Davie Gibson

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One of the very finest ball players to have graced Filbert Street since the war, Davie had still to complete his National Service when Matt Gillies paid Hibernian £25.000 for his signature, but as soon as he turned full-time to Leicester City’s cause, he forged an unforgettable early partnership with Mike Stringfellow on the left wing.

His elegant control and visionary passing skills were a major prompt to Leicester City’s Wembley visits in 1963 and 1969, and Davie found the net himself with pleasing regularity, scoring in both legs of the 1965 League Cup Final victory over Stoke City and knocking in three goals in his seven Scottish international appearances of the early 60’s.

His artistry always marbled with a tough resilience was barely on the want when he left to give a veteran’s course midfield style at Aston Villa and Exeter City, and while with the former club he returned to Wembley as a substitute for the 1971 League Cup Final.

Davie settled in Leicestershire after bowing out from the playing ranks, working in the postal service and helping run a residential home for the elderly.

FACTFILE

  • Full Name: David Wedderburn Gibson
  • Position: Midfield / Winger
  • Date of Birth: 23.09.1938
  • Birthplace: Kirkliston, West Lothian
  • Nation: Scotland
  • Caps / Goals: 7/3
  • Major League Career:
    • 1956-62, Hibernian (41/8)
    • 1962-70, Leicester City (280/41)
    • 1970-72. Aston Villa (19/1)
    • 1972-74, Exeter City (71/3)

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