The death has been announced of the former Hearts, Clyde and Hibernian wing-half David “Davie” Laing, who sadly passed away on Saturday 15th July, aged 92.
Born in Strathmiglo in 1926, Laing is probably best remembered as a Hearts player, spending eight seasons with the Tynecastle club. With the emergence of Dave Mackay, Laing was allowed to join Clyde in 1954, winning the Scottish Cup in his first season with the Shawfield side in a replayed victory against Celtic in 1955.
Davie Laing (pic: clydefc.co.uk)
Transferred to Hibs for around £2,500 in the summer of 1956, he became the club’s first major signing since the acquisition of Alec Linwood almost ten years before.
His first game as a Hibs player would be once again wearing the maroon of Hearts in the Edinburgh Select’s 2-1 win against Birmingham City at Tynecastle, and he would make his competitive debut for the club a few days later back at Tynecastle in a heavy 6-1 defeat by Hearts in the League Cup.
It would turn out be one of only 10 appearances Laing would make for an Easter Road side going through what was tactfully called a transitional period, before joining Gillingham before the start of the 1957/58 season.
He finished his playing career with a return to English non-league side Margate after spells with Ramsgate and Canterbury City.
In 2011 he was inducted into the inaugural Clyde Hall of Fame.
The Hibernian Historical Trust extends its sincere condolences to his friends and family.
Written by Tom Wright