Hearts’ Finances Flatlining – But Do Hibs Need Them?

Hearts have survived this most recent financial health scare, but having been told they’ve got until next summer to raise £2million, this temporary pacemaker could be a quick fix too many for despot owner Vladimir Romanov. His dwindling interest (and pay cheques) could ultimately end the Gorgie outfit for good. The fans can’t raise funds forever, and with Romanov seemingly refusing to sell, he could end up going down with his ship, changing Edinburgh football forever. How happy would Hibs fans really be if the boys in maroon ceased to exist?

With May’s Scottish Cup Final (the darkest day of my club’s long history) still an open wound, the obvious answer from Hibs fans is “good riddance.” That performance through in Glasgow (or “West Edinburgh” as it was called for the day) compounded the rivalry in 90 minutes of hell for the green and white half of the city. Hearts knocked 5 past Hibs and their fans have been going on about it ever since. This year has seen the rivalry intensify and many Hibees would be happy to see the back of Hearts for good out of sheer spite for the goading, scarf twirling Jambos. Easter Road’s Section 43 are always loudest to sing “Hearts are goin’ bust”, to the tune of ‘Football’s Comin’ Home’. I have my season ticket in front of the self proclaimed “Hibernian Ultras” and talking to the regulars who sit around me, the delight at our rivals’ misfortune is clear (if unpublishable). Continue reading