Obituary: Bobby Kinloch, Hibs legend, 79

Hibs paid tribute to Bobby, who played 34 times for them. Picture: SNS
Hibs paid tribute to Bobby, who played 34 times for them. Picture: SNS
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TRIBUTES have been paid to Hibernian FC legend Bobby Kinloch ahead of his funeral.

The former forward, who cemented his place in club history by scoring a penalty against Barcelona at Easter Road in 1961, was born in Govan, Glasgow, in 1935.

His family moved to Forres in Morayshire when he was still a boy, and the young Bobby joined the RAF after school, having grown up near the Kinloss training base.

Always a keen footballer, he played for the RAF and Forres Mechanics, and for the Malayan Combined Services Team during a posting there – before going on to play for Malaysia at international level.

When he left the services at 24, he signed for Hibs and after a stint in the reserves, broke into the first team in 1960, making his debut against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park and 
going on to score 17 times that season.

He went on to play 34 times for the club, scoring 22 goals for Hibs in his three years at Easter Road.

It was one strike against Barcelona that ensured he would always be remembered, however, when after a 4-4 draw in the Nou Camp and with the return leg poised at 2-2 with 85 minutes gone the home side were awarded a penalty.

The Barcelona players spent the next 10 minutes being calmed down by officials and the police while Bobby sat on the ball, before slotting it past the Barcelona keeper to win the match.

After retiring from football, Bobby had a successful business career, latterly running the IT department of a major bank.

He helped organise, and was a frequent attender at Hibernian Former Players’ Association events, and lived to see his grandsons Sam and Max Todd play for Hibs at under-20 level, with Max making his first team debut during pre-season friendly matches. In a statement, the club said: “Hibernian are saddened to learn that former player Bobby Kinloch has passed away.

“The club sends our deepest condolences to his friends and family.

“Without any shadow of doubt, his most telling contribution was during the club’s extraordinary Fairs Cup campaign during the 1960/61 season where he scored the winner that knocked out Barcelona at Easter Road.

“A much loved member of the Hibernian family, Bobby Kinloch will be missed by everybody at Easter Road – his memory marches on.”

Bobby died on August 27, aged 79. He is survived by wife Margaret, son Mark, daughters Gillian, Nicky and Karen and grandchildren Sam, Max, Scott, Helena, Alex, Katie, Stephanie, Adam, Anthony, Sebastian, Phillip, Becky and Margaret.

His funeral will be held at Warriston Crematorium, Lorimer Chapel, on Friday, September 5, at 1pm, to which all friends are welcome. No flowers please, but donations, if desired, may be made in aid of Cancer Research.