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SBD Global/June 21, 2013/Franchises
Scottish Premier League Side Heart Of Midlothian Beginning Administrative Cuts
Published June 21, 2013
WEIR LAMENTS SITUATION: In London, Phil Gordon reported former Hearts player David Weir "admits that he is not an expert on finance" but recognizes that Heart of Midlothian lost its way "when those on the payroll started to count for more than those in the stands." The big numbers that Weir remembers "are the 200,000 people who went on to the streets of Edinburgh to watch Hearts parade the Scottish Cup" in '98. By the time Weir returned to Scotland nine years later, his old club was "the talk of the game because of the huge wages being offered by Vladimir Romanov, the now-bankrupt owner." Weir said, "It is sad what has happened to Hearts. That day [the '98 Scottish Cup final] was one of my best memories. Hearts had not won a major trophy for 36 years. To beat Rangers in front of 50,000 fans at Celtic Park was a great experience" (LONDON TIMES, 6/20).