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 Midfielder

Born in Dalkeith on the 21st of December 1953, Bobby Smith joined Hibs from juvenile side Musselburgh Windsor at the start of Eddie Turnbull's tenure as manager at Easter Road.

 

Bobby Smith Profile

 

Showing obvious potential from the start, it didn't take Bobby long to make his first team debut which came as a substitute in Hibernian's 3-2 away victory against Arbroath on the 25th of November, 1972.

His European debut came shortly after when he replaced the injured Eric Schaedler, who was forced to leave the field with a dislocated shoulder, in a 3-0 away defeat by Hadjuk Split in the Cup Winner's Cup on the 21st of March, 1973.

Smith went on to make five first team starts and another five as a substitute in his first season, the start of 208 appearances, including 26 as substitute, he would make during his first stint at Easter Road.

Smith's impressive form soon caught the eye of English First Division side Leicester City and he joined the Filbert Street club during season 1978-79, making the first of over 200 appearances for the club on the same day legendary striker Gary Lineker made his debut.

A loan spell at Peterborough in 1982/83 was followed by a return to first love Hibs the following season, also on loan, and after a recall to Leicester Smith made the permanent move back to Easter Road during the 1986-87 season.

The next stop for the likeable player, who had by this time moved from midfield to the full back position, was Dunfermline. A couple of fruitful seasons at East End Park were followed by a move to Partick Thistle before Smith ended his playing days at Berwick Rangers who were managed by former Easter Road colleagues Jackie McNamara and Ralph Callaghan.

At the time of his death in February 2010, aged 56, Smith was an active member of the Hibernian Former Players Association. The huge turn out for his funeral in Dalkeith, attended by many of his former team mates including a delegation from Leicester City, bore testimony to the immense popularity of the player who was a well known figure in the town.

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