Hibernian Football Club is saddened to learn of the death of our former player Bobby Nicol. He was 76.

A richly gifted wing half, Edinburgh-born Nicol played for both Ashton and Edinburgh City before joining Hibernian in 1952.

Nicol, a polished and proficient performer, graduated into Hibernian's first team as a 19-year-old in February 1956 and his debut ended in a 7-1 demolition of Dunfermline Athletic at Easter Road.

During the second half of the 1956/57 season, Nicol, who grew up in the local area, virtually made the number four shirt his own and recorded 20 appearances, scoring twice in the process.

But after that his progress unfortunately stalled and in the following four seasons he found opportunities at first team level with Hibernian scarce.

Moving to Barnsley in 1962, Nicol also wore the colours of Berwick Rangers before emigrating to Toronto, Canada where he represented Toronto City.

Overall, Nicol recorded 47 appearances in the green of Hibernian and scored three goals, but he also left an indellible mark on his team-mates and supporters alike with his combination of skill and enthusiasm for the game.

Hibernian would like to pass on condolences to his family and friends and he will be remembered for the contribution he gave to the Club.