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

More than 30 years after he retired from the playing side of the game, he remains one of the most popular players ever to have worn the famous green and white shirt.

 

 

National team Scotland
International debut 6th May 1966 (versus Netherlands)

 

As well as being a distant relative of Hibs first captain, Michael Whelehan, Pat is also a great nephew of Jimmy Hendren, who signed for the club in 1911 from Cowdenbeath, only to die prematurely from natural causes during the First World War, while still in his prime.

Born on 13 September 1944, Stanton was signed by manager Walter Galbraith from Salveston Boys Club in 1961, before being farmed out to Bonnyrigg Rose. He made a scoring debut for Hibs in a 4-3 away defeat by Motherwell in 5 October 1963, the first of his 397 league appearances for the club.

Quickly establishing himself in the first team, he won the first of his 16 full caps alongside teammate Jim Scott in Scotland's 3-0 defeat by Holland in 1966. He was a regular member of the brilliant Hibs side of the mid 1960's, containing players of the calibre of Willie Hamilton, Neil Martin, Peter Cormack, and Pat Quinn, which won the Summer Cup in 1964 under the leadership of manager Jock Stein.

​As captain of Turnbull's Tornados, Stanton led Hibs to a historic League Cup Final victory over Celtic in 1972, two Drybrough Cup successes and of course the famous New Year's Day victory over Hearts in 1973.

 

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Stanton in the midst of the action against Hearts (pic: SNS)

 

Once described by Scotland manager Tommy Docherty as a better player than the legendary England captain Bobby Moore, Pat was an automatic first team choice at Easter Road until moving to Celtic in exchange for Jackie McNamara in 1976. At Parkhead, he won League Championship and Scottish Cup medals in his first season, but unfortunately was forced to retire prematurely shortly after due to injury.

Pat Stanton scored 51 league goals and 25 in cup-ties during his 13 seasons at Easter Road.

After a short spell as second in command to Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen, Pat eventually became a manager in his own right with Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline, and finally his first love, Hibs. While manager at Easter Road he was responsible for signing several promising youngsters including John Collins, Paul Kane, Mickey Weir and Gordon Hunter, but resigned because of what he saw as a lack of ambition by the board of directors in 1984. He is now to be found as a hospitality host at Easter Road on most match days.

Pat Stanton is the spokesman as well as a trustee of the Hibernian Historic Trust.

 


 

Full name Pat Stanton
Date of birth 13th September 1944
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland

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