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Gordon goes down memory lane

16th July 2014

Manchester City meeting brings back some fond memories for former Jambos keeper.

Friday's clash with Manchester City has brought some fond memories flooding back for former Hearts No. 1 Gordon Marshall.

The English Premier League champions roll into Gorgie for a friendly to commemorate the centenary of the main stand at Tynecastle Stadium.

And when the fixture was announced, Gordon was soon turning the clock back over 50 years to the time when he first lined up against City.

The ex-goalie, who would go on to win five senior medals including two league titles in a maroon shirt, was still two months short of his 19th birthday when Hearts set sail across the Atlantic in May 1958 on an overseas tour which would see the teams play three Test matches with The Empire State Cup at stake.

"Both teams actually sailed out together - we were touring Canada and Manchester City toured America," said Gordon.

"We came together for what was known as Test matches and the Empire State Cup was presented to the team which won the series.

"We beat them 6-5 in the first game in New York, they beat us 7-1 in Toronto and in the last game we beat them 6-0 in Montreal to win the trophy. They were some scores!

"The City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann was my hero and it was terrific to be involved with him at that time.

"One of the grounds we played on - I think it was Ebbets Field in New York - was actually a baseball pitch with one of the goalmouths being the diamond. That day I'd never seen rain like it and the diamond quickly filled up with water and you could barely kick it out onto the grass. It became a farce to be honest but we battled on to the end.

"Both teams then sailed back to Britain together and what a great time we all had."

Looking ahead to Friday's Tynecastle treat, Gordon added: "It will be a great occasion and it's great to see a team like Manchester City playing at Tynecastle.

"There will be a lot of quality players for the fans to watch and it should be a real spectacle.

"I just hope that when they cross the half-way line they keep going forward and don't play side ways! That's one of the things which annoys me about the modern game. When we crossed the centre line, we never came back and just tried to keep going forward."

Tickets for the match are still available at Tynecastle, via Hearts eTickets and by calling the 24-hour booking hotline 0871 663 1874, option 1*.

And don't forget, the club has teamed up with the famed Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival to bring supporters the Gorgie Club Jazz Evening on the night of the game. Anyone interested should call 0131 200 7271 as soon as possible to secure a seat at the special event.

Gordon is pictured at Tynecastle getting his hands on the trophy he first lifted in 1958.

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