December 9, 1949
The death took place last night of Mr. William Kennedy Gibson, who, as a solicitor, had practised in Belfast for the past 45 years. He was the son of the late Andrew Gibson, who, for many years was agent for the Burns Line (now the Burns-Laird Line) in Belfast, and was born about 70 years ago.
As a young man he was keenly interested in Association football and played for the Cliftonville club. He was regarded as one of the best full-backs Ireland ever produced, and was capped on many occasions. He was only 17 years of age when he was first chosen as a member of the Irish XI.
Mr. Gibson was keenly interested in politics and in municipal affairs. For 10 years he represented the Clifton Ward in the Corporation and for a period he was chairman of the Law Committee.
When Duncairn became a Parliamentary division he was nominated, but stood down in favour of Lord Carson. On another occasion he proposed to stand as an Independent Unionist for Ballynafeigh. For a time he was secretary of the North Belfast Unionist Association.
(Source: Belfast News-Letter: December 10, 1949)