80s Edinburgh: 17 photo memories of Edinburgh in 1986, the year Hearts blew league title on final day of season

Nineteen Eighty-Six was a memorable year in Edinburgh – albeit one those of a maroon-and-white persuasion would probably rather forget.

It was, of course, the year Heart of Midlothian FC came within a whisker of lifting the Scottish Premier League title – only to be denied on the final day of the season.

The Jam Tarts had been in top form, with a league and cup double on the cards as the Gorgie side approached the final few games of the 1985/86 season.

Sadly for Hearts fans, it would all end in tears.

The Edinburgh club surrendered their league title ambitions in bizarre fashion within minutes of the final whistle of the last game of the season. A 2-0 loss away to Dundee, and Celtic’s 5-0 win at St Mirren consigned a broken Hearts to second place.

To make things worse, Hearts would then lose 3-0 to Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Final.

In other news that year, Edinburgh played host to the Commonwealth Games.

Auld Reekie had been praised for its hosting of the 1970 Commonwealth Games 16 years earlier – but the Capital’s second attempt at playing host would sadly be swept up in controversy.

Firstly, the city had practically received the 1986 games by default, as no other city had wanted them. Then, in the run up to the summer event, a mass boycott was staged in response to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s refusal to impose sanctions on South Africa’s apartheid administration.

From 59 potential participating nations, just 27 would make the trip to Edinburgh to compete in what would become unofficially known as the ‘Boycott Games’.

These are just some memories of Capital life in 1986 – scroll through our picture gallery for more.