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Ian Cathro admits Hearts need to sign another striker as club officials prepare to meet the Northern Ireland forward Kyle Lafferty for talks today.

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Lafferty will sit down with director of football Craig Levein to discuss a possible move to Tynecastle following his release by Norwich City last month. However, Ipswich Town are one of seven other clubs in England and abroad also pursuing the 29-year-old’s signature.

Hearts want him to lead their attack next season but would need to offer a huge deal and make him one of their highest-paid players.

Cathro told the Evening News that strengthening his forward line remains a priority despite the recent arrival of Cole Stockton from Tranmere Rovers.

“It’s an area we’re still looking at. We’re looking at a couple of different parts of the team where we feel we need more strength and different options,” said the Hearts head coach.

“We’ve still got some balancing to do, which we are doing. It’s just going to be a case of being patient and acting professionally. We’ll do what we can do at the right time.”

Lafferty is interested in the prospect of moving back to Scotland after failing to establish himself during three seasons at Norwich.

He spent four years with Rangers between 2008 and 2012 and had spells with Sion in Switzerland and Palermo in Italy before arriving at Carrow Road in June 2014.

He was released at the end of his three-year contract having struggled to hold down a regular first-team place. Norwich loaned him out to the Turkish club Rizespor and to Birmingham City during his time in East Anglia.

Any move to Edinburgh would depend heavily on Lafferty’s salary expectations. More money will be on offer in England and abroad for a forward who has 20 goals in 61 appearances for Northern Ireland – making him their second top scorer of all time behind David Healy.

Lafferty will meet Hearts officials this afternoon to gain a feel for the club before deciding whether to take things further. He is already well acquainted with the Tynecastle assistant coach, Austin MacPhee, who is also part of the Northern Ireland coaching staff.

MacPhee’s relationship with Lafferty could be a key factor if discussions are to progress beyond today’s meeting.

Bringing the player to Edinburgh would be regarded as a genuine coup but, with such strong competition, much will also depend on what kind of deal Hearts can offer Lafferty. Ipswich are keen to take him to Portman Road, whilst the Azerbaijan champions Qarabag have also declared an interest.

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Hearts will not play either of their opening home league fixtures at Tynecastle, the club have announced.

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It was previously assumed the Gorgie Road side would begin the campaign with a run of away matches after an agreement was made with the SPFL.

Hearts insist they are unable to host games at their home ground due to the ongoing construction of the new main stand.

Subsequently, confusion swelled among the support when the 2017/18 Ladbrokes Premiership fixtures were announced, scheduling two Hearts home matches (against Kilmarnock and Motherwell) in the club’s opening four fixtures.

Hearts have clarified in a statement that the computer responsible for generating the fixtures couldn’t compute the request, but the league is still complying with the club’s need to play away from their home ground.

The Edinburgh side are now exploring different avenues to ensure the games can either be moved elsewhere or postponed.

The statement read: “The club previously agreed with the SPFL that no home games would be scheduled for Tynecastle prior to September 9th 2017. However the computer model used by the SPFL could not accommodate this scheduling.

“Therefore, although today’s published fixture list shows that Hearts are due home matches in rounds two and four, there is absolute clarity and agreement that this will not be possible and these games will not be played at Tynecastle.

“We have been assured by the SPFL that this is not an issue and our fellow Premiership clubs have all been very co-operative and sympathetic to our position. We are therefore urgently exploring the different options available to us with regards to rearranging these two fixtures and an announcement will be made shortly.”

Ian Cathro’s side begin the season with a trip to Celtic Park and will travel to Ibrox to face Rangers two weeks later.

Click here for the full fixture list

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Hearts will begin the 2017/18 Ladbrokes Premiership campaign with a trip to champions Celtic.

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Ian Cathro and his men will head along the M8 for the same fixture that saw them close out the previous season. A fortnight later they’ll make the same trip to take on Rangers at Ibrox.

Contrary to expectations, Hearts have been handed two home matches in the month of August. Kilmarnock are scheduled to travel to Tynecastle on Saturday 12 August, while Motherwell are due to arrive in Gorgie two weeks later.

Clubs are allowed to request the postponement of one home match in August, while Hearts may also ask for the other fixture to be postponed or swapped as they await completion of the new main stand.

Fans will have to wait until matchday 11 for the first Edinburgh derby of the season, as Hearts are scheduled to travel to Easter Road on Wednesday 25 October.

There will be no New Years derby this term. Instead, Hibs will come to Tynecastle on Wednesday 27 December.

Opening five fixtures

Celtic (a)

Kilmarnock (h)

Rangers (a)

Motherwell (h)

Aberdeen (h)

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Celtic will begin the defence of their Ladbrokes Premiership crown with a home clash against Hearts.

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The two sides met on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign, where Celtic completed their undefeated league season with a 2-0 win, and will battle it out again on Saturday 5 August.

The first Old Firm clash of the season is scheduled to take place on Saturday 23 September, as Brendan Rodgers’ side will travel to rivals Rangers, who begin their campaign with a trip to Motherwell.

Last season’s runners-up Aberdeen begin with a home game against Hamilton. Derek McInnes’ side won’t meet either of the Old Firm until late October, where they travel to Ibrox four days before hosting Celtic in a midweek battle.

The first Edinburgh derby of the campaign won’t occur until Wednesday 25 October when newly-promoted Hibs host rivals Hearts at Easter Road.

