Hibs oldest fan Sam Martinez dies at age of 106

Sam Martinez visited Easter Road to see The Scottish Cup in July. Picture: Scott Louden
Sam Martinez visited Easter Road to see The Scottish Cup in July. Picture: Scott Louden
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EDINBURGH’S oldest Hibs fan has died at the age of 106 - just months after seeing his beloved club lift the Scottish Cup.

Sam Martinez had followed the team’s every twist and turn since he first arrived in the Capital in 1945 to aid the war effort.

Originally from Belize, the loyal Hibby became a legend in the stands and previously told the Evening News that he had never lost hope his team would take home the Scottish Cup before he died.

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In May, he finally got his wish. He watched Hibs triumph over Rangers from Hampden’s south stand after bagging a free ticket from big-hearted Hibs bosses.

Mr Martinez’s eldest daughter Jackie confirmed he had passed away on Wednesday afternoon at the Western General Hospital, surrounded by family and friends. It is understood he died of heart failure.

Jackie told the Evening News: “It was peaceful - he had a peaceful death. It was quick. He was surrounded by his family. He is going to leave a big hole in our lives.

“He was such a great person. He was our dad, and he’s gone.”

She said she wanted to thank Mr Martinez’s carer, James Lawrie, and her husband and daughter for looking after her father while she was working.

A Hibs spokesman said the club was “deeply saddened to learn of Sam’s passing”.

He added: “Sam was a lovely person and touched us all with his character and commitment to the club.

“He persevered longer than anyone else to see Hibernian lift the Scottish Cup and we were delighted that he was able to attend the game in May.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. His memory marches on.”

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