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Freddie: "We were just the best team going"

3rd January 2019

Freddie Glidden, the legendary Scottish Cup-winning captain of 1956, sadly passed away this week.

He won a clean sweep of trophies in a maroon shirt, lifting the League Cup a year before the Jambos’ Scottish Cup triumph, and adding the League title to his honours list in 1957/58.

An undoubted star of yesteryear, Freddie continued to be adored in the present day.

He returned to Tynecastle Park in March 2015 as the club paid tribute to Dave Mackay. Freddie was there, along with former teammates including Alex Young and Jimmy Murray, as Hearts marked the passing of Mackay, and would go on to defeat Dumbarton 4-0 that afternoon in a Scottish Championship fixture.

Freddie was back to visit the first team four months later at the club’s training base at Oriam. He met with then head coach Robbie Neilson, pictured at the top of the page, as the club prepared to unfurl the Championship flag that weekend against St Johnstone in what was the Jam Tarts’ return to top flight football.

In 2016 Freddie appeared on HeartsTV ahead of the club’s Hall of Fame event. He reflected on the famous 1956 Scottish Cup Final win over Celtic, his own induction in the 2007 Hall of Fame and what it was like to pull on the maroon jersey.

“It (the Cup win) was just one of the wonderful things that happened in these days,” he said. “You were lucky enough if it happened to you, and I was the lucky one.

“I remember only the crowd. It was a huge crowd. The place was packed. It was all locals – all Edinburgh and Broxburn folk who had packed out the place. It was very good. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“We had a team in these days that was very good. There was nothing really that stood in our way. We were just the best team going.

“When I was young I was a Motherwell supporter, then, of course, Hearts signed me and I went through the different stages there; the Hearts third team, second team then first team. Once you got to the first team you were part of the system.

“Oh yes, I learned to love the club. Yes, I think so.

“To become part of the history of the club is really great because it goes on forever.”