Having experience derby games in Belfast and Manchester, I added Edinburgh to that list with my visit to Easter Road for the Hibs v Hearts clash.
When i’m over for the festival, I usually like to take in a match while i’m there. Having been to two matches at Tynecastle last year, it was always going to be inevitable that the SPL fixture computer would send me to Easter Road this year.
I was hoping that Dundee United would be in Edinburgh that weekend, purely to tick them off my UEFA 100 Club list. Maybe next year.
I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to get a ticket for this game. There were many empty seats in the Hibs end while the Hearts end was full.
It was the first meeting between the sides since last season’s Scottish Cup Final, which Hearts won 5-1, something their fans weren’t shy in reminding their opponents, singing “We only won 5-1” throughout.
Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas got booked for gesturing the score to Hibs fans. Even the local constabulary were at it.
Ironically, Zaliukas yellow card was for gesturing to Hibs fans in the ……….. Famous Five Stand.
Comically, there was a bus shelter advert for an iphone near the ground, promoting it’s calendar facility. The reminder date in the advert was Saturday 19th May 2012, they date of last season’s Scottish Cup Final.
I was in The Famous Five Stand, behind the goal, so had a good position for watching the game and shooting. The match itself finished 1-1, probably a fair result.