Edinburgh born right half Willie Finnigan began his football career with Bo’ness Cadora from where he signed for First Division club Hibernian in 1937, making his Scottish League debut at Hamilton Academical that August. Originally a centre forward he soon converted to right half, and immediately established himself in Hibs’ first team. By the time of the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, which forced the abandonment of peacetime football, Finnigan had scored 9 goals in 48 matches.
During the War he continued playing for Hibernian, scoring 36 goals in 226 wartime matches, and after the War Finnigan appeared for Hibernian in the 1947 Scottish Cup Final when they were beaten 2-1 by Aberdeen at Hampden Park, and the next season he helped the club win the 1947-48 Scottish League Championship. Described as “a grand team man… (who)… has given the Hibs grand service”, he played his last match for Hibs in February 1949, by when he had scored 12 goals in 98 peacetime matches either side of the War. He then joined Dunfermline Athletic as player-coach under manager Webber Lees, scoring 3 goals in 15 appearances for The Pars through to his retirement in 1952.