There will be no New Year clash between the Edinburgh sides this year, with Hearts hosting Hibs on Wednesday 27 December.

Just like last year, the second Old Firm game of the campaign is scheduled to take place on 30 December. The final match between the two clubs before the split is set for Saturday 10 March.

All fixtures are subject to change. Hearts, in particular, are likely to reschedule or postpone their early home fixtures as the new main stand isn’t expected to be completed until September.

Opening day fixtures

Hibernian v Partick Thistle

Motherwell v Rangers

Celtic v Hearts

Kilmarnock v St Johnstone

Dundee v Ross County

Aberdeen v Hamilton

Click here for the full fixture list

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The all-conquering Hearts team of season 1895/96, which won the Scottish Cup, Roseberry Charity Cup, Edinburgh League, and McCrae Cup. This side is regarded as one of the finest ever in Tynecastle history, underlined by their achievements in a remarkable campaign.

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The icon of the team was the legendary defender Isaac Begbie but forwards Willie Michael and Johnny Walker also played key roles and contributed hatfuls of goals week after week as Hearts stormed their way around Scotland.

Their cup record stood second to none and their efforts in the 1896 Scottish Cup final ensured the players’ names entered Scottish football folklore. At Logie Green in Edinburgh, in the only Scottish Cup final ever to be played outside Glasgow, Hearts beat their Edinburgh rivals Hibs 3-1 with goals from Davie Baird, Alex King and Michael. The date was March 14, and the crowd is listed as 17,034.

A report of the game ended with the following note: “The cheering which followed this point was something terrific. Hats, sticks, and handkerchiefs were thrown wildly in the air. Soon after the whistle blew, leaving Hearts winners of one of the best games ever seen in a final. The victory, it might be said, was popular in every sense of the word. Those who witnessed the demonstration following upon the third point will not readily forget it. It is satisfactory to note that everything passed off without a single hitch.”

That all-Edinburgh encounter would be the last in the national cup final until, of course, the clubs met in the 2012 final at Hampden when Hearts recorded a famous 5-1 victory.

Strangely, given their cup record, Hearts finished fourth in a ten-team Scottish First Division that season. Celtic were champions ahead of Rangers in second spot and Hibs in third.

The season ended with more silverware, though, as the Roseberry Charity Cup, Edinburgh League, and McCrae Cup were all taken back to Tynecastle. All the trophies are visible in the team photograph. It is worth noting that there was no manager back then as the team was selected by committee, like many other clubs at the time.

• See more great items from Hearts’ history at the club’s museum. For opening times, go to www.heartsfc.co.uk/pages/museum

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Hearts have agreed to send 20-year-old Bulgarian forward Nikolay Todorov back to Livingston on a season-long loan.

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Manager David Hopkin was delighted to see Todorov return to West Lothian after a successful loan there between January and May this year.

His four goals contributed to Livingston’s League One title win and he is now back for their Championship return.

“I don’t need to go into to much detail regarding Niko as all our fans will know what he can bring to the team,” said Hopkin.

“He scored four vital goals for us last season and I’m sure he will score a few more this season in the Championship. Over the summer Niko has been capped at Under-21 level by Bulgaria, playing against Georgia and Greece, and we were delighted for him. I’m really looking forward to watching Niko play in the Championship.”

Former Hearts players Scott Robinson and Dale Carrick are also part of the Almondvale squad for next season. “The squad is coming together nicely and I have one or two potential deals nearing fruition. If we can pull them off I will be delighted,” added Hopkin.

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Hearts will face Livingston next Saturday in their first match of pre-season.

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Ian Cathro’s men will take on the League One champions at the Tony Macaroni Arena on July 1 (kick-off 3.00pm).

Admission on the gate will be £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for children.

Hearts will head to Dublin two days later where they will play St Patrick’s on July 4 before facing Linfield in Belfast on July 8.

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Hearts will meet Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty tomorrow to discuss a possible move to Tynecastle.

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Initial talks with the 29-year-old will take place in Edinburgh, although Ipswich Town are one of seven other clubs in England and abroad also competing for his signature.

Lafferty was released by Norwich City last month and is interested in the prospect of moving back to Scotland. He spent four years with Rangers between 2008 and 2012 and has since played in Switzerland, Italy, England and Turkey.

Hearts want him to lead their attack next season but would need to offer a deal to make him one of their highest-paid players. More money will be on offer in England and abroad for a forward who has 20 goals in 61 appearances for Northern Ireland - making him their second top scorer of all time.

Lafferty will meet Hearts officials to gain a feel for the club before deciding whether to take things further. He is already well acquainted with the Tynecastle assistant coach, Austin MacPhee, who is also part of the Northern Ireland coaching staff.

Bringing the player to Edinburgh would be regarded as a genuine coup but, with such strong competition, much will depend on Lafferty's salary demands. Ipswich are keen to take him to Portman Road, whilst the Azerbaijan champions Qarabag have also declared an interest.

" ,"byline": {"email": "barry.anderson@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Barry Anderson"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4483502.1498137602!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4483502.1498137602!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Hearts want former Norwich striker Kyle Lafferty to lead their attack next season","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hearts want former Norwich striker Kyle Lafferty to lead their attack next season","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4483502.1498137602!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/former-hearts-linked-businessman-launches-anti-brexit-push-1-4482972","id":"1.4482972","articleHeadline": "Former Hearts-linked businessman launches anti-Brexit push","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1498119708000 ,"articleLead": "

An Edinburgh businessman who was once linked with a takeover of Heats has launched a petition in a bid to change Brexit.

