Polish players

Davy

get off yer bum an sing radge
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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?
 

SlovSam

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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.✅
 

Purple & Green

Radge McRadge
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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.✅
I’ve researched the war years and never came across that name. It’s possible he played under an assumed name.

fascinating if true
 

SlovSam

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He crops up on a few other web sites as well though never with any details.

The old Polish teacher I mentioned had said it was one of his army mates and a whole group of them had went down to Easter Road to watch him play.

He was a bit of a slaverer and used to come out with some real crackers mostly about hating Russians and Commies so who knows if that bit is true.😉

The guy seemingly was in the World Cup squad of 1938 but doesn't seem to have played any games.✅🇲🇨

That's quite interesting in itself as I know WW2 football isnt usually included in stats but if they were would this not make him the first ever Hibs (ex) player to be part of a World Cup Squad.🤔
 
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SlovSam

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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 if 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.✅
 
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Chester Perry

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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.✅

I like the sound of your teacher. Good c***.
 

1875

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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.

I can relate to it, my Uncle was Ukranian, and fought for the Axis, he despised the Russians.
 

Purple & Green

Radge McRadge
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This is a bit of a mystery.

Team lines for all competitive games are in ihibs right through the war. There were a few trialists who played a single game so he is maybe in amongst that. I researched that period myself as there was generally no prior interest in doing it apart from Brian Marks who did summary information. I took the view that as football continued as normal, the football was as relevant despite being "unofficial". I wonder if anything is mentioned in Lugton 3, that reminds me I've a wish list project to scan all my hibs books for easy access.

There is no record of him being registered to any team in Scotland during the war as a signed player or with consent as a guest from his parent club.
 

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