From There… To Here

The social history of Wester Hailes

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Only 116 years later!

Some people may be aware that there’s a football match taking place this Saturday that’s of particular interest to Edinburgh!  Not since 1896 has there been a match like it.  On Saturday in the splendour of Hampden, Hearts will meet Hibs in the Scottish Cup Final.  A mass exodus from Edinburgh will take place for those fans fortunate enough to have acquired tickets.  For many others, it will be a tense afternoon spent glued to the television.  For both sides, there’s a lot at stake. 

The ongoing rivalry between the two teams was a regular feature in the Sentinel.  Despite being a paper firmly located in West Edinburgh, reports and commentator columns had on the whole a balanced approach, giving space to both Hearts and Hibs, on occasion insulting them both equally!  Here’s a selection of articles featuring both teams. 

Fit For The Top Or Fit To Drop: an in-depth article from 1982 looking at pre-season training for Hearts, Hibs and Meadowbank Thistle.

Scoring His Way To The Top: local Hearts player Scott Crabbe gives an interview to the Sentinel. 

Reflections Of A Footballer: local Hibs player Paul McGovern talks to the Sentinel about joining the team.

Happy Days Are Here Again: signs of hope in 1991 for both clubs as they prepare for the first derby match of the season.

Why Oh Why? A reflection on why exactly so many people want to watch twenty two grown men kicking a ball around a field. 

Finally, here’s what the match looked like the last time the two teams met for a Scottish Cup Final at Logie Green in Edinburgh! Predating the Sentinel by more than a few decades, it was the only Scottish Cup Final to have been played outside of Glasgow to date.  The photo has come from the London Hearts website and was picked up from Lost Edinburgh.

1896 Hearts v Hibs Scottish Cup Final


It’s back! Wester Hailes Fun Run 2012

Last year we posted an article about the regular Fun Run that used to take place around Wester Hailes.  It caused a lot of debate and discussion locally and there was a feeling that this might be the right time to bring it back.  2012 is the year of the Olympics with the torch travelling through Edinburgh on Wednesday 13thJune.  A group of organisations and residents got together and have organised a 2012 Fun Run to take place on Saturday 16th June. 

The 5k route starts and ends in Hailes Quarry Park and includes some of the old

Poster designed by Carolina Skibinska at WHALE Arts Agency

race route, including that famous Greenway hill!  Meanwhile, in Hailes Quarry Park, Active Schools are going to be organising a Family Sports Day with lots of sports taster sessions for all ages, so that the day should be a day of Olympic celebration. 

 We’re now looking for runners to enter.  Whether you’re a serious runner, a fancy dress runner or a group of friends running, why not give it a go!  It’s open to all levels of ability and if you need to walk some of it, that’s fine!  You do have to be 14 years or over to take part.  For more information on how to enter please click here.  Please note there will be no entries accepted on the day.  If you don’t want to run but want to be involved, we’re also looking for volunteer helpers.  And of course, we’re hoping people turn out on the day to cheer the runners on!