Jimmy O'Rourke

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Jimmy O'Rourke
Personal information
Date of birth (1946-09-18) 18 September 1946 (age 72)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1974 Hibernian 223 (81)
1974–1976 St Johnstone 68 (23)
1976–1978 Motherwell 46 (14)
Total 337 (118)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jimmy O'Rourke (born 18 September 1946) is a Scottish former association football player, who played as a striker for Hibernian, St Johnstone and Motherwell.

O'Rourke signed for Hibs straight from schools football in 1962. He made his first team debut as a 16-year-old later that year in an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup match against Utrecht. This made him the youngest player to play for Hibs in their history, a record that stood until January 2004, when Jamie McCluskey made his first team debut.[1] O'Rourke then became a key player in Eddie Turnbull's side of the early 1970s that reached the 1972 Scottish Cup Final and won the League Cup Final later that year. He also scored two hat-tricks for Hibs in European matches, including one against Sporting CP.

O'Rourke was controversially transferred to St Johnstone in 1974 to make way for Joe Harper, who had been brought in from Everton at great expense. O'Rourke later played for Motherwell before returning to Easter Road as an assistant coach to Eddie Turnbull.

References

  1. ^ Hardie, David (31 January 2004). "O'Rourke happy to see age-old record broken". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 9 February 2010. [dead link]
  • Jeffrey, Jim (2005). The Men Who Made Hibernian F.C. since 1946. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3091-2.

External links

  • Jimmy O'Rourke at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  • Jimmy O'Rourke at ihibs.co.uk
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