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Only 116 years later!

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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


One thought on “Only 116 years later!

  1. Reblogged this on myreadingbent and commented:
    Only two days to go. It’s going to be a sad days for one set of fans.Willi it be a Gorgie bus tour or and Easer Road bus tour. We’ll soon find out.