THE PLAYERS

 

Players to wear the green and white of the Hibees.

Here is a growing collection of players and internationalists to feature for Hibernian throughout the years.

Position Defender

Versatile defender Ally 'Benny' Brazil chalked up over 200 appearances for Hibernian.

 

Ally Brazil Profile

 

The defender played in all three Scottish Cup Final games between the Easter Road side and Rangers in May, 1979, in the days when the final was replayed if level after 90 minutes. The two sides drew 0-0 in the first two matches at Hampden before Rangers finally won the third match 3-2 at the national stadium.

Ally Brazil remarkably scored a hat-trick in an eye-opening 6-3 romp against Celtic at Easter Road in 1985, his third goal coming from the penalty spot with Bonner in goal for the Hoops.

 

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Hibernian players sign the football after the Hibs versus Celtic match at Easter Road in January 1985 (pic: Alan Ledgerwood)

 

Later the same year, Hibs faced Celtic in a Skol Cup tie that went to penalties after a pulsating 4-4 draw at Easter Road. In the shoot-out, Hibernian quickly went 2-0 up. Although Celtic staged a mini-comeback, it was left to Hibs’ fifth penalty taker to score to put Hibs through. Up stepped Benny, emboldened by having scored past the same goalkeeper just nine months earlier.

Brazil hit it to Bonner’s left, the same side as in the 6-3 victory. It turned out to be a bad move. Bonner, possibly remembering their last duel, went the correct way and saved. However, this story deserves a kinder ending. Happily, it has one. After Celtic's Tommy Burns and Hibs' Steve Cowan both scored with their next kicks, Pearce O’Leary sent his effort high over the bar to secure Hibernian a place in the semi-final.

After leaving the greens, Ally went on to play for Hamilton where he got some revenge for the 1979 Cup Final, by helping the Accies to knock Graeme Souness’ Rangers out of the Scottish Cup at Ibrox, a result which was a major shock at the time. A spell at Forfar Athletic followed for Brazil.

Following his career in football, Ally worked in a number of jobs including a labourer before he was employed at Lothian Buses.

 


 

Full name Ally Brazil
Date of birth 10th December 1958
Place of birth Currie, Scotland

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