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Peter McGrail, who was one of the most vocal opponents of controversial turn-of-the-century plan to move Hearts to Murrayfield wants a multi-option referendum to overhaul the result of last year’s Brexit vote.

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McGrail’s brother Robert once co-owned an 18 per cent stake in the Edinburgh club, but sold his shares during the takeover by Lithuanian businessman Vladimir Romanov.

McGrail’s petition, on the Change.Org site, calls on the UK Government to allow another referendum to take place in the Autumn of this year.

In his statement, Mr McGrail says: “We must all sign this petition to demand that there be a new referendum in September 2017.

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“We can make it happen, the young, the not so young and the very not so young.

“We ask that a new referendum is held and that we are given three options to chose from: ‘Stay, ‘Stay but Reform”, or Leave.”

Mr McGrail, 60, who describes himself as a Remain voter, is still a Director of a number of capital-based companies.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party who are currently proposing what has been called a re-run of the 2016 vote.

Their outgoing leader, Tim Farron, argued at the General Election that the people should be given the final say on a deal between Britain and the other countries in the EU.

The negotiations to thrash out that deal got underway this week, with the UK immediately caving in on their previously stated demand that a ‘divorce deal’ and a new trade arrangement could be agreed simultaneously.

Mr McGrail’s petition has attracted a modest 12 signatures so far, and isn’t eligible for a potential debate as it isn’t hosted on the parliament’s main petitions site.

A petition that called for a 60 per cent threshold for the ‘Leave’ side to win the EU referendum was signed by over 4 million people.

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FORMER Hearts left-back 
Lennard Sowah has joined KS Cracovia in the Polish top flight.

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Sowah was the first of nine signings Ian Cathro made in January, going on to play 22 times for the Jam Tarts.

But the 24-year-old, who joined from Hamilton, was released in the summer as Cathro began reshaping his squad.

The German, who has signed a one year-deal, said: “Before I made the decision I sat down with my family to discuss it and we all felt it would be good for me. I don’t know much about the Polish league but I know Cracovia is a big team.

“And I just had a feeling this would be the right decision for me. Now I just want to start playing and give my best.”

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Footballs weren’t always the bright, jazzy, cushioned sphericals they are nowadays.

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This is the battered and bruised match ball from the 1906 Scottish Cup final, in which Hearts beat Third Lanark 1-0 thanks to a goal from George Wilson with just nine minutes remaining.

The final took place at Ibrox Stadium in front of a reported crowd of 30,000. Unusually, the Hearts players wore a blue kit. Third Lanark were in red and that meant Hearts’ traditional maroon strip would have led to a colour clash, so they were forced into a change.

Footballs from that era were heavy, leather objects which were brown in colour.

The leather panels were hand-stitched together and, by look of this one, it dealt with a fair deal of stress before being consigned to storage.

Hearts had the legendary Bobby Walker in their team that day, April 28, 1906, and were captained by Charlie Thomson. Those two were seen at the front of the club’s brake carriage as it returned to Edinburgh with the Scottish Cup.

Thomson held the trophy aloft as the streets became crammed with people cheering and celebrating the success, whilst Walker held the silver cover. The match ball was also brought back to the Capital and is still one of many items cherished from Hearts’ history.

Hearts finished second to Celtic in the league that season but knocked them out on their way to Scottish Cup success. They eliminated Nithsdale Wanderers by a 4-1 scoreline in the first round before a 3-0 victory over Beith in the next round.

They met Celtic in the quarter-final at Parkhead and won 2-1 despite falling 1-0 behind after half an hour. A 2-0 triumph over Port Glasgow Athletic in the semi-final took them through to meet Third Lanark in the season’s showpiece match.

Hearts further demonstrated their fondness for cup competitions that year by winning the East of Scotland Cup and East of Scotland Shield. At the time, they were regarded as the equal of Celtic and Rangers as their team contained several Scottish internationalists and players who played for the Scottish League Select team.

• See more great items from Hearts’ history at the club’s museum. For opening times, go to www.heartsfc.co.uk/pages/museum

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Jack Hamilton’s position as Hearts’ No.1 goalkeeper is under threat ahead of the new season. Tynecastle coaching staff have enquired about signing a new keeper after leaving the Scotland squad member out of the team for the final three games of last season.

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Hamilton has been wearing the No.13 training kit since pre-season training began at Riccarton. The No.1 shirt he had last year remains free. Swedish understudy Viktor Noring wore 13 last season but is now using the No.31 kit. He will become third choice if another goalkeeper arrives.

Hamilton was installed as first-choice goalkeeper by former Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson last summer. He played throughout the 2016/17 campaign before dropping to the 
substitutes’ bench for the final three games.

Current head coach Ian Cathro is keen to help Hamilton develop and improve his game along with the club’s goalkeeping coach, Paul Gallacher. However, he stopped short of confirming the 23-year-old as first-choice for the new campaign.

“Everything is up for competition. From day one of pre-season, it’s a blank page for me. Everyone has a fresh start and they need to come in ready to work,” Cathro told the Evening News.

