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19 hours ago, dannymack said:

 

 

Should the stockings/socks not be black with maroon & white turnovers ? 

Nevertheless Andy has done wonders with his colouring on various Hearts pictures. 

Think the photo is 1911/12 when they had Marone stockings Black not introduced until 1913. Difficult as the photo was undated but the style of the jersey indicates 1911/12.

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2 minutes ago, wfbarrel said:

Think the photo is 1911/12 when they had Marone stockings Black not introduced until 1913. Difficult as the photo was undated but the style of the jersey indicates 1911/12.

I will check it out on Saturday as the photo is being dropped off at the Museum on Saturday and I will see if either Davy Allan or Davie Speed can date it.

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51 minutes ago, wfbarrel said:

Think the photo is 1911/12 when they had Marone stockings Black not introduced until 1913. Difficult as the photo was undated but the style of the jersey indicates 1911/12.

 

47 minutes ago, wfbarrel said:

I will check it out on Saturday as the photo is being dropped off at the Museum on Saturday and I will see if either Davy Allan or Davie Speed can date it.

 

Cheers, was looking at the detail of the stocking in the original image then checked out this marvellous site... 

Maybe the site needs updated 👍👍 

 

http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/Scottish_Football_League/Heart_of_Midlothian/Heart_of_Midlothian.htm

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Bobby mentioned in this article in 

The Edinburgh Reporter free paper 

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Below is a sketch of Bobby Walker (not used in the book) which appeared in the Dundee Courier on 20th February 1906.

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Smith's right boot

Gina pick this up after the game Saturday. 

 

 

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Foundation Open Day visit to the Museum was busy on Sunday. New Bobby Walker book for sale in the Hearts Museum and Hearts Shop. Visit the Museum this weekend and pick up a copy or book your place for the Book launch signing on Thursday 18th November Official Book Launch of Bobby Walker's Biography - Events - Universe1501438747_OfficialBookLaunchofBobbyWalkersBiography-Events-Universeand5morepages-Personal-MicrosoftEdge04_11_202110_11_28(2).thumb.png.9c78e982b52033956718a9c940836c1b.pngmuseum book sale.jfif

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Hearts Heritage are delighted to announce The Official Book Launch of 'Bobby Walker - This is his Story' by Colin Robertson and Andrew Hoggan!

 

The Event...

 

Spend an evening in the Museum taking in our wonderful exhibitions and get access to exclusive event extras:

 

· Cash Bar from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

· Special limited exhibition displaying a selection of Bobby Walkers Caps from the Hearts Heritage collection

· A short talk on Bobby Walker

· Q&A session with the Authors and Hearts Historians

· Raffle Prize Bundle

· Book signing with the authors and a chance to purchase a copy of the book, if you haven't got one already!

 

 Dress code is informal; under 18's are welcome at the discretion of a parent or guardian.  

 

About the Book...

The first book to ever tell the story of Bobby Walker, considered by many to be the finest player in Europe at his peak from 1896 to 1913, reveals the highs and lows of his career with Hearts and his outstanding international record. The extensively researched publication also contains numerous images that cannot be sourced in modern day publications.

 

Purchase a copy here - https://www.heartsdirect.co.uk/item/2789/GiftsMerchandise/BOBBY-WALKER-THIS-IS-HIS-STORY-PRE-ORDER.html

 

Born in Edinburgh in January 1879, Bobby is arguably the greatest ever player in Hearts history and one of the greatest ever in Scottish football.  After making his 1st team debut in April 1896, Bobby scored an incredible 266 goals in 655 matches, 33 of them coming in the Edinburgh Derby; a record unsurpassed in Edinburgh Football. Bobby scored Hearts 1000th league goal and was the first Hearts player to score 100 league goals.  

 

Bobby was the first Scotland player to win 25 caps, when he retired his record of 29 caps stood for 20 years, only Kenny Dalglish has held the record for a longer period.  

 

Bobby has been inducted in both the Heart of Midlothian and Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

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Don't forget your chance to pick up a copy of "Bobby Walker - This is his story" if you've not got one and you're going to the game today. All Book Sale Profits going to the Hearts Museum. A great chance to pick up a limited first edition and contribute directly to the preservation of the future history of the club.

