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Willie MacFarlane (born 17 March 1930) is a Scottishmarker association football player and manager.


MacFarlane played as a full–back for Hibernian in the 1950s, when the club featured the forward line known as The Famous Five. He was born in Leith and brought up in the same area (Hutcheson) as goalkeeper Tommy Younger, with whom he played for Hutcheson Vale, and the Army, before being signed for Hibs by manager Hugh Shaw.

He was taken by Hibs on a tour of Brazil in 1953 to take part in a competition called the Octagonal Rivadavia Correa Meyer. Hibs played three games in the Maracana stadium against Vasco da Gama, Botafogo and Fluminense. MacFarlane also played for Hibs in the team that were the first British side to play in European competition. Hibs eventually lost to Stade Reims in the semi-final, where he was pitted against Raymond Kopa.

MacFarlane played for Raith Rovers and Morton later in his playing career.


MacFarlane began his managerial career with East of Scotland League club Hawick Royal Albert. He joined Stirling Albion in March 1968, before taking a similar post at Hibernian during the 1969–70 and 1970–71 seasons. Hibs qualified for Europe, beating Malmö 9–2 on aggregate and Vitória de Guimarães 3–2, before losing 3–0 on aggregate to Bill Shankly's Liverpool side.

MacFarlane helped to build the side that would become known as Turnbull's Tornadoes. Having signed Erich Schaedler in his previous managerial post at Stirling Albion, his first signing upon appointment as Hibs manager was Schaedler. He moved John Brownlie from playing in central defence to become one of the finest attacking full backs. Having sold Peter Marinello to Arsenal for a British record fee of £125,000, he bought Johnny Graham from Falkirk for £17,500. Graham scored a hat trick in his first game. He also signed Arthur Duncan, who went on to set the record for most league appearances for Hibs. After leaving Hibs, MacFarlane had a spell as manager of Meadowbank Thistle between 1978 and 1980.


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