The east of Scotland shield

Posted on 31/05/2013

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Tonight Hearts FC  will take on Hibs FC (u17’s) in the East of Scotland Shield. Kenny McLean has detailed some interesting facts about this competition, we hope you enjoy them.

  • It is world football’s third oldest tournament – after the FA Cup and Scottish Cup – and the oldest local tournament on the planet
  • Hibs have won the last 8 editions – surpassing the previous records of 6-in-a-row by Hibs in the 1890s and Hearts in the 1920s
  • In the overall “title race” Hibs lead Hearts by 61 titles to 56, with 10 victories having gone to other clubs
  • Competition began in 1875-76 as the Edinburgh Cup – the first winners were 3rd Edinburgh Rifle Volunteers
  • When Hibs won for three years running 1879-1881 they were handed the original cup, which was replaced by the current Shield. This was known as the “Edinburgh Shield” until the Edinburgh FA became the East of Scotland FA in 1888, making this the 125th anniversary of the East of Scotland Shield naming
  • The tournament is often cited as being responsible for Hearts and Hibs becoming the two big clubs of Edinburgh – as their 1878 Final went to four replays it captured the public imagination and generated a rivalry between them
  • During Victorian times the Shield was open to all clubs regardless of stature: but from 1891 the smaller clubs had to play in a preliminary stage, which was adjusted for 1897 into a qualifying cup, then from 1904 it was for Scottish League clubs only. Since the Second World War the Shield has normally been a single tie for Hearts and Hibs
  • Though originally one of the most important competitions in the football calendar, the invention of the League Cup and European football diminished the Shield; and in the last quarter of a century it has been largely played at youth or reserve level. Each year both clubs come to a “gentleman’s agreement” over what players will be used
  • Hearts record victory came in the 1880 tournament when they beat Anchor 21-0, and Hibs record competitive win was registered in the 1885 Shield when they beat Emmet 20-0
  • Shield’s record attendance is believed to be 26,625 who attended Hearts 3-2 Hibs in the 1946 Final at Tynecastle
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