A celebration of the players to feature for both Hibernian and their country.
James McGhee and James Lundy became Hibernian's first internationalists on the 10th April 1886, both representing Scotland on the same day against Wales. Since that day many players have represented their country - ranging from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales to European countries as well as further flung places such as Ecuador and Trinidad and Tobago - whilst playing with Hibs.
The First International
The world's first official International soccer match took place between Scotland and England at the West of Scotland Cricket Ground in Hamilton Place Glasgow, on Saturday the 30th of November 1872. FA secretary Charles Alcock had put forward the idea for the game in order to 'forward the interests of the Association game north of the border'.
The game finished 0-0. The entire Scottish team comprised of players from the country's then premier side, Queens Park. Somewhat curiously the England side had been selected from players who had answered a newspaper advert advising anyone interested in playing in the game to apply. They were also asked to make a contribution to their travelling expenses. Sadly no photograph of either team exists. The players would not promise to order copies of the prints and consequently the official photographer refused to take any shots.
There had been four previous encounters between the sides, all taking place at the Oval in London, the Scottish side chosen from players living in the south of England, but these were all classed as unofficial matches. Interestingly, some Rugby clubs refused to recognise the new code as football and objected to International games being played under that banner.
Because the game as we know it originated and was arguably more popular in the West of Scotland, the players for Scotland's first dozen internationals all came from clubs based in that side of the country, except on two occasions when players from the Royal Engineers in Chatham were selected. In March 1880 John Smith of Edinburgh University became the first player from the East of Scotland to represent the international side, although he had already represented Scotland four times while playing for Ayrshire side Mauchline.
Never the less the game became an annual home and away fixture over the next few years, and it was not until the spring of 1876 that Wales joined the fray going down 4-0 to Scotland in Glasgow. They played their first game against England in 1879. In February 1882 Ireland joined the group and the Home International Championships were formed the following year. In 1886 the International Board was established, and caps awarded for the first time.
Inter League Matches
Never as popular with the public as full internationals, Inter League matches were originally seen as an opportunity to compare the strengths of Scottish League against that of their Southern counterparts. The teams were composed only of players playing in the respective leagues regardless of nationality. The first game between the sides took place in Blackpool in April 1892 and ended in a 2-2 draw. All the visiting team were Scots born, but the Football League side contained an Irishman and three Scots, including former Hibs player Willie Groves then with West Bromwich Albion.
No non-English player would be selected again for the FL side until the 1960's, although the Scots would field non-nationals on several occasions throughout the years. During the war years, only one Inter League game would take place, in Blackpool in 1941. The Scottish side included a fair representation from Edinburgh in Matt Busby and Jimmy Caskie of Hibs and Bobby Baxter of Hearts, who would spend the majority of the war years at Easter Road.
Almost from the start, the games were played entirely between the four home nations but 1955 saw Scotland's first Inter League game against foreign opposition, the visitors defeating the Danish League 4-0 in Copenhagen. In 1961 Dennis Law, Gerry Kitchens and John Charles represented the Italian League against Scotland at Hampden, with Joe Baker a member of the Italian squad.
By the 1970's the congested calendar made it difficult to arrange fixtures. This, and the the low attendances at many of the games proving an embarrassment, meant the fixture was eventually allowed to drift to an unceremonious end.
2008 saw the creation of the 'Hibernian Internationalists - They Played For Their Country' exhibition, held within the West Stand at Easter Road Stadium, to recognise the achievements of these Hibernian players.
The exhibition's display cases, along with a brief description of their contents, can be viewed below.
The Early Years Part 1
- Welsh Jersey as worn by Bobby Atherton from the early 1900s.
- Cap won by George Stewart against Wales in 1906.
- Portrait of legendary goalkeeper Willie Harper. Kindly donated by the Harper family
- Scottish International Cap awarded to Willie Harper during 1925/26 against England and Ireland.
- Series of letters written by Harry Rennie in 1936 and a photograph depicting him at the time.
