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'Famous Five' player tribute bid

Bobby Johnstone
Bobby Johnstone played for Scotland 17 times. Newsquest (Herald & Times). Licensor www.scran.ac.uk.

A street could be named after one of Hibernian FC's "famous five" forward line in his home town in Selkirk.

Bobby Johnstone first played football as a youngster on land which is now to have houses built on it.

The local community council has backed the bid to name the Eildon Housing Association development in his memory.

Johnstone was part of the famous Hibs attacking line-up of the 1950s along with Gordon Smith, Lawrie Reilly, Eddie Turnbull and Willie Ormond.

Construction is currently under way on the development in the Scottish Borders town.

The local community council was asked to suggest a name and came up with Bobby Johnstone Green.

It was put forward by local historian and Aberdeen fan Dougie Purves, who said it would be a fitting tribute to Johnstone, who died eight years ago.

'Great footballer'

He said: "Bobby Johnstone grew up in a house next to where the development is and he played football as a boy on the ground there.

"Football people from all over the country know Bobby came from Selkirk.

"He was a great footballer and should never be forgotten."

Johnstone earned 17 caps for Scotland and famously opened the scoring on his debut in the 3-2 win over England at Wembley in 1951.

He also became the first player to score in successive FA Cup finals when he struck for Manchester City in the 1955 and 1956 editions.

A final decision on naming the small development will rest with owners Eildon Housing Association, although Selkirk Community Council was unanimous in its recommendation.



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