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You can read all about The Legend Bobby Walker in the new book This is his Story available from the Hearts Shop and in the Hearts Museum. Book your ticket for the book signing evening on 18th November
 
 
 
 
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One week to go until our Museum event to celebrate the launch of 'Bobby Walker - This is his Story' - grab a few drinks, meet the authors and see a rare exhibit of Bobby's caps not usually on display! We can't wait - did you book your ticket yet? It's free to attend but spaces are limited - Book your ticket Herehttps://www.universe.com/events/official-book-launch-of-bobby-walkers-biography-tickets-87MTWS
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One of my favourite bits from the Bobby Walker Story came on pages 98/99. It was Bobby's pre-match discussion with the cocksure Celtic Goalie ahead of the Scottish Cup Quarter Final against Celtic in Glasgow in February 1906, and the outcome and commentary when they left the field at the end of the game: -

 

"A 3-0 victory at Beith in the second round (Walker scoring) set up a mouth-watering quarter final tie with Celtic in Glasgow. The game was scheduled for 24th February 1906 and a massive crowd of 52,000 (the largest crowd to watch Hearts at that time) turned out. Beforehand, Bobby Walker was on the pitch with David Adams the Celtic goalkeeper. Adams remarked, “Ah Bobby, it’s scarcely worth your while examining the ground.”

 

Walker asked “For why?”.

 

“Because you’re going to get badly beaten,” said the keeper.

 

“You never know Davie, you never know,” replied the Hearts man quaintly.

 

The pitch was hard and heavily sanded due to frost and the ‘Final before the Final’ saw the home side lead 1-0 at half-time.

The second half saw Hearts surge into the attack and Walker equalised from a Wilson pass when he lofted the ball into the postage stamp corner. When he later set up Menzies for the winner, the travelling fans of 5,000 celebrated with sheer delight.

 

When going off the field, Walker turned to Davie Adams with a twinkle in his eye and said, “You never know Davie, you never know!”

 

I'd be interested to hear of anyone else's favourite bits from the book?

 

Below is the match report of the game not used in the book.

 

 

 

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My favourite story from the book is Where Bobby Recalls his Childhood being brought up in Gorgie. How He played Football with his pals from morning till night and burst many a Tanner Ba on the Fence around Tynecastle . How he delivered milk to the tenements in Gorgie from Begbie's Dairy for a penny a day with many a short measure being delivered as he really liked milk. How He and his pals jostled to carry the hampers into Tynecastle  so they could see the match for free. A Happy childhood for one of our own.. Hope to see as many of you as possible at the Museum Book signing tomorrow 6.30-8.30.  Official Book Launch of Bobby Walker's Biography - Events - Universe

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Thanks to everyone who attended the launch event tonight at the Hearts Museum. Lots of superb questions for the authors and foreword providers from the floor. Enjoyed the chance to meet so many other good Jambos. Thanks for the book purchases made - all profits being donated to the Hearts Heritage and Museum to preserve the future history of our great club. 

 

Also, thanks to Mark Martin for hosting the event and to club historian David Speed for his input on the night!

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Great Night at the Museum last night for the Bobby Walker Book Signing. Great to meet so many fellow Jambos. Hope you all enjoyed the evening and being able to see the unique collection of Bobby Walker Caps and Memorabilia.

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1 hour ago, davemclaren said:

Looks to have been a great evening. Sadly I was otherwise engaged  👍

That's a shame but you can still see the special display of Bobby Walkers Caps which will continue for a few weeks . They look fantastic and well worth a visit. Getting to view them last night was fantastic and Holding the caps that Bobby Walker had won was a real thrill.258538367_1076927593104213_2642976558145045752_n.jpg.b97c8e130cfa5f039a9b20464e0e85b5.jpg

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On 31/10/2021 at 18:17, Tams bird said:

Bought one today at museum. It's going to Australia tomorrow..

Well done Spread the Word All Funds Generated are being donated to our Fabulous Hearts Musem

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On 06/10/2021 at 15:39, The Maroon Pound said:

"Walkerism" the term used back in his day to describe his style of play

once described as the finest player in Europe 

Also Known as the "Houdini of Dalry"

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Just started this.

