Mementos recovered from Tynecastle Main Stand to be auctioned

Large Handpainted Wooden toilet sign. Circa 1970's.
 Picture: Hearts FC
Large Handpainted Wooden toilet sign. Circa 1970's. Picture: Hearts FC
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FOOTBALLERS have used them to wash away the blood, sweat and tears of their efforts on the hallowed turf – now Hearts fans have a rare chance to buy the white and maroon bath tubs used by their heroes.

A pair of cast-iron bath tubs from the first team shower room at Tynecastle are among a host of unique items being auctioned off to fans this Sunday.

This owl stood guard over the main stand for years and was used to ward off pests

This owl stood guard over the main stand for years and was used to ward off pests

Other items for sale include the original iron turnstiles used by thousands of fans since the stand opened in 1914, cubes of turf and even a plastic owl used to ward off pests.

The unique mementos are among dozens of items from the Archibald Leitch-designed Main Stand at Tynecastle, which is being demolished to make way for a new £12 million structure.

Fans will also have the first opportunity to buy a brick from the main stand.

Hearts said: “The event will give collectors the opportunity to own unique mementos with artefacts and curios to match a variety of budgets.

Large original metal turnstiles positioned in the Main Stand since 1914
Colours: Dark metal
. Pic courtesy of Ray French

Large original metal turnstiles positioned in the Main Stand since 1914 Colours: Dark metal . Pic courtesy of Ray French

“The day will be a celebration of the Main Stand and guests can look forward to seeing a number of club legends and tributes throughout.”

The “two large cast iron bath tubs with round feet”, measure 180cm long by 80cm wide and 50cm tall.

Located in the first team shower room since 1985, they would have been used by a multitude of stars.

Six large original metal turnstiles for sale have been “positioned in the Main Stand since 1914”. Still in full working order, they are described as “worn with scratches and marks” from more than a century of letting fans in to the famous old ground.

The Main Stand owl has been hung from the roof of the stand “for many years” to ward off pigeons that might make a mess of the seats below.

Meanwhile, a series of 13 posters from the players’ lounge, featuring legends such as Dave MacKay, Willie Bauld, Drew Busby, Henry Smith and John Colquhoun are also offered.

And fans who want to become as fit as their heroes can bid for a brown leather “medicine ball recovered from the Brown Gymnasium and used by the first team players from the 1950s to the 1990s”.

Supporters could even decorate their homes with a giant maroon Hearts crest that was originally positioned outside of the Gorgie Suite, or large images of their 2012 cup-­winning heroes that greeted players as they ran through the Main Stand tunnel on to the pitch.

Winning bidders could also get the chance to hang in their home door signs indicating “Home Team”, “TV Interview”, “Match Officials”, “Players/Officials” or “Dope Testing” among others.

Large-sized “Ladies Toilet” and “Gentlemen Toilet” signs dating back to the 1970s are also included in the auction.

Another sign for sale warns “No standing”, while one 3m x 30cm sign familiar to supporters through the years proclaims “Thank you for supporting Hearts”.

Jambos fans could sing along to one of three “7-inch vinyl singles of The Hearts Song, recorded and signed by the 1986 squad”, while perusing through signed posters and programmes from famous victories.

More bizarre lots include three lifesize cows that featured in the Cow Parade when it visited Edinburgh in 2006.

Other highlights include worn and signed football tops, the media boards seen behind players and managers in television interviews, crested hospitality suite windows and “quote boards” featuring inspirational words spoken by Hearts heroes including Dave MacKay and Alfie Conn.

The club added: “The auction kicks off at 11am with auctioneer for the day Scott Wilson joined by new club captain Christophe Berra, who will reflect on his days playing in front of the old Main Stand and give us his thoughts on captaining the team in front of the new stand later this year.”

Entry is priced at £10 for adults and £6 for kids. Tickets can be booked by calling 0131-200 7282, 0131-200 7244 or 0131-200 7271.

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