Local Football Rivalry

EdinburghFootball fans are getting all fired up, both teams are playing in the Final.

Heart of Midlothian (Jambos) as in “Jam Tart’s” “Hearts”  v Hibernian (Hibees). Fans come in all ages, all ethnicity. But the streets of Gorgie or Easter Road wont be lined with Maroon and White stripes or Green and White stripes for this match it’s being played in Glasgow. The struggle is on for ordinary fans to get tickets. It’s only the most loyal of fans who will get first consideration.
Here are two examples of Edinburgh Fans and their passion:

This is a link to one of the younger fans…….

This is a link to one of the oldest fans……


“Blood doesn’t show on a Maroon Jersey”

It has become even more fascinating in the lead up to the cup final with Fans excelling themselves with quirky Ideas as to how to promote their passion for their team. Here we have one fan who has taken the form of body art to a new level. Not with the team logo but with a famous quotation connected to one of its most treasured players.

Blood doesn’t show on a Maroon Jersey

John “Darkie” Cumming (17 March 1930 – 6 December 2008) was a Scottish international footballer who spent his whole club career with Heart of Midlothian during which he made 612 appearances and scored 58 goals.

Cumming was nicknamed the ‘Iron Man’ and renowned for his fearless and resolute tackling. His commitment to the team is best typified by a quote from Cumming, now displayed above the entrance to the players tunnel at Tynecastle: “Blood doesn’t show on a maroon shirt”. This said after Cumming received a head injury in the 1956 Scottish Cup Final and returned to the playing field. Cumming is the most decorated player in Hearts’ history, having played through the club’s most successful era in the late 1950s and early 1960s. [1] He won two league championship medals, one Scottish Cup medal and four Scottish League Cup medals. [1]

Cumming played nine times for Scotland [1] and also represented the Scottish League XI.


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