Hibernian was saddened to learn that another of our former players, Bobby Smith, passed away last night.

Bobby was born on 21 December 1953 in Dalkeith and started out on a professional football career at Hibernian in 1972. A versatile midfielder, Bobby would also turn out as a full-back and would chip in with a few goals now and then. He made 152 appearances for Hibernian in his original six year spell, scoring 19 goals. That tally was surpassed when he went south to join Leicester City in 1978 in what proved to be a highly successful move.

Bobby spent 8 years at Leicester, making 181 appearances and scoring 21 times - he also had 5 appearances in the colours of Peterborough, with whom he had a loan spell in 1982. He returned to Easter Road on loan in 1983 adding a further 5 appearances in a Hibs shirt, before he was back at his first club once more in the 1986/87 season, taking his total appearances in Hibernian colours to 196.

After quitting Easter Road for the final time in 1987 Bobby moved over the bridge to Dunfermline, finally ending his career in 1991 after spells at Partick Thistle and Berwick Rangers. He was a member of the Dunfermline side that won the first division title under Jim Leishman in 1989, his defensive contribution considered vital to the Pars bid for a place in the Premier League.

When he retired from the game Bobby settled in Tranent, working as a Taxi Driver and regularly attending games at Easter Road.

Everyone at Hibernian Football Club wishes to pass their condolences on to Bobby's family and friends.