As the first club
to grace the Scottish capital back in 1875, and one of
the oldest in Scotland, Heart of Midlothian have
had their fair share of highs and heartbreak.
While their rollercoaster past is easy to track, the origin
of their name proves a little more elusive. The popular
story is that the name 'Heart of Midlothian' originates
from a mosaic heart denoting the centre of Midlothian
found on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. However another
common theory is that the club was named after a novel
by Sir Walter Scott. Either way it hasn’t hampered
the popularity of the club since its beginnings more than
100 years ago.
When Hearts play the crowds flock to 18,000 capacity Tynecastle
Stadium [map] to watch their team play, resplendent in their
maroon and white kit.
At present they make up one of Scotland’s 12 top
flight football teams and in the past couple of years
have managed to hold their own in a league which contains
two such dominant teams, being one of the Premiership’s
top five clubs for several years.
From the start Hearts established themselves as the top
club in Edinburgh winning the first Edinburgh derby 3-1
Since then the title of ‘Edinburgh’s top football
club’ cannot really bestowed as both teams have
had their disappointments with Hearts having nearly 50
years of decline ending in 1956. But their trophy cabinet
has seen its fair share of silverware with Hearts winning
four Scottish championships, six Scottish Cups and four
Scottish League Cups.