Emotion will be thick in the air at Tynecastle on Saturday as Heart of Midlothian FC welcomes Raith Rovers to the Capital on Remembrance Weekend.
Both clubs have close links to the legendary McCrae’s Battalion and with the Championship clash taking place 100 years since the start of World War One, the afternoon will assume added poignancy for all involved.
There will be a minute’s silence before kick-off with both sets of players interlinked shoulder-to-shoulder throughout. A lone piper will also play the lament Flowers of the Forest.
The dugouts and the retracting tunnel will all be adorned with poppies, while Hearts and Raith will take to the field wearing their own commemorative strips.
Additional aspects of the afternoon include 22 mascots from primary schools in the Dalry and Kirkcaldy areas accompanying each team on to the pitch, while there will be bucket collections in aid of Poppy Scotland inside and outside the stadium.
The club has also produced a 100-page commemorative matchday programme to mark the occasion, while the Band of the Royal Scots Association will perform before the game and at half-time.
Sunday will see the first-team squad, coaching staff and Board members attend the annual memorial service at Haymarket, where it is expected that over 2000 people will be in attendance. The club asks all those planning on going along to the service to respect the crowd-control measures which will be in place to help the event proceed in a dignified and orderly manner.