Was in Edinburgh last week taking in some culture, and nothing gets more cultural than Hearts v Aberdeen.
As a bonus, it also meant I could tick off Aberdeen as number 28 in my UEFA 100 Club. Hopefully, next year, the SPL fixtures will be kind to me and see Dundee United travel to Hearts or Hibs when i’m in Edinburgh in 2012.
I headed to Tynecastle after leaving my stuff at the hotel and got a ticket easy enough, behind the goal to the left of the TV screen, if you know Tynecastle that way, right beside the away fans, and then headed over the the other end where Hearts were attacking in the second-half.
Tynecastle is one of my favourite grounds for that reason. I thought you could only move around at Irish League grounds.
It was my third time at Tynecastle, having been there in 2009 for the match against Dynamo Zagreb and last year, on a non matchday to get some portrait shots of the ground.
In the warm-up, I was literally yards away from Jim Leighton as he put the Aberdeen goalkeepers through their paces.
A gentleman beside me pointed out Jim Leighton to his son, who looked as if he wasn’t born when Leighton retired in 2000, and seemed unimpressed at being in his presence, despite his dad pointing out he played for United and Arsenal.
The match was a pretty routine 3-0 win for Hearts, and I managed to get some not bad photos. My favourite chant was from the Hearts fans to their Aberdeen counterparts “We’re from the capital, you’re from a shithole”, a song I hope catches on at Windsor Park.
And thus, I was a lucky charm for Hearts, having attended two games, with them winning both, scoring five and conceding none.
Little did they know the scud that was coming their way.
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