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With the help of supporters, the Historical Trust recently acquired the medal collection belonging to Gordon Smith which is now on display at the stadium.

Gordon Smith is generally regarded as Hibernian's greatest ever player. Signed as a sixteen year old from junior side Dundee North End on 28th April 1941, scoring a 'hat trick' against Hearts on his debut at Tynecastle later that evening, Smith would go on to give the club 18 seasons of distinguished and loyal service. An integral member of the legendary 'Famous Five' forward line that terrorised defences throughout the country for many years, Smith would win three League Championship medals with Hibs between 1948 and 1952.

A member of the Easter Road side defeated by Aberdeen in the 1947 Scottish Cup final, he was wearing the famous number seven jersey when Hibs became the first British club to take part in the inaugural European Cup in 1955. In well over 800 appearances for the club, mainly in the outside right position, Smith scored 364 goals, a club record that remains to this day.

 

Gordon Smith Collection

Gordon Smith cabinet at Easter Road Stadium
Top row: Smiths five league championship medals, the three on the left won with Hibs, the second right with Hearts, the extreme right with Dundee.
Middle row: Extreme left his losers medal from the 1947 Scottish Cup Final, extreme right, winning League Cup medal with Hearts in 1959. The others are medals presented after Scottish League internationals.

 

As well as his nine appearances for the Scottish League, he was capped eighteen times at full international level; captaining the side against Austria and Hungary in 1955, scoring on both occasions.

Along with the three League Championship medals collected at Easter Road in a glittering career, Smith created his own piece of football history by winning others with Hearts in 1960 and Dundee in 1962, a truly unique feat that will never be repeated.

After brief service with Irish club Drumcondra he retired from the game in 1964 aged almost 40 to concentrate on his business interests in the city.

Smith was a complete gentleman remembered for his dazzling ball skills on the park, and his genuine modesty off it, he will always be remembered as a giant of the game, respected by Hibs fans and opponents alike.

He died in 2002 and is buried at North Berwick Cemetery.

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