Jimmy O’Rourke: Legendary Hibs and Turnbull Tornado forward dies aged 76

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The Hibs have announced that their legendary forward Jimmy O’Rourke has died at the age of 76.

Hibs’ Jimmy O’Rourke scored twice in the club’s 7-0 triumph over Hearts in 1973.

One of the club’s most revered players, O’Rourke was born in Edinburgh and grew up as a Hibs fan in Clermiston, playing 325 times for his boyhood club and scoring 125 goals. Making his debut in December 1962 at the age of 16 years and 85 days, he became the club’s youngest player. He scored in Hibs’ 1972 League Cup triumph over Celtic and also in the Drybrough Cup victory over the same team, while also scoring a brace in one of Hibs’ greatest wins, the victory New Year’s Eve 1973 7-0 against capital city rivals Hearts. He had a penchant for scoring on the big stage, netting a hat-trick in a European game against Sporting CP.

O’Rourke spent 12 years at Easter Road before moving to St Johnstone in 1974. He spent two seasons at Muirton Park, scoring 23 goals in 68 games, before seeing his playing career at Motherwell between 1976 and 1978. He returned to Easter Road to be assistant manager to Eddie Turnbull and was inducted into the Hibs Hall of Fame in 2012.

In an interview with Aidan Smith for The Scottish in 2018 O’Rourke recalled: ‘When Hearts won the Scottish Cup in 1956 my mum took me around the back of Clerrie and up Corstorphine Road to meet the open top bus and cheer on the great Alex Young. I turned around to Easter Road and Tynecastle, everyone did that back then. M [Tommy] Walker [manager] had me in his office but I only ever wanted to play for Hibs and luckily I was able to live the dream. You can mention I cried on the slopes of Hampden in 1958 when Hibs lost the cup because that’s absolutely true.

Jimmy O’Rourke played 325 times for the Hibs.

Hibs wrote on their website that O’Rourke was with his family in Edinburgh when he died on Tuesday November 15.

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