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.

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Widely credited as being the brains behind the immortal Famous Five forward line, Bobby Johnstone was capped 17 times for Scotland between 1951 and 1956.

 

 

National team Scotland
International debut 14th April 1951 (versus England)

 

The 'border terrier' Bobby Johnstone, born in Selkirk in 1929, was the last of the famous forward line to sign for the club, but within a few years of appearing in front of a handful of spectators for Hibernian's Third Team, he would make his international debut in front of 100,000 at Wembley alongside club mate Lawrie Reilly, as Scotland defeated England 3-2 in April 1951.

Many regarded the diminutive Johnstone, a double Championship winner with Hibs, as the brains behind the side. An intelligent two-footed player with a deft touch and fantastic vision, he scored 83 league goals in 164 appearances during his 6 full seasons in the Easter Road first team.

Johnstone would be the first to leave the club when he joined Manchester City for £22,000 in 1955. At City he would become the first player to score in consecutive FA Cup Finals in 1955 and 1956, the latter as a winner against Birmingham City. Achieving superstar status while with the Manchester club, he would return briefly to Easter Road in 1959, his influence being a major factor in Joe Baker scoring a record club total of 42 league goals that same season.

Following a disagreement with Hibs he joined Oldham in 1960, a crowd several times the size of the usual attendance gathering for his first game, a testimony to his tremendous and deserved reputation. He finally retired from the game in 1966. Johnstone made 17 full appearances for Scotland, 13 while at Easter Road, the last while a Hibs player a 4-2 defeat by Hungary in 1954.

An intelligent two footed player with exquisite ball skills 'Nicker' was transferred to Manchester City in 1955 and became the first ever player to score in consecutive FA Cup finals in 1955 and 1956. In the summer of 1959 he rejoined Hibs, his vast experience found to be of immediate benefit when helping Joe Baker to his club record of 42 league goals that season.

In both his spells with the club, Bobby Johnstone made 219 appearances scoring 116 goals.

Joining Oldham in 1961, such was the player's reputation that on his debut for the English club there were more than five times the normal attendance.

Sadly, Bobby Johnstone died in 2001 aged 72.

 


 

Full name Robert Johnstone
Date of birth 7th September 1929
Place of birth Selkirk, Scotland

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