Sunday, November 20, 2011

Blogathon: Happy Hearts

As I mentioned in the last hour I've been bowled over by the support I've got from

So it's a real treat to welcome Eilidh Donaldson of that parish as our final guest debater of the Scottish Football Blog blogathon.

Thanks again Eilidh - @tweetsportcouk

What a way to welcome Sunday's daylight.

Eilidh - who I used to quite like - has set me a challenge with her guest spot.

So five happy, happy memories for Hearts fans it is:


If I tell you that this one of the worst days of my footballing life then you'll probably guess it was grand day to be a Jambo.

I've not been this miserable at Hampden since I was bitten by an insect on my first trip in 1985.

An Edinburgh derby at the National Stadium. At stake a massively winnable Scottish Cup final.

And Hearts didn't just win. They wiped the floor with Hibs. It was a massacre on the green field of Hampden.

Paul Hartley - who else? - scored a hat-trick, Edgaras Jankauskas embarrassed Zibi Malkowski, Ivan Sproule got sent off for stamping and Gary Smith was also dismissed.

4-0. I'd imagine maroon days don't come much happier.


A Dutch debutant made Tynecastle his home.

This one actually remains my last derby day visit to Tynecastle.

Hearts scored five, Hibs scored one. And Mark de Vries, on his home debut, scored four.

Andy Kirk was the other scorer for Hearts. Ian Murray got the consolation for Hibs.

Oddly I don't remember this game being as one sided as the semi final but it was a still thumping derby victory as Hibs' defence offered next to no protection for Tony Caig.


When you're as average a player as Wayne Foster you really need to pull of something special to ensure you're forever remembered as a hero.

A last gasp winning goal in a Scottish Cup tie at the home of your bitterest, nearest and, perhaps, dearest rivals?

Aye. That will probably just about sort out your place in history.

John Robertson scored his 27th derby goal. Keith Wright equalised.

And then Foster broke clear in the 86th minute, nutmegged Jim Leighton, won the game and celebrated like there was no tomorrow.

Hibs were out of the cup, Hearts were through.

And it was 21 games and more than five years since Hibs had won a derby game.


Hibs were looking for a modicum of revenge after the Mark de Vries demolition job of August 2002.

They didn't get it.

Mixu Paatelainen had put Hibs ahead and with 85 minutes gone they looked like they'd be enjoying a home victory.

In the 86th minute Kevin McKenna - who I remember being strangely excellent as Hearts came back into this one - equalised.

In the 92nd minute Phil Stamp scored the winner for Hearts. And then got sent off for his celebrations.

Which, frankly, seemed to piss him off more than it would me if I got a red card after scoring a derby day winner.


Sorry, five derby games would just be too much.

So have this one instead.

Scottish Cup final. Hearts v Rangers.

80 seconds it took for Colin Cameron to open the scoring after Steve Fulton, captain for the day, had won a penalty.

Stephane Adam got a second in the second half and Hearts had won the Scottish Cup. And Hibs still hadn't won it since 1902.

Putting a cherry atop the cake, Hearts had won the Scottish Cup in the same season that Hibs were relegated.

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