Last Friday I went to Tynecastle for the Stadium Tour. One of the reasons for my fascination for Hearts is the ground. So I took this opportunity and it was great to get a view behind the scenes. The Main stand is a hundred years old and shows its age, but what character the stand has. It was designed by Archibald Leitch, my favourite architect. There is not much left of what he designed, so it was great to see it in all its glory. I heard some good stories from the guide. Before an Edinburgh derby they turn the heat up in the away dressing room, which is already an awful place to be. I’ve played non-League for several years, but have never seen such a basic dressing room.
At the entrance there is this thing of beauty. Typical for Archibald Leitch, the designer of the Main stand
Some very nice gifts, like the plates of Union St. Gilles and Sparta Prague
I even found some Dutch piece. This is from a UEFA Cup match against Feyenoord
The Rosebery Charity Cup. Last time it was contested was 1945. In 1932–33, to mark the tournament’s 50th anniversary, the venue for the final, Tynecastle, was draped in primrose and pink, the recognised Rosebery racing colours.
The worst thing that can happen is that you have to play Basel. They give you this awful thing. When I first saw this, I couldn’t sleep at night. It still haunts me in my sleep.
Also a lot of nice photos in the room, like this one.
I had sat in all the stand, except the Main Stand. Finally my mission was accomplished.
I also discovered that the Gorgie Stand is a hideout for a James Bond villain.
Inside the Main stand there is a wee museum
The cup is nice, but the wooden figure is brilliant
Of course there is some focus on the great George McCrae
And the Hearts-players who went to World War I
The old board in 1914-1915
Another great room is the Bobby Walker Suite, one of the biggest stars in his day
Two Scotland shirts from his playings days. The one above has the Rosebery colours
And a cap of course
Brings us to the John Robertson Suite
It’s full with shirts and pricez he won
The managers office. Robbie Neilson wasn’t there
But there was a memory from the past
The dressing room. Very basic
Old school baths
Compared to the away dressing room, the home one is the Hilton
Almost on the pitch
The Main stand is a hunderd years old and showing its age
The former paddock, now full with chairs
We ended the tour at the front of the Main stand. Also there you can see the age of the stand
And it all ended here at the plaque for the players who went to the war. It’s paid by the fans from the Jambos Kickback forum.