Traditionally, we expect to see at least one Glasgow side in the Scottish FA Cup final, so for the nation to see none is something of a surprise. For the nation to see both Edinburgh sides in the final is a reason for Scotland’s capital to be flush with pride.
The two sides haven’t met in the FA Cup Final since 1896, and Hibernian haven’t won it since 1902, so it’s no surprise that hardly anyone can sleep until the final on 19th May. You could say that it’s the biggest ever Edinburgh derby, and Hearts go into it as huge favourites, having beaten their Leith rivals three times already this season.
They beat Celtic in a match in which Celtic lost their cool – and their pride. A last-minute penalty was followed by a managerial pitch invasion, and those neutrals finally switched over to the Edinburgh team. Hibs, however, have surprised everyone after a season that has sent their fans to sleep. One of their players has even promised to run naked down Princes Street if Hibs win.
The fans will be segregated all the way from Edinburgh to Hampden Park, with police working alongside the rail managers to ban alcohol on the trains, and ensure that Hearts and Hibs fans travel on separate trains. Indeed, they may even end up entering separate train stations.
Many fans have suggested switching the Cup final from Hampden to Murrayfield, which is traditionally used for rugby matches. That would be appropriate given the history of cup finals between the two clubs – or at least the single cup final, which was the last to be played away from Glasgow!