Who are Hearts?
Hearts are a professional football club based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The team play in the Scottish Professional Football League. Hearts, the most successful and oldest football club in the Scottish capital, were established in 1874.
The club have played home games at Tynecastle Park since 1886. After changing the ground into an all-seater stadium back in 1990, it now has a capacity of 19,852, following the ending of a rebuilt main stand in 2017.
The side’s training facilities are at the Oriam, the country’s national performance centre for sport, where Hearts also run their youth academy.
They have won the Scottish league championship on four occasions, most recently in the 1959–60 season, when the team also retained the Scottish League Cup to complete League Cup and League double.
The club’s most productive period was under former player turned head coach Tommy Walker from the early 1950s to mid-1960s.
Between 1954 and 1962, the clu7b won two league titles, four Scottish League Cups, and one Scottish Cup, and also finished inside the division’s top four positions for 11 consecutive campaigns between 1949–50 and 1959–60.
Alfie Conn Sr., Willie Bauld and Jimmy Wardhaugh, known as the Terrible Trio, were attackers at the start of this period with John Cumming and Dave Mackay.
Jimmy was part of another famous Hearts attacking trinity in the 1957–58 league winning side.
Along with Alex Young and Jimmy Murray, they set the record for the number of goals netted in a Scottish league winning season (132).
In doing so, The Jambos’ also became the only club to finish a campaign with a goal difference exceeding 100 (+103).
Hearts have also won the Scottish Cup on eight occasions, most recently in 2012 after a 5–1 win over Hibernian, their local rivals.
The Jam Tarts’ most recent Scottish League Cup Final appearance was eight years ago.
In 1958, Hearts became the third Scottish and fifth British side to compete in European competition.
What are the predictions for next season?
It was a mixed bag of a campaign for the club, if an ultimately successful one.
Hearts won the Championship without any side getting close to them and completed the objective that was a must at the start of the term.
They have racked up the goals in some matches, but others have been hard work. None more so than last campaign’s Scottish Cup. With all this in mind, we can expect good Hearts next season.
Hearts – 2021/22 season (odds)
Bookies listed Robbie Neilson’s side at a 150/1 chance of beating league rivals to lift the Scottish Premiership trophy.
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