Interesting that he seems to have been another great player who was constantly in dispute with the club.

 

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Just Four shopping weeks left until Christmas. If you’re after a gift for a sentimental Hearts fan, look no further than The New Bobby Walker Biography. A must for any Hearts Fan Own the History.
Bobby Walker This Is His Story.
Available from the Hearts Shop or buy it here Via this Link
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Nice Article  from Hearts Heritage in Hearts Programme for Saturday featuring North Merchiston Cemetery and Bobby Walker's Grave. Also  features Tom Purdie and John McCartney's Last resting place all within site of Tynecastle Park. 

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On 05/10/2021 at 11:47, Big Drew said:

Interesting post Deevers. Where is Tom Purdie in relation to Bobby Walker's plot? Would like to do a double-visit next time. Is there any other ex-Hearts in North Merchiston Cemetery?

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On 25/11/2021 at 13:24, wfbarrel said:
Just Four shopping weeks left until Christmas. If you’re after a gift for a sentimental Hearts fan, look no further than The New Bobby Walker Biography. A must for any Hearts Fan Own the History.
Bobby Walker This Is His Story.
Available from the Hearts Shop or buy it here Via this Link

Going to The Game Today ? Why not Pick up a copy for the Jambo in Your Life.image.png.228855a4e2557e052182c85a815978ef.png

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On 05/10/2021 at 11:47, Big Drew said:

Interesting post Deevers. Where is Tom Purdie in relation to Bobby Walker's plot? Would like to do a double-visit next time. Is there any other ex-Hearts in North Merchiston Cemetery?

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On 05/10/2021 at 11:47, Big Drew said:

Interesting post Deevers. Where is Tom Purdie in relation to Bobby Walker's plot? Would like to do a double-visit next time. Is there any other ex-Hearts in North Merchiston Cemetery?

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A fascinating Biography of the Life of Bobby Walker a local Gorgie Boy and one of our own who lived the dream of playing in the famous Marone Jersey from1896-1913.Learn about growing up in Gorgie and Joining the Hearts playing 655 Games scoring

266 Goals in his 17 years with his only club.

From supporting the Club  during one of the most successful periods in their History, to winning the League Championship and the Scottish Cup Twice appearing in 6 Scottish cup Final Matches .Read About His Record 94 Appearances and  33 Goals against Hibernians.

Bobby Became Scotland’s First international Superstar  gaining 29 Full Scotland caps and 14 Scottish League Caps and becoming the only Scottish Player to be Granted a National Testimonial By the SFA.

A book packed with over 300 Photographs many which had remained unpublished for over a Hundred Years including some from Bobby’s private collection.

Read in Bobby’s own Words amusing stories from  his Career with Hearts and Scotland.

The Book also reveals Bobby’s many negotiations with Hearts over Terms and his somewhat flawed discipline record with the Hearts Management throughout his career.

Learn about his life in retirement and  his fight with Alcohol and early death Aged only 51.

The First Book ever Published about a Hearts and Scotland National Icon. A must for every Hearts Fan to pass to  Future generations. Available from the Hearts Club store with all Proceeds donated to Hearts Heritage image.png.8992e22b8ae5fa903ea70ed2ff49771d.pngMuseum.  https://www.heartsdirect.co.uk/item/2789/GiftsMerchandise/BOBBY-WALKER-THIS-IS-HIS-STORY-PRE-ORDER.html image.png.8992e22b8ae5fa903ea70ed2ff49771d.png

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6 minutes ago, wfbarrel said:

Hope You Enjoy the book Own the History.

This is what supporting the club is for me, i always support the football club well before the squad.

I have shed a tonne of tears over the years supporting Hearts, these books are outstanding and always feel proud , can almost taste those glory heroic decades.

Just awesome.

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2 hours ago, A.JAMBO said:

This is what supporting the club is for me, i always support the football club well before the squad.

I have shed a tonne of tears over the years supporting Hearts, these books are outstanding and always feel proud , can almost taste those glory heroic decades.

Just awesome.

One Of The Most sucessful periods in the clubs History . Hope you enjoy the book.  

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