Sir Chris Hoy - Showing Hibernian FC how to win finals since 2004, then reminding them of their most recent failed attempt.

Final home match of the 2011-12 season for Heart of Midlothian FC.
Heart of Midlothian 2 - 0 St Johnstone - 6th May 2012

In a season full of ups and downs, Hearts are within a point of clinching a European place with one game remaining, which is against Celtic at their Parkhead stadium, and also have a Scottish Cup final appearance against their biggest rivals to look forward to. So, this is the last home match of the current season and unfortunately, mine as well. Increased prices and lack of future income means I can’t afford to renew my season ticket for next season. So, I decided to take the opportunity to capture the moment as this may be my last match at Tynecastle Stadium for a while.

I am sorry for the really poor quality of pictures.

I am literally

… bouncing off the walls in excitement.

Hearts 2 - 1 Celtic

SCOTTISH CUP FINAL HERE WE COME! :D

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Away up in Gorgie…

… at Tynecastle Park,
There’s a wee fitba team that aye makes its mark,
They’ve won all the honours in footballing art,
There’s nae other team tae compare wi’ the Hearts.

H-E-A… R-T-S…
If you cannae spell it, then here’s what it says.
HEARTS, HEARTS, GLORIOUS HEARTS!
It’s down at Tynecastle they bide!
The talk o’ the toon,
Are the boys in maroon,
And auld reekie supports them wi’ pride.

For national caps we can always supply,
Like Massey and Walker, Bauld and MacKay.
If I had the time, I could name dozens more,
Who have helped in producing the auld Hampden roar!

H-E-A… R-T-S…
If you cannae spell it, then here’s what it says.
HEARTS, HEARTS, GLORIOUS HEARTS!
It’s down at Tynecastle they bide!
The talk o’ the toon,
Are the boys in maroon,
And auld reekie supports them wi’ pride.

This is my story, this is my song.
Follow the Hearts and,
You can’t go wrong!
Though some say the Rangers and Celtic are grand,
But the boys in maroon are the best in the land.

We’ve won the league flag and we’ve won the league cup.
Though we sometimes we go down, we can aye come back up.
Our forwards can score and it’s no idle talk.
Our defence is as strong as the auld castle rock!

H-E-A… R-T-S…
If you cannae spell it, then here’s what it says.
HEARTS, HEARTS, GLORIOUS HEARTS!
It’s down at Tynecastle they bide!
The talk o’ the toon,
Are the boys in maroon,
And auld reekie supports them wi’ pride.

This is my story, this is my song.
Follow the Hearts and,
You can’t go wrong!
Though some say the Rangers and Celtic are grand, (HAH!)
But the boys in maroon are the best in the land.

BRING ON THE HIBEES!

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A Football Report: Our Reaction to Transfer Deadline Day

afootballreport:

Pretty much. Unless you’re a QPR fan, nothing worth knowing went down. Though fake stories, false sightings of players on trains to [insert your city], and “Carlos Tevez to Aston Villa!!!” twitter hoaxes were in abundance. If you are interested, that’s fine. Our friends at The World’s Game

The transfer deadline day was deemed as a success by the fans of the team I follow and have supported all my life, despite the club not signing anyone. Heart of Midlothian fans in Scotland were expecting a mass exodus of the high earners (and thus, best players), including fans’ favourite Rudolf “Rudi” Skacel, who was out of contract at the end of the deadline. Rumours of club captain Marius Zaliukas going to England, top goalkeeper Marian Kello to Austria and nippy winger David Templeton to SPL rivals Rangers, all failed to materialise. In the end, Hearts managed to offload just 3 players on deadline day, all of whom reserve team players, and as an added bonus, extended Skacel’s contract to the end of the season.

The only first-team players to leave Hearts in the January transfer window were versatile Icelandic international Eggert Jonsson to Wolves at the beginning and want-away midfielder Ryan Stevenson to Ipswich Town.

Despite off-field troubles at Hearts in recent months (late wage payments, threats of a points deduction, owner wishing to sell, to name a few), things are slowly starting to look up.

For the time being.

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REBLOGGED afootballreport 2 years ago (ORIGINALLY afootballreport)

"Oh yes, we have!" "Oh no, they haven’t!"

Today has been rather interesting if you’re a Heart of Midlothian supporter.

It all started back in October, when players went without wages for a month or so. The players complained to the Scottish Professional Footballers Association, who then complained to the governing body of Scottish football (or at least one of the three), who then told Hearts to pay up or be punished. This trend continued until last week when the players were paid all due wages and interest, after the club were given a deadline of midnight on Tuesday morning to pay everything back-dated to now as well as the next set of wages, which were due to be paid the preceding Monday. So that day arrived and Hearts said the wages were sent out to be paid on time. Then we get to Tuesday morning…

First Romanov says he may not sell the club after all (despite saying he was sick of Scottish football and the media and wanted away as soon as possible), on the same day he finally opens the Scottish branch of his Lithuanian-based bank, Ukio Bankas. Then Marius Zaliukas, the Hearts captain, says the players have been paid on time. The Scottish Premier League (SPL) say they haven’t seen any proof of the players being paid and would hold a meeting to discuss it. Hearts then said the players have been paid and that they do have the proof if the SPL want to have a look at it. Then the SPL decide from their meeting that the players haven’t been paid on time, so Hearts will have to be punished.

There are several punishments the SPL could hand out to Hearts. The first one being a strong fine. This would be about as logical as fining a homeless person for not having a home. Hearts are short of cash, that’s why the club is in this mess to begin with. Fining the club will only make it worse. The next option is to deduct league points. Considering Hearts have not lost a match in 6 games, winning 5 of them in the process, this would make a lot of sense for the SPL. Not only would it severely dent the seemingly indestructible morale in the Hearts camp, it would harm them financially by ending a potential run in a lucrative European competition. Although, this punishes the players who have already been ‘punished’ by not receiving wages on time in the first place, making this illogical. The last option is to place a transfer embargo on Hearts, which means the club can not buy or sell players with the embargo in place, or face more severe punishments (See: FC Sion). With the club seeming to rely on selling players to stay afloat and pay remaining players, this would also be illogical.

So really, charging Hearts for not having the money to pay players is going to punish those already affected or remove more money from the club. I agree that its wrong that the players haven’t been paid recently, but now they are and the club is still being punished for it. To say the SPL have been farcical in this is an understatement. Yet again, they’re embarrassing Scottish football by being completely incompetent at what they do. Some things never change.

Thanks for reading,
Craig

(External links: BBC.co.uk, Wikipedia.org.)

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Delayed wages, no money, talk of players striking and talk of a clear-out of players. Ian Black (pictured) even paying for Christmas by working part-time as a painter and decorator.

Black missed a penalty at 0-0, then Hearts conceded a goal just 18 seconds after Ryan McGowan scored his first ever goal for Hearts.

Yet morale wasn’t low enough for a well-battled 3-1 win over local rivals, Hibernian. 2 great goals from Andy Webster and Rudi Skacel sealing the win. Fantastic result for Hearts today. 4 games undefeated in the league, 9 games undefeated against Hibs. Long may it continue.

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