Gordon Smith (footballer born 1924)

Gordon Smith (Footballer Born 1924)

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Gordon Smith (footballer born 1924)

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Gordon Smith (25 May 1924 – 7 August 2004) was a Scottish association football player. He is perhaps best known as being the only Scottish footballer to have been a Scottish league champion with three different clubs. What is even more notable is that none of the clubs he won championships with were either of the traditionally dominant Old Firm of Rangers and Celtic.

Smith spent much of his childhood in Angus and showed great footballing promise playing for Montrose Roselea and Dundee North End. Smith was to return to Edinburgh to pursue a career as a professional. It wasn't to be with his boyhood favourites Heart of Midlothian,Glanville, Brian. , The Guardian, 12 August 2004. but their cross-town rivals Hibernian. The "Gay Gordon" soon established himself as an idol for a whole generation of post-war football fans. Smith had been due to sign for Hearts, but the 16 year old was signed by Hibs and played against their Edinburgh rivals on his debut, scoring a hat-trick in a 5–3 victory on 28 April 1941.

Alongside Bobby Johnstone, Lawrie Reilly, Eddie Turnbull, and Willie Ormond, Smith became part of the "Famous Five", the most celebrated forward line in Hibs' history. During the late 1940s and 1950s Smith and the Famous Five ensured Hibs were one of the most successful sides in Scotland, both sporting-wise and at the turnstiles. The League title was captured three...
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