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Bobby Combe

Personal information
Full nameJames Robert Combe
Place of birthLeith, Edinburgh, Scotland
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing positionWing Half

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James Robert "Bobby" Combe (29 January 1924 — 19 January 1991) was a Scottish international association football player, who spent his entire senior career with Hibernian.

A schoolboy internationalist, Combe joined his local club Hibernian at the age of 17 from Inveresk Athletic. He was originally an inside right but dropped back to the half back line upon the formation of Hibs' "Famous Five" forward line, his position taken by Bobby Johnstone. Despite operating largely in the shadows of the "Five", he enjoyed a long and successful career. Combe won League winners medals in 1948, 1951 and 1952. He also won one Scottish League Cup runners-up medal.

Combe was also a Scotland internationalist, earning three caps in 1948. He made his debut in a 2 - 0 defeat by England and also appeared against Switzerland and Belgium that year, scoring against the latter. He was selected in Scotland's 22 man squad for the 1954 FIFA World Cup but the Scottish Football Association only budgeted to take 13 players (including only one goalkeeper) to the finals in Switzerland. Combe was one of the nine who did not travel with the likes of Ernie Copland and Jimmy Binning. Inside forward George Hamilton was also on reserve but travelled after Bobby Johnstone withdrew through injury.

In 1957 Combe retired from playing and was appointed Hibernian's trainer. He held the role for two years before briefly becoming player-manager of Dumbarton. In his later years, Combe worked as a shopkeeper in his native Leith, then in the marketing department of Scottish Gas.

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