I heard a story once, so don’t know it’s accuracy, but apparently,when he first returned to ER playing for St Johnstone , he went down injured after a tackle . The Hibs physio at the time ( Mcniven I think) raced on to the park to treat him before the St J physio could get off his seat 😂.
He was truly held in high regard by everyone , both professionally and socially.
He leaves us , knowing fine he made his mark in Hibs history , and was loved by all.
Bit weird this as I woke up and for some reason shades was in my mind, so then I thought of Erich, and my mind drifted to big Eddie, Willie ormond and then how.many Tornadoes had passed away. Then got text saying O'Rourke had died! World seems to be passing by too quick
Too young to have seen him play but booked a couple of holidays for him and he was tremendous company, a complete gent. Think he had a static caravan over in Burntisland, he said he’d much prefer to go there ‘but the boss lady fancies Spain, son’
Shocked to hear of Jimmys passing and my deepest condolences to family, friends, Hibs fans and also to Pat Stanton.
The closeness of Pat and Jimmy was so very special and when I was kid at Leith Academy would run up to ER and after school. Would often see Jimmy and Pat together midweek and also before and after the match on the Saturday.
They both had a remarkable ability to make you feel special as if they remembered and knew you.
Playing footie with your mates and do you recall the days when you would take a players name …..I would take take the name of a player and when up front I was Jimmy O’Rourke and when I was Jimmy I would bang the goals.
When playing the football strategy games would change the name of players to Jimmy and the rest of Hibs legends.
When looking back on my memories Jimmy, Pat and other tornadoes were amazing and Jimmy, gave me the most magical memories up top with Gordon and Arthur.
Thank you Jimmy for those very special memories that will live with me to my dying day and Pat, if you come here, my deepest condolences and what magical memories you have with Jimmy and you passed them on to us.
There are many reasons why Hibs are in my blood and you and Jimmy are a major part of that.
Thank you Jimmy and Pat and Jimmy, may you Rest in Peace and you will certainly be in God’s first eleven,
Very sad to hear this. Jimmy was one of the best. Will always remember the goal that won us the League Cup in '72 - one of the best headed goals I've ever seen. Terrific player - all heart, never gave up. 100% Hibee. One of the first players I saw in the Hibs shirt, and still one of the best.
My sincerest condolences to his family and friends - their loss is incalculable. Rest in peace, Jim.