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: Goalkeeper

A one-club man, George Tweedy made 347 appearances for Grimsby Town in a career spanning 20 years and is considered to be Grimsby's "best ever goalkeeper".

George TweedyDebut: Hibernian (4) vs Albion Rovers (2) - Scottish Southern League  - 04/12/1943
Appearances: 7


George Tweedy was born in Willington, County Durham in 1913 and began his career with his hometown club, Willington F. C. George signed for Grimsby Town in 1932 and made his debut against Bradford City replacing Thomas Read, the regular goalkeeper, who had a broken finger. At the time of his debut, Grimsby had just been relegated from the First Division. They rejoined the top division in George's second season with the club by winning the Second Division championship. This led to six consecutive seasons in the top division, two FA Cup semi-finals and the club's highest ever league ranking as fifth.

As with most players of the time, George's career was interrupted by the Second World War and he joined Hibernian in 1943 as a wartime guest. A 'guest player' system meant that spectators were sometimes able to see star players now serving in the armed forces, who would turn out for the nearest club to where they were based.

George made his debut in a 4-2 victory over Albion Rovers and would go onto make 7 appearances in total. He would also play for Arsenal under the guest system.

 Screenshot 2020 06 15 at 12.41.56Football card issued during George Tweedy's time at Arsenal under the Football Wartime Guest system.

After World War 2, Grimsby managed only two more seasons in the First Division and George retired as a player in 1950 to become assistant manager. He became caretaker manager and returned as a player for a period in late 1951, before finally retiring in 1953.

A one-club man, George made 347 league appearances in a career spanning 20 years and is considered to be Grimsby's "best ever goalkeeper".

George Tweedy died in 1987 aged 74.


Full Name: George Jacob Tweedy
Date of Birth: 8th January 1913
Place of Birth: Willington, County Durham
Date of Death: 23rd April 1987


National Team: England
International Debut: England (6) vs Hungary (2) - 2nd December 1936

George played his only game for England on 2nd December 1936 at Highbury against Hungary. England won 6–2 in front of a crowd of around 36,000 people. He was prevented from acquiring more caps by being in competition with fellow goalkeepers Woodley (19 caps) of Chelsea and Hibbs (25 caps) of Birmingham.

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