The sad news reaches us that Bobby Smith has lost his battle against cancer, passing away aged just 56.
Jock Wallace signed Bobby in December 1978 and he was one of three debutants on New Years Day 1979 at home to Oldham, along with youngsters Gary Lineker and Dave Buchanan.
Smith immediately established himself in the first XI and provided some valuable experience in a very young side.
The following season was a great one for Bobby, he played a huge part in City winning the Second Division Championship and was second top scorer with 12 goals, just two behind Alan Young.
However, the following couple of seasons saw him in and out of the side and Bobby had loan spells at Peterborough and Hibs, until his City career revived with the arrival of Gordon Milne. he found a new berth at full back and was fully involved with City’s promotion to the First Division in 1983, making many top flight appearances over the next three seasons.
Bobby moved back to Hibs in October 1986 and played for several other Scottish clubs before retiring to run a pub in 1990.
Lately Bobby had been working as a cabbie in the Edinburgh area and one City fan we know deliberately paid more for a ’round the houses’ route so that he could talk to Bobby about his time at Filbert Street for longer.
We would like to pass on our heartfelt condolences to all Bobby’s family and friends. Rest in Peace.