get off yer bum an sing radge
A workmates of the same country asked me iff Hibs had ever signed any player from Poland. I cant think of any, so have we?
I’ve researched the war years and never came across that name. It’s possible he played under an assumed name.There was a Polish internationalist who played during the war years around 1943 presumably as he was stationed in Edinburgh.
I once heard the story from an old school teacher who was stationed here and stayed on afterwards.
A bit of research indicates the players name was Jan Wasiewich and he was a midfielder, highly decorated, won around 10 Polish caps and died in Buenos Aries, Argentina.
So there you go. Interesting man.
That would be a pretty good story if so.
The reason I remember the conversation with the teacher is that the guy was a bit mental (obviously war related) and would just rant and rave about the evils of Communism with the Russians almost off the scale which was of course very understandable in your were Polish post 1945.
O-level Modern Studies just became a ranting mess when this teacher took the class but then around 1974 he suddenly decided the class were going to do a project on the 1974 World Cup in Germany as it was very topical and you had the West Germany v East Germany cold war 'fixed' match in the group stages.
Scotland had just qualified for the first time in 16 years and Poland had a quite brilliant team who had knocked out England and were eventually to beat Brazil to finish 3rd.
Suddenly the class was energized and we began to look at this teacher in a very different light and he no longer looked at us as a bunch of wee radges.
I would imagine the jist of the story is true and that a quality Polish player (hopefully this one) may well have guested for Hibs in a few bounce games or possibly the odd organized fixture as that was so common in these war years.
The reason I remember the conversation with the teacher is that the guy was a bit mental (obviously war related) and would just rant and rave about the evils of Communism with the Russians almost off the scale which was of course very understandable if your were Polish post 1945.