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The Hibernian Historical Trust are delighted to present extracts from former Hibs' star Davie Gibson's new book.

The book is called 'Gibbo, The Davie Gibson Story' and published by Amberley Publishing.

 

Gibbo, The Davie Gibson Story

 

It covers Davie's time at Hibs extensively as well, of course, as his time at Leicester and Scotland career.

Davie is arranging an event and book signing with some of his former team mates and professional contemporaries at Hibs Supporters Club, Sunnyside on Thursday 2nd May at 7.30pm.

This will take the form of a talk from Davie followed by Q & A.

From the previews this will be well worth a read and the event at The Hibs Supporters Club should not be missed.

 

 

Gibbo, The Davie Gibson Story

"In March 1955 Bobby Johnstone was transferred to Manchester City and on 15th August 1956 I made my first team debut in the League Cup at home to Falkirk. The forward line then read Smith, Gibson, Reilly, Turnbull, Ormond. Not the 'Famous Five' any longer, more like the 'Famous Four and a Half!' I had to pinch myself I was in the company of players I had shouted at a couple of years ago when they played against my team Hearts. However it was no fairy tale, in all honesty I was overawed, I ran about a lot but never got a kick, we lost 1-0 and after two games I was back in the stiffs learning my craft.

"Hibernian: Wren, Brown, McClelland, Higgins, Grant, Laing, Smith, Gibson, Reilly, Turnbull, Ormond.

"Hibernian typically occupied mid-table in the league during the late 1950s, but reached the Scottish Cup Final in April 1958, albeit losing by the odd goal to Clyde. It wasn't until the 1958-59 season that I was given an extended run in the first team and played in twenty-five games. One of the most memorable was in December 1958, when we beat Partick Thistle 4-0 at home. Joe Baker and I both scored twice, my first goals in senior football. The Sunday Mail reported, 'For once Joe Baker doesn't steal all the limelight because a new star looks like arising. The first goal was a nice piece of workmanship, the second a little work of art. From just outside the penalty area and with the Thistle defenders wondering what he had in mind, Gibson let fly with a left foot shot that spelt goal every inch of it's glorious way. A laddie who can tame a ball in a flash, wiggle a hip like a Bardot and spray around the passes that others love, this boy David is here to stay.' Unsurprisingly that was the only time I was ever mentioned in the same breath as Brigitte Bardot!

"We again competed in the Fairs Cup during 1961-62 and, after overcoming the Portuguese side Belenenses 6-4 on aggregate, were drawn against Red Star Belgrade, the strongest club side in Yugoslavia. We experienced a pretty tortuous journey caused by dense fog, taking thirty hours instead of ten. We started the final leg to reach Belgrade at 4.30am on the day of the game, far from ideal preparation and it was no great surprise we were no match for them in a 4-0 defeat. Add to the mix the German referee, who allowed the Red Star team to kick us off the park. He had plenty of opportunity to calm things down before Jim Easton brought down Sekularac in the second half. Sekularac leapt to his feet and started kicking and punching Jim, which the ref chose to ignore and sent Jim off!

"My abiding memory of the ties was attacking midfielder Dragoslav Sekularac. As the two teams were waiting in the corridor before the first leg, this swarthy, gipsy looking guy stood adrift from everyone else. We all wondered who he was - it didn't take too long to find out. Early on the floodlights went dim and the game had to be halted. A few balls were thrown onto the pitch for us to keep warm. Sekularac was flicking the ball over his head and volleying it into the goal - he had immaculate technical ability. Quick and crafty with creative skills, Sekularac was supremely confident throughout the match. In the years to come he became the biggest showman and crowd pleaser in his country and one of the most significant footballers in the history of Red Star Belgrade. Unfortunately he is also remembered for an infamous incident when, in 1962 he assaulted the referee in a league match and ended up serving an 18 month suspension. I knew there was something amiss with that guy in the tunnel and his reaction to Jim's tackle did him no favours."

 

Team photo
Left to right: John MacLeod, Willie Muirhead, Davie Gibson, Bobby Johnstone, John Young, Duncan Faulkner, Jim Scott, Bobby Kinloch, Jackie Plenderleith, Jock Buchanan, Willie Ormond, John Fraser, Joe McClelland, John Baxter and Eddie Turnbull.

 

The Hibernian Historical Trust urges Hibs fans both young and old to come along and hear some great stories from one of the finest eras in Hibernian history.

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