A trip to
So any Pars fans swithering over whether to attend Saturday’s encounter with the Gorgie side or not would be forgiven for giving it a miss. Those that are thinking about giving it a mess, however, should consider the fact that this could be the very last time you get to follow your team at Tynecastle. Well, that is unless the soon-to-be constructed Gorgie Tesco superstore will provide some sort of football coverage at any time in the near future.
After a rollercoaster last few weeks – the historic 2-1 victory over
‘Abysmal’ would be a fair word to describe the Pars past record against the Gorgie side, especially that is at the Jambos’ (current) home, Tynecastle. Out of a total of 51 encounters between the sides at the Jambo bowl, the Pars have come back across the forth with just FIVE victories, losing a mammoth 34 times. The overall match record between the two sides looks just as lopsided, with the Pars winning just 21 times in a total of 102 encounters – the
Recent (or basically any) trips to Tynecastle for Pars fans usually brings a certain feeling of disappointment – the 7-1 annihilation only a few years back springs immediately to mind! The same then, can be said for the Pars previous trip across the forth to Tynecastle. After going ahead through an Andy Tod header early in the first-half, a depleted Pars side eventually went down to a Mark De Vries double amid scenes of mass (aye right!) protest against the club owner Pieman Robinson – mass meaning throwing a few balloons onto the pitch, something which the Hearts coaching staff have been doing for years! I wonder what the Jambo fans will try to get shot off next now that a certain Mr Romanov is about to control assume over the club – the bogging distillery (or so they claim!) smell that hangs over the stadium would be a start!
The possible return to training of Noel Hunt in the coming days and weeks will surely encourage fans that have been desperate for a solution to what could prove to be somewhat of a striking problem. Although, if the truth be told, Hunt’s possible return to the Pars side is just the tip of an injury-hell iceberg which has plagued the Pars for many a week. First team regulars Greg Shields, Andrius Skerla, Ritchie Byrne, Simon Donnelly, Billy Mehmet and Derek Young all continue to struggle for full fitness. Add to this Aaron Labonte’s impending suspension and the situation does look fairly grim going into Saturday’s encounter – although the inclusion, and subsequent performance, of Gary Dempsey in Tuesday’s Reserve victory over
So, with the Pars travelling to Tynecastle with a squad thinner than one of the Cheeky Girls (or both of them together in fact!) and with the recent gut-wrenching departure of the legend that is Craig Brewster from the club, Saturday’s fixture doesn’t look to promising at all. However you’d have to fancy the Pars chances going into this fixture…bear with me. I mean, with all the bad fortune suffered by the Pars recently, someone up there must be due us favour or two sometime soon!