Hibs Famous Five star’s daughter hails statue plan

Christina Robertson says a Famous Five statue should be built. Picture: Greg Macvean

Christina Robertson says a Famous Five statue should be built. Picture: Greg Macvean

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THE daughter of one of the Famous Five says the footballing quintet would have been proud of a statue being erected in their honour.

Christina Robertson, whose father Willie Ormond was part of the lauded Hibs forward line that won three league championships in the late 1940s and early 1950s, welcomed proposals to immortalise the football legends in bronze.

She said the most fitting place for a statue of the five men would be at Easter Road itself, rather than in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre.

Calls for a monument to be erected in honour of the Famous Five have grown since the death of the unit’s final surviving member, Lawrie Reilly, last week.

Charlie Reid of The Proclaimers has joined the chorus of support for a tribute to Reilly, Ormond, Gordon Smith, Bobby Johnstone and Eddie Turnbull.

Ms Robertson, 58, said: “I never really gave a statue a thought before, but for the memories to carry on, it’d be fantastic if that happened.

“I think my father would have been overawed by it all. I don’t think he’d be embarrassed – he’d be very proud. Knowing them all, Eddie and the rest, they’d all be very proud.”

Ormond, who was born in Falkirk, made 503 appearances for Hibs between 1946 and 1961.

He was the last of the Famous Five to leave Easter Road as a player, having scored 187 goals across 15 seasons.

The forward returned to prominence as a manager following his playing retirement, leading St Johnstone during a successful spell before taking Scotland to the 1974 World Cup where they were unbeaten, but eliminated at the group stage on goal difference.

Ormond was the first member of the Famous Five to pass away, dying in Musselburgh in 1984 from a blood clot at the age of just 57.

Ms Robertson has faint memories as a child of watching her father play.

She said: “We did go to Easter Road, but I was only two or three years old.

“It was more in management that my memories of him are strong.

“He was a very good manager, very fair. As a dad, he was fantastic, very loving. We’ve still lots of [memorabilia]. Hibs was always special to him. Like with the Famous Five, Hibs always had a place in his heart. It was always a party piece when we were young, singing the Famous Five.”

Ms Robertson said the five men had met regularly up until her father’s death.

She said: “Their friendship did carry on throughout the years. I knew them all quite well. They were all great fun. I remember a lot of parties in the house, they were great 
characters. They kept in touch. They used to have a tournament every year after my dad died, in the festival week.

“Lawrie Reilly would come down and take care of the 
tournament.”

Ms Robertson will meet up with Turnbull’s daughter Valerie Low to attend tomorrow’s funeral for Reilly.