winners medal for charity following Hibernian's historic 3-2 win over Rangers at Hampden Park.

A stoppage-time goal by Hibees skipper David Gray took the trophy back to Leith for the first time in since 1902, albeit a pitch invasion marred the occasion and led to a belated trophy presentation.

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"I will auction it off to the highest bidder and it will go to a good cause," said Stubbs, keen for his side's achievement not to be diminished.

"I got a letter from a lady who lost a child while she was giving birth.

"She is trying to raise money for machines and that will be one of them.

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"I will maybe limit it to three charities and all the money raised from it will go to those three charities."

It was the most thrilling Scottish Cup final in years.

Anthony Stokes, on-loan from Celtic, opened the scoring for Hibs the third minute before Kenny Miller equalised in the 27th minute with a header.

Stokes hit the post with a drive a minute later before Miller headed against the crossbar and second-half was just as dramatic.

In the 64th minute Gers midfielder Andy Halliday hammered the ball past Hibs keeper Conrad Logan from 20 yards but Stokes headed in from a Liam Henderson corner to make it 2-2.

In the second minute of stoppage time Gray headed in another Henderson corner to send the Hibees fans wild with delight with the trophy on its way to the Leith for the first time since 1902 with the Easter Road side also qualifying for Europa League next season.

The former Bolton, Celtic and Everton defender had a dig at those who had said his side lacked bottle, most especially after losing the League Cup final to Ross County in March and failing to get through the Premiership play-offs, which keeps them in the Championship for a third season.

He also made mention of the derogatory phrase 'Hibs'd it' which has entered the football lexicon this season on the back of such disappointments.

He said: "From our point of view it was a fantastic game, two very good teams and we managed to do it and show a little bit of bottle.

"I don't know whether we Hibs'd it - or just did it.

"We will celebrate tonight and we will celebrate tomorrow in Edinburgh.

"I think there is an open-top bus parade planned so we will do that and I think we might have something on Tuesday as well.

"What the fans haven't been able to experience now, they can do tomorrow."

Stubbs praised two-goal Stokes for his contribution, saying: "Every time he got the ball they looked very nervous, he put them on the back foot.

"To score so early was great for us and to come back from losing the lead showed a lot of character within the team and it was nice to be able to get over the line in one of these competitions.

"I am a Scottish Cup winner as a manager now. I am just pleased for everyone at the club. It is not about me.

"The players have been on the back of a lot of bad luck and people have questioned the mentality and today I am ecstatic for them."

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