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    Greatest Hibs player of all time

    Opinions sought..

    For me there is no debate to had, the stats speak for themselves;

    364 goals in all competitions for Hibs in an 18 year stay with the club between 1941 and 1959.

    15 goals in 37 games against Hearts...no Hibs player has scored more goals against Hearts.

    17 hat-tricks for Hibs between 1941 and 1953...remembering of course he was a winger.

    5 Scottish League Championship medals (3 with Hibs, one each with Hearts and Dundee)

    Holds the record in Scottish football for the number of goals scored by a winger during one match...5 against Third Lanark in 1947.

    Remains to this day the only British footballer to have won the League Championship for three different clubs then subsequently played in the European Cup the following season with them.

    There have been many great players who have played for Hibs since 1875, and I have been lucky enough to see some of them. Unfortunately I only have my almost 84 year old dad's (still starry-eyed after all these years) recollection of how unbelievable a footballer this guy was at his peak and the above facts to testify as evidence that Gordon Smith is without doubt the greatest player ever to have played for Hibernian.

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    Pat Stanton by a mile.
    And a gentleman too.

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    Good post GM, Gordon Smith my dad's favourite player of all time, there's something special about a winger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianwalker1875 View Post
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    Pat Stanton by a mile.
    And a gentleman too.
    He would be in second place IMO....Stanton definitely the best Hibs player of my lifetime. Idolised him as a laddie.
    "I can't stress enough how important it is to be in possession of the football - it is better to be the matador rather than the bull"

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    Quote Originally Posted by tricky View Post
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    Good post GM, Gordon Smith my dad's favourite player of all time, there's something special about a winger.
    Yes, my Uncle David goes all starry eyed at the very mention of Gordon Smith.
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    Being a younger hibee, I struggle to see past Franck Sauzee. I wasn't lucky enough to see Pat or the Famous 5

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    Quote Originally Posted by NW View Post
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    Being a younger hibee, I struggle to see past Franck Sauzee. I wasn't lucky enough to see Pat or the Famous 5
    Franck Sauzee would probably for me be the best in the last 30 years or so. He was at the end of his career when he was at Hibs but what a memorable two years it was. A truly great player who was also great man off the pitch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenmachine View Post
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    Franck Sauzee would probably for me be the best in the last 30 years or so. He was at the end of his career when he was at Hibs but what a memorable two years it was. A truly great player who was also great man off the pitch.
    I think I am of similar age to GM, for me its between Franck and Pat, both were magnificent players for Hibs.
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    That I’ve researched, Gordon Smith. A giant of giants.

    That I’ve seen, is more tricky. Lewis has three winners medals, and stuck with us through the darkest days.

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    My dad would skelp the lug of anyone disagreeing with his opinion that his boyhood hero, as a pupil at Norton Park School, was anything other than the Prince of all princes. He can't and never will see past The Gay Gordon and I can remember my daft, childlike arguments with him debating Smith v Stanton when I didn't know any better. But I never saw Smith play and I feel unable to do anything other than to defer to the opinion of those older, wiser and lucky enough to have seen him.

    That said, for me it would be between Sauzee and Stanton, with an honourable mention to a wee felly with two cup medals who has made the most of what he has been given, despite being no Lionel Messi.
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    FWIW, when the EEN did a poll on this a few years back for both Hearts and Hibs, Sauzee came out top. Hearts voted Walter Kidd as theirs. Enough said.

    This has given me a wee idea...
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    Unfortunately I didn't see Gordon Smith nor Pat Stanton (testimonial for Gordon Hunter aside!) so I can't say either.

    For me it would be from a pool of Goram, Säuzee, Collins, Latapy, Archibald & Griffiths. All to me absolute top players.

    And it has to be Franck Säuzee.

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    By reputation it would have to be Gordon Smith. I wouldn't be prepared to argue with all the glowing accolades to him and he must have been a very special and elite player indeed.

    From the ones I've seen, unsurprisingly perhaps it would be Pat Stanton. Apart from a calm elegance he was very dominant on the pitch as well as being incredibly consistent.

    I do feel that if Joe Baker had stayed longer with Hibs he would have challenged. Seeing him at his best, not in a Hibs jersey at the time, confirmed that to me.

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    Never having seen Gordon Smith play I can only go on what others have said about his genius so for that plus his boy Tony is my mate I've considered him but I have to pick a player I saw play and I'm struggling between Stanton and Sloop but on balance Stanton gets the nod from me.

    Special mention though to Eric Stevenson who was my Hero back in the day.
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    Sauzee for me. My dad reckons Smith , Stanton then Baker.

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    Pat Stanton.

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    I always feel discussions like this should see people pick the players they saw, and not the players they heard about; but even then, it’s notoriously difficult to pick out who was actually the best. Gordon Smith has the stats, but he also had the team and footballing era to help him. How many would he have scored nowadays? It’s hard to say. It’s also really hard to decide if you’re talking about pure skill, overall influence, or that player’s contribution to the team.

    ’85 was when I started watching the Hibs. I saw a bit of Andy Goram who I ended up hating due to his conversion to Orange sympathies, and I’ve no real recollection of being terribly impressed by Archibald. I only saw him a couple of times, and was too young to appreciate it. That drags me to the better sides I saw, and they’re cup-winning sides from 1990, 2007 and 2016. Scoring a goal in every round of the cup? KEITH KEITH KEITH will do for me. Between that and ’07, we were blessed with the most sophisticated football who’s probably ever played in Scotland, never mind at Easter Road, Franck Sauzee (quick aside: my grandfather, who did see Gordon Smith play, names Sauzee as his number one. Food for thought).

    Thomson, Brown, Whittaker, Fletcher… All great players when we thumped Kilmarnock at Hampden, and Leigh Griffiths was as incisive a forward as you could hope to get at that price.

    But I’m going to go off book, slightly and say…

    Darren Jackson.

    Ooh-Ah Jackson-A was a player that, quite literally, kept Hibs up at a time when they were rotten. Pace, good with both feet, was decent in the air and seemed to love playing for us. He also had the worst Edward Scissorhands haircut of the era, which made him easy to love.

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    Of those I've seen, the sublime Pat Stanton. My late dad would have voted Gordon Smith, and would have been incredulous of any other opinion.
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    Statistically, there's no competition. Gordon Smith wins. He was nice to my gran and mum too, so he gets the Doyle vote.

    But I never saw him play. Never saw Joe Baker, Lawrie Reilly or Pat Stanton play either, so none of them for me.

    Darren Jackson is a good shout,Wright, Latapy, Sauzee, Riordan and Griffiths too. Stevenson has to be getting close to the top of my list as well.

    I'm going Derek Riordan. A pleasure watching him.

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