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

Playing alongside the likes of Alex Cropley, Arthur Duncan and George Best, Tony made 164 appearances for Hibs including the marathon 1979 Scottish Cup Final.

Tony Higgins2Debut: Aberdeen (4) vs Hibernian (1) - League Cup - 16/08/1972
Appearances: 164
Goals: 42


Tony Higgins was born in Glasgow in 1954 and began his career with Kilsyth St Patrick before joining Hibernian in 1971 part-time.

Tony made his professional debut for Hibs in August 1972 in a 4-1 defeat to Aberdeen in the group stages of the League Cup. Injuries would hamper Tony's time at Hibs but he scored his first goal for the club just over six months after his debut in a 2-0 victory over Morton in the third round of the Scottish Cup.

Tony HigginsTony Higgins celebrates his goal against Rangers.

Playing alongside the likes of Alex Cropley, Arthur Duncan and George Best, Tony made 164 appearances for Hibs across all competitions scoring 42 goals including in the marathon 1979 Scottish Cup Final following a 2-1 victory over Aberdeen in the semi-final.

Hibs and Rangers met at Hampden in front of a 50,000 strong crowd expecting the cup to be won that day but at the end of 90 minutes, the scoreline sat at 0-0 which meant a replay was required. Once again the replay played four days later, ended in a 0-0 draw and it took a final game at the end of the month to crown Rangers the winners after 90 minutes. Tony Higgins and Ally MacLeod scored for Hibs but two from Derek Johnstone and an own goal from Arthur Duncan secured the Rangers win.

After he departed Hibs, Tony went onto join Partick Thistle where he remained until 1982. Tony also played for Greenock Morton and Stranraer before retiring from the professional game.

After retiring as a player, Tony became chairman of the Scottish Professional Footballers' Association but he left that position in 2006 to become the Scottish representative of FIFPro, the international footballers' union. He also regularly appears as a pundit on Sportscene.


Full Name: Anthony 'Tony' Higgins
Date of Birth: 3rd June 1954
Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland

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