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Hugh Shaw was a Scottish association football player and manager, most notably
with Hibernian. He played for Hibs during the
period, making his debut during the 1918–19 season. Shaw played
as a half-back in the
Hibs side that reached the Scottish Cup Finals of 1923 and 1924, losing
to Celtic and Airdrie
Shaw was hired as Hibs' trainer by Willie McCartney after he was
appointed manager in
1936. Hibs had fallen on hard times in the early 1930s, having
suffered relegation for the first time in 1931
and then struggling to regain and retain Division One status.
Through the late 1930s and the Second World War,
McCartney built the great Hibs side that would largely dominate
Scottish football in the late 1940s and early 1950s. With Hibs on
top of the league midway through the 1947–48
season, however, McCartney collapsed during a Scottish Cup match
and died later that night.
Although Matt Busby
was linked with the job, Shaw was appointed as manager within the
week, as Hibs faced a match against their main challengers, Rangers.
Hibs won that match 1–0 with a goal in the last minute and went on
to win the league
Shaw completed the Famous Five forward line by
introducing Bobby Johnstone to the team in 1948,
with all five playing together for the first time on 21 April
guided the team to further league titles in 1951
while narrowly missing out in 1950
The team also entered the first European Cup
competition, reaching the semi-final.
The forward line was broken by the sale of Bobby Johnstone to Manchester City in 1955, and the
remaining players were starting to age.
Hibs continued to do well in reserve team football, but many of those
players failed to impress in the first team, with the brilliant
exception of Joe
Therefore Shaw had to take some of the blame for the failure to
replace the great side.
After the team struggled at the start of the 1961–62 season, Shaw
resigned in November 1961.
He then had a brief spell as Raith Rovers manager.
In 2003, the Sunday Herald newspaper listed Shaw
as 31st in their list of the 50 greatest Scottish football
managers, noting his "sense and man-management skills".
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