Posted: 11/1/2018


       Seven years ago I went from Glasgow to Edinburgh for Heart of Midlothian's clash with Celtic. Its a neat ground where fans are almost on top of the action, which makes for a great atmosphere. I was a guest in the not fit for purpose main stand, which was knocked down and thankfully replaced a year ago.

       To my right a Hearts fan leaped out of his seat onto the touchline and attacked then Celtic boss Neil Lennon. He was captured by security, handed to the police and prosecuted. I left early and caught a taxi to nearby Haymarket station to catch the train back to Glasgow, before the hordes of Celtic fans, who would have to catch the next train.

       Last night at the same Tynecastle Park stadium Lennon was again on the same touchline as manager of local rivals Hibernian. In added time Hearts were denied a winning goal and the match finished 0-0. Hearts or 'The Jambos', still top the Preiership table with 28 points from 11 matches, 4 points ahead of Celtic, who have played a match less, and ahead of Kilmarnock 21, Rangers 18, Hibs exciting league season for a change.

        Lennon faced the Hearts fans and celebrated the disallowed goal and a Hearts supporter threw a £1 coin which hit him on the head and knocked him down. CCTV will hopefully indentify the culprit and Police Scotland will take action. Tto the right is the stand given over to away fans, and earlier in the match a Hopps supporter jumped onto the pitch to punch Jambos gk Zdenek Zlamal.   There were five arrests at Tynecastle and on person charged with attacking an assistant referee. Both Hearts boss Craig Levein and Lennon did not blame the clubs, but the idiots concerned. There were also lots of pyrotechnic flares which annoyed the new owner Ann Budge who took over in 2014 and poured in lots of money and passion.

      Hearts were formed in 1874 and play in Gorgie in the west of Edinburgh. The club name was inspired by 'The Heart of Midlothian', by Walter Scott. In 647 meetings the maroon and white have a Derby advantage of 281 to 204 victories.   Emerson Hyndman, a USA international is on loan to the green shirted Hibernian from Bournemouth and came on as a substitute in the 20th minute. The stadium now holds 20,00, all seated and is the sixth largest in Scotland and is only 4 miles away from Easter Road, the Hibernian home stadium.

        Not to be outdone, there was also trouble at the much hated London Stadium where West Ham United lost in the English League Cup to Tottenham Hotspur, who of course have their own stadium troubles