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Neilly Gibson

Neil Gibson
Personal information
Date of birth23 February 1873
Place of birthLarkhall, Scotland
Date of death?
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1894Royal Albert
1894-1904Rangers157(12)
1904Partick Thistle
National team
1895-1905Scotland14(1)
1895-1903Scottish League XI11(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Neil "Neilly" Gibson (born 23 February 1873 in Larkhall, Scotland) was a Scottish footballer who played for Rangers, Partick Thistle and the Scotland national team.

Gibson joined Rangers in 1894 from junior side Royal Albert. During his time at Ibrox, he won four consecutive league titles (1898-99, 1899-1900, 1900-01 and 1901-02) as well as the Scottish Cup in 1897, 1898 and 1903.

He moved to Partick Thistle in 1904 where he remained for five years.

He was capped 14 times by Scotland between 1895 and 1905, scoring one goal. Gibson also represented the Scottish League XI 11 times.[1]

His three sons, Neil, Willie and James, were also footballers, the latter a Scottish international.

Former Hibernian manager Willie McCartney stated that Gibson was "The greatest of my, and any generation following, in Scottish football", Steve Bloomer of Derby County and England described him as "The greatest footballer I ever saw", and Gibson's artistry led Harry Wood to dub him "Pavlova in football boots".[2]

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