Who Is Your All Time Favourite Winger At Hibs?

Bobby_Combe

Just A Radge
Older Bouncers will say, without question, Gordon Smith. Too early for me, but I fondly remember Peter Marinello. Nijinksy was the most exciting I've seen.

I don't think too many people who saw Gordon Smith are still above ground, sadly, but my father-in-law worked for British Rail, and he worked his shifts as best as he possibly could to be in Edinburgh Saturday dinnertimes so he could go down to ER to watch GS. The first time I spoke to Bill was on the phone. He wanted to know if he could come out to the house to see us. It was Saturday about 5.00pm, and he asked me about the football results. Without thinking I went through the list, first off telling him that 'the Beasts got beat'. 'Aye,' he says, 'Dundee are playing no bad the now.' Dundee had done Huns 3-2 at Dens. I asked him how he knew I was talking about that game, and he answered, 'The Beasts is what we always called them at Easter Road.' He had some great memories of Gordon Smith, and he was always adamant that he had never seen another footballer to equal him. My father said the same.

Happiness is having a father-in-law who follows the same football team as you do. Bill was from Glasgow, btw - what I would call a Cultured and Intelligent Weegie. There is the odd one here and there. ;-)
 

stickyRicky

Muirhouse Radge
For me there's just something absolutely magical about a winger running at a defender. Knowing that past his man he'll ping it into the box....

And more so the second half "down the slope" that's now gone in front of a packed "terracing" in the East Stand.

How I miss it. And this morning I've been going through the wingers at Hibs in my time going to see Hibs regularly since I was 10 in 1983.

My earliest memory of a winger at Hibs was seeing Arthur Duncan score in my first ever Hibs game in 1981. I know he was coming towards the end of his career as a winger but I recall the anticipation as he got the ball from the crowd in the freezing cauld holding my hot Bovril with no lid....

I'm struggling to think of another winger until Hibs signed Joe McBride from Oldham IIRC for 20K around 1984. I don't really remember him beating too many defenders or going past them? I more remember free kicks and corners from him?

Then there was Joe Tortolano. I actually loved him as he appeared to not know what he was going to do himself with the ball! Though he could produce magic going past folk then whip in a cross that was more likely to hit the electric scoreboard that was never switched on at the top of the cowshed. (I've always thought Pierce O'Leary damaged it...).

I think the first proper winger for me was Mickey Weir. Being honest though I sometimes think we thought he was better than he was? On his day though he was capable of brilliance. And his contribution thirty years ago (how the fuck did that happen??!!) helping us to win the Scottish League Cup was immense.

Next on the scene was unquestionably my favourite winger at Hibs. Kevin McAllister. For me this guy was exceptional. I thought this Hibs team with him, Michael O'Neill, Darren Jackson and Keith Wright was a seriously good team. Crunchie was a great Hibs player. And let go far too soon by Jim Duffy....

He who gave us Paul. Tosh. 200K for him and Lee Power. A double signing that I feel gives much credence to the then rumours...

Tony Rougier was inconsistent but I thought on his day a player. In a struggling side though his body language could be awful.

Is my memory playing tricks with me but we didn't really play with a winger under GJP? Or indeed Boaby 'Moonface' Williamson?

Then under Tony Mowbray we were given "What's he going to fuckin do?" Ivan Sproule. He was a fantastic player for us. Him running at a defender was something else. He comes a close second for me as my favourite Hibs winger.

Under John Collins, Mixu Paatelainen, John Hughes, Colin Calderwood, Pat Fenlon and Terry Butcher I'm struggling to think of any wingers? Alex Harris gave us huge hope but sadly it never materialised. Though of course Rod Petrie signed Ivan Sproule back under the hopeless Colin Calderwood.

And then of course Alan Stubbs got us Martin Boyle from Dundee. He can be frustrating but he's definitely my third favourite winger. On his day he's capable of brilliance.

Have I missed anyone?

Kevin Harper. Too good for Hibs and moved on.
 

greencol

Skivin cooncil Radge
Ivan.

What a player.
When Ivan got the ball the whole East Stand used to get on their feet in unison.
I remember a cup game against Arbroath I think it was.
Ivan got the ball around halfway, took it for a spin around 3 or 4 opponents, into the box , keeper to beat ....
And put it over the bar into the FF.
The Arbroath left back said something to Ivan and they both had a laugh about it.
 

Two Headed Boy

Well-Known Radge
Weir
Sproule
Boyle

I know the Squirrel has been off it a bit lately but at his best he is the sort of player that gets bums off seats. He'll be remembered fondly.

The other two need no explanation other than the fact I'm 38 and can't remember anyone before the early 90s that well.
 

tricky

Legendary Radge
I don't think too many people who saw Gordon Smith are still above ground, sadly, but my father-in-law worked for British Rail, and he worked his shifts as best as he possibly could to be in Edinburgh Saturday dinnertimes so he could go down to ER to watch GS. The first time I spoke to Bill was on the phone. He wanted to know if he could come out to the house to see us. It was Saturday about 5.00pm, and he asked me about the football results. Without thinking I went through the list, first off telling him that 'the Beasts got beat'. 'Aye,' he says, 'Dundee are playing no bad the now.' Dundee had done Huns 3-2 at Dens. I asked him how he knew I was talking about that game, and he answered, 'The Beasts is what we always called them at Easter Road.' He had some great memories of Gordon Smith, and he was always adamant that he had never seen another footballer to equal him. My father said the same.

Happiness is having a father-in-law who follows the same football team as you do. Bill was from Glasgow, btw - what I would call a Cultured and Intelligent Weegie. There is the odd one here and there. ;-)

My dad saw the great Gordon Smith, his first game attended was 1950, still has a season ticket and was on the pitch at hampden that day in may, wee bit of turf performing well in garden at Porty..
 

Dub

Hibernian, Hibernian Ra Ra Radge
Just before the opening post's time, Eric Stevenson was a great player for Hibs on the left wing. Formed a handy partnership with penalty-taking fullback Joe Davis, Eric won them, Joe scored them.
Arthur Duncan scored a lot of goals for a winger, he could play effectively through the middle too.
Although everything looks rosier through the mists of time I think I would pick Martin Boyle ahead of any of the other wingers I've seen in 53 years of watching Hibs.

I loved Eric Stevenson. I was just a youngster but it always seemed to me like he took the ball into the box then basically waited to get brought down.
 

wrighty

Just A Radge
Crunchie for me, seemed able to get a cross in no matter what the pressure was.

You can keep Mickey Weir, never seem to get the final ball right, despite having done the hard part and beating his man
 
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