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: Forward

David 'Davie' Gibson was born in the mining village of Winchburgh in West Lothian in 1938 and joined Hibernian in 1956. He went onto become one of the finest and most skilful players in Leicester City's history, the playmaker and creative force behind the great team of the early sixties.

Debut: Falkirk (1) vs Hibernian (0) - League Cup - 15/08/1956
Appearances: 60
Goals: 10


David 'Davie' Gibson was born in the mining village of Winchburgh in West Lothian in 1938 and began his career with Livingston United before joining Hibernian in 1956.

The slightly built youngster soon began to make a name for himself scoring an impressive ten goals in 23 reserve team outings; however, a lack of confidence in his ability hindered his progress. Davie made his debut for the first team in a 1-0 defeat to Falkirk in the group stages of the League Cup within a month of his signing for the club. He was the fifth forward in a forward line which contained Gordon Smith, Lawrie Reilly, Eddie Turnbull and Willie Ormond and later joked that the forward line that night was known as the 'Famous Four and a Half' due to his diminutive stature.

Davie Gibson 2Hibernian Team Photo
Left to right: John MacLeod, Willie Muirhead, Davie Gibson, Bobby Johnstone, John Young, Duncan Faulkner, Jim Scott, Bobby Kinloch,
Jackie Plenderleith, Jock Buchanan, Willie Ormond, John Fraser, Joe McClelland, John Baxter and Eddie Turnbull.

He struggled to keep his spot in the first team but found broke into the team in November 1958 playing alongside Joe Baker in a 3-2 win over Celtic with Joe scoring a hat-trick. Two weeks later, Davie shared the score sheet with Baker and scored his first goals for Hibs in a 4-0 victory over Patrick Thistle.

During the next two seasons, Davie only managed 11 appearances, although two of them were against Roma. His form with Hibs attracted the attention of Leicester City manager Matt Gillies, who had spotted Dave when he was in the army, and after 60 appearances for Hibs, Davie signed for Leicester in 1962. He went on to become a fan favourite, becoming the playmaker and creative force behind the great Leicester City team of the early sixties.

He moved to Aston Villa in 1970 where he remained for two years before ending his career with Exeter City in 1974.

He later became a postman before running a residential care centre in Leicestershire. He released a biography, 'Gibbo' The Dave Gibson Story, in 2013.


Full Name: David 'Davie' Wedderburn Gibson
Date of Birth: 23rd September 1938
Place of Birth: Winchburgh, West Lothian


National Team: Scotland
International Debut: Scotland (4) vs Austria (1) - International Friendly - 8th May 1963

Whilst a Leicester City player, Davie was capped seven times for Scotland, and his first came in an infamous game against Austria in 1963 with Scotland winning 4-1 after the Austrian team's foul tactics caused referee Jim Finney to abandon the game in fear of player safety. His first international goal came in a famous 6–2 victory against Spain in the Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid.

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