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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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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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