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Position: Goalkeeper

Known as 'Big Bob' to his Easter Road teammates, Jim Herriot featured in the famous Turnbull Tornadoes sides that won the Drybrough Cup and defeated Hearts 7-0.

jim herriot 1Debut: Motherwell (0) vs Hibernian (3) - League Cup - 14/08/1971
Appearances: 93


Jim Herriot was born in Chapelhall in 1939 and began his career playing for junior club Douglasdale while also working as an apprentice bricklayer.

He began his senior career at Dunfermline in 1958 but saw his chances limited as there were four other keepers on the books at the time, however, after the arrival of Jock Stein, Jim was the chosen as back up to the established number one; Eddie Connachan. With Stein in command, Dunfermline went from strength to strength, winning the Scottish Cup in 1961, and when Connachan left for Middlesbrough in 1963, Jim made the number one jersey his own. Jim continued as the first-choice keeper after Jock Stein left the club for Hibs and helped the Pars to the 1965 Scottish Cup final.

His performances soon drew interest from English scouts and he later joined Birmingham City for £18,000. He was a fixture in the side during the next four-and-a-half years and eventually gained international recognition. During his playing days at St. Andrews, Jim adopted the American Football technique of applying boot polish under and around his eyes to reduce the effects of glare from the sun.

By 1970 however, Jim had fallen from favour at Birmingham City and following loan spells with Mansfield Town and Aston Villa, he left for South Africa to join Durban City.

Jim Herriot2Hibs layers celebrate with the Drybrough Cup trophy
Left to Right - Erich Schaedler, Jim Herriot, Pat Stanton and Jim Black

He returned to the UK in 1971 joining Eddie Turnbull's developing Hibernian side. Jim also gained a new nickname, thanks to Alex Edwards who spotted that he walked like actor Robert Mitchum 'dead suave,' so Jim became 'Big Bob' to his Easter Road team-mates.

Jim made his debut in a 3-0 win over Motherwell at Fir Park in the League Cup group stages, and that season, Hibs reached the Scottish Cup final after disposing of Rangers 2-0 in a one-sided semi-final at Hampden. Unfortunately, Hibs came up against Jock Stein's Celtic who were unstoppable on the day.

After the game, Eddie Turnbull vowed that Hibs would be back at Hampden and would win the next game, and he was as true as his word. With Hibs, Jim won his first career honour, the 1972/73 Scottish League Cup, as well as the fledgeling Drybrough Cup on two occasions.

On New Years Day 1973, Jim kept a clean sheet at Tynecastle as his team-mates ran riot and defeated their city rivals 7-0. His part in this game is often overlooked but Hearts did create the odd chance which he dealt with accordingly. That result saw Hibs climb to the top of the table, overtaking Celtic, and Chairman Tom Hart predicted that Hibs would win the title and possibly the Cup Winners Cup.

Sadly that was not to be and the next game saw the end of the Turnbull Tornadoes, in which Jim gained the distinction of being the first name in the role-call, as John Brownlie suffered a broken leg and Alex Edwards reacted to constant fouling by throwing the ball away which earned him a booking and a 56 days (8 games) suspension. A late goal in the European Cup Winners Cup quarter-final saw Hibs exit the tournament, and manager Eddie Turnbull blamed Jim for the defeat. The following week, Jim McArthur took over in goal, and Jim never played for the club again.

Jim made 93 appearances across all competitions for Hibs before moving onto St Mirren and then Partick Thistle two years later. After a spell on loan with Morton, he returned to Dunfermline Athletic before joining Morton permanently for the 1976/77 season.

Jim retired from the game in the summer of 1977.


Full Name: James 'Jim' Herriot
Date of Birth: 20th December 1939
Place of Birth: Chapelhall, Scotland


National Team: Scotland
International Debut: Denmark (0) vs Scotland (1) - International Friendly - 16th October 1968

Jim earned his first cap aged 28 in October 1968 during a 1-0 defeat of Denmark in Copenhagen.

He played a further seven times for the national side, with his last cap coming in a 3-2 defeat by West Germany in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in Hamburg.

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