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I remember the day well....13 years old, and seen the league title, european cup semis, scottish cup final, in the last 3 seasons. Hearts were league leaders. I was reluctantly at yet another family wedding in the Queens Hotel. Sent out along with a couple of other Dundee-daft young cousins to get a bunch of Sporting Posts to see the scores. We handed them out round the function room, and the band might as well have taken a break as the men & boys were huddled into wee groups, with people reading the match report out loud....7-1, away from home!? Unheard of, especially without Gillie.

The huge significance of that match, though, was its impact on the title's destination. Earlier in the season, we'd lost at home to both Killie & Hearts. Two weeks before Tynecastle we'd won 4-1 at Rugby Park, damaging Killie's goal average (goals scored divided by goals against)....but this 7-1 result wrecked Hearts goal average & gave the 3 clubs just 2 points behind them (Dunfermline, Hibs & Killie) a boost, if they could level up on points.

On the final day of the season, Killie were 2 points behind Hearts, and they met at Tynecastle....Killie won 2-0, Hearts lost the title on goal average by 0.042.....if it had been goal difference, Hearts would have been champions by 41 to 29. I think that season was a significant element of the decision to change to GD.

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Gillie wasn't there, he'd gone to Spurs, Charlie Cooke was in his place, but Andy Penman & Kenny Cameron grabbed a hat-trick each. A less well-known wee fact was that Dundee scored all 8 goals that day, and were 7-0 up before Alan Cousin of all people scored an o.g., maybe he was trying to get a 3rd hat-trick :0)

There's a blog article, and copy of the match report, on TDBs, here.....

https://www.thedarkblues.co.uk/blogs/records/1964-65-hearts-broken-but-not-by-albert-kidd-r21/

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ps....Stevie Murray wasn't from Northern Ireland!....this is copied from the London Hearts Supporters Club archive.

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11 hours ago, ThelegendthatisBeto said:

Sure rangers were 7 up at halftime in that game. 

Think it was at least 6 at HT anyway.

Was in a full Bobby Cox stand that night (sure it was a Sunday night game) as most ST holders sat there during it's first season instead of the Derry and the atmosphere on the HT whistle was toxic. Boys having full on meltdowns as they stormed out the stand and big arguments between some Dees. Jocky was getting it tight and responded with a twos up to the home support.

Some things never change 😂

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