The Hibernian Historical Trust was saddened to learn that John Ogilvie, who played for the club in the late 1940s and early ’50s, has recently passed away aged almost 92.
The Motherwell born Ogilvie was signed from the junior side Thorniewood in 1947, making his first-team debut at left half in a 1-1 draw against Queen of the South at Easter Road on 25th December 1948, one of six appearances that he would make for the first team that season. Described as a powerful no-nonsense hard-tackling defender, Ogilvie would be part of the much-fancied Hibs side defeated 3-0 by Motherwell in the 1950 League Cup final. A regular in the side during the 1950-51 championship-winning season playing behind the illustrious Famous Five, his 23 appearances would be enough to win a league medal.
John Ogilvie is third from right in the back row of the Hibs team picture from the 1950-51 season
Unfortunately, in a Scottish Cup semi-final against his home town side Motherwell at Tynecastle in March 1951 he would be stretchered from the field with his right leg shattered in two places after saving a certain goal with a last-ditch challenge. At that time Ogilvie was playing the best football of his career, and the injury that would keep him out of the game for over a year. It would also severely hinder his progress at Easter Road and he would make just one further appearance for the first team before receiving a free transfer at the end of the 1954-55 season.
After a short spell on trial at Sheffield United, he would join Leicester City where he would be a regular in the side for several seasons before ending his playing career with Mansfield Town in 1961.
A larger than life character, the effervescent Ogilvie was a popular figure with all those he played alongside, not only for his talent on the field, but also for his singing prowess, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
John Ogilvie would make 52 appearances for the first team in all competitions while at Easter Road, either at left-back or left-half, 35 in the league.