Notable kits of yesteryear

hearts-shirt 15021 February ~ This 1990-91 kit is notable for the fact that despite the garish flashes which were in vogue at the time it is still recognisably a Hearts shirt. The colours and badge may have been very different if the previous season's takeover bid by Wallace Mercer for city rivals Hibs hadn't foundered in the face of huge opprobrium from the public, and the Proclaimers. Sponsors Miller Homes were probably more comfortable with Mercer, who had convinced them to offer up a house as a raffle prize a few seasons previously.

The season's first derby between the resistant and still resolutely separate parts of Mercer’s "Edinburgh United" vision took place in September. In a match disrupted by pitch invasions and general disorder, Hearts cantered to a 3-0 half-time lead. The bedlam abated slightly to allow a goal-less second half to be played out. The replacement of respected manager Alex MacDonald with Joe Jordan prior to the game was overshadowed by the day's events.

Hearts' derby record stands out as a bright spot for the season, as they drew the next game and comfortably won the two remaining fixtures. A creditable UEFA Cup performance saw an exit to Bologna in the second round while Airdrieonians' 2-1 win in the Scottish Cup third round meant that Hearts' trophy drought extended towards the 30-year mark. A fifth-place finish in the league only confirmed the mediocrity. Rob Morgan

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