“I think we have to continually remind ourselves that Jack is a young, developing goalkeeper. He has crammed in a lot of different experiences in a short space of time. Jack is a focused guy with a maturity beyond his years.

“He will take value from his involvement with Scotland, particularly in massive matches against England last season. We need to support him to make sure he fulfils his potential as a Hearts goalkeeper.”

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Last week, Hearts agreed to sign free agent Rafal Grzelak on a two-year-deal. Here, Craig Fowler gives some insight into the Polish arrival.

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He’s a strong boy

Watching Rafal Grzelak play, you wouldn’t immediately think ‘left-back’. The first thing that stands out is his size. He’s 6ft 1in and carries a broad muscular frame. It’s the body typical of a centre-half rather than a full-back.

There is very little comparison to be made between the player and Hearts previous three starting left-backs. Juwon Oshaniwa, Faycal Rherras and Lennard Sowah were all undersized, quick, agile players. They would try to use their pace to stop opponents getting behind them. Grzelak is more of a wall. He looks to get his body between opposing wingers and their desired direction.

Seeing as none of the previous three left-backs panned out in the manner Hearts would have hoped, perhaps going in a completely different direction is exactly what the club needs - assuming they want to use him at the position, as he can also play in midfield or at centre-back.

He’s fond of a yellow card

Grzelak was joint-first for yellow cards received in the Ekstaklasa in the 2016/17 season. It’s easy to see why when you look at the advanced statistics. He’s not a very strong tackler, as illustrated by his 18.42 per cent success rate, which is pretty poor. However, he does seem to recognise this weakness, making few tackles in total per 90 minutes for a predominantly defensive player.

Instead of sliding in, Grzelak prefers to read the game and stop the opposition without going to ground. He was 29th of all players in Poland’s 16 team top flight last season for interceptions made, and engaged in the third most defensive duels of any player in the league, which would suggest good anticipation, positioning and a keen sense for danger.

READ MORE - What Hearts will be getting in returning defender Christophe Berra

He’s good on the ball

Though he’s not the quickest, and doesn’t have the body shape you’d normally associate with an elusive player, Grzelak is quite an effective dribbler when he gets further forward.

The former Korona Kielce defender ranked sixth among full-backs in the 2016-17 Ekstraklasa with a 75 per cent dribbling success rate. The fact that he attempted more dribbles, by a significant margin, than every other player in the top six makes the statistic all the more impressive.

Despite his size and lack of agility, he’s able to move around opponents with deceptively quick feet and skill. He’ll often draw the defender in, execute a bit misdirection, and then use his size to block off the attempted recovery once he’s got past his man.

In advanced areas his crossing is respectable as well. A 34.78 per cent success rate ranked him 12th among all Ekstraklasa full-backs in the 2016/17 season.

He’s versatile

As previously mentioned, Grzelak can operate in three different positions. Last season he played predominately at left-back (43 per cent of the time), while also filling in at defensive midfield (35 per cent) and occasionally at centre-back (18 per cent).

With his body size, composure on the football and the ease in which he could start attacks, it’s not too difficult to imagine Ian Cathro using the Pole as the left-sided centre-back in a defensive three. Hearts already have Christophe Berra, Aaron Hughes and John Souttar at the position, but with Souttar still recovering from injury and Hughes turning 38 during the season, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a bit more depth.

As a midfielder, he’s got enough technical ability to get by in a deeper role. He probably lacks the dynamism to be an effective box-to-box type, but his strength and stamina should ensure he’s a dependable battler in front of the defence.

READ MORE - What Hearts are getting in striker Cole Stockton

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Tattoos down Cole Stockton’s right arm tell a heartrending story. “They are mostly for my dad,” says Hearts’ new striker. “My dad’s initials, and there are quotes from my dad: ‘Do not allow the eye to fool the mind,’ ‘My shining star and inspiration,’ and that is the day my dad died on my birthday.”

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The 23-year-old endured the toughest time of his life in his teens, losing his father whilst battling septicaemia himself in hospital. It taught him to seize every moment and make the most of every opportunity.

Inspired by his dad, Stephen, he aims to do just that at Tynecastle after signing a two-year contract. “My dad is definitely my inspiration. He passed away with liver failure. That was a hard time in my life,” recalls Stockton. “At the time, I was in hospital with septicaemia. My mum and dad weren’t in a relationship but I would always go and see my dad three times a week. Then I was in hospital at the same time.

“I remember getting a letter from my mum, who would come and go from the hospital. My mum said: ‘There’s a letter from your nan here; your dad’s in hospital.’ I didn’t know he was in hospital. It’s a bit of a mad story. Luckily, I pulled through but I remember the night my dad passed.

“I didn’t know he had passed but that very night I had a dream that I was playing football with him. To me, it’s like he came to me first to say: ‘I’m here for you.’ I went to school two days later and, when I came home after school, my mum said: ‘Listen, your dad has passed.’ He has always inspired me. Everywhere I go, I know he’s there with me.”

Stockton Snr was a Sunday league footballer in Huyton, Merseyside. His son speaks with a strong Scouse accent and is a massive Evertonian who grew up idolising Wayne Rooney. He came through the youth academy at Tranmere Rovers but joined Hearts to further his career beyond England’s National League. He is mindful that he almost didn’t get the opportunity due to illness. “I was critical,” he says. “Scepticaemia is a serious illness. It’s like a blood infection. As a kid you don’t realise how serious it is but being around my mum and seeing her face told me. If I hadn’t got it checked out I’d have probably snuffed it, basically. They said if I hadn’t gone to the hospital within 48 hours I’d have passed out on the couch.

