Ex-players from the mighty 1965/66 season of the Gorgie Hearts youth team – once the feeder club to the senior Hearts squad – reunited for the first time in five decades on Saturday night.
The get-together at the Athletic Arms pub on Angle Park Terrace saw the old boys clap eyes on each other after an astonishing 49 years apart, and all the former members of the team had been tracked down by organiser Jimmy Bremner to take part – all expect one.
Goalie Bruce Flynn has proved harder than most to trace, and now former right-half Jimmy, 66, is appealing for anyone who knows of his whereabouts to help him reconnect with his old team mates.
Jimmy, a retired IT worker and ex-footballer who briefly signed for Hearts after his time in their youth squad, said: “I’ve got everybody but Bruce. I just can’t get hold of anybody who has a contact – if I could just get an address or something like that.
“Hopefully he’s still alive, but that’s another thing we have got to think about – but I’m trying to keep optimistic.”
The all-conquering Gorgie Hearts scooped eight cup victories over the course of the 1965/66 season, losing only one game in their time together. And Jimmy insists goalie Bruce – a keen junior basketball player who was good with his hands – was a crucial part of that success.
Saturday’s meet-up came ahead of the team’s 50th anniversary in May next year, and Jimmy is determined to track the missing player down before celebrations get under way.
Bruce was born in South Africa and came to Edinburgh as a young child, where it is believed he was brought up in Marchmont and attended Boroughmuir High School.
After school, he headed off to university – it is not known where – and then moved further west. But it’s here the trail goes cold.
Father-of-four Jimmy, who lives in Chesser, said he was “hopeful” more information would become available to shed some light on Bruce’s whereabouts. He said: “Unfortunately, with that type of football – we went senior right after that – you just seem to lose contact. The guys all moved on to different things.”
The ’65 Gorgie Hearts team was the starting point for a raft of players who later went professional, but the youth club itself was disbanded during the 1970s.
Big-name former players include Jimmy Crease – who would go on to manage Berwick Rangers – and Hearts’ Billy McAlpine.
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