Tuesday, 9 September 2014

A Day out in Edinburgh Revisit 142 Heart of Midlothian

Hearts V Annan 26-7-14 (8)

Saturday 26th July

Hearts V Annan Athletic


Heart of Midlothian Football Club, commonly known as Hearts, are a Scottish professional football club based in Gorgie, in the west of Edinburgh. It is one of two Scottish Championship clubs in the city, the other being their Edinburgh derby rivals Hibernian. Heart of Midlothian is the oldest football club in the Scottish capital, having formed in 1874 by a group of friends from the Heart of Midlothian Dancing Club. The modern club crest is based on the Heart of Midlothian mosaic on the city's Royal Mile and the team's colours are predominantly maroon and white.Hearts play at Tynecastle Stadium, where home matches have been played since 1886. After renovating the ground into an all-seater stadium following the findings of the Taylor Report in 1990, the stadium originally had a capacity of 18,008, but over the years this has been reduced to roughly 17,000 in order to comply with UEFA regulations. Hearts have won the Scottish league championship four times, most recently in 1959–60, where they also retained the Scottish League Cup to complete a League and League Cup double – the only club outside of the Old Firm to achieve such a feat. Hearts were also the first non Old Firm team achieve qualification to the UEFA Champions League in 2006
Tynecastle Stadium is a football stadium situated in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh, Scotland, which is the home ground of Scottish Professional Football League club Heart of Midlothian. Tynecastle has a seating capacity of 17,529, which makes it the seventh largest football stadium in Scotland.
It’s been a turbulent few years for the Jambo’s On 17 June 2013 Hearts announced that they had lodged court papers stating their intention to enter administration, and on 19 June 2013 the administrators BDO were appointed to run the club. This meant that the club was unable to register players over 21 until February 2014 at the earliest. As long as they were still in administration they would not be able to bring in players of any age. As well as the signing embargo, Hearts were to be deducted a third of the previous season's points tally which meant the club would start the 2013/2014 season with −15 points. The club's relegation from the Scottish Premiership was confirmed on 5 April 2014. On Monday 12 May 2014, The Ann Budge fronted Bidco 1874 took control of Heart Of Midlothian Plc, Budge who fronted and financed the Bidco 1874 group which have taken over the reigns at the club became an unpaid executive chairwoman of the club. The Bidco group plan to hold the club for a possible five years before the fans backed Foundation of Hearts supporters group take control. The Foundation put in £1 million for the running of the club until the final legal exit of administration. The Foundation will then need to pay a further £2.6 million (£2.5m to cover the loan given by Bidco1874b Ltd to Hearts to finance the Creditors' Voluntary Agreement + £100,000 for the shares) to take 75% of the shares in the club and with that the running and decision making within the club. In addition, the Foundation has also committed itself to provide a further £2,8m (£1.4m per year for two years) working capital for the club. Funding for the deal comes from 8000+ people donating cash via a monthly direct debit. the club officially exited administration on 11 June 2014, bringing to an end the reign of Vladimir Romanov who had been the majority shareholder since 2005. They have won the Scottish top tier 4 times 1894-95 1896-1897 1957-58 & 1959-60 but none since the Scottish Premier League was formed. they have won the Scottish 1st Division now Scottish Championship in 1979-80. Scottish Cup Winners 8 Times 1891, 1896, 1901, 1906, 1956, 1998, 2006, 2012 and League cup winner 4 times 1954, 1958, 1959, 1962
Hearts V Annan 26-7-14 (3)
We boarded the 1206 to Edinburgh arriving in Haymarket at 1330 we then made our way round the corner to try out the new Edinburgh Tram System for just outside the station. We had purchased a plus bus ticket from the Train station in Carlisle as an add on to our train ticket. We took the tram from outside Haymarket to Murrayfield Station right beside Murrayfield Rugby ground then walking for 15 Minutes towards the Stadium take the short cut through Sainsbury's car park. We then had a play on the park beside tynecastle for the kids to run off some energy
We then collected our tickets and made our way into the stands we had purchased seats in the Wheatfield stand but decided to move over to the Gorgie family stand was we were on the front row as it was raining.
Hearts V Annan 26-7-14 (18)Hearts V Annn (3)
A new era at Tynecastle began with a comfortable victory in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup over Annan Athletic. Hearts dominated from the outset, and the home side opened the scoring after just eight minutes through Billy King Debutant Osman Sow added a second, then Callum Paterson scored a third before half-time. The visitors only had a Scott Davidson goal in the final minute to show for their efforts. Hearts should have won by more, the stats tell the story as Hearts has 25 shots with 12 on target only some fine defending by Annan and Steven Swinglehurst mainly kept the score down. Hearts V Annan 26-7-14 (3) After the game we caught the bus from outside the ground back up to Princess street to buy some whisky for my dad’s birthday a Gorden and Macphail single malt scotch whisky from Bunnahabhaim Distillery 8 years old from a shop on the high street. After that we had a quick bite to eat before catching the 18:40 back to Carlisle.
Division :- Petrofact training Cup
Ticket Price  Adults £10 and Childs £5 x2
Programme £3
Attendance 6708 
Score 3-1

Train Tickets £27.95 1 Adult 2 Childs Day Return to Edinburgh with a railcard £27.95
Tram + Bus Tickets (Plus-bus All day Edinburgh Day Zone ) Adult £2 Childs £1.50 x 2 (Only available when purchased with rail tickets)
As an insight into my travelling life I have decided to log how many miles I have done in a week For week Commencing 21th to the 27th I did the following
Van 1651
Car 321 (Including 223 for Murrayfield)

Which was 1,972 in total
Ex Carlisle Watch
Carlisle Born Swinglehurst joined the Cumbrians as a YTS in 2009-2010 season as a 1st Year scholar staying 2 years before signing a 1 Year pro deal Scoring 2 goals in his 1st year then 3 in his second year, as well as making numerous appearances on the bench for the 1st team. At the end of the 2010-11 he went of a short loan spell to Workington Reds. In the 2011-12 Season the club withdrew from the reserve league which meant his game time would be limited On the 24th January he joined Annan on Loan where at the end of the Season the deal became permanent.
Also in the Annan Squad was John Todd, Alex Mitchell. Hearts also included Prince Bauben who had just left Carlisle United in the Summer.

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