It was at Hibernian that Bob Hardisty first met Matt Busby who would later call on Bob following the Munich Air Disaster.
Debut: Hibernian (1) vs Clyde (4) - Scottish Southern League - 16/08/1941
John Roderick Elliot 'Bob' Hardisty was born in Chester-Lee-Street in 1921 and spent the majority of his career with Bishop Auckland where he won the Northern League seven times.
During the Second World War and whilst playing with Wolverhampton Wolves, Bob joined Hibernian under the guest system. A 'guest player' system meant that spectators were sometimes able to see star players now serving in the armed forces, who would turn out for the nearest club to where they were based.
He made his debut in a 4-1 defeat to Clyde and it was at Hibs that he would play alongside Matt Busby who he would have an association with for years to come. Bob made 19 appearances for Hibernian and also had a spell with Darlington where he made 6 appearances in the Football League between 1946 and 1949.
Bob Hardisty in action during the FA Amateur Cup.
He returned to Bishop Aukland and won the FA Amateur Cup three times between 1955 and 1957 before retiring. Bob briefly came out of retirement in 1958 to play for Manchester United following the Munich air disaster under old friend Matt Busby. While he didn't make a league appearance for the United team, he played for the reserve team to allow them to fulfil their fixtures.
Outside of league football, Bob represented Great Britain at the Olympics in 1948, 1952 and 1956. He later became a football coach and worked once again with Matt Busby.
Bob Hardisty died in 1986 aged 64.
Full name: John Roderick Elliot "Bob" Hardisty
Date of Birth: 1st December 1921
Place of Birth: Chester-le-Street, England
Date of Death: 31st October 1986