Derby will have fan-fare

Hearts fan Kenny Park and Hibs supporter Frankie Arthur gear up for the 2013 Rivals4Charity match. Picture: Comp
Hearts fan Kenny Park and Hibs supporter Frankie Arthur gear up for the 2013 Rivals4Charity match. Picture: Comp
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The sixth and final Edinburgh derby of the season takes place at Tynecastle on Saturday as the annual Rivals4Charity match takes place between supporters of Hearts and Hibs.

The event, which has been running since its inception in 2006, has raised almost £60,000 for charities across the city, and there have been some titanic battles between the sides with Hibs having the upper hand of four wins to Hearts’ two.

With the Hibs professional side remaining undefeated against their bitter rivals this season, Hibs Fans’ manager Dean Philp admits he is keen to keep that record intact as he bids to lead his side to back-to-back victories after last year’s 1-0 triumph at Easter Road.

“I’ve only just thought about that so there is pressure there to keep that record this season.” Philp said. “I’ve seen the Hearts side this year but I feel that we are a lot stronger in every department. But we’ve got to remember, the last time the Hibs team played at Tynecastle (2011) they got beaten, 8-1 which was really embarrassing.

“I also think we’ve got a much stronger team than we did last year so it’s going to be hard to pick a starting XI. They’ve all worked really hard in training and the warm-up matches so it’s a good headache to have.”

Hearts Fans’ manager, Andy Enwood, has swapped his boots this year for a shot in the dugout as he aims to deliver a home victory for the maroon part of the city. A key figure in Hearts’ emphatic 8-1 mauling of their opponents, Enwood is predicting another fiery tussle with no shortage of goals between the sides this time around.

Enwood said: “I actually played at Tynecastle when we won in 2011, but last year I was captain of the side and we got beat 1-0 at Easter Road so there’s a wee bit of motivation to try and avenge that and get the trophy back for the Jambos.

“We’ve had a good build-up with both training and matches. We’ve played some sides that have been both junior and East of Scotland level so it’s been a real test. The guys have bonded in a short space of time so they’re getting to know one another, and with the line-ups I have seen with both teams, I certainly think there will be goals. Hibs are the holders so it is up to us to try and win it back. I am sure they will have some good players in their side, but so have we and we’re quite confident with what we have to do.”

This year’s chosen charity is the Homeless World Cup Foundation, a charity which has reached out to more than 40,000 people across over 70 nations worldwide. The annual Homeless World Cup tournament is scheduled to take place in Poznan, Poland, in August where 64 countries are expected to participate.

A charity close to event organiser Scott Moncrieff’s heart, this year has pitched both Dundee clubs against one another at a charity match at Dens Park, with Dunfermline and Falkirk also due to go head-to-head in July. Moncrieff has been thrilled with the support attained from what was initially perceived as just a ‘friendly kick-about’, into a project designed to recreate the ultimate match day experience for football fans across the country.

Moncrieff said: “Ideally, we want to have about a dozen games over the next two years or so. We’d like to get games with Inverness and Ross County, St Mirren v Morton and basically anywhere in the country where there are rival clubs. We are speaking to quite a lot of clubs at the moment and it’s great we’ve expanded it this year to three derbies.

“It is a fantastic project where you’ll always find fans that are desperate to play in the game and have the opportunity to play at the home of your own team or your rivals.”

Kick-off for Saturday’s Hearts Fans v Hibs Fans match at Tynecastle is 1pm – £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.