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

Goalkeeper Willie Harper, a blacksmith from Winchburgh and a former Army boxing champion, joined Hibernian from junior side Edinburgh Emmet in 1920.

 

Willie Harper Profile

 

National team Scotland
International debut

 

Harper won the first of his nine caps while with Hibernian against Ireland at Windsor Park in March 1923. During the following three seasons Harper would play in all of Scotland's games against the home countries, winning his last two full honours after joining Arsenal in 1925.

Harper would have a huge part to play in Hibs post war resurgence and it is said the fee Hibs received from Arsenal paid for the building of the new Easter Road grandstand in 1924. After Arsenal he had spells with several North American sides, returning to Highbury in 1930.

He was transferred to Plymouth in 1931 and remained with the south coast club until his death in 1989 aged 92, first as a player, then groundsman, kit man, and finally odd job man.

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