Club News

Tynecastle tribute

4th August 2014

Stadium lights go out for an hour to commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One.

Heart of Midlothian FC tonight paid its own silent salute to those who lost their lives in the First World War with the lights in Tynecastle Stadium being switched off for an hour.

The stadium was plunged into darkness from 10pm-11pm to commemorate the centenary of the start of hostilities, the club proud to participate in the nationwide Lights Out event.

In November 1914, with Hearts comfortably leading the First Division, players removed their football boots for those of the Army, enlisting to fight in France. In doing so, they became the first British team to sign up en masse.

The players' actions formed the impetus for supporters, shareholders, staff and other professional footballers to join the war effort, with many people crediting their move as also saving the game at a time when football was coming under severe scrutiny from the wider public when young men were dying in the war.

Most Hearts players enlisted with 'C' Company of the 16th Royal Scots, Sir George McCrae's battalion, with seven first-teamers having perished by the time the war had ceased.

The Battalion went on to inspire the formation of a similar unit made up of players from the English League.

Last year saw the unveiling of the Tynecastle Bronze on the wall of the main stand during an emotional ceremony to honour McCrae's Battalion, while this season's iconic home strip also salutes those Hearts players who enlisted for service 100 years ago.