When making his first team debut for Hibernian against Utrecht as a 16 year old in the 1962 Fairs Cup at Easter Road, Jimmy O'Rourke became the youngest ever player at that time to feature in the competition.
Jimmy O'Rourke. Inducted in 2012.
A stalwart in the side for over twelve seasons, even he will admit that his best years where when he was lining up alongside Alan Gordon in the great Hibernian side of the early 70's.
Courted by Celtic as a schoolboy international, there was only ever going to be the one destination for the Hibernian mad youngster. A powerful player with a deadly shot, he scored 121 goals in all games in over 300 appearances for the club, including the winner in the 1972 League Cup Final against Celtic. He also netted two in the pleasant afternoon stroll at Tynecastle on New Years Day in 1973.
In the opinion of many, both fans favourite Jimmy O'Rourke and Alan Gordon left the club prematurely after the arrival of Joe Harper, a fact later admitted by manager Eddie Turnbull. O'Rourke joined St Johnstone before a short spell with Motherwell.
He returned to the club soon after, first to coach the youngsters in the evenings and then as part of manager Pat Stanton's backroom staff along with George Stewart. A member of the Hibernian Former Players association, Jimmy still takes in as many games at Easter Road as he can manage.