Hearts pay back to Partick Thistle with supporters’ bus gesture

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BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport

Hearts are to cover the costs of Partick Thistle fans travelling to Tynecastle this weekend after citing their gratitude for a donation made by the Jags during the Jambos’ battle against administration three years ago.

After expressing regret for the manner in which the original league match had been postponed just two hours before kick-off last month, the Tynecastle outfit have moved to ease the financial burden on the visiting support heading east for Saturday’s rearranged fixture.

(Pic: Zhi Yong Lee)
(Pic: Zhi Yong Lee)

The gesture is pay-back for Thistle, who kindly donated £1 for every Hearts fan paying to watch the 1-1 draw between the teams in August 2013 during the Gorgie outfit’s desperate bid to avoid going to the wall.

A Hearts statement read: “Hearts is pleased to confirm that, following discussions last week and careful deliberation, we will cover the cost of the official Partick Thistle supporters’ buses to travel through to the capital this weekend.

“As we all know, the previously postponed game was called off just before 1 p.m. on Saturday 13th February following persistent heavy rain and then a late torrential downpour which effectively flooded parts of what had been a playable pitch.

“This caused considerable inconvenience and cost to many supporters from both clubs. While we cannot reimburse every individual supporter on a case by case basis, we hope that this gesture will demonstrate the club’s appreciation of just how difficult things can be for supporters.

“We felt it was particularly relevant given the fine gesture from Partick Thistle during season 2013/14 when Hearts were in administration and a donation was made by the Maryhill club in relation to travelling Gorgie fans.”

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