“I was in hospital for just over a month, and I lost around five stone because I wasn’t eating. I tried to get back into football but I wasn’t strong enough, I couldn’t run, physically I wasn’t ready. After a couple of months I began to get there gradually. It was a tough period. I could have gone one way and just thought: ‘It’s done now for me.’ Luckily, I had the right family around me to guide me. I knew what I wanted to do from school and football was always on my mind. So that was my goal.

“I think I was on trial at Tranmere at the time. I was 12 or 13. I remember playing a game and coming off with a sore back, and I didn’t know what it was. I used to play for two teams then so I went and played for my Sunday League team that afternoon. When I woke up the next morning I couldn’t move my left leg.

“I went to the doctors and got MRI scans and that’s when they saw the infection in my groin. Luckily, I got move to Alder Hey hospital and the nurses there were brilliant. I donate to them every month. I can’t thank them enough.

“I’ve been through a lot but I am not one to drag it out or make it a sob story. It just shows it is doable, you know what I mean? I know there are people out there who go through hard times but there are good times out there as well. It definitely shaped me. It made me mentally stronger. It gets you prepared for anything because once you come through that, you can come through anything.”

Stockton’s physique looks as sturdy as his mindset. He is 6ft 1ins tall, decent in the air and carries a powerful shot. He is in Edinburgh with lofty ambitions, too. “Europa League, definitely,” he replies when asked what he wants to achieve with Hearts. “With the players we’ve got here, and maybe if we bring in more, we’ll have a good squad.”

He rejected interest from clubs in England’s League Two to leave Tranmere and move north. One of his suitors were literally in the process of wooing him when Hearts intervened. “I went to meet Carlisle’s manager. That was before I heard about Hearts,” says Stockton.

“When I was going to meet the Carlisle manager, Austin MacPhee [Hearts assistant coach] rang. I had a good chat with Austin who told me a bit about the club. We met in Manchester. We flew up here a week after, met the manager [Ian Cathro] and Craig Levein [director of football]. They showed us round and put us up for the night. Then they took us out for food. First impressions mean the most.

“There were a few other clubs interested but it was about what fitted and suited me better. My eyes lit up when I knew Hearts were interested. My girlfriend said she would move up with me and get a job up here. It is different being away from my family.

“This is the first time I’ve ever been to Scotland but my mum has been brilliant with it and she will be up here every other week.”

Stockton knows this opportunity could be the making of him after a similar working-class upbringing as the aforementioned Rooney.

“I was always out on the streets with my mates, just playing footie, up to no good. It makes you realise how much football means to you.”

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According to the old terrace chant, Hearts have ‘played in South Morocco’ and they’ve ‘played in the U-S-A’.

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But, while it would be foolish to trust the song’s spurious claim that the Edinburgh side have ever set boots upon the sand dunes of the Moroccan Sahara, no-one can deny their numerous trips to North America – they’ve a trophy to prove it.

In 1958, the newly-crowned Scottish League champs travelled to Canada and the United States to participate in the Empire State Cup, a nine-game-tour to mark 25 years since the advent of the American Soccer League. A full squad, including the ‘Terrible Trio’ attack line of Bauld, Conn and Wardhaugh, made the journey across the Atlantic. The side had just wrapped up a record-breaking league campaign which saw them finish 13 points clear at the top of the table with an astonishing 132 goals scored (a Scottish top-tier record) and just 29 conceded.

With Canada boasting a large population of Scottish ex-pats, Hearts proved to be a popular billing, and the Gorgie side attracted mostly bumper crowds wherever they went. In the opening game on May 23, Hearts steamrollered Ontario All-Stars 6-0 in front of a crowd of around 10,000 at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium, Bauld and Wardhaugh doubling up to great effect.

Two days later, the Jam Tarts headed south to New York for the first of four matches versus Manchester City. The game against the English side took place in front of 20,600 at Ebbett’s Field, former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The legendary baseball team had just made their controversial move to Los Angeles the previous May.

In what turned out to be a thrilling encounter, Brooklyn’s ‘Jammy Dodgers’ edged out City 6-5, having been two goals down after just 15 minutes. Wardhaugh managed a hat-trick, with Alex Young, Johnny Hamilton and Bauld netting the others.

Hearts’ next four games included a brace of impressive 13-2 victories against Manitoba and Alberta either side of a stunning 5-2 triumph in the second game against Man City. They then romped to a 4-1 win over British Columbia in Vancouver.

Then came an almighty crash. The boys in maroon tasted a little of their own medicine on June 7 as they found themselves on the wrong end of a 7-1 battering courtesy of an on-fire Man City. A crowd of 24,000 – the largest of the entire tournament – were present at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium to see the Edinburgh side dismantled.

But Hearts would atone for their lacklustre performance. On June 9, four goals from Conn and a hat-trick from Young contributed towards a 10-0 win in the penultimate fixture of the tournament against Ontario’s Northern Stars in Sudbury.

Then, in the final match, Hearts finished as they had started with a ferocious 6-0 victory over Man City in Montreal. A crowd of 10,200 watched on as Wardhaugh (four), Ian Crawford and Bauld made Manchester very blue.

