Former Hibs chairman Douglas Cromb dies aged 84

Douglas Cromb

Douglas Cromb

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FORMER Hibs chairman Douglas Cromb has died at the age of 84 after a short illness.

A boyhood Hibs supporter – he preferred this term to “fan” – Cromb was made chairman in the wake of Sir Tom Farmer’s takeover of the club in the early 1990s.

He was renowned as a people’s person, often inviting supporters to visit him to air their concerns, while he also put his own money into the club to fund signings or help the club through difficult financial times.

His reign took in the Skol Cup success of 1991 and he had a close relationship with Alex Miller, the manager at the time.

Cromb stepped down as chairman at the end of the 1996/97 season after Hibs survived relegation in a play-off against Airdrie, but remained on the board for a period after this.

He lived in Colinton, although his German wife Lotti passed away five years ago. Cromb is survived by his daughter Nicola.