Hearts fans contribute £6.5m to club through FoH

Stuart Wallace
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Hearts supporters have contributed more than £6.5million to the club in the last three and a half years through Foundation of Hearts.

The fan-led group will today officially open the new Foundation Plaza outside Tynecastle Park as a reward for every pledger’s cash backing.

Foundation Day takes place in Gorgie as Hearts host Motherwell in the Ladbrokes Premiership. The new £15million main stand has a concrete piazza outside which owner Ann Budge renamed in honour of the Foundation.

Around 8,000 fans pledge monthly cash to Hearts through the organisation and the total donated now exceeds £6.5m. Of that, £2.5m has gone towards the cost of the new stand.

A pipe band will play today prior to Donald Ford, a founding member of the Foundation, cutting the plaza ribbon. There will also be a mass group photo of supporters.

Stuart Wallace, Foundation of Hearts chairman, said: “Increasingly, as we move closer to fan ownership, there is widespread recognition that FoH is here for the long term – by the fans, for the fans, for Heart of Midlothian. You have played a momentous part in this movement and Foundation Day has been created to thank you. I hope you can come along and enjoy your day.”