2016 marks the 100th anniversary of The Battle of The Somme, where more than a million soldiers were killed or seriously wounded.
The anniversary is a poignant reminder of all who made the ultimate sacrifice, including the three Heart of Midlothian players, Ernie Ellis, Harry Wattie and Duncan Currie who were killed in the service of their country on the first day of the Somme, and also of their Hearts team-mate Jimmy Boyd who was killed later in the battle.
All four were recruits in the legendary McCrae’s Battalion and many more of the team and their pals in the British Army would suffer the same fate during the Great War.
As per recent years, the club has commissioned a special version of its current home jersey; one that honours the fallen and commemorates those who made the ultimate sacrifice. This year however, we have introduced a special design to remember the Battle of the Somme. All additional profits made by the sale of this shirt will be donated to Poppy Scotland and selected Veterans charities.
The first team will wear this jersey in their Ladbrokes Premiership match against St Johnstone on the 5th November at Tynecastle. Each player named in the Hearts squad for this match is presented with his jersey, as is traditional at the Remembrance match.
The shirt, priced at £55, will be limited in numbers and is now available for pre-order. It will be available on the 25th October.
To order please vist www.heartsdirect.co.uk or visit the club store on McLeod Street
All of these limited edition shirts will come with a certificate of authentication.