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We have played in South Morroco, we have played in the USA

But the greatest game in history in the game on (the day after) New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day is the tradional day for football (soccer) derbies (rivalry games) in Scotland.  For some reason (I would suspect alcohol consumption) they rarely seem to happen actually on New Year’s Day these days, but this one was pretty close.

It’s been a tough couple of months for my beloved Hearts, with off the field stories about financial problems and unpaid wages making all the headlines along with some pretty poor results.  The results have picked up over the last few weeks (though the finances don’t seem any better – we even lost Iona’s favourite: Eggert Johnson to English team Wolverhamption Wanderers – taking with himn the best accent and hair known to man).

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Today though was the derby against cross-town rivals Hibernian.  It was a pretty dire first half (including Heart’s third missed penalty in the last month).  The second half started worse with Hibs having their best spell of the match, but then the fun really started.  Everyone’s favourite Australian – Ryan McGowan opened the scoring but Hearts gave it right back with an own goal 90 seconds later.  However goals from Andy Webster and the delicious Rudy Skacel in the last ten minutes put the world to rights and assured that this would indeed be a Happy New Year.

Picture of the day was Ian Black (who had previously been reported picking up part time work as a painter) showing off his t:shirt:

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This has lead to two of my all time favourite Twitter hashtags: #illpaintthisplacemaroon and #playingforfreeandstillwinning.

Watch the goals here (with some interesting commentary)

:: Justin ::