Jackie McNamara was undoubtedly one of manager Eddie Turnbull's best signings.
Joining Hibs as part of the exchange deal which took Pat Stanton to Parkhead in 1976, McNamara would give the club almost ten years of loyal service.
Once described by the manager as the last of the real tacklers, McNamara's intelligent play, passion and commitment made him a natural captain and it was in this role he led the club to the First Division title in 1981. A clever player with an astute football brain and a huge heart, he made 293 appearances for the club between 1976 and 1985 scoring 3 goals. His loyalty was rewarded with a testimonial match against Newcastle United in 1984.
After leaving Easter Road McNamara moved to Morton where he made 60 appearances for the Greenock club before hanging up his boots to concentrate on his business interests. He worked for the Scottish Professional Players Union for a short time, and was a founding member of the Hibernian Former Players Association.
McNamara still attends Easter Road whenever possible.