- Photograph of Willie Harper with 1920's teammate Jimmy McColl at the Hibernian Centenary Dinner in 1975. Standing at the back is Gordon Smith, Bobby Johnstone, Lawrie Reilly and Eddie Turnbull.
The Early Years Part 2
- Jersey and Shorts worn by Tommy McIntyre during the SFA tour of the USA and Canada in 1939. The shorts were signed by the players and staff and the signatures later embroidered by Tommy McIntyre's wife.
- Scottish Schoolboy Cap believed to have been awarded to Tommy McIntyre.
- Photograph of the SFA Side v American Soccer League in New York on 21st of May 1939. Tommy McIntyre is on the right side end of the front row. Kindly donated by Ian Grant
The War Years
- Scotland jersey worn by Gordon Smith in Scotland v Belgium, 28th April 1948.
- Replica ball from the period.
- Football Rattle. [kindly loaned by the Scottish Football Museum]
- Photographs of Matt Busby, Gordon Smith, Billy Baxter, Sammy Kean and Arthur Milne.
- Photograph of the Hibernian team circa 1944.
- Programme from England v Scotland, 14th of October, 1944 including 'Plan of the Field of Play' featuring: J Caskie, A Milne, G Smith, and R Baxter, all Hibernian.
The Famous Five Part 1
- Bobby Johnstone's Scotland Jersey during the 1950s. Presumed this was while playing at Manchester City
- Scotland Cap presented to Lawrie Reilly in season 1952/53.
- Programme from Scotland v Wales, 23rd October 1948.
- Programme from England v Scotland, 9th April 1949.
- Programme from England v Scotland, 14th April 1951.
- Programme from England v Scotland, 18th April 1953.
The Famous Five Part 2
- Eddie Turnbull's exchange jersey from Scotland v Austria, 13th December 1950. This was Scotland's first ever defeat on home soil by a foreign side.
- Willie Ormond's Scottish League jersey from the 1950s.
- Brass Sailing Ship belonging to Jock Govan, presented to the Scotland players before the game against Belgium at Hampden, 28th April 1948.
- Football Rattle. Kindly loaned by the Scottish Football Museum
- Photograph of Hibernian FC circa 1953. Hugh Howie is 4th from the left in the back row, Mick Gallacher is 2nd right in the back row.
- Photograph of five Hibs players for Scotland: Davie Shaw, Jock Govan, Bobby Combe, Gordon Smith and Eddie Turnbull. Scotland 2 v Belgium 0, Hampden Park, 28th of April, 1948.
- Photograph of Lawrie Reilly meeting two of his old foes, England goalkeepers Gilbert Merrick of Birmingham City and Bert Williams of Wolverhampton Wanderers, at a Wolves Former Players' Dinner in 2006.
- Programme from Scotland v England, 10th April 1948.
- Programme from Scotland v Belgium, 28th April 1948.
- Programme from Scotland v England, 3rd April 1954.
- Programme from Scotland v Portugal, 4th May 1955.
- Menu for the Post Match Dinner at Scotland v Hungary, Hampden, 7th of May 1958. The menu features Eddie Turnbull.
Inter League Competitions
- Jersey belonging to Davie Shaw, Scottish League v Eire in season 1948/49. Purchased by the Hibernian Historical Trust
- Scottish League v Football League Medal in season 1951/52 presented to Lawrie Reilly. Caps were not awarded for Inter League Internationals. Instead, recipients were presented with medals to mark the achievement.
- Photograph of the first appearance by Hibs players for the Scottish League v Ireland in 1897. J Kennedy 2nd from left in back row, Alec Raisbeck 3rd from right, Tommy McFarlane 2nd from right, P Murray 2nd from left in middle row.
- Photograph of the first official post war Scotland side against Wales at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, 19th of October 1946. Davie Shaw is far left, front row.
The 1950s and 1960s
- Replica Scotland jersey as worn by Tommy Younger circa 1950.
- Replica England jersey as worn by Joe Baker in 1960.
