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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 August, 2004, 12:43 GMT 13:43 UK
Gordon Smith dies
Smith will be fondly remembered at Easter Road
Former Hibernian and Scotland star Gordon Smith has died at the age of 80 after a long illness.

Smith was in the 'Famous Five' forward line along with Bobby Johnstone, Lawrie Reilly, Eddie Turnbull and Willie Ormond in the 1940s and 1950s.

The striker, who played 18 times for Scotland, scored 170 competitive goals for Hibs, with 17 hat-tricks or better.

Smith was appointed club captain in the early 1950s and was top scorer seven times in eight seasons.

"Gordon was my boyhood hero and I was lucky enough to get to play with him," said Reilly.

He was in the same mould as Tom Finney and Sir Stan Matthews and, in my mind, he could be comfortably compared with them
Lawrie Reilly
"God knows what he could do with the ball now because he could make it speak then when it was just a heavy, leather pudding!

"He was in the same mould as Tom Finney and Sir Stan Matthews and, in my mind, he could be comfortably compared with them.

"Gordon was the best player I have seen at Hibs in my time. He was different class.

"He was the longest-serving member of the Famous Five and led by example.

"I never really thought he was captain material because he was so quiet.

"But he led by example as a captain and didn't need to say much."

Ex-Easter Road manager Turnbull will remember a quiet man in the dressing room.

He said: "I knew Gordon for a long, long time. He was a lovely guy and very unassuming.

"He was a very quiet lad, who kept himself to himself but he got on with everyone.

"Gordon was a very skilful player with two great feet, lovely balance and pace."

Smith was signed by manager Willie McCartney in April 1941 and was widely believed to have been on the brink of joining Hearts at the time.

He helped Hibs to the league titles in 1948, 1951 and 1952.

Smith was given a free transfer by Hibs in 1959 and went on to win league championships with both Hearts and Dundee to become the only player to win titles with three different non-Glasgow clubs.

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