Bobby Atherton was the first Hibernian player to be capped for a country other than Scotland. Bobby Atherton made 75 league appearances for Hibs, scoring 25 goals.
National team Wales
International debut 4th March 1899 (versus Ireland)
Although born in Wales in 1876, Atherton was brought up North of the Border. After brief service with Dalry Primrose and Hearts, he was transferred to Hibs at the start of the 1897/98 season, quickly becoming a first team regular.
Atherton remained at Easter Road for eight seasons and was captain of the great Hibs team at the turn of the century which achieved Scottish Cup and League Championship success in 1902 and 1903 respectively. A versatile player who was equally at home either at wing half or inside forward, he was first capped at inside right for Wales against Northern Ireland in Belfast in 1899. He represented his country on four further occasions while at Easter Road, against England the same year and all three home countries in 1903.
Moving to Middlesbrough in time for the start of the 1903/04 season, Atherton would become the first player to win full international honours while at Ayresome Park, representing Wales four further times while serving with the North East club.
After a brief spell with Chelsea in 1905, he retired from the game and returned to live in Elgin Street in Edinburgh, a stone's throw from Easter Road.
Sadly Atherton, by now a steward in the Merchant Navy, drowned during the First World War when his ship, the Britannia, disappeared without trace. Sailing out of Leith, it was believed to have been sunk by a mine or enemy submarine in the North Sea on or around 19th October 1917.
Bobby Atherton made 75 league appearances for Hibs, scoring 25 goals.
Full name Robert Atherton
Date of birth 29th July 1876
Place of birth Bethesda, Gwynedd, Wales