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Hibs legend Tommy dies; Broken hip claims Barca glory scorer at 82.

Byline: ALAN MCEWEN a.mcewen@dailyrecord.co.uk

HIBS great Tommy Preston - who scored in their win over Barcelona - died yesterday, aged 82.

Tommy played with the Famous Five line-up of Gordon Smith, Bobby Johnstone, Lawrie Reilly, Eddie Turnbull and Willie Ormond in the 1950s.

He played 313 times for Hibs over 11 years, netting 50 goals. Until recent years, Tommy and wife Janet ran the Annfield Bar in Newhaven, Edinburgh. But she had a stroke and they moved to sheltered housing.

Tommy reportedly suffered a broken hip on Friday and was taken into Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. A popular figure at Hibs, he had been a fixture in the directors' box.

Tommy made his debut in April 1954 in a 3-0 defeat to Celtic at Easter Road in front of a 45,000 crowd.

The inside forward scored home and away in the team's Inter Cities Fairs Cup win over Barcelona in 1961. He netted in the 3-2 home win against Barca - then Europe's finest team - and the 4-4 away draw which put them through to the semis.

Tommy left Hibs in 1964. He then played for St Mirren.

A Hibs spokesman tweeted: "Hibs are saddened to learn that all-time great Tommy Preston has passed away. His memory marches on."

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