Heart of Midlothian F.C., commoinly known simply as Hearts, is a Scottish football club based in Edinburgh. They currently feature in the Scottish Premier League.
Hearts were establised around 1874 and are supposedly named after a popular local dance hall, which in turn took its name from Sir Alter Scott’s novel “The Heart of Midlothian”. Hearts won the league championship in Scotland in 1895 and 1896 and won the Scottish Cups four times between 1891 and 1906.
But after that Hearts sank into a period of decline and did not win a major trophy untl 1954. They then won the league twice, once in 1958 and then in 1960. Hearts also won the Scottish Cup in 1956 and won the Scottish League Cup in 1954,1958,1959 and 1962.
But from the mid-1960s onwards Hearts again went into a decline. They were relegated from the Premier Division in 1977 and then followed a period of yo-yoing. But they resurfaced in the mid-1980s and finished runners-up in the Premier League in 1986 and 1988.
But Hearts again slipped down in the 1990s but still won the Scottish Cup in 1998. In recent times Hearts have established themselves as a very important and well performing team in the Scottish Premier League and regularly compete for the third spot in the table.
Hearts play their home matches at the Tynecastle Stadium in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh. It has been the club’s home since 1886 and can accomodate 17,420 spectators. Hearts bear the nicknames “The Maroons”, “The Jam Tarts” and “Jamboos”.