18-year-old goalkeeper Tommy Younger was signed from the famous juvenile side Hutchison Vale in the summer of 1948, making his first team debut for Hibernian at the end of that season. The courageous, some say foolhardy, goalkeeper was a League Championship winner in 1950/51 and 1951/52.
National team Scotland
Before long, Tommy Younger had taken over between the posts from the long serving Jimmy Kerr. National service soon intervened, but it made little difference to 'Big Tam' who, thanks to an arrangement with the military authorities, was flown home from his base in Germany for most of Hibernian's games during the two years of his service.
The courageous, some say foolhardy, goalkeeper was a League Championship winner in 1950/51 and 1952 and collected the first of his 24 full caps for Scotland against Portugal in May 1955, taking over from Aberdeen's Freddie Martin who had conceded seven goals against England in the previous game.
Transferred to Liverpool, then in Division two of the Football League, a few weeks later, he became a Scotland regular during the following few years, captaining the side in the 1958 World Cup Finals in Sweden. Younger played his last game for Scotland in a 3-2 defeat by Paraguay in the same competition. After spells with Falkirk, Stoke City, Toronto and Leeds United, he retired from playing in 1963. Following a stint in management with Falkirk, Younger became a Director at Easter Road under Chairman Tom Hart in the late 60's and was appointed Chairman of the SFA just before his untimely death in 1984.
Younger was the fourth custodian to win full honours while a Hibs player, following in the footsteps of Willie Rennie, Willie Harper and Willie Robb. Many other international goalkeepers have plied their trade at Easter Road either before, during or after international service, including Jock Brown, Willie Miller, Lawrie Leslie, Ronnie Simpson, Thomson Allen, Jack Reilly, Jim Herriot, Alan Rough, Jim Leighton, Andy Goram, and Yves Ma-Kalambay.