Heart of Midlothian FC can today reveal that more than half-a-million pounds have been raised by the Share Issue.

Just three weeks after the launch of the scheme on Saturday, October 27, the Hearts supporters have sent the total crashing through the £500,000 barrier.

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The immense effort from the fans was instrumental in the club gaining a reprieve from HMRC after the recent winding up order and ensuring that today's Clydesdale Bank Premier League meeting with St Mirren goes ahead.

"It is difficult to put into words how appreciative the club is," said a Hearts spokesperson.

"To have raised so much money through the Share Issue in such a short space of time demonstrates just how much this football club means to so many people. It is often said they can be a 12th man during games but they have also proved to be a vitally important player off the pitch as well.

"The supporters are one of the main reasons that the game this afternoon will be able to go ahead and that has been acknowledged by the directors, management and players.

"There will be a full house inside Tynecastle today and it promises to be a tremendous atmosphere.

"The continued support of the fans is crucial as we attempt to move towards a more stable financial future and to that extent, our focus will remain on the Share Issue, which runs until December 19.

"This has been a great start to the scheme but it is imperative the supporters don't take anything for granted as there is still a lot of hard work ahead."

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On HeartsTV today, don't miss live commentary of the big game against St Mirren from 2.45pm.

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