Scoring a major retail boost

IT’S not just tickets for Hampden which have spurred a mad scramble among Edinburgh football fans.

Hearts and Hibs fans have been clearing shelves at dedicated merchandiser Football Nation in Lothian Road.

Shop co-owner Steven Dow, 42, said feverish fans were gearing up with the right armoury for the biggest ever Edinburgh derby.

“Cup final merchandise is pretty much all we are doing,” he said. “We have had Hibs on the phone looking to buy some of our shirts – it’s getting that desperate.”

Today, he gives a run-down of his five best-sellers of recent weeks.

1) Franck Says Relax T-shirts:

“This and the Robbo one are flying off the shelves and are easily our top seller for the cup final.”

2) Hibs and Hearts scarves:

“The attendance at Hampden will be massive so there might be a number of fans having to buy a scarf who don’t normally attend home games.”


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3) Adidas maroon T-shirt:

“Hearts are going with an Adidas kit next season so this has been popular. Written on the shirt is: ‘Scottish Cup Final’ and ‘Robbo 9’.”

4) Retro Hibs long-sleeve T-shirt:

“It’s nostalgic but brought up to date and made by Umbro. Some people have been very nervous about getting Scottish Cup final printed on the front of it.”


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5) Hearts and Hibs flags:

“These are checked green and white, and checked maroon and white – I think we completely underestimated how many of these we would need in stock.”