Bobby Atherton - Hibernian


Although he was born in north Wales, Atherton grew up in Scotland. After spells with Dalry Primrose and Hearts, Atherton signed for Hibs at the start of the 1897–98 season. Atherton was a versatile player who could play in a number of positions in midfield and the forward line. He won his first cap for Wales in a 1899 British Home Championship match against Ireland, and he also played against England that year.

Atherton captained the Hibs side that won the 1902 Scottish Cup, the last time Hibs have won that competition. Hibs' 1–0 win against Celtic in the Cup Final was thanks in part to Atherton deceiving the Celtic defence by shouting for them to "leave the ball" in a Glasgow accent. The Celtic defence duly complied, which allowed Andy McGeachen to score the only goal of the game. He then captained the Hibs side that won the 1903 league championship, the first in the club's history. He also played in all of Wales' matches in the 1903 British Home Championship.

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