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Hearts problems continue in cup

In the William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round draw at Hampden on Tuesday perhaps the most intriguing of the 16 ties is Auchinleck Talbot’s paired with the Tynecastle outfit.

The committee of Scotland’s most successful Junior club must have thought all their Christmas's had come at once when their team’s name was drawn against Hearts.

“There is no doubt this is the biggest game in the club’s history,” said Auchinleck commercial manager Colin Chisholm.

Chisholm said Hearts can expect a big demand for tickets from travelling supporters for the tie.

“We would expect a tremendous turn-out on the day,” he said. “The fans will want to go and be part of the history of the club. Our crowds have varied this season but I would say the average is around 700. When we have gone to Scottish Junior Cup finals in the past, we have been taking 6,000 or 7,000.

“When you consider we have a population of between 3,500 and 4,000 in Auchinleck, that is a tremendous support. We do carry fans from all around the area to these games.

“Everyone has read about the problems Hearts have from a financial point of view and their owner wanting to sell off the club. He has already stated publicly that they might look to sell players so there’s no way of telling who might play against us. It doesn’t matter who they field, they will be top-class players.”

Should Auchinleck force a replay, Chisholm admits their 4000-capacity Beechwood Park ground would be unlikely to stage the game.


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