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

Jimmy was a top class defender who captained his country, playing regularly European football and winning the French League Cup with RC Lens before moving to Scotland.

 

Jimmy Boco Profile

 

Boco's popularity in France was such that Lens' fans recorded and released a song called Rasta Lensois in his honour.

Jimmy's performances did not go unnoticed across the Channel and in the summer of 1997, Hibernian manager Jim Duffy swooped to bring him to Easter Road.

The Beninese full-back had plenty to smile about as Hibernian started the campaign on fire, beating Champions elect Celtic 2-1 thanks to goals from Lee Power and Chic Charnley in a highly entertaining match.

The supporters quickly took the big African to their hearts and many started wearing fake dreadlocks in his honour, which later went on sale in the Hibernian Clubstore. He also had a song dedicated to him which was regularly belted out from the East Stand, which was to the tune of "No Limit" by dance artist 2 Unlimited.

Impressive home victories over Dunfermline Athletic, Alloa Athletic and Kilmarnock whilst playing some free-flowing entertaining football only increased Jimmy's status amongst the Hibernian faithful and the Club looked set for a successful campaign but suddenly everything started to go wrong.

A 4-3 defeat to Rangers after being 3-1 up, started a run of defeats which resulted in the team plummeting to the bottom of the table and Jim Duffy's sacking. Unbelievably in Jimmy's last 26 games for the club, he was only on the winning side on two occasions. The run included a game at Ibrox when Jimmy was knocked unconscious and swallowed his tongue after sickening accidental head collision with Stale Stensaas.

Duffy's replacement Alex McLeish knew all about Jimmy's ability and had actually tried to sign him for Motherwell before he joined Hibernian, however after picking him for the first seven games, big Eck decided that he would not be in his future plans and jimmy was released.

His last appearance came in a memorable 2-1 victory over high flying Hearts at Easter Road, a result which effectively finished their title hopes.

Jimmy returned to Easter Road in 2011 to take part in Ian Murray's testimonial match, bringing Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires with him, and the full-back received a rapturous reception from the Hibernian supporters despite the fact that his only season at the Club ended in relegation.

 


 

Full name Jean-Marc Adjovi-Bocco
Date of birth 22nd December 1963
Place of birth Cotonou, Benin
Height 6ft 0in

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