Hearts revive historic colours with new kit
Football – new kit: Hearts have unveiled their new away kit (above), which pays tribute to a former earl whose colours were first worn by the Scotland national team at the turn of the 20th Century.
The primrose and pink hoops were the colours of the the 5th Earl of Rosebery, a racehorse owner who became Prime Minister in 1894 and was also president of the Scottish Football Association and honorary president of Hearts.
The kit was worn by the Scottish national team on nine occasions between 1881 and 1951, most notably in 1900 when Scotland defeated England 4-1.
The Rosebery tribute Scotland jersey was worn by Hearts’ legend Bobby Walker in 1901. His original jersey will take pride of place in the new Hearts museum which is to open soon.
A version of the kit has been worn by Scotland on several occasions, including the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
The Rosebery Challenge Cup was instigated by the 5th Earl in 1882 and was competed for by clubs under the jurisdiction of the East Scotland FA. Contested from 1882/83 to 1944/45, it was a charitable competition with Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and the Leith hospital as chief beneficiaries. The Charity Cup raised almost £25,000 for good causes, which today would be worth £1 million.
Hearts won the trophy 32 times, including the first competition in 1883. Other winners were Hibernian (22 times), Leith Athletic (four times), St Bernard’s (four times) and Mossend Swifts (once).
The new jersey, shorts and socks sport the Rosebery primrose yellow and pink colours. The jersey includes an original style felt badge as well as an embroidered tag commemorating the Rosebery Challenge Cup.
Photo (middle): Jamie Walker in the museum wearing Bobby’s jersey alongside captain, Alim Ozturk (contributed)
Football – Europa Cup: Hibernian and Hearts hope to make progress in Europe tonight with the Easter Road club boosted by Jason Cummings (pictured with Scottish Cup) signing a four-year deal.
Brondby head to Edinburgh for the second qualifying round of the Europa Cup after beating Icelandic outfit Valur 10-1 on aggregate under new German manager Alexander Zorniger,
The Danes, who finished fourth in their domestic league, have been training alongside Hibs’ city rivals Hearts at Riccarton.
Hibs new Finnish keeper Otso Virtanen should make his debut following the departures of Mark Oxley and Conrad Logan.
Striker Grant Holt may also appear in what will be manager Neil Lennon’s first competitive match since succeeding Alan Stubbs last month.
Hearts, who defeated Estonian side Infonet over two legs in the first qualifying round, travel to Malta to face Birkirkara. The tie has been moved to the home of Hibernians in Paulo because of construction work at the national stadium.
Birkirkara defeated Siroki Brijeg of Bosnia in the first qualifying round and have made regular appearances in early stages of the Uefa Cup and Europa League since the 1990s.
They took West Ham to penalties at the same stage last season before bowing out and have invested heavily in players from eastern Europe.
Tonight’s match is likely to be played in temperatures of around 30C.
Head coach Robbie Neilson said: “When you watch games in countries that are extremely hot, it’s a low tempo and you don’t over-commit. It’s just a different style of football and it’s one we need to get used to.”
He hopes to plunder the transfer market to bolster his midfield following the departure of Morgaro Gomis to Malaysian outfit Kelantan.