Hearts, that is Heart of Midlothian football club, are the team who play at Tynecastle stadium in the west of Edinburgh. Vladimir Romanov, the Russian millionaire who now controls the club has created a turbulent season with, for example, the appointment and quick firing of manager Graham Rix. Not to mention large changes at boardroom level.
However, more importantly for the Hearts fans, he has brought success this season. Not only did Hearts break the Rangers and Celtic grip on first and second place in the Scottish Premier League (SPL) by finishing second and gaining Champions League qualification entry; but yesterday they also beat surprise Scottish Cup finalists Gretna at the Hampden Park final. The match was 1-1 after extra-time, with Gretna having levelled from the penalty spot. But Hearts were victorious on the penalty shoot-out, and today saw Hearts’ victory parade on an open top bus through the streets of Edinburgh: great news for Hearts fans, but I dare say not the best day for fans of Edinburgh’s Hibernian football club!
The parade began on Canongate and made it’s way down the Mound, along Princes St, toward Haymarket and then down Dalry Road: finally the parade ended at Hearts stadium.
Well the streets were packed with Hearts fans in team colours and estimates put the number of spectators at around 100,000 . The photos above and below are of the Hearts team bus shortly after the victory parade had started on Canongate.
Later, as the bus was approaching Haymarket it headed down my vantage point on Dalry Road, I shot some video, that is shared below - listen out for those Hearts supporters songs!
- Download video of Hearts Scottish Cup Parade 2006. Format is Windows Media Player 9, length is 4 minutes 26 seconds and the file size is ~ 18Mb. If you’d like a better quality version just ask.