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City daily salutes past Cup success after call for fans to appear on front page

A city daily paid homage to a football club’s past success after calling for fans to appear on its front page.

As previously reported by HTFP, the Edinburgh Evening News launched a call on Thursday evening for fans of Heart of Midlothian FC to gather at the club’s Tynecastle stadium the following lunchtime to appear in a “very special” photo shoot.

Those who turned up appeared on Saturday’s front page, ahead of Hearts’ Scottish Cup final match against Glasgow-based Celtic FC.

The EEN’s subsequent splash featured a collage of 56 photos and called on Hearts to invoke the ‘Spirit of ’56’ – a nod to their Cup triumph over Celtic in 1956.

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Sadly for Hearts, who are nicknamed the Jambos, Celtic proved too strong for them this year and finished up 2-1 winners.

EEN editor Euan McGrory told HTFP: “The story of how Hearts fans put their hands in their pockets in their thousands in order to save the club from going into liquidation is an inspiring one for all football fans.

“The Jambos have gone from the brink of oblivion to being on the verge of becoming Britain’s biggest fan-owned club – and being back in a Cup Final – in less than six years.

“We felt we had been on a real journey with the fans – the News carried free adverts for the supporters’ group the Foundation of Hearts, for example, when it was just getting off the ground – and we wanted to do something to capture the feeling around Cup final day.

“I know it’s a terrible cliche to say that the day was all about the fans, but on this occasion it really was. There were supporters travelling to Hampden sharing their memories of famous past finals with their kids – from 1956 through to 2012 – who at one point thought they would never be able to do that again.

“That’s why we asked the supporters to take centre stage and evoked the ‘spirit of ’56’. We’re delighted and grateful that we were inundated with requests from fans to be featured on the special front cover.”