Friday May 18 2007
Keep the old chin up.. sometimes we manage
a 2-0 win and so deny Hearts their first
Albert Kidd scored to give Dundee
just three years old when Hearts faced
not to snatch defeat from the jaws of victor
jaws of triumph on the final day of
title in a quarter of a century
were proud of our team. In 1982, faced
, but we
with a second successive season in the
the business. But Motherwell, inspired by
First Division, the talk was of Hearts
of the 64/65 league season.
Kilmarnock at Tynecastle on the final day the season… youngsters Gary McAllister and Brian
being forced to go part-time and the very
existence of our club was at stake.
league title was between these two clubs
Remarkably, the destination of the Despite a truly awful season in the First
Fast-forward seventeen years to 1982.
First Division by a mile by winning 1-0.
, showed why they had won the
on the final day of season 2000/01. In
Kilmarnock were to deny Hearts again
with the Old Firm nowhere to be seen.
Division – a campaign that saw Hearts
Back in those black-and-white days, if
lose to the likes of Queens Park and East Killie scoring the proverbial barrowload
Still, at least there was no chance of
a scenario similar to this weekend’
teams were level on points at the end
Stirlingshire (the latter at was there? Cue the
. . .
Hearts needed a win from their last
of the season, the rules meant goal
I kid you not
game against Dundee at
average, as opposed to goal dif
younger readers) from Rugby Park
qualify for Europe – and hope champions
(don’t ask…) determined the winners.
ference the maroons
– Kilmarnock 6 (six
Celtic would take care of Killie.
as the teleprinter
to do to avoid handing the league title
The upshot was that all Hearts needed promoted would confirm)
when they heard the Celtic line-up.
But Hearts fans’ optimism was doused
to Kilmarnock on a plate was to avoid
Motherwell in Queen of the
manager Martin O’Neill chose to field
losing by two goals. Even a 1-0 loss
the final game South 0. More
his reserve team.
would be enough to give Hearts their
at T final day
Dundee 2-0, Killie won to secure their
Though Hearts beat
first championship win in five years.
needing a win to
heartache for the
place in the UEF
Older fans know the script. In front of
secure promotion. maroon hordes.
It’s not all been doom and gloom on
the final day of course – what about
nearly 40,000 at
The other team
proceeded to lose 2-0 and give the men
Tynecastle, Hearts who could deny
anguish I felt that day was even
The feeling of
more acute than at Dens Park on the day
s great goal against Hibs to
some Hearts fans were so devastated
from Ayrshire the championship. I’m told But Killie needed to beat Queen of the
You’ve guessed it – Kilmarnock.
that they never returned to
South by five clear goals as well as calamity of 1986. Hearts had a brilliant
Armageddon – the last day
view on the final day of the season, can
But, whenever Kilmarnock hove into
A Cup qualification in 2000?
Sadly, it wouldn’t be the last occasion
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
More than 15,000 were at
a sunny May day to see the maroons do
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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