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From all the different eras we will have our special heros who could stop a ball on a penny and turn it round a player in the radius of a two-pound coin.

Players whose close control was incredible to behold, that defied belief sometimes.

Just after watching Real dump PSG out of Europe with a good few players with that close control.

More and more it is what divides the great from the also-rans.

So who are your favourite close control Cabbagers and why?

For this old bâtard, it was Edwards. The wee Dunermliner was a king at controlling the ball. And not long after he would send it off on a great pass, you always got the feeling you were getting value for money wi him.

Jimmy O'Rourke another with a gift for killing a ball and then doing something devastating with it. (Alas) Colin Stein had that too.

Peter Marinello.

Then later players like Keef seemed to do it in the box, as it were.

I've been 'stuck' (happily) in Holland all those years and only seen the likes o' Sauzee, McGinlay, Keef, Sproule, Cumdog (urgghhh) on the odd visit home.

Who were the ones SINCE the Tornadoes to do it for you with close control, killing the ball before you even realised they had it?

As Smurf would say, 'genuine question' honest guv? :)
 
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Maybe not at his best at Hibs, but Bestie.
 
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I’d have to agree with the Shuffler in that Mickey would take some beating on the close control - his first touch was also superb; plus he was a cheeky wee bugger who tormented players. Was it Alan Oliver who played against him in the Gunt side of that day? I can’t quite be certain, but whoever it was became a shivering wreck when faced with Alec’s trickery.
 
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David Murphy had the best first touch I've ever seen at Hibs.
So many cross field diagonals just plucked out the sky.
 
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Michael O'Neil had a fantastic first touch and trickery to go with it. For me in my lifetime though, it would have to be Latapy. Guy was simply a genius. That one two with Mixu in the 6-2 game just sticks out like s sore thumb.
 
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Alex Edwards
Russell Latapy
David Murphy
Mickey Weir

All of the above great Hibs players had superb close control of the ball. They all had a wonderful first touch which gives you a huge advantage over your opponent. The first thing bairns should be taught when they are learning the game is how to control a ball properly and be comfortable with the ball at your feet.
 
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David Murphy had the best first touch I've ever seen at Hibs.
So many cross field diagonals just plucked out the sky.
I think i'd go with Murphy too. Tremendous player.
 
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Murphy
Thomson
Crunchie
Mickey
O'Neil
Allan
 
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Sauzee and Murphy.

The best ever close control example? Paul Hartley's debut at home against Clydebank in the Scottish Cup :doh Ball sky high in the air and he took it down as sweetly as can be.
 
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Alex Edwards
Russell Latapy
David Murphy
Mickey Weir

All of the above great Hibs players had superb close control of the ball. They all had a wonderful first touch which gives you a huge advantage over your opponent. The first thing bairns should be taught when they are learning the game is how to control a ball properly and be comfortable with the ball at your feet.

Great four to pick.

:approve:

One current player who is under-rated for that skill (and many other things) is Lewis. He too has that Murphyesque ability to kill a ball fired wide at pace.
 
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Against Aberdeen Dylan plucked a shelled ball out of the skies with the touch of a mother cradling her newborn. It was a beautiful moment that had me out my seat applauding. Magnificent. :applause:
 
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Against Aberdeen Dylan plucked a shelled ball out of the skies with the touch of a mother cradling her newborn. It was a beautiful moment that had me out my seat applauding. Magnificent. :applause:
I remember that moment. It was quite superb - and worthy of your applause.

:Sparkle_Cool:
 
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Murphy obviously but might I throw Beuzelin in there?
 
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Will never forget kuqis touch

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I'll chuck Ally MacLeod in for an honourable mention.

He was so slow he would have never have made it if it wasn't for some exquisite ball skills.

Dom Dom Dom was decent too.
 
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Collins , grudgingly as while at hibs his first touch was normally a tackle
Beastie, only had one foot but what a foot
 
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I thought Kevin McAllister would get a mention ? I didn't see him play very often but he always seemed to get rave reviews.
 
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I’d have to agree with the Shuffler in that Mickey would take some beating on the close control - his first touch was also superb; plus he was a cheeky wee bugger who tormented players. Was it Alan Oliver who played against him in the Gunt side of that day? I can’t quite be certain, but whoever it was became a shivering wreck when faced with Alec’s trickery.
Dougie bell
 
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