For the first time in their history, Heart of Midlothian Football Club will take to the pitch for a League match with the names of thousands of supporters on their strip. Released on the 19th November, The Foundation of Hearts Tribute Jersey is a limited edition strip which features the name of every Foundation pledger who reached the required FoH reward threshold in February 2015.
The fans tribute jersey is the club’s official 3rd strip and also the official strip of the Hearts “Legends” team. Following a complicated design process it features over 8000 names and is likely to become a valued collector’s piece. It is now set to be worn for the first time against Motherwell at Fir Park on Saturday 28th November 2015.
Hearts’ Chairwoman Ann Budge said: “Everyone here at the club is thrilled with the final product. This has been another real team effort between the club and the Foundation of Hearts and we can’t wait to see the team run out against Motherwell in the shirt.”
Foundation of Hearts Chairman, Brian Cormack, was equally proud: “This is an immensely proud and emotional moment for everyone associated with the Foundation of Hearts, and we are absolutely delighted to see this project come to fruition.”
Speaking on behalf of the Hearts Legends team, John Robertson said “Having had the honour of seeing fans all over the world with our names on their Hearts jersey, we are proud to have the opportunity to now wear those self-same fans names on our backs.”
To commemorate this occasion, the Foundation of Hearts have teamed up with the Well Society to run a day of fun for all supporters. Foundation board members will be in attendance and, for the first time ever, will set up an information stall in the away end. Earlier this month members were given the chance to nominate match-day mascots. 15 lucky winners have been selected and will run out on the pitch in support of the team.
There will also be a half time penalty shoot-out and a few other surprises. It promises to be a great occasion and we hope to see you there. Further announcements will be made in due course, so please stay tuned to our social media channels.
The club’s 3rd strip, limited in numbers, is now available for purchase online at heartsdirect.co.uk or in person at the Hearts Club Store on McLeod Street.