Hearts v Lokomotiv Leipzig

Date: 18th August 2016

In the latest in our series of your favourite game here, Ronnie Webster recalls a time when the East of Germany came to the East in Edinburgh…

Memorable matches, favourite game? Where does one begin?

I was taken to matches aged four or five and 70 years on there are lots of games to consider; school matches, semi & cup finals…

l as team captain actually made a speech at the age of 12 after one such game.

Internationals? I saw Scotland v Hungary, Brazil, saw Puskas, Pele, Matthews, Best…

But, as a lifelong Hearts fan, my favourite game is 29th September 1976 against Locomotive Leipzeig, in the European Cup Winners Cup. Hearts qualified as beaten Scottish Cup finalists to Rangers – another story as Rangers scored  before the game should have started! The ref kicked off before 3 o’clock (could only happen to Hearts).

However, Hearts v Locomotiv who held a 2 goal advantage from the first leg came to a packed Tynecastle. Hearts scored twice to square the tie but the visitors scored a priceless away goal. Roared on by the huge crowd Hearts scored a further 3 goals five/three on aggregate to go through!

When the 5th goal was scored, my seat in the old and soon to be demolished stand was directly behind an East German radio commentator. To capture the atmosphere and noise he held aloft his microphone, which I removed from his grasp and proceeded to give Eastern European listeners a rendition of Hearts. Hearts, Glorious Hearts. Forty years on I still laugh when I think what radio listeners must have wondered what they were hearing.

My favourite  game Hearts 5 – Lokomotiv Leipzeig 3

Ronnie Webster.

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