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Hibs Legend Lawrie Reilly Dies Aged 84

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The last remaining member of the Hibs forward line of the early 1950’s known as the Famous Five has died in hospital aged 84.

Lawrie Reilly signed for Hibs in 1944 and made his first team debut in a 4-3 away victory against Kilmarnock in October 1945 at inside right to Gordon Smith. Continue reading

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Tributes pour in for Hibs and Celtic legend Joe McBride

Scottish football fans are in mourning today following the news that former Hibs and Celtic star Joe McBride has died aged 74 at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Joe was taken to hospital on Saturday, after suffering a stroke, but hopes that he would make a full recovery, were quashed last night when the sad news broke that he had lost his battle.

Joe was signed by Hibs boss Bob Shankly, brother of Liverpool legend Bill, to replace Colin Stein who joined Rangers for a record £100,000 and scored an incredible 58 goals in 91 games.

Former teammate John Brownlie was just a youngster when Joe signed, but knew him well and kept in touch with him. He told Irish News Review: “I was just a kid and Joe was a senior player, but I did manage to play in the same team as him. He was very helpful, and a great talker, as well as a prolific goal scorer. He had a soft spot for the Hibs after he left, and the last time I saw him was at the annual Joe Baker memorial golf day at Wishaw and he looked great. It’s a very sad day.”

Such is his standing at the club; Joe is in the ‘Hero’ category of Jim Jeffrey’s book Hibernian Players and Managers 1946-2009, along with legends such as Joe Baker, Lawrie Reilly, Eddie Turnbull, Gordon Smith, Pat Stanton and Franck Sauzee.

Jeffrey starts his profile with the words “Joe McBride was simply a wonderful goal scorer, and only Ally McCoist and Willie Wallace in the post war era scored more goals than Joe.”

Author Ted Brack who had written four excellent books on Hibs, including Lawrie Reilly’s and Franck Sauzee’s autobiographies recalled Jos as a prolific goal scorer. He told the Irish News Review: “Joe was a prolific goal scorer. I remember one game in particular against Jock Stein’s Celtic when he scored both in a two nil win. One was an overhead kick which was one of the best goals I’ve seen at Easter Road. Pat Stanton had a great admiration for him as a player and a man. He reckoned that if Joe was one on one with the keeper you could put your mortgage on him scoring. He told me a story about the type of man Joe was. One day there was a bread strike in Glasgow and no-one could buy a loaf. Joe lived through there and had arranged to meet the team bus outside the ground instead of travelling through to Edinburgh first. As Pat was leaving he got a phone call from Joe asking if he could bring him a couple of loaves. Pat agreed, and a few minutes later, the phone rang again and Joe asked if he could get some more. Pat agreed, and Joe asked for 30 loaves. When they turned up at the ground, all Joe neighbours were there to collect their bread, which summed up the type of man he was, always thinking of others. I was very sad when I heard the news of his death. He was a man of many clubs, a man of many goals and a man of many friends”

Since the news of his death, many fans forums have been inundated with messages of sympathy for his family, highlighting the respect in which he was held by supporters of all clubs.

On Hibees Bounce, Haarlem Shuffler poster “One of the most memorable early matches I saw hanging onto a floodlight pylon behind the goals as Joe hammered two fantastic goals past Celtic in a game we were forecast to lose easily. What a player. Rest well man, cheered up my childhood.”

Joe the Hibby posted: “Deepest sympathy to Joe’s family and friends, a well thought of member of the Hibernian family, both as a player and a person.”

A spokesman for Hibs said today: “Our sincere thoughts are with his family at this difficult time, he left a lasting impression on our club and he will always be remembered with great affection.”

Meanwhile Hibs have announced that they will play East Fife at New Bayview Stadium on Saturday 14 July, kick off 2pm.

A large crowd is expected to see the debuts of Tim Clancy and Paul Cairney, along with the return of captain James McPake. New keeper Ben Williams is unlikely to start due to a lack of fitness.

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