Edinburgh on a loser