Gordon Marshall Moves On

Last updated : 09 November 2005 By Firparkcorner

Marsh was freed from Kilmarnock at the end of season 2002/3 and he joined us in June 2003 on a one year deal. (Burns and Craigan joined us from Thistle at the same time).

He made thirty nine appearances last season and his efforts between the sticks made a major contribution to our sixth place finish. He played his part in the last league game that season and the 2-1 defeat of Celtic at Fir Park determined the outcome of the championship.

One of his best performances for us was the CIS Cup semi final against Hearts at Easter Road. Not only did he perform heroics in goal but his talk to the team as they prepared for the extra time period is said to have been inspirational. He even managed to collect a red card at Inverness.

He played for East Fife, Falkirk, Celtic, Stoke St Mirren and Kilmarnock before coming to Fir Park to finish his playing days. At forty one he was given another year’s contract by Terry Butcher but an injury early in the season opened the door for new signing Graeme Smith. The youngster grabbed his chance with both gloves and he has laid claim to the number one jersey.

Big Marsh joined in the dressing room celebrations after the CIS Quarter final dressed in ‘civies” – the BBC’s unusual camera position captured the moment. We all wish him well.

Gordon would be the first to offer congratulations to the youngster and it seemed a natural progression for him to move on to a coaching position. Tony Mobray said, “After such a long and distinguished playing career, Gordon sees the movement into goalkeeper coaching as the next step in his career progression. He is determined to make an impact as a coach and is very enthusiastic about the role at Hibernian.”