Beginning his professional footballing career at Partick Thistle, then Hibernian and finally Meadowbank Thistle, now known as Livingston FC Arthur ‘Nijinsky’ Duncan could play as a centre-forward or on either wing. But, whatever happened to the former Scotland international?
Partick Thistle (1965 – 1969)
Apps – 118
Goals – 29
Hibernian (1969 – 1984)
Apps – 564
Goals – 73
Meadowbank Thistle (1984 – 1987
Apps – 34
Goals – 0
His six Scotland caps all came in 1975, but he failed to score in any of them.
Born a mere stone’s throw from the Falkirk Golf Course (Camelon) on the 5th December 1947 Arthur joined Hibs from Partick Thistle during the 1969/70 season for a mere £30,000, ‘Nijinsky’ played more Hibee games than any other player.
In recognition of his long service and memorable moments, in 2010 Arthur was inducted to the Hibernian FC Hall of Fame.
Hibs vs. Hearts – 13 February 1971.
Arthur Duncan scored the winner ten minutes from time to earn the club a 2-1 Scottish Cup quarter-final victory.
Nicknamed ‘Nijinsky’ because of his phenomenal pace left the club in 1984, three years after his testimonial and headed to Meadowbank Thistle.
Sadly, in 1984 his career came to an abrupt end when he broke his collarbone in an East of Scotland Shield game.
Even though he recovered, he was unable to play football again and so took the clubs physio position.
Age 70 Arthur Duncan lives quietly, close to his family in retirement in Auckland, New Zealand.
Thank you, sir, for the fond memories.