Oldest Hibs fan

SlovSam

Bounce Radge
The guy is deid now so obviously disnae qualify but I met a fascinating old soldier many years ago from the South Side who was a Hibs fan and aged late 90's and as a younger man he had fought the 'Terrorists in the Middle East'.

He was sharp as a tack and kept mentioning 'fighting the terrorists' after the war.?

Turned out it was around 1947 and he had been trained to regard the Israel's as terrorists when England/Britain got stuck in between the Israelis and Palestinians during the formation years of Israel. Shows how things change.

Football related and he could still remember an early Harry Swan trying to take over Hibs pre war and the bakery called LittleJohns that he owned and his favourite Hibs player was Tommy Preston a one club man over 14 years and best ever game he attended was a league game v 'Scotlands Shame 1872' in front of 90,000 at Ibrox.
 

Greenmachine

Bounce Radge
M dad is now 86 and even though he stopped going to Hibs games many years ago, he is still a fan and asks me constantly my views on how things are going and he is never slow to voice an opinion of his own based on his many years of experience watching football. He went to his first Hibs game in 1944 and I used to think he was winding me up when he used to tell me the queues for big games could stretch right back to the top of Easter Road. Then I saw a recent photo online of such a queue snaking along Albion Road and I realised he was right enough all these years ! His memory is phenomenal and he can recite the Hibs line-ups from teams from matches in the 40's and 50's. He was at the derby in 1950 when there was 65,000 in Easter Road. He says to this day that Gordon Smith was the greatest player he has ever seen. His favourite game he ever attended was the 4-3 scottish cup win against Hearts at Tynecastle in 1958 when 17 year old Joe Baker scored all four Hibs goals. He was good mates with Lawrie Reilly for many years as he was a regular in the Bowlers Rest in Leith right back to when Lawrie played.
I remember a few years ago being at an open day at Easter Road with my dad, and as he checked a Hibs line-up photograph from the 50's, he quickly pointed out to Tom Wright the Hibs official historian that the goalkeeper in the photo was not the one that was named in the line-up, and he was able to identify who it was much to the consternation of Tom Wright ! I learned so much about Hibs great years from my dad. I envy him that he regularly watched Hibs greatest ever team.
 
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WJC1848

Bounce Radge
M dad is now 86 and even though he stopped going to Hibs games many years ago, he is still a fan and asks me constantly my views on how things are going and he is never slow to voice an opinion of his own based on his many years of experience watching football. He went to his first Hibs game in 1944 and I used to think he was winding me up when he used to tell me the queues for big games could stretch right back to the top of Easter Road. Then I saw a recent photo online of such a queue snaking along Albion Road and I realised he was right enough all these years ! His memory is phenomenal and he can recite the Hibs line-ups from teams from matches in the 40's and 50's. He was at the derby in 1950 when there was 65,000 a Easter Road. He says to this day that Gordon Smith was the greatest player he has ever seen. His favourite game he ever attended was the 4-3 scottish cup win against Gunts at Tynecastle in 1958 when 17 year old Joe Baker scored all four Hibs goals. He was good mates with Lawrie Reilly for many years as he was a regular in the Bowlers Rest in Leith right back to when Lawrie played.
I remember few years ago being at an open day at Easter Road with my dad, and as he checked a Hibs line-up photograph from the 50's, he quickly pointed out to Tom Wright the Hibs official historian that the goalkeeper in the photo was not the one that was named in the line-up, and he was able to identify who it was much to the consternation of Tom Wright ! I learned so much about Hibs great years from my dad. I envy him that he regularly watched Hibs greatest ever team.
Cracking post! Lucky you!
Give our regards to your Dad.
 

Smurf

Bounce Radge
M dad is now 86 and even though he stopped going to Hibs games many years ago, he is still a fan and asks me constantly my views on how things are going and he is never slow to voice an opinion of his own based on his many years of experience watching football. He went to his first Hibs game in 1944 and I used to think he was winding me up when he used to tell me the queues for big games could stretch right back to the top of Easter Road. Then I saw a recent photo online of such a queue snaking along Albion Road and I realised he was right enough all these years ! His memory is phenomenal and he can recite the Hibs line-ups from teams from matches in the 40's and 50's. He was at the derby in 1950 when there was 65,000 in Easter Road. He says to this day that Gordon Smith was the greatest player he has ever seen. His favourite game he ever attended was the 4-3 scottish cup win against Gunts at Tynecastle in 1958 when 17 year old Joe Baker scored all four Hibs goals. He was good mates with Lawrie Reilly for many years as he was a regular in the Bowlers Rest in Leith right back to when Lawrie played.
I remember a few years ago being at an open day at Easter Road with my dad, and as he checked a Hibs line-up photograph from the 50's, he quickly pointed out to Tom Wright the Hibs official historian that the goalkeeper in the photo was not the one that was named in the line-up, and he was able to identify who it was much to the consternation of Tom Wright ! I learned so much about Hibs great years from my dad. I envy him that he regularly watched Hibs greatest ever team.
Wonderful. Did he go to the Scottish Cup final?
 

Greenmachine

Bounce Radge
Wonderful. Did he go to the Scottish Cup final?
Unfortunately no he didn't.
It's been so long since he actually went to a game, he has just got out of the habit completely. Physically he is/was not really able to do much in the last few years. He was ecstatic when we won it though, and I had a photo taken with him and his lifelong friend Jock (who has sadly passed away since) with the cup. They both went to the games together for many years.
 
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