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 Centre Forward

Born in Edinburgh in 1935, Jock Buchanan joined Hibs from Edinburgh Waverley in 1954, making his debut against Raith Rovers at Easter Road on the 16th October, a game the home side won by two goals to one.

 

John Buchanan Profile

 

Described in the Hibernian handbook of the time as a "one time centre half who moved forward when he realised that he wanted to score goals instead of stopping them", Buchanan's dashing tearaway exploits took him quickly from David Kilpatrick School to juvenile side Edinburgh Waverley, his tireless efforts to chase every ball and make the most of it earning him credit all the way.

Buchanan holds the distinction of being the first player to score a European cup goal on British soil - scoring for Hibernian in their 1-1 draw with Rot Weiss Essen in their second leg fixture held at Easter Road Stadium on Wednesday, 12th October 1955.

Buchanan replaced Lawrie Reilly at centre forward for the game due to Reilly being on Scotland duty in Denmark the previous day, although injury had prevented Reilly featuring. Chairman Harry Swan had calculated that assuming no delays, Reilly along with Gordon Smith and Tommy Younger, could make it back to Prestwick, via London, where a fast car would be waiting to transport them back to Edinburgh.

Unfortunately, with fog delaying the flight from Denmark, the trio arrived back in London too late to have any chance of making the game.

Not expecting to play and not learning of his inclusion in the team until his arrival at Easter Road, Jock had, in his own words "eaten a plate of mince and tatties that would have killed a store horse". Jimmy Mulkerrin stood in for Gordon Smith while a young Bill Adams replaced Tommy Younger in goal for his only first team game for Hibs. In the fifth minute a cross from Willie Ormond found Buchanan who crashed the ball into the net to create a piece of European history.

Jock also played in Hibernian's first ever game under the Easter Road lights on 18th October 1954 when Hearts ran out 2-0 winners in a game to inaugurate the system.

During the 1957-58 season, Buchanan, stationed in Oswestry, Shropshire while serving with the Royal Artillery, played only 3 games. His final appearance, before a move to Raith Rovers, came in a 2-1 league defeat by Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday, 10th December 1960. After playing for Newport County, Gala Fairydean and Duns, Buchanan ended his playing days with Hawick Royal Albert.

Jock returned to Edinburgh where he drove a taxi and was a member of the Hibernian Former Player's Association. After a long battle with illness, Jock Buchanan passed away aged 74 in September 2009.

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