- West German jersey believed to have been worn by Franz Beckenbauer in West Germany v Scotland, 27th March 1974. Kindly loaned by Alex Cropley
- Scottish International Schoolboys Cap won by Joe Baker in Scotland v England, 1955. Presented to the Club by Joe Baker
- Full England Cap won by Joe Baker in England v Hungary, 22nd May 1960. Presented to the Club by Joe Baker
- Boots used during the 1960s. Kindly loaned by the SFA Museum
- Scotland v England match ticket belonging to Harry Swan, 19th April 1958.
- Photograph of England Schoolboys, featuring Joe Baker.
- Photograph Joe Baker in Scotland v England, 19th April 1960.
- Programme from Wales v Scotland, 18th October 1958.
- Programme from England v Ireland, 18th November 1959.
- Programme from England v Scotland, 15th April 1961.
- Programme from Scotland v Brazil, 25th June 1966.
- Scotland jersey worn by John Brownlie in Denmark v Scotland, Copenhagen October 1972. Kindly loaned by John Brownlie
- Physio Tom McNiven's Scotland tracksuit from the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain.
- John Blackley's Scotland jersey from 1970s.
- Jimmy O'Rourke's Scottish Schoolboy's diploma, Scotland v Wales, 1962.
- Programme from Scotland v Portugal, 13th October 1971.
- Programme from Russia v Scotland, 14th June 1971.
- Programme from Scotland v Portugal, 13th May 1975.
- Programme from Scotland v Switzerland, 7th April 1976.
The Under-23s and Under-21s
Welsh Under-23 jersey belonging to Joey Jones, exchanged with Scotland's Alex Cropley in season 1971/72. Kindly loaned by Alex Cropley
Scotland Cap presented to Alex Cropley in 2006.
Prior to 1976, the SFA only awarded caps to players who had featured in games against England, Wales or Northern Ireland with a maximum of one cap awarded per season. After pressure from former players, media and other groups, including the directors of Hibernian Football Club, the SFA committee eventually decided that all those who had played for Scotland should receive the award. Consequently, around ninety players were retrospectively presented with a commemorative Scotland Cap in 2006. Several Hibernian players benefited from the decision including Alex Cropley, Eddie Turnbull, Neil Martin, Keith Wright, with the families of the late Erich Schaedler and Willie Hamilton being presented with caps on their behalves.
The 1980s and 1990s
- Keith Wright's Scotland jersey in Scotland v Northern Ireland, 19th February 1992.
- Scotland jersey worn by Darren Jackson in Scotland v Brazil, 10th June 1998, World Cup Finals in France. Kindly loaned by Darren Jackson
- Brazil jersey worn by Junior Baiano, exchanged with Darren Jackson in Scotland v Brazil, 10th June 1998, World Cup Finals in France. Kindly loaned by Darren Jackson
- Boots worn by Hibernian captain Gordon Hunter in the 1990s.
- Programme from Scotland v Northern Ireland, 19th February 1992.
- Programme from Russia v Scotland, 29th March 1995.
A New Generation Part 1
- Replica World Cup. This is one of a limited edition of 900 issued by FIFA to commemorate goals scored in the World Cup Finals between 1974/1998. This particular example commemorated one of the two goals scored by Mario Kempes in Argentina v Holland, 1978.
- Scotland Jersey worn by Gary Caldwell. Kindly loaned by Tom McCourt
- Scotland Jersey worn by Garry O'Connor in Scotland v France, 2007 European Championships. Signed by goalscorer James McFadden. Kindly loaned by Ross Craig
- Jersey worn by Garry O'Connor in Scotland v USA. Kindly loaned by David Williamson
- Programme from Poland v Scotland, 24th April 2001.
- Programme from Scotland v Canada, 15th October 2002.
A New Generation Part 2
- Northern Ireland jersey worn by Dean Shiels. Kindly loaned by Tom McCourt
- Signed Scotland Jersey worn by Scott Brown in Italy v Scotland, 28th March 2007. Kindly loaned by Tom McCourt
- Programme from Scotland v Nigeria, 17th April 2002.
- Programme from Northern Ireland v England, 7th September 2005.
Steven Fletcher - The Latest in the Line
Under-21 Jersey worn by Steven Fletcher. Kindly loaned by Tam McCourt