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Displayed in the photograph are just some of the international caps awarded to Hibernian players throughout the years.

 

International Caps

 

Since James McGhee and James Lundie became the first players to represent Hibernian at international level when selected to play against Wales in 1886, through to Leigh Griffiths today, literally dozens of Easter Road players have gone on to represent countries both at home and abroad.

The cap at the front right of the photograph was awarded to George Stewart after Scotland's 2-0 defeat by Wales at Tynecastle in 1906. Born in Wishaw in 1886, Stewart joined Hibs during the clubs league championship winning season in 1902. During his time at Easter Road he would win another cap in Scotland's 2-1 defeat of England at Hampden also in 1906, before his transfer to Manchester City a few months later. At City he would represent Scotland a further twice before returning north to end his playing career with Partick Thistle in 1912.

Front left is the cap awarded to Willie Harper during the 1925-26 season after his selection against both Ireland and England. Born in Winchburgh in 1897, goalkeeper Harper joined the Easter Road club from Edinburgh Emmet in 1920 and was an integral member of the great Hibs side of the mid 1920's. Harper, who is credited as introducing the yellow goalkeepers jersey into the game, would win nine Scotland caps during his time at Easter Road. Transferred to Arsenal in 1926 he would win a further two caps with the north London club, before a dispute led to him playing for several clubs in America before his eventual return to Arsenal. He was transferred to Plymouth during the 1931-32 season where he ended his playing career in 1935.

Middle front is the England cap awarded to Joe Baker after a 2-0 defeat by Hungary in Budapest in 1960. Born in Liverpool in 1940, centre forward Baker became the first player to be selected for the full international side from a club outside the Football League when he made the first of his nine appearances for England, a scoring debut against Northern Ireland in 1959. An outstanding goalscorer who would achieve almost legendary status during his time at Easter Road, he was transferred to Italian club Torino in 1961. He would later play for Arsenal, Nottingham Forest and Sunderland before returning to his first love Hibs in 1970. Selected in the original 40 for the World Cup Finals in England in 1966, unfortunately he did not manage to make the final 22. A great favourite with the fans, Baker ended his career with Raith Rovers in 1974 before his untimely death in 2003.

Positioned top right is the international cap awarded to Lawrie Reilly after the 8-2 defeat of Ireland at Windsor Park and the 2-0 victory over Wales at Hampden during the 1949-50 season. Making his debut for Hibs against Kilmarnock as a 16 year old in 1945, Lawrie would win the first of his 38 full caps for Scotland, still a club record, when he made his debut in Scotland's 3-1 victory over Wales at Ninnian Park in 1948. Spearhead of the 'Famous Five' forward line Reilly is still the clubs top goalscorer with 234 goals in 333 competitive games. A one club man, he remains the only Scottish player to have scored in five consecutive games against England.

Top left is the cap awarded to Gordon Smith after the 2-1 defeat by Wales at Hampden in November 1947. Generally regarded as Hibernian's greatest ever player, Smith was signed as a 16 year old from Dundee North End in 1941 giving the club 18 seasons of distinguished and loyal service before leaving to join Edinburgh rivals Hearts in 1959. Like Reilly, he was a member of Hibs legendary 'Famous Five' forward line. He scored 364 goals in well over 700 appearances in all games wearing the famous green and white jersey, making him the most prolific marksman in the history of the club. Selected for Scotland at full international level on 18 occasions, he captained the side twice against Austria and Hungary in 1955, scoring on both occasions. At Easter Road he would collect three league championship medals, before creating his own piece of football history by winning others with Hearts in 1960 and Dundee in 1962. After brief service with Irish club Drumcondra, he retired from the game in 1964 aged almost 40 to concentrate on his business interests. Gordon Smith sadly past away in 2002.

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