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Born in Livingston in 1919, outside right Tommy McIntyre became one of Hibs manager Willie McCartney's first signings when he joined the club from Portobello Renton during the 1936-37 season.

Making his debut in a 1-1 draw with Queens Park at Hampden on 14th August 1937, such was McIntyre's impact that he became an immediate first team regular, scoring 11 goals from 36 league appearances.

 

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A member of the Hibs side that toured Ireland and Wales during the summer, at the start of a new campaign McIntyre continued where he had left off the previous season scoring 15 goals in 35 games, including three in Hibs 4-0 win against Hearts at Easter Road on 10th September. His rich form invited a £10,000 double bid from Manchester United for both him and Sammy Kean, an offer that was rejected out of hand by Hibs, but his efforts gained their rewards when he was selected as one of the 17 players that made up the Scottish touring party that travelled to the United States and Canada just a few weeks before the outbreak of the Second World War.

Unfortunately for McIntyre, because it was described only as touring party and not a full international he does not figure on the list of Scottish internationalists.

At the end of what had been an enjoyable but nonetheless exhausting 14 game tour lasting over a month, the entire playing party, officials and members of the press, all signed a pair of McIntyre's shorts, the signatures embroidered by the players wife on his return to Scotland. Although most of the names, such as Jack Jones and Jimmy Carrabine of Third Lanark, George Hamilton of Aberdeen, Willie Lyon of Celtic, Gerry Dawson of Rangers, Jimmy Dykes of Hearts and Jimmy Caskie, then of Everton but soon to guest for Hibs during war, probably mean little to the younger supporters, they were some of the most famous Scottish players of the time.

Like many hundreds of professional football players, McIntyre was enlisted into the armed forces at the outbreak of hostilities in 1939, and although he remained a registered Hibs player for the duration, he would only make 6 appearances for the club during this time.

After demob McIntyre returned to Easter Road only to find that his place on the right wing had been filled by a slender 21 year old, permanently as it would turn out. It did not take him too long to realise that he had little chance of replacing 21 year old Gordon Smith, who had already made an appearance for Scotland at Wembley in a wartime international, and he reluctantly asked to be placed on the transfer list. He would soon sign for Kilmarnock, making an immediate impact by scoring twice inside a minute against St Mirren on his Rugby Park debut.

Little is known of McIntyre after leaving Kilmarnock, his promising career like that of so many others, dramatically interrupted by the war, but his Scotland Jersey and in particular his embroidered shorts, leave us with a lasting legacy of a bygone golden age of Scottish football.

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