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Hibernian mourn club stalwart Turnbull

Published: Monday 2 May 2011, 19.48CET
Former Hibernian FC forward and manager Eddie Turnbull, the first Briton to score in the European Champion Clubs' Cup, has died at the age of 88 with  Craig Brown leading the tributes.
Hibernian mourn club stalwart Turnbull
Easter Road was the professional home to Eddie Turnball for most of his career ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 2 May 2011, 19.48CET

Hibernian mourn club stalwart Turnbull

Former Hibernian FC forward and manager Eddie Turnbull, the first Briton to score in the European Champion Clubs' Cup, has died at the age of 88 with  Craig Brown leading the tributes.

Hibernian FC are mourning the passing of Eddie Turnbull – the first British player to score in the European Champion Clubs' Cup – who has died at the age of 88.

Turnbull was a member of Hibernian's 'Famous Five' forward line of the late 1940s and 1950s along with Gordon Smith, Willie Ormond, Bobby Johnstone and Lawrie Reilly. He achieved his goalscoring feat when Hibs beat German opponents Rot-Weiss Essen 4-0 in the first round of the competition's inaugural season in 1955/56.

Capped nine times by Scotland, Turnbull scored 150 goals in 349 appearances for Hibernian before turning his hand to management with Queen's Park FC and Aberdeen FC. He won the Scottish Cup in 1970 with the latter and then returned to Easter Road to guide Hibs to the Scottish League Cup two years later.

"Everybody at Hibs is deeply saddened," said chief executive Rod Petrie. "As a player, trainer, manager and coach, there is no one who has made a greater contribution to the club." Former Scotland manager and current Aberdeen boss Craig Brown added: "Every coach in Scotland of my vintage will say how wonderful it was to learn from a guy like him."

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