Willie Ormond

Willie Ormond

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Willie Ormond

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William 'Willie' Esplin Ormond OBE (23 February 1927 – 4 May 1984) was a Scottish football player and manager. As a player, Ormond was well known as one of Hibernian's Famous Five forward line, winning three league championships in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He then returned to prominence as a manager, first with a successful spell at St. Johnstone, and then taking Scotland to the 1974 World Cup. Scotland were unbeaten at that World Cup, but were eliminated on goal difference.

Playing career

Born in Falkirk, Ormond signed for Hibernian in November 1946 from Stenhousemuir. An outside-left, he played for Hibs over a fifteen year period. He was one of the "Famous Five", the Hibs forward line during the 1950s, one of the strongest front fives ever in Scottish football . (The others were Bobby Johnstone, Lawrie Reilly, Gordon Smith and Eddie Turnbull). They each scored over 100 goals for the club, Ormond scoring a total of 193. During his playing career, he won the Scottish League Championship three times with Hibernian and won six Scotland caps. He was the last member of the Five to leave Hibs, signing for hometown Falkirk in 1961.

Managerial career

After he retired from playing, Ormond became assistant trainer at Falkirk. In 1967, he was appointed as manager of St. Johnstone. He led the club to the 1969 League Cup final and third in the League one year, ahead of Rangers, taking them into Europe for the first time, a major achievement for a Scottish...
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