Pepe Hermida

José Hermida Losada, better known as Pepe Hermida (12 August 1897 - 11 August 1970), was a Spanish footballer who played as a midfielder for Celta de Vigo.[1] He was part of the first-ever team fielded by Celta de Vigo in 1923.[2] He also played for the Galicia national team between 1922 and 1923.

Pepe Hermida
Personal information
Full name José Hermida Losada
Date of birth (1897-08-12)12 August 1897
Place of birth Vigo, Galicia, Spain
Date of death 11 August 1970(1970-08-11) (aged 72)
Place of death Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1923 Real Vigo Sporting
1923–1933 Celta de Vigo
1933–1939 Deportivo de La Coruña
International career
1922–1923 Galicia +3 (1)
Medal record
Prince of Asturias Cup
Silver medal – second place 1922–23 Prince of Asturias Cup Team
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

He was born to a family of football players who left their mark on Celta de Vigo, coinciding at Celta with his brother Ángel Hermida, known as Carburo, and years later, another relative of his, his nephew, Manuel Hermida, known as Hermidita, became one of the great legends of the Balaidos club.[1]

Club careerEdit

Playing as a midfielder, and sometimes as a defender, he stood out at Vigo Sporting, for whom he played until it merged with their city rivals Fortuna de Vigo in 1923, thus forming Celta de Vigo, and he became one of the founding footballers of the new team from Vigo.[1] On 11 March 1923, Hermida played in the last match that was held between these two rivals, which Sporting won 1–0, courtesy of a goal from Ramón González.[3] The presentation match of Celta de Vigo was held at Coia on 16 September 1923,[4] in a meeting between A and B teams, taking advantage of the large pool that they had following the merger, and Hermida was one of the 11 footballers that lined-up for the A team.[2]

Together with Polo Pardo, the Clemente brothers (Juanito, Balbino), Ramón González, he was part of the newly founded Celta team that won three Galician Championships in a row between 1923 and 1926.[1] He then won a further three Galician Championships for a total of six during his career at Celta (1927–28, 1929–30 and 1931–32). In 1928, Hermida was part of another historic Celta line-up, the one which played Celta's first-ever national competitive match, in the 1928 Copa del Rey against Athletic Club de Bilbao.[1]

His last triumph with Celta came in 1932, the year in which he left Celta after 9 seasons and six titles at the age of 34. He debuted in the newly created Spanish national league in 1929, but he was unable to help Celta achieve promotion to the first division since the long-awaited promotion did not come until 1936.[1]

International careerEdit

Like many other Fortuna de Vigo players of his time, he was eligible to play for the Galicia national team, and he was one of the eleven footballers that played in the team's first-ever game on 19 November 1922, a 4–1 win over a Castile/Madrid XI in the quarter-finals of the 1922–23 Prince of Asturias Cup.[5] He also started in the semi-finals in yet another 4–1 win, thus helping the team reach the final, which ended in a 1–3 loss to Asturias, courtesy of a second-half brace from José Luis Zabala.[6] He also particided in the following edition, which ended in a quarter-final exit.[7]


Pepe Hermida passed away on 11 August 1970, just one day shy of his 73rd birthday.[1]



Real Vigo Sporting
Celta de Vigo
Deportivo de La Coruña




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  2. ^ a b "Anédotas Celestes: El primer partido del Celta" [Anédotas Celestes: Celta's first game]. (in Spanish). 12 January 2015. Archived from the original on 13 April 2021. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Real Club Celta de Vigo, S.A.D". (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 5 June 2022. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  4. ^ Ereaga, Txema (6 February 2015). "Coia, el antiguo feudo celeste" [Coia, the ancient celestial fiefdom]. (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 13 April 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  5. ^ "Galicia - Centro (4 - 1) 19/11/1922". Archived from the original on 27 June 2022. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  6. ^ Vicente Martínez Calatrava (17 August 2009). "La Copa Príncipe de Asturias" [The Prince of Asturias Cup] (in Spanish). CIHEFE. Archived from the original on 14 April 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  7. ^ "Squad of Galicia 1923-24 Copa del Príncipe de Asturias". Archived from the original on 9 November 2022. Retrieved 8 November 2022.