Sunday, 4 October 2015

Jack of Hearts

I've interrupted my self-imposed exile from blogging as I simply couldn't let the occasion of grandson Jack being one of the mascots at the Hearts v Kilmarnock game on Saturday pass without comment.

Jack led the team out as they emerged from the tunnel for kick-off and I have to say there was a lump in the Ranter's throat as he did so. Pride seems such a small word to describe my feelings.

The whole experience from start to finish was absolutely brilliant. My thanks to everyone at Hearts, for whom nothing was too much trouble. Ann Budge, Hearts owner, was an absolute delight and many of the Hearts players and Head Coach Robbie Neilson made the young lads feel so welcome and part of the club. Even the Kilmarnock manager - former Hearts boss Gary Locke - was absolutely first class and posed for photographs with a class and dignity that ensures he will always be revered in Gorgie.

Jack told me it was the best day of his young life. Certainly, it was one he, his mother Laura who was also present and this auld Hearts fan will never forget.

 Jack with proud Mum and Papa


Hearts Head Coach Robbie Neilson. 'Right, Jack, you're going on, son'


Bu Kilmarnock boss Gary Locke has other ideas.


Hearts substitutes line up with two of the mascots.


Hearts owner Ann Budge - a classy lady at a classy club





Jack holds up his hero's shirt in the player's changing room.


 Jack joins some of Hearts promising youngsters.



Hearts and Kilmarnock captains line up with the referee and the mascots. Jack is next to Jock the Jambo (don't ask...)






One never needs an excuse to do the '5-1'....


 Jack warming up - not that he needed to in the warm Edinburgh sunshine.



Jack and another mascot with goalie Neil Alexander.


Like I say, you never need an excuse to do the '5-1'...