L Dunsire

Hearts supporter and film enthusiast from Musselburgh. Follow me on Twitter @lauriedunsire

Small Squad & Youth Focus: How will Romanov & Hearts restructure long term?
By L Dunsire |

Following a turbulent week down Gorgie way, Vladimir Romanov has hinted strongly at not only drastic cost cutting measures at Hearts, but also that he is open to the possibility of selling on at least some of his stake in the Tynecastle club. Little surprise really, especially in a struggling economy in which the Russian [Read more]

Posted in Premiership
10 SPL Halloween Horror Shows
By L Dunsire |

Halloween is upon us once again, and the SPL provided some more gruesome encounters over the course of the weekend. Horrific refereeing at Tynecastle, coupled with a frighteningly toothless Hearts attack lead to Paulo Sergio, possessed with rage and injustice, being sent angrily to the stands. And if that wasn’t enough to turn your hair [Read more]

Posted in Articles, Premiership
The Long Arm of the Law: What REALLY constitutes a handball infringement?
By L Dunsire |

On Saturday afternoon, at Carrow Road, Blackburn Rovers manager Steven Kean looked on in disbelief as two valuable points were snatched away from him and his side in injury time against hosts Norwich City. Rovers had been leading 3-2, moments before the full time whistle, when referee Anthony Taylor awarded a penalty kick against Kean’s [Read more]

Posted in Articles, Other
Club & Council Stadium Partnerships: Viable for Hearts in Edinburgh?
By L Dunsire |

The possibility of a partnership between Heart of Midlothian Football Club and Edinburgh Council is already dividing opinion in the capital. Many argue that public money should not be spent on financing a facility for a private business, but joint ventures between local authority and football club are not uncommon. No fewer than 20 partnerships [Read more]

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East Fife and Ayr look for third League Cup scalp
By L Dunsire |

This week will see the return of the Scottish Communities League Cup, which now reaches the Quarter Final stage. The likes of Rangers, Hearts and Aberdeen have already been eliminated, and with Celtic facing a potentially difficult trip to Easter Road, this year may offer a golden opportunity for a non Old Firm side to [Read more]

Posted in Articles, League Cup
The Non Old Firm Battle of Britain History
By L Dunsire |

On Thursday the UK footballing press will once more be focused on the aptly named ‘Battle of Britain’, as Tynecastle stadium hosts the Europa League play-off match between Hearts and Tottenham. In recent times matches between Scottish and English opposition have occurred on a reasonably regular basis, however generally it is either Rangers or Celtic [Read more]

Posted in Europa League
Away goal could be crucial for Hearts against Paksi
By L Dunsire |

Jim Jefferies will take charge of his first European match as Hearts manager for over a decade tonight in Hungary, and will be quietly confident of his side’s chances in their Europa League qualifying tie against Paksi SE. The Tynecastle boss was last in charge of the Edinburgh side in continental competition in September 2000, in [Read more]

Posted in Europa League
Odds stacked against Jim Jefferies and Hearts in SPL opener
By L Dunsire |

On Saturday afternoon Ibrox stadium will host the traditional unfurling of the league championship flag, which marks the start of the new season – and the seventh occasion that Rangers have been involved in the event since the SPL began in 1998. Visitors to face the champions will be Jim Jefferies’ Hearts side, who themselves [Read more]

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Hearts face either Paksi or Tromsø in Europa League
By L Dunsire |

Hearts today learned that they will face one of two sides in the Europa League Qualifying Third Round. The draw, in which the Edinburgh club were seeded, paired them with either Paksi SE of Hungary or Tromsø IL of Norway. The two clubs met this week in the first leg of their 2nd round tie, with [Read more]

Posted in Europa League
Club Profile: Malmö FF
By L Dunsire |

Following Rangers entry into the Champions League qualifying third round draw, it looks likely that their opponents will be Swedish side Malmö FF. Although the Scandinavians still face a second leg trip to face Faroe Islands side Tórshavn, their 2-0 first leg victory should be enough to carry them through – and if there is [Read more]

Posted in European Cup