famous teams
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Famous Teams:

Hearts are the Edinburgh city rivals of Hibs. Founded in 1874, Hearts were founder members of the Scottish League in 1890. They originally played at a number of places, including the city’s Meadows district, before settling in Gorgie in 1881.

They achieved their greatest successes in the post–war era when they won the League title in 1958 and 1960, and the Scottish cup in 1956. They also won the Scottish League Cup four times between 1955 and 1963. Hearts’ team included the forwards Jimmy Wardhaugh, Alfie Conn and Willie Bauld. Known as the Terrible Trio, they scored over 950 goals between them for Hearts.

With the joint management team of Sandy Jardine and Alex MacDonald, Hearts returned to challenging for honours in the mid-80s. They came close to winning the Scottish Premier League in 1986. They fell at the final hurdle, being defeated by Dundee, as eventual title winners Celtic beat St Mirren by the required score to win the title on goal difference. With one more chance at glory, the Hearts team played Aberdeen in the Cup final the following week, but they lost 3-0 to a strong Aberdeen side.

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