30 April 2011

Farewell then Eddie Turnbull

Sad news reaches me that Eddie 'Ned' Turnbull has died at the grand old age of 88. Eddie Turnbull is one of the greatest footballers Scotland (and the UK) has ever produced.

His record speaks for itself - he was inside left in Hibernian's great 'famous five' forward line and between 1946 and 1959 he played 349 games for Hibs scoring 150 goals, winning three championships - including back to back championships in 1951 and 52 (the first time a non old firm team did this). He was the first British player to score a goal in the European cup in 1955 and played for Scotland in the 1958 world cup.

As a manager he led Aberdeen to a Scottish Cup win in 1970 and Hibs to a Scottish League cup victory over Jock Stein's Celtic in 1972. He was also manager when Hibs thrashed rivals Hearts 7-0 on New Year's Day 1973.

Here's a reminder of Ned and the 'five' in their heyday.

RIP Ned.

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