Kenny Davidson’s Hibs career may have been short – encompassing just 26 matches in all – but it was, nevertheless, memorable.
Signed from Loanhead Mayflower, Davidson was just 18 when he made his debut away to Swedish side Malmö in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, a game which marked an astonishing time for the youngster. Two goals against St Mirren in his first game at Easter Road just three days later were quickly followed by further European adventures home and away to Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes and then Liverpool.
Kenny also scored a double as Hibs dumped Forfar 8-1 in the Scottish Cup and then came his first Edinburgh derby. Davidson celebrated as team-mates John Hazel and Arthur Duncan ensured a 2-1 victory, Kevin Hegarty having netted an equaliser for the Jambos.
Davidson played 21 games in season 1970/71. His first of the following campaign was another Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle, one which Hibs won 2-0 with goals from Alex Cropley and Johnny Hamilton.
However, the youngster began to suffer the effects of burn-out, with manager Willie McFarlane trying to Davidson having made such a step up and having played so many games. Just as the forward was recovering and starting to come back into form, Davidson broke his leg in a reserve match on 23rd December 1972, against Celtic. The Hoops' goalkeeper, Dennis Connachan, came out and tried to kill the ball, with Davidson stretching and the goalkeeper clashing with the youngster. Oddly enough, Connachan was the St Mirren goalkeeper the day that Davidson scored the double on his debut for Hibs.
Davidson had to have an operation at the Royal Infirmary and was released out of hospital on Christmas Day 1972, a few days before Hibernian's memorable 7-0 win over Hearts at Tynecastle in the New Year's Derby of 1973. The youngster would complete his rehabilitation alongside John Brownlie, who suffered a horrific double leg break in a tempered match against East Fife a week after the emphatic derby win.
By the time Davidson was fit again the following August, the team had changed dimension with Turnbull’s Tornadoes in place. In total, Davidson made 26 appearances for the Leith side, scoring six goals in the process.
The forward would go on to turn out for Dunfermline and Motherwell before spending six years at Meadowbank.
Full name Kenny Davidson
Date of birth 14th February 1952
Place of birth Newtongrange, Scotland