With eight blistering wins out of a possible nine, Hearts departed North America as overall victors of the tournament and were duly awarded the Empire State Cup as their reward.

The trophy joined the squad on board the RMS Carinthia for the long voyage back to Scotland.

• See more great items from Hearts’ history at the club’s museum. For opening times, go to www.heartsfc.co.uk/pages/museum

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The Nigerian defender has one year of his three-year contract remaining but the Edinburgh club hope to mutually agree his exit as soon as possible.

Oshaniwa is one of the Hearts' highest-paid players but hasn't made a first-team appearance in over a year. He fell out of favour under the club's previous head coach, Robbie Neilson, early last year and hasn't featured at all for Neilson's successor, Ian Cathro.

The 26-year-old is desperately unhappy with the situation. His lack of club action means he is no longer being considered for international honours with Nigeria. He featured regularly for his county before moving to Edinburgh from the Israeli club Ashdod in summer 2015.

At the time, he was regarded as a marquee signing but he failed to settle in Scotland and dropped out of the Hearts team in his first season due to poor performance.

Hearts have tried to negotiate his exit before now but, as one of their biggest earners, Oshaniwa is beyond the reach of many clubs financially. The upcoming discussions with the full-back and his representatives are intended to find a solution that satisfies all parties.

Hearts won't pay Oshaniwa his final year's salary in a lump sum to release him. To secure a quick departure this summer, he may need to forego a severance package and write off much - if not all - of what he would earn at Tynecastle over the next 12 months.

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Have you ever wanted a turnstile in the entrance to your home? Are you one of those guys who gets dressed in a suit to play Football Manager, and would like an authentic backdrop in which to give your press conferences? What about fake owls? Do you like them for... some reason? Well, look no further than the Gorgie Suite this Sunday, where all of these items and more will be available for auction as Hearts sell off the remaining items left behind in the old main stand at Tynecastle.

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The event starts at 11am and will be hosted by Hearts announcer Scott Wilson as the club look to continue raising funds for the construction of the new main stand.

In addition to the items already mentioned, there are bath tubs, signed tops, a special edition malt made to celebrate John Robertson’s cup hat-trick against St Mirren, signed jerseys, cow parade cows and so much more.

Doors will open at 10am and guests will be treated with breakfast and a beverage, along with an auction catalogue before the bidding gets underway.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £6 for kids.

Click here for details of the items up for auction.

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A framed picture of the Heart of Midlothian Strollers team from season 1893/94. Some clubs ran amateur sides below their first teams at that time, which were named “strollers”.

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It was a trend which didn’t stand the test of time but which illustrated the growing popularity of football in that era.

The information beside this picture confirms Hearts ran a successful strollers side which won the Second Eleven Scottish Cup and the Edinburgh Cup that year. It was the start of a period in which they lifted the Second Eleven Scottish Cup six times: 1895, 1895, 1897, 1901, 1906 and 1911.

Their players were not on the payroll at Tynecastle but could potentially be given the chance to step into the first team if they impressed on the field.

“Strollers” teams eventually gave way to reserve teams in the mid-1950s and these were a popular way of using fringe players. They also helped first-team members return from injury gradually by playing games at reserve level.

Eventually, reserve football gave way to under-21 and, more recently, under-20 teams as Scottish football began to prioritise the development and improvement of youth players.

• See more great items from Hearts’ history at the club’s museum. For opening times, go to www.heartsfc.co.uk/pages/museum

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Vauxhall Motors, Southport, Morecambe, Tranmere Rovers. Few fans would be excited by a new signing with the above clubs on his CV. Hearts’ recruitment of Cole Stockton is therefore a step into the unknown.

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The young striker has arrived at Tynecastle with an unfashionable background, prompting some to question how he will fare jumping from non-league English football to the Scottish Premiership. A chat with Micky Mellon would certainly put them at ease.

The Tranmere manager did everything possible to keep Stockton at Prenton Park for another tilt at gaining promotion from the National League. As a player, Mellon was a Hearts trainee and a colleague of Craig Levein’s before forging his career in England. He knows the appeal of Tynecastle and the lure of Edinburgh. When Levein, now Hearts’ director of football, called Mellon to say he was in talks with the 23-year-old striker, the battle to keep Stockton became a forlorn task for Tranmere.

Mellon outlined some of the attributes the 6ft 1ins forward will bring to Gorgie. “He’s a good size and he uses his physique very well. He knows how to use his frame and his strength,” explained Mellon. “He knows what he’s good at and he sticks to it, which is also one of his strengths.

“Cole is aware he’s a strong boy and he makes himself available for people to get the ball into his feet. He will get a hold of the ball and he’s got an unbelievable strike on him. He’s a good finisher and he’s always looking to get better. Overall, he’s a really good lad.

“When I was at Shrewsbury last year, we were watching him while he was on loan at Morecambe from Tranmere. We got to know him quite well. When I came to Tranmere [last October], I brought him straight back from his loan because we liked the qualities he had.

“He’s one of those players who, to get the best from him, you need to play to his strengths. If you start putting balls into channels, that’s not his game at all. He’s a big lad but you wouldn’t call him an old-fashioned target man. You can get the ball into his feet and he’ll keep hold of it. He’s a strong guy with a good shot on him, but he’s not going to run channels for you and things like that.

“The team needs to be set up to get the ball into a front man’s feet around the 18-yard box. Or you can get it up to him from deeper areas and he’ll bring people into play.”

Hearts handed Stockton a two-year contract believing he will prosper further. Tranmere had also tabled a deal, while the number of other suitors in England’s lower leagues had increased after the player’s spell on loan with League Two Morecambe.

“Yeah, we wanted to keep him,” admitted Mellon. “He’s young and I still thought there was a lot of work to be done with him. You get to know players and you think about the next stage of their development with you. We worked hard to get him going down here.

“You’re always disappointed when you lose a player but it’s part of modern-day football. It’s hard to develop players these days because they don’t really hang around for long. It’s the same with managers, really. It was a bit of a disappointment but you know people are going to move around. It’s just something you have to adjust to.

“We didn’t know he was definitely going to Hearts. To be fair to Craig Levein, he lifted the phone to tell us they were talking to Cole. I used to play at Hearts as a kid. I was an apprentice there when I was 16 or 17 and then I left to go to England. I know Craig from way back then.

“He was good enough to pick up the phone and tell us the situation. He said: ‘The boy is coming up to speak to us today.’ We knew if he went to Scotland we wouldn’t get any compensation, but Hearts were very good about it. As good as they could be, actually. We understood the situation but they gave us our place and told us what was happening. I’ve known Craig since I was 16 and he’s a good guy.”

Levein stated three weeks ago during an end-of season media conference that Hearts had begun using new recruitment methods to find players at all levels of the game based on their statistics. Stockton may be the first test of this system, coming from the fifth tier of English football as an unknown quantity.

History denotes that proper, astute scouting of non-league teams down south can unearth proverbial gems from time to time. Louis Moult joined Motherwell from National League Wrexham and has scored 30 goals in 69 appearances at Fir Park – leading to interest from Rangers amongst others.

Lyle Taylor played at the same level before joining Falkirk in 2012, where he scored 24 goals in 34 games to earn himself a lucrative move to Sheffield United just 12 months later.

Jamie Vardy is the most high-profile example of a potential superstar being plucked from relative obscurity. He joined Leicester City from non-league Fleetwood Town and is now a full England internationalist with a Premier League winner’s medal tucked away in his trophy cabinet at home.

Key to Stockton’s progress will be handling the step up. Away trips with Tranmere were to places like Dover Athletic and Dagenham & Redbridge. Now, those journeys will be to hostile cauldrons like Celtic Park and Ibrox to play in front of 50,000 and 60,000 crowds.

“That’ll be interesting,” said Mellon. “You’ve got to be careful where you put both leagues. There’s a lot of talent in the National League, as you see with the amount of players who move into the Football League and go higher.

“Scottish managers are trying to benchmark our leagues all the time, and we’re trying to benchmark your leagues. That’s to see where we believe both places sit for recruitment purposes. It will be interesting to see how Cole does and where he fits in.

“He’s young, he’s played a lot of football now so he’ll be able to adapt. He has a lot of the necessary tools to be able to do that. He’ll go into Hearts, I’m sure he’ll deal with whatever gets thrown at him and be a success.

“He’s still very young so he’s still very ambitious. He’ll want to go up there and do really well. He’s in a completely new footballing world now up in Scotland. Playing at Tynecastle, he’ll really enjoy it. That atmosphere can only get the best out of people.”

Mining for Cole deep in the lower reaches of English football may just prove to be a shrewd move by Hearts.

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Hearts will be without defender Liam Smith for the opening Premiership match of next season due to suspension.

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The Scottish Professional Football League are due to release new fixture lists on Friday, but Smith will already miss the Edinburgh club’s first league match. He received six bookings in the Premiership last season – the final one against Celtic in the last match of the campaign – which triggered an automatic one-game ban.

With no league games left, the punishment carries over to the new season. That will leave the 21-year-old sidelined for the opening weekend.

Smith will be hoping to challenge to become Hearts’ first-choice right-back after Callum Paterson joined Cardiff City and Andraz Struna left on freedom of contract.

A graduate of the Riccarton youth academy, he is eager to establish himself as a permanent fixture at first-team level and won’t be happy sitting out just as the campaign begins.

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Hibs Ladies and Hearts Women underlined their Scottish Cup credentials this season as the Capital duo eased into the third round having hit double figures at the weekend.

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SWPL 1 league leaders and Scottish Cup holders, Hibs, ran out 11-0 winners over second-tier outfit Motherwell at Keir Hardie Sports Centre on Sunday whilst city rivals Hearts also put 11 past Tayside without reply at Foresters Park in Tranent.

Second-half substitute Lia Tweedie stole the show with four goals for the Hibees in North Lanarkshire with Rachael Small also grabbing a hat-trick. An Amy Gallacher brace and further efforts from Abi Harrison and Lucy Graham completed the rout.

“I love scoring goals so it’s always good to come on and score a few,” striker Tweedie said. “I think scoring 11 goals against any side shows a really professional performance. They are a good side playing at a decent level so having a few different goalscorers also really helps.”

Hearts, meanwhile, were just as impressive in their win over their SWFL 1 North opponents. Striker Ashley Carse had her shooting boots on as the 26-year-old scored six of the Jambos’ goals with Rachel Walkingshaw (2), Jen Dodds, Stacey Hutchison and Kayza Stevens also netting.

Elsewhere, Spartans Women are out of the competition after being comprehensively beaten 6-0 by SWPL 1 champions Glasgow City at Ainslie Park whilst Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale also crashed out going down 4-0 to Stirling University at East Peffermill.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "NEIL MCGLADE"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4480363.1497899269!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4480363.1497899269!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Lia Tweedie scored four goals for Hibs","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Lia Tweedie scored four goals for Hibs","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4480363.1497899269!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/ex-hearts-winger-suso-leads-tenerife-into-la-liga-play-off-final-1-4479684","id":"1.4479684","articleHeadline": "Ex-Hearts winger Suso leads Tenerife into La Liga play-off final","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1497865302082 ,"articleLead": "

Former Hearts winger Suso Santana is on the verge of leading Tenerife into Spain's top flight.

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The 32-year-old club captain provided the assist for Gaku Shibasaki's goal against Cadiz on Sunday, which secured a place in the promotion play-off final against Getafe.

If Tenerife prevail in that two-legged affair - the first game is Wednesday on the island, with the return on Saturday - they will secure a place in Spain's La Liga and face the might of Barcelona and Real Madrid next season.

Suso won the Scottish Cup in his final game for Hearts in 2012 to cap his three-year stay in Scotland. He was signed in 2009 by then-manager Csaba Laszlo from Tenerife but immediately returned there after his time at Tynecastle.

He is now a footballing legend on the island and, as Tenerife captain, will be eager to lead them back to the top level of Spanish football.

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This clock was a gift to Hearts from Rangers in 1974 to mark the Tynecastle’s club’s 100th anniversary.

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It was customary for clubs to offer gifts to others when they had spent a century in existence, and this item was received by the Hearts directors in recognition of reaching such a major milestone.

Heart of Midlothian Football club was originally formed in 1874 by a group of friends from the Heart of Midlothian Quadrille Assembly Club (Dancing). Indeed, the modern Hearts club crest is based on the Heart of Midlothian mosaic on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

By 1974, Hearts were a long-established force in Scottish football and recognised as one of the country’s top clubs.

Their rivalry with Edinburgh neighbours Hibs was fierce and they had produced some of Scotland’s finest footballers through the years, such as Bobby Walker, Dave Mackay and Willie Bauld.

The clock handed over by Rangers has Roman numerals, which were popular at the time, and the gift was used at various locations around Tynecastle before being placed in storage.

It is one of a number of artefacts from the club’s past which are cherished but not often seen. Gifts between rivals clubs are less common in the modern game, although some Hearts fans believe their club has gifted certain players to Rangers through the years by accepting moderate transfer fees. That, however, is a story for another day...

• See more great items from Hearts’ history at the club’s museum. For opening times, go to www.heartsfc.co.uk/pages/museum

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Ian Cathro admits Hearts had to sign English striker Cole Stockton now to avoid being priced out of the market for the 23-year-old.

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Cathro, the club’s head coach, believes Stockton would become too expensive if Hearts had waited on him developing over the next season or two.

Instead, they lured him north from English National League side Tranmere Rovers hoping he will flourish during a two-year contract at Tynecastle.

Cathro explained that one of Hearts’ recruitment policies is to sign potential before it becomes too costly. “When we’re looking at recruitment, we need to be able to access players early on in their careers so that we can actually afford them. Cole is someone who, in three or four years, we won’t be able to afford,” he told the Evening News.

“He’s a young player who has matured quite a lot in the last six to nine months. He’s ready to make the type of progress that we’ve seen with some other players who have come up to this league at the same stage in their career.

“We want to be more active in that part of the market. We’re getting him in a little bit earlier on, so we’re trying to see the talent before it has fully come to life. By that point, we aren’t going to be able to bring it here. It won’t be possible.

“It’s potential at the moment and Cole falls into that category. His hunger is clear, that’s the stage he’s at in his career. With players at his age, if you wait to see, you won’t get him.”

Stockton’s jump from non-league football in England to Scotland’s top flight is something Hearts believe he can handle. “We’ve made an assessment of the player and his qualities. We’ve looked at the stage he’s at, what he’s come through, his focus, his attributes, and we think he’s a player who can make a lot of progress,” added Cathro.

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HEARTS’ new home kit has proved an instant hit with fans as over 1300 shirts were sold on the first day of its launch.

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After revealing the 2017-18 Umbro strip on Friday, the club have reported sales amongst the highest-ever recorded in the 24-hour period following a kit release.

Hearts ran two events to mark the home kit launch. Don Cowie, Jack Hamilton and John Souttar visited the Heart of Midlothian at St Giles’ Cathedral to meet supporters and give out free shirts to competition winners. Then, the entire first-team squad attended the Clubstore from 5pm onwards to greet fans and thank them for their support.

A Hearts spokesperson said: “The new home shirt is already proving to be a best-seller and we are delighted with the reaction it’s got since its reveal on Friday morning.

“Shirt sales of over 1300 in 24 hours is a remarkable number, yet its not surprising given the fantastic backing Hearts fans continue to give this club.

“Our Clubstore has never been so busy, with fans eager to snap up the new home kit – and our first-team squad were delighted to lend a hand on Friday night.

“With a new away kit launch on the horizon, there’s a lot to look forward to as we edge closer towards the start of the new season.”

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