Videos of the Day: The Edinburgh Derby

by | Feb 16, 2016

Following a two-all draw in their recent match at Tynecastle, Heart of Midlothian replay against Hibernian in the Fifth Round of the Scottish Cup at Easter Road this evening, with a quarter-final against Inverness Caledonian Thistle awaiting the winners. Hearts currently have the upper hand over Hibs in terms of league positions and the Edinburgh derby. They sit in third place in the Scottish Premiership behind the leaders Celtic and second placed Aberdeen, with Hibs currently in second place in the Scottish Championship behind Rangers, who are eight points clear at the top of the table, although Hibernian do still have a game in hand on them. Local rivalries, however, can be no great respecters of league position and Hibernian may well be feeling confident after two goals in the last ten minutes of the first match clawed back a two goal deficit.

Because of the sensitive nature of local rivalries, we’ve pulled out two matches from the archives of YouTube this morning in the interests of balance. First up is a match from Tynecastle from New Year’s Day 1973 which has gone down in the history of Hibernian. At kick-off, Hibernian were in second place in the table, two points behind Celtic, whilst Hearts were in seventh place. Hibernian finished the 1972/73 season in third place in what was then the eighteen team First Division of the Scottish League (the reduction in size which gave Scottish football its distinctive look on newspaper results and tables pages came in 1975.) Revenge can a dish best served cold and, whilst other big wins have flowed in each direction since New Years Day 1973, Hearts supporters might well feel that they got their real payback a little over thirty-nine years later, when the two clubs met in the Scottish Cup final – the first time that this showpiece match had been played as an Edinburgh derby since 1896.


(The eagle eyed amongst you will have noted that the Hibernian goal in the second video is not there. Left off by the original uploader, I’m afraid.)

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