THE PLAYERS

 

Players to wear the green and white of the Hibees.

Here is a growing collection of players and internationalists to feature for Hibernian throughout the years.

Position Centre Forward

Arguably the greatest player in the Club's history, Lawrie Reilly holds the record for the most international caps won by a player while at Easter Road.

 

Lawrie Reilly Profile

 

National team Scotland
International debut 24th October 1948 (versus Wales)

 

The only one of the 'Famous Five' to support Hibs as a schoolboy, there was only ever going to be one destination for the young Lawrance Reilly. Spending his entire career at Easter Road, Reilly hung up his boots as Hibs top League goalscorer tallying 187 goals, a record that is firmly held to this day.

Joining Hibernian from juvenile side Edinburgh Thistle in 1944, he made his first team debut a little over 12 months later in a wartime fixture at Rugby Park. Rapid progress followed and inside a few months of becoming a first team regular at Easter Road in the outside left position, he gained his first representative recognition in the Scottish League side who faced the Irish League at Hampden in 1949.

The industrious Reilly was soon converted to his natural centre forward position and as a result he became a mainstay of both Hibs and Scotland until his premature retiral owing to injury in 1958.

 

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Lawrie Reilly in his prime against Dundee in 1949

 

Lawrie made his debut for Scotland on the 24th October 1948, making an appearance against Wales in the British Home Championship. Though he didn’t score in his first two matches, he made amends by scoring a headed winner against England in the following year’s championship. Reilly would score six goals against the Auld Enemy during his international career, scoring more goals against England than any other striker in the 20th Century.

 

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Lawrie Reilly scoring one of his six goals against England

 

​In all, Reilly played for Scotland 38 times and scored 22 goals between 1948 and 1957, placing him fourth on the list of Scotland's all-time top goalscorers. His 61% goals-to-games international ratio is superior even to Kenny Dalglish and Denis Law. Reilly was also inducted into the Hampden Hall of Fame in 2005.

 


 

Full name Lawrance Reilly
Date of birth 28th October 1928
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland

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