A Tale of Two Seasons provides a fan’s eye view of one of the most momentous periods in Hearts’ 140-year history, covering unthinkable calamity and ultimate salvation.
Game by game, Steve Weddell recalls Hearts’ progress through two wildly eventful seasons which began with the calamity of entering administration, and nearly saw the death of the football club before relegation gloom and doom was replaced with new hope and success both on and off the field.
A rollercoaster story close to the heart of every fan, the unbelievable ups and downs include:
- Entering administration in June 2013 with debts of around £30 million and being docked 15 points for the upcoming season;
- Fired up, ten-man Hearts seeing off Aberdeen after hearing their manager Derek McInnes tell the Dons’ players: ‘come on, let’s show these boys who the men are’;
- Excruciating defeat on penalty kicks to Inverness in the League Cup semi, conceding a stoppage time equaliser to their nine men;
- Winning four out of five derbies in 2013/14, including the infamous ‘Relegation’ derby where Hibees turned up in party hats to relegate their bitter rivals – but got more than they bargained for;
- The sting of relegation assuaged, days later, with the news that the shares from Lithuania had been secured and the club was saved;
- A reborn, revitalised club with Ann Budge, Craig Levein and Robbie Neilson at the helm kick-off life in the Championship with an opening day victory at Ibrox;
- Alim Ozturk’s 40-yard stoppage-time equaliser at Easter Road described as a ‘one in a thousand freak’ by Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs – only for Ozturk to repeat the trick next game!
- A 20-match unbeaten run from the start of the season which laid the foundation for a record points tally and a title claimed before the clocks went forward.
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