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 Striker

The Hibs' side of the late sixties contained several top class players and played some of the most entertaining football ever witnessed in Scotland.

 

Joe McBride Profile

 

Under manager Bob Shankly, brother of Liverpool legend Bill, Hibs were regulars in the Inter Cities Fairs Cup, producing many memorable performances against some of Europe's elite, including that never to be forgotten night when Naples arrived at Easter Road with a 4-1 lead from the first leg and arguably the best goalkeeper in the world to defend it.

The forward line that night included 21 year old goal scoring sensation Colin Stein who was catching the eye of scouts from both sides of the border. Shankly who had won the league title with Dundee had no intention of selling his prized asset, however the board had other ideas and Stein soon became the first player to move between Scottish clubs for £100,000 when he joined Rangers.

The decision to sell Stein infuriated the supporters as well as the manager who realised that the board did not share his ambitions for the club, however before he left, he dipped into the transfer market and found a replacement for a fifth of the price who was arguably as good as his predecessor.

Joe McBride played for Kilmarnock, Wolves, Motherwell, Celtic, Hibs, Dunfermline and Clyde in a career lasting 15 years between 1957 and 1972. During that time he was a prolific goal scorer, netting 226 goals in 382 league games.

He was part of the Lisbon Lions squad but a serious injury stopped him appearing the European Cup Final victory over Inter Milan, although he did receive a medal.

Joe was born just yards from Ibrox Stadium, and signed for Kilmarnock when he was 15, before his performances came to the attention of top English club Wolves who paid £12,500, a considerable fee in those days, for his services.

He didn't settle in the Midlands and returned to his homeland to sign for Motherwell where was the club's top scorer in three successive seasons.

Joe was then signed by Jock Stein for £22,000 in 1965. He became a prolific scorer for the Parkhead side, and the following season, he topped the scoring charts alongside a certain Alex Ferguson who was playing with Dunfermline at the time.

Injury dogged his time with Celtic and in 1968, he signed for Hibs, replacing Colin Stein who had signed for Rangers for a record breaking £100,000.

Joe immediately became a hero amongst the Easter Road faithful, scoring on his debut, against Rangers, a hat-trick in his second match, against Lokomotive Leipzig, and four goals in his third match, against Morton.

Later that season, he scored two against Celtic in a match which is still talked about in Leith. One of the goals that day is often quoted amongst the finest ever scored at Easter Road.

Joe was Hibs' top goal-scorer in both the 1968–69 and 1969–70 seasons, and scored a second European hat-trick against Malmö FF in the Inter City Fairs Cup.

Joe left Hibs in 1971, after scoring 58 goals in 91 games, and had short spells with Dunfermline and Clyde.

Amazingly, he only won two caps for Scotland, both in 1967 British Home Championship matches against Wales and Ireland, and also scored eight goals in just four appearances for the Scottish League XI.

After his retirement, Joe, like many of his teammates went into the licensing trade, running 'The Wee Mill' near Shawfield Stadium, and also Sidelines on London Road along with another ex-Celtic and Hibs star, Bertie Auld.

Joe's son, also called Joe joined Hibs from Everton and also became a favourite with the supporters for his style of play and his ability to score from free kicks, memorably scoring two late goals to earn a valuable point against Hearts at Tynecastle.

Both father and son demonstrated their love for the club in the Hibs end at Hampden on the 2012 final, hoping to see the club finally win the Scottish Cup. En route to Hampden, they were greeted warmly by the supporters who remembered the contribution both had made.

Sadly Joe died at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 2013.

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