Friday May 18 2007
THEY’RE about to become the Next Big Thing
for budding Ronaldinhos. Just pull them over
your football boots and learn how to perfect
those stunning, game-winning moves.
We have 10 super Trick-Sok packs to give
away to Planet Hearts readers, containing all
you need to set you on the path to soccer
stardom. Winners will each receive a training
DVD – with a crib card for when you’re out on
the park – and a pair of awesome latex
cover Trick-Soks which fit snugly over
football boots or trainers. Different parts
By Mike Smith
of both Soks are printed with codes related
to the DVD programme moves with graphics
to help you perform a range of football
skills and tricks. For a chance to win your
Trick-Sok kit, email the answer to the
following question with your name, address,
age and contact telephone number to
QUESTION: Which two clubs
Trick-Sok into the subject matter box. competed in the UEFA Cup final at
Hampden Park, Glasgow, this week?
HIS time last year
Hearts fans were
a 2-0 win and so deny Hearts their first
Albert Kidd scored to give Dundee
title in a quarter of a century
Closing date: Monday May 21.
basking in the glow
were proud of our team. In 1982, faced
, but we
The Editor’s decision is final.
of having split the Old
with a second successive season in the
Firm and reaching the
First Division, the talk was of Hearts
qualifying stages of
just three years old when Hearts faced
jaws of triumph on the final day of
the business. But Motherwell, inspired by
youngsters Gary McAllister and Brian
being forced to go part-time and the very
existence of our club was at stake.
the UEFA Champions League for of the 64/65 league season.
Tynecastle on the final day
the first time in our histor
In fact we basked so much we headed
Despite a truly awful season in the First
Fast-forward seventeen years to 1982. McClair
on the final day of season 2000/01. In
Kilmarnock were to deny Hearts again
to Ibrox for a final game against the team
league title was between these two clubs
Remarkably, the destination of the
Division – a campaign that saw Hearts
First Division by a mile by winning 1-0.
, showed why they had won the
a scenario similar to this weekend’
we had denied second place – Rangers
with the Old Firm nowhere to be seen. lose to the likes of Queens Park and East Killie scoring the proverbial barrowload
Still, at least there was no chance of
was there? Cue the
. . .
Hearts needed a win from their last
– complete with the Sunday papers so
Back in those black-and-white days, if
we had something to keep us interested
teams were level on points at the end
Stirlingshire (the latter at
game against Dundee at
during the unimportant 90 minutes.
of the season, the rules meant goal
I kid you not
average, as opposed to goal dif
younger readers) from Rugby Park
qualify for Europe – and hope champions
– Kilmarnock 6 (six
Celtic would take care of Killie.
glorious – but we do have an important
This season has not been quite as
(don’t ask…) determined the winners.
ference the maroons
faced already as the teleprinter
last game scenario as we head to
when they heard the Celtic line-up.
But Hearts fans’ optimism was doused
Kilmarnock needing a victory and hoping
to do to avoid handing the league title
The upshot was that all Hearts needed promoted
Queen of the
manager Martin O’Neill chose to field
Rangers take something from their trip
to Kilmarnock on a plate was to avoid
South 0. More
his reserve team.
to Pittodrie. But, being a 40-something
losing by two goals. Even a 1-0 loss
the final game
Dundee 2-0, Killie won to secure their
Though Hearts beat
Hearts fan, last day scenarios tend to put
would be enough to give Hearts their
heartache for the
place in the UEF
a shiver down my spine.
first championship win in five years.
needing a win to
secure promotion. maroon hordes.
It’s not all been doom and gloom on
not been averse to throwing a spanner
And Killie have
The feeling of
the final day of course – what about
or two in the works down the years.
nearly 40,000 at
Older fans know the script. In front of The other team
proceeded to lose 2-0 and give the men
Tynecastle, Hearts who could deny
more acute than at Dens Park on the day
anguish I felt that day was even
s great goal against Hibs to
grandchild on the way around the time
Now, even though I have a second
But, whenever Kilmarnock hove into
A Cup qualification in 2000?
the new season starts, I’m too young
some Hearts fans were so devastated
Ayrshire the championship. I’m told But Killie needed to beat Queen of the
You’ve guessed it – Kilmarnock.
calamity of 1986. Hearts had a brilliant
Armageddon – the last day
view on the final day of the season, can
(honest) to recall events of 1965. I was
that they never returned to
South by five clear goals as well as
Tynecastle. Hearts botching things up in Gorgie. season in 1985/86 but no one thought
you blame me for hiding under the bed?
when Hearts snatched despair from the
, it wouldn’t be the last occasion
a sunny May day to see the maroons do
More than 15,000 were at Tynecastle on they could win the league until the final
few weeks. Sure, we were all in tears
for your support this season. Have
To all Planet Hearts readers – thanks
a great summer.
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