Tag Archives: hearts

Edinburgh won’t sleep until 19th May

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!

Edinburgh for the sports fan


Murrayfield, home of Scottish rugby

When people think of Edinburgh, they often think of the architecture, the history, the atmosphere, and the Festival. What people tend to forget is that Edinburgh is a huge sports destination all year round, with two football clubs, rugby, and a host of other events.

The two football clubs dominate the city – Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian are age-old rivals. Their first match-up goes back as far as 1875, which Hearts won 1-0. Hibernian, much like Celtic, originate from Ireland. They were formed by Irish immigrants, and today, Hibs play at Easter Road Stadium in Leith, which is just outside the city limits.

Compared to Celtic and Rangers, the rivalry between Hearts and Hibs is actually quite friendly!

Edinburgh Rugby is one of only two professional rugby union teams in Scotland, and play their home games at the famous Murrayfield Stadium. They are another club with a famous history, having played their first game back in 1872.

Murrayfield is also the stage of one of Rugby’s most famous tournaments, the Six Nations. Every year, Murrayfield is packed out for games against Northern Hemisphere teams, while in the Autumn, you will usually be able to see Australia, New Zealand or South Africa competing in the Autumn Tests.

Scotland’s next fixtures are:

  • Saturday 4th February, England vs Scotland for the Calcutta Cup
  • Saturday 26th February, Scotland vs France

One event you may not have heard of is the New Year Sprint – an open 110m race with a handicap starting system that has taken place since 1870. Professional and amateur sprinters compete for the £4,000 prize at Musselburgh Racecourse, 6 miles to the east of Edinburgh.

Also on feet, the Great Edinburgh Run now takes places in October. Over 10,000 runners take part in the 10k run which passes Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and starts and ends at Holyrood Park.

The community gets together again for the Edinburgh Festival of Sport, which is now three years’ old, but has become a very popular fixture in the city’s sporting calendar. Indeed, the event has spread outside of the city, with activities running throughout the east of Scotland. The event showcases the city’s sports clubs and facilities, encouraging visitors to lead a healthier lifestyle. There’s a cycling Grand Prix, a Moonwalk, and a “Roller Girls Derby”.

As you can see, Edinburgh is a great sporting city. There’s even a Naked Bike Ride, but we won’t go that far!

Don’t forget, if you’re staying in Edinburgh for any of the major sporting events this year, Bed and Breakfast Edinburgh is ready to welcome you – just don’t leave your muddy boots in the lobby!