JIMMY “Tiger” Thomson, a team-mate of Hibernian’s Famous Five in the 1950s, has died in Edinburgh.
Thomson signed from Edinburgh City in 1953 and made his debut the following March against Sheffield United. He was largely a fringe player during a highly successful period for Hugh Shaw’s team but enjoyed a prolonged run of games in the 1955-56 season – representing Hibs as the first club in Britain to play in the European Cup. He played in their historic first tie, a 4-0 win away at Rot-Weiss Essen, and featured in all five additional matches in a run to the semi-finals, where Hibs lost 3-0 on aggregate to French side Stade de Reims. Thomson scored eight times in 69 appearances for Hibs – the last of them coming in a remarkable 5-5 draw at home to St Mirren. He was in good company – the other scorers that day were Eddie Turnbull (2), Willie Ormond, and an up-and-coming young Joe Baker.
After leaving Easter Road in 1958, Thomson had spells with Ayr United, Cowdenbeath and Vale of Leithen.