Remember when: They’re cup and at ’em

Hearts groundsman Mathie Chalmers shows the Scottish Cup to the crowd at Tynecastle in 1956
Hearts groundsman Mathie Chalmers shows the Scottish Cup to the crowd at Tynecastle in 1956
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A SMILE from ear to ear, his hand firmly clutching the gleaming cup as hundreds of fans shout out in celebration around him.

The face of this little boy sitting on the wall at Tynecastle back in April 1956 says it all. Hearts had beaten Celtic 3-1 in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden – a dream of 50 years for the Gorgie side – and supporters were enjoying every minute when groundsman Mathie Chalmers paraded the trophy on home soil.

It is a sight that Hibs fans across the world are dreaming about ahead of tomorrow’s cup final as the Easter Road side too prepares to take on Celtic.

Quite what it would mean for the Leith team to bring home the trophy is hard for many fans to put into words.

After all, they have had a long a wait since their last victory all those years ago in 1902 – and many narrow defeats.

Such was the case in 1958 when Hibs lost out to Clyde 0-1 at Hampden, with then captain Eddie Turnbull returning to Easter Road minus any silverware.

As the Evening News reported post-match: “It has been said that a team requires a certain amount of luck to win the Scottish Cup.

“This might or might not be true, but one must say this about the game at Hampden on Saturday – Hibernian, despite all their valiant endeavour, did not get a single break.”

There was further disappointment for Hibs in 1979 when they lost out to Rangers in the cup final, 3-2 after extra time in the second replay. Pictured here, manager Eddie Turnbull was doing his best to turn fortunes around with a pep talk to his clearly exhausted players.