Several items belonging to Hibernian's legendary outside right Gordon Smith recently went under the auctioneer's hammer.
Among the items were several of Smith's Scotland jersey's including the one worn against the USA at Hampden in 1952 when Smith's Hibernian colleague Lawrie Reilly scored a hat trick in a 6-0 victory. Also among the lots was an inscribed grooming set presented to Smith after the Scottish League game against the Irish League in season 1947-48, and a golf putter used by the player.
The bidding for the grooming set was brisk, between the Trust and a mystery internet bidder, and it was only after securing the item that it was discovered that we had been bidding against a museum from South America. The reason for the museum's interest in an item relating to Scottish football remains unclear, but may well have had something to do with Hibernian's tour of Brazil in 1953, when local side Vasco de Game made a bid for both Smith and Bobby Johnstone.
A grooming set previously owned by Gordon Smith
With the current interest in golfing memorabilia it was anticipated that the competition would also be strong, but the Trust's efforts to secure the item eventually proved successful.
Gordon Smith was an extremely keen golfer. A member of the North Berwick club adjacent to his East Lothian home he was also a member at Longniddry along with several of his colleagues including Lawrie Reilly, Eddie Turnbull, Jimmy Kerr and John Paterson. At Longniddry, the Hibernian players would compete annually between the years 1972 and 1998 for a silver tankard presented in memory of the former Hibernian director Bob Powrie, Smith winning the competition several times. The Bob Powrie Tankard was later presented to the Trust.
As well as representing Scotland 18 times at full international level, Smith was also selected on nine occasions for the Scottish League side, and several of the medals presented to the player after each game are presently on display in the boardroom at Easter Road Stadium.