THE PLAYERS

 

Players to wear the green and white of the Hibees.

Here is a growing collection of players and internationalists to feature for Hibernian throughout the years.

Position Striker

Groves, an inside forward, first broke into the Hibernian squad as a 16-year-old during the 1885/86 season.

 

Willie Groves Profile

 

National team Scotland
International debut 10th March 1888 (versus Wales)

 

He featured prominently as Hibernians won the Scottish Cup for the first time 1887. Groves scored in the first round, second round replay and semi-final of that cup winning campaign.

In the following year, Groves made his international debut in a 1888 British Home Championship match against Wales. Groves scored the fourth goal in a 5–1 win for Scotland, with the game played at Hibernian Park.

By August 1888, Groves was one of several Hibernian players who moved to the newly formed Celtic. The striker scored ten goals in Celtic's inaugural 1888/89 Scottish Cup campaign. Groves would also make two further appearances for the Scotland national football team during his stay at the Glasgow side.

In 1890 Groves moved to England and with West Bromwich Albion, he would lift the 1892 FA Cup after victory over Aston Villa in the final. Groves subsequently signed for Villa in 1893, becoming the first player to be transferred for over £100. Controversary surrounded his transfer to The Claret and Blue side, as Villa were forced to pay the £100 fee to West Brom and were fined by the Football Association amidst allegations that Groves and another player, Jack Reynolds, had been illegally poached. In the end, Groves helped Villa to win the league championship in 1894.

After Hibs were elected to join the top division of the Scottish Football League in 1895, Groves returned to the Club, playing in the 3-1 Scottish Cup Final defeat to Hearts at Logie Green in 1896.

Groves then made a brief return to Celtic, but soon retired after suffering from tuberculosis.

The striker died in Edinburgh in 1908, aged 39.

 


 

Full name Patrick William Groves
Date of birth 20th August 1868
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland

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