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Posts Tagged ‘ Jock Stein ’

Former Hibs Favourite Gerry Baker Dies Aged 75

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Hibernian FC have announced the sad news that former striker Gerry Baker has passed away aged 75 following a short illness.The news comes just over a month after the death of club legend Lawrie Reilly and Gerry took the time to travel to Edinburgh for the funeral although the two fans’ favourites never played in the same team. Continue reading

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Creating Paradise : The Jock Stein Story

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It was the September 10th 1985, Scotland had just earned a valiant one all draw with Wales at Ninian Park in Cardiff, securing a vital play off with Austria which would eventually lead to Scotland’s qualification for the 1986 FIFA world cup.

The game was rendered meaningless, however, after the news filtered through about the tragic and sudden death of legendary Scottish boss Jock Stein. Continue reading

Hibs and Celtic legend Joe McBride seriously ill

Football fans throughout Scotland have united in sending their best wishes to legendary goal scorer Joe McBride who is seriously ill in hospital after suffering a stroke.

The 74-year-old played for Kilmarnock, Wolves, Motherwell, Celtic, Hibs, Dunfermline and Clyde in a career lasting 15 years between 1957 and 1972.  During that time he was a prolific goal scorer, netting  226 goals in 382 league games.

He was part of the Lisbon Lions squad although a serious injury stopped him appearing the European Cup Final victory over Inter Milan.

Joe was taken to hospital on Saturday, after suffering a stroke, and rumours swept the country that he had passed away, however his granddaughter, Jessica, took to Twitter yesterday to tell worried fans he was still battling.

She tweeted: “Just to clear up, my grampa is still fighting, the family appreciate the support. The family have been reading them all; my grampa is a very loved man.”

Joe was born just yards from Ibrox Stadium, and signed for Kilmarnock when he was 15, before his performances came to the attention of top English club Wolves who paid £12, 500, a considerable fee in those days, for his services.

He didn’t settle in the Midlands and returned to his homeland to sign for Motherwell where was the  club’s top scorer in three successive seasons.

McBride was then signed by Jock Stein for £22,000 in 1965. He became a prolific scorer for the Parkhead side, and the following season, he topped the scoring charts alongside a certain Alex Ferguson who was playing with Dunfermline at the time.

Injury dogged his time with Celtic and in 1968, he signed for Hibs, replacing Colin Stein who had signed for Rangers for a record breaking £100,000.

Joe immediately became a fans favourite with Hibs, scoring on his debut, against Rangers, a hat-trick in his second match, against Lokomotive Leipzig, and four goals in his third match, against Morton.

Later that season, he scored two against Celtic in a match long remembered  and  talked about in Leith. One of the goals that day is often quoted amongst the finest ever scored at Easter Road.

He was Hibs’ top goal-scorer in both the 1968–69 and 1969–70 seasons, and scored a second European hat-trick for Hibs, against Malmö FF in the Inter City Fairs Cup.

Joe  left Hibs in 1971, after scoring 58 goals in 91 games, and had short spells with Dunfermline and Clyde.

Amazingly, he only won two caps for Scotland, both in 1967 British Home Championship matches against Wales and Ireland, and also scored eight goals in just four appearances for the Scottish League XI.

His son, also called Joe joined Hibs from Everton and became a favourite with the supporters for his style of play and his free kick ability.

Both father and son were in the Hibs end at Hampden earlier this year, hoping to see the club finally win the Scottish Cup. En route to Hampden, both were greeted warmly by the Hibs fans who remembered the contribution both had made.

A number of fans forums, including the Rangers ‘Follow Follow’ site have messages of goodwill to the big striker who was loved wherever he played.

On Hibs Net, contributor ‘Ray in Ireland ‘said; “He was one of the most natural finishers I’ve seen. His first against Celtic that day was testimony to that when he swivelled around to hit a ball, not far off shoulder height, past Simpson and in to the roof of the net. He berated Arthur Duncan after he had gotten his two goals after Nijinsky blasted a ball wildly over from an acute angle, when a simple square ball would have given Joe his hat trick against his former side. It shows us the esteem he is held in as every single post on follow follow wishes him well.

Stanton’s Angel said: “So sorry to hear Joe is not too well, I’m sure all Hibbies that remember him will wish him well. A great player brought in to replace the idol of the fans Colin Stein, whose flair and strike rate soon made us forget about Steins trip along the M8. A really brilliant centre forward in the old fashioned mould and a true gentleman too. A much loved young friend of mine idolised the man and will be sad to hear he is ill. Get well soon Joe! Xx

A Hibs spokesman said:  “Everyone at Hibs wishes Joe a full and speedy recovery and we all look forward to seeing him back at Easter Road in the near future.”

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