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Heart of Midlothian Football Club
Tynecastle Park
Gorgie Road
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Formed in 1874, Heart of Midlothian F.C. claims to be Edinburgh's oldest football club. The club gets its name from the Old Tolbooth (tax-house) of Edinburgh that stood in the Royal Mile. The building was also used as a meeting place for the Parliament; the Town Council; the Privy Council; and the High Court. However, after 1640 it became the city prison, housing the hangman's scaffold on a two-storey annex. This sinister building was known as the "Heart of Midlothian" and the entrance is marked by a heart formation of the causeway stones. Hearts play at the Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh, which has a capacity of 17,420. In August 1875 Hearts of Midlothian F.C. joined the Scottish League, which it won for the first time in 1895. The club repeated this feat in 1897, but then had to wait until the 1950s, winning the title in 1958 and 1960. Hearts has appeared in the Scottish Cup Final 13 times, winning on seven occasions. The team's first Scottish Cup victory came in 1891 with a 1-0 win over Dumbarton. The most recent Cup win came in 2006 after beating Gretna on penalties. The club has also won the Scottish League Cup on four occasions.


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