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    Hibs fan from Belize

    Just watched an interesting programme on tv, about commonwealth workers who came to the uk during ww2 to work on farms.
    Sam Martinez left British Honduras in 1941 aged 32 where he lived in the jungle, barefooted and scavenged for food, came to the uk and worked as a lumberjack in the borders. Stayed after the war and moved to Edinburgh. Became the first Belize hibs supporter and hibs threw him a birthday party on his 100th. Spent the rest of his life in his beloved Edinburgh. Died at age 106.
    Became a local celebrity and was interviewed on film wearing hibs colours and holding his hibs jersey number 100.
    His grandson has documented his life, would love to hear more, fascinating story. I vaguely remember hearing about this years ago but had forgotten all about it.
    Programme called, Home Front Heroes, on bbc1,may be available on catch up.


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    Sam Martinez is a Hibernian legend , up there with the very best of them

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    Just watched an interesting programme on tv, about commonwealth workers who came to the uk during ww2 to work on farms.
    Sam Martinez left British Honduras in 1941 aged 32 where he lived in the jungle, barefooted and scavenged for food, came to the uk and worked as a lumberjack in the borders. Stayed after the war and moved to Edinburgh. Became the first Belize hibs supporter and hibs threw him a birthday party on his 100th. Spent the rest of his life in his beloved Edinburgh. Died at age 106.
    Became a local celebrity and was interviewed on film wearing hibs colours and holding his hibs jersey number 100.
    His grandson has documented his life, would love to hear more, fascinating story. I vaguely remember hearing about this years ago but had forgotten all about it.
    Programme called, Home Front Heroes, on bbc1,may be available on catch up.
    Lived in and around the Wester Hails area, My grandad knew him quite well. Sure he has been covered on here a good few times and I believe the story goes he was down the Leith way one Sat afternoon and thought it was a mob going somewhere to protest or something (possibly during or just after WW2) so followed along to see what was happening. It turned out it was just Hibs fan going to a match and if memory serves me someone gave him a ticket and his love for Hibs was born. Sadly passed away not long after the 2016 final and there is a little clip of him outside Hampden on the time for heros DVD.

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