As St Johnstone game nears a sell out, fans can enjoy a special offer for the visit of Dundee

ROBBIE NEILSON reveals Turkish stopper will need to regain his starting position in the team before talks resume over a new deal.

Hearts had been chasing a League and Scottish Cup double. After eliminating Rangers and Jim McLean's Dundee United they faced Alex Ferguson's Aberdeen in the final. After Hearts being emotionally shattered at Dens Park the week before, Aberdeen won easily 3-0 meaning Hearts finished runners up as they had in the league.[37]

Hearts had approached the game full of confidence after drawing the away leg 0-0 last week, not least because Birkirkara had won only two of their previous 23 ties in Europe.

A total of eight club legends were inducted into the Hearts Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Tickets for Hearts' Premiership game at ICT now on sale.

While it has been noted that religious background lies behind the rivalry, that aspect is "muted" and is a "pale reflection" of the sectarianism in Glasgow.[131][132][133] Although the clubs are inescapable rivals, the rivalry is mainly "good-natured" and has had beneficial effects.[134] Fans of the two teams would mingle at Edinburgh derbies before segregation of supporters was imposed, while mixed families are commonplace.[135]

In our latest instalment of Talking Kit, Neil Sargent looks back almost 20 years to Kilmarnock’s impressive 1997/98 campaign.

In recent seasons, Hearts have usually been competing for third place in the Scottish Premier League. They finished third in 2003 and 2004, and reached the inaugural group stages of the UEFA Cup in 2004–05, but finished bottom of their group, despite Robbie Neilson's goal giving a 2–1 victory over FC Basel. During the 2004–05 season, they finished fifth in the league.

Hearts finished runners-up again in 1988 and 1992. In the early 1990s, the club struggled to settle on a manager. Within a two-year period, Joe Jordan, Sandy Clark and Tommy McLean were all sacked. One of the few bright points in this period was the run of 22 games in a row without defeat against arch-rivals Hibernian, including the 2–1 triumph in the fourth round of the 1994 Tennents Scottish Cup at Easter Road, with Wayne Foster grabbing the late winner.

In November 1914, Heart of Midlothian comfortably led the First Division,[20] having started the 1914–15 season with eight straight victories, including a 2–0 defeat of reigning champions Celtic.[21]

Friends since school, Jim Jefferies and Billy Brown have enjoyed a long and successful partnership in the dugout.

Hearts had considerable success in the early years of the Scottish Football League, winning the league championship in 1895 and 1896. They also won four Scottish Cups in a 15-year period from 1891 to 1906. The team played against Sunderland in the 1894–95 World Championship, but lost with s 5–3 score. Hearts did win the World Championship title in 1902, beating Tottenham Hotspur 3–1 in Tynecastle Park, after a 0–0 in London few month earlier.[19]

The all-seated 17,480-capacity[2] Tynecastle Stadium in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh has been the club's home since 1886. Tynecastle Stadium has hosted nine full Scotland international matches, although only two of these games occurred after the Second World War

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In early June 2013, during the close season, a Hearts media statement stated that they would need to raise £500,000 in capital to keep the club up and running during the break between seasons. With no match day income coming in and a lack of finance from owner Romanov, the club have been left in a position where they have had to put their whole squad up for sale.

In this week’s Magic Numbers, we take a look at number 11s who have wowed us with individual moments of brilliance over the past few years.

The club's relegation from the Scottish Premiership was confirmed on 5 April 2014.[110] Hearts won 4–2 away to Partick Thistle, but St Mirren beat Motherwell 3–2, making it impossible for Hearts to catch up.[111]

The Ladbrokes Premiership Lanarkshire derby at the SuperSeal Stadium on Hogmanay will now kick off at 1.00pm at the request of the clubs.

In 2009 Hearts took over Musselburgh Windsor Ladies Football Club and they became Heart of Midlothian Women's FC.[185] They currently play in the Scottish Women's First Division. Their current captain is former Scotland Women's youth player Kim Borthwick.

SCOTT FOX was the Highlanders' hero as he kept out the Jambos with a fine display in goals.

The Ladbrokes Premiership game between Kilmarnock and St Johnstone on Christmas Eve has been brought forward at the request of the clubs.

ROBBO convinced Robbie Neilson has chosen the right man to lead the Tynecastle club and believes the US international has everything you would want in a skipper.

Hearts' current home kit is all maroon with a white collar.[125] The shirt has no sponsor as a mark of respect to the fallen of World War I.[citation needed]

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BBC Scotland pundits put the case for Ryan Jack, John McGinn, Kieran Tierney and Jamie Walker receiving a Scotland call-up.

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.[101] 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.[102]

The war claimed the lives of seven first team players: Duncan Currie, John Allan, James Boyd, Tom Gracie, Ernest Ellis, David Philip, James Speedie and Harry Wattie.[27]

Hearts have many celebrity fans including; Stephen Hendry, Ronnie Corbett, Ken Stott, Alex Salmond, Sir Chris Hoy and Eilidh Doyle.[139][140][141][142][143]

Top-flight managers give their thoughts on Charlie Christie's suggestion that Scottish clubs should have a quota of home-grown players.

On 17 June 2013, Heart of Midlothian began the process of entering into administration with debts of £25 million, owing recently bankrupt Ukio bankas £15 million.[98]

BRENDAN RODGERS' side dominated from start to finish as they secured another impressive win ahead of Wednesday's clash against Manchester City.

For the 2014–2015 season the club chose to commemorate 100 years since McCrae's Battalion with not only a commemorative strip, of maroon shirt, white shorts and black socks, but with a commemorative badge as well. The club chose to have no sponsor on the home top as a mark of respect to those who had joined the regiment.

The badge is a heart, based on the Heart of Midlothian mosaic on the Royal Mile.

JAMBOS head coach set to dish out some extra shooting practice to get his strikers converting the chances his team is making.

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BBC Scotland's Rob Maclean picks out four main talking points from the weekend's Scottish Premiership action.

PREMIERSHIP and Championship games switched with fifteen games set to be televised between the start of November and the end of the year.

Romanov also owned the Lithuanian club FBK Kaunas[83] and Belarusian club FC Partizan Minsk.[84] Several players were loaned by FBK Kaunas to Hearts when Romanov acquired control of the club.[85]

Many Hearts supporters ask why Hearts named their ground Tynecastle. The answer is after the Tynecastle Tollhouse at the entrance to the grounds of Merchiston. More details can be read in "The Definitive History of the Heart of Midlothian Football Club" by Alex H. Knight, Club Archivist.