A HOST of famous names have come out in support of Hearts – including lifelong fan and First Minister Alex Salmond.
He was spotted at Tynecastle snapping up a pair of season tickets and a specially designed Save our Hearts scarf - aimed at boosting the club’s coffers.
The politician immediately gifted one of his briefs to a lucky fan – delighting supporters who sent this snap around Twitter last night.
One fan said: “It’s good to see the First Minister doing his part – delighted he’s dug deep just like the rest of us.”
That sentiment was shared by former club chairman George Foulkes – as it was revealed the number of season tickets sold has now risen to 1500. Mr Foulkes said: “Best action by far this week by Alex Salmond was buying a season ticket for Tynecastle and giving it to a fan. Hope many will follow his lead.”
In a further celebrity boost to the battling club we can reveal TV and radio personality Tam Cowan and leading QC Donald Findlay will join past and present Hearts stars at an event aimed at raising more than £20,000 to aid the club’s survival fight. The Hearts Fans’ Rally, which will be held at the Gorgie Suite of Tynecastle Stadium tomorrow, has been organised by fans with hundreds snapping up £20 tickets.
Rally organiser Craig Wilson, 25, from Loanhead, said: “The tickets sold really quickly when we announced we were having the rally on Facebook and Twitter – we didn’t even have the stubs at that point. This is certainly an uncertain time, but hopefully it will all work out for the better of the club – there’s a lot of defiance and it’s mobilised the fans.”
Craig and his friends held a similar event in November last year, after the club announced that it might only be able to survive for one more game.
The night raised £27,000 from ticket sales and an auction including a shirt signed by Rudi Skácel.
Prizes at Sunday’s event will include boots worn by Kevin Kyle and Jason Holt, access to a villa in Portugal for a week, signed strips and rounds of golf with former Hearts stars.
Craig, who works for the Bank of Scotland, said: “The celebrity endorsement we’ve had has been amazing. Effectively we just went cap in hand and asked for help and both Tam Cowan, who helped out with the last rally, and Donald Findlay has also been great.
“I heard about Alex Salmond buying the season tickets – I just think it’s great that everyone is getting involved.”
He said most of the money raised tomorrow would go to purchasing season tickets to be used by for the Big Hearts Community Trust, Hearts’ associated charity.