Famed for his incredible trickery with the ball, Gordon Smith was part of the ‘Famous Five’ forward line that helped Hibs dominate the Scottish game in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Born in Edinburgh in 1924, he spent most of his childhood in Montrose, where he showed great footballing promise as an outside-right for Montrose Roselea and Dundee North End.
Originally due to sign for boyhood idols Hearts, the 16-year-old was instead snapped up by their city rivals and played in the Edinburgh derby on his debut, scoring a hat-trick in a 5-3 victory in April 1941.
After such an explosive start, he soon established himself as an idol for a whole generation and, alongside Bobby Johnstone, Lawrie Reilly, Eddie Turnbull and Willie Ormond, became part of the most celebrated forward line in Hibs' history.
The ‘Famous Five’ helped Hibs to the title in 1948, 1951 and 1952, and in one game alone, he scored five goals in an 8-0 rout of Third Lanark.
An ankle injury led to his release by Hibs in 1959, but after paying for his own operation he crossed the city and signed for Hearts. He enjoyed immediate success at Tynecastle, winning both the league and League Cup in his first season.
After an injury-plagued second season Gordon was again released, only to sign for Dundee. Again, he battled back and helped the Dark Blues top the league in 1962 – becoming the only player to win the Scottish title with three different clubs.
The following season he helped Dundee to the European Cup semi-final, where they performed gallantly in an aggregate defeat to AC Milan. After leaving Dundee, he played briefly for Drumcondra in the Republic of Ireland, before finally retiring at the end of the 1963-64 season.
During his career he made over 500 appearances for Hibs, scoring 364 times – a club record. He also won 19 Scotland caps, including two as captain, and scored four goals. He died in 2004 aged 80.
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