This week, the death was announced of Joe Pirotta at the venerable age of 87.

Pirotta was a popular outside-right of the late 40s and early 50s.

Born in 1924, Pirotta started his career in 1945-46 with Sliema Wanderers but after only one season with the Blues, he moved to Hibernians with whom he spent five happy seasons.

A speedy winger with an eye for goal, Pirotta scored 33 goals in 67 league and cup matches for Hibs.

Pirotta’s scoring prowess prompted his old club Sliema to renew their interest in him.

In 1951-52, Pirotta rejoined the Wanderers with whom he won a league championship medal in 1953-54.

Pirotta was picked to play for the MFA XI on May 29, 1951 against Rotherham United.

He was also selected to represent the MFA League XI in two prestigious representative matches against the Services XI.

After his retirement from football in 1954, Pirotta served on the committee of Luqa St Andrew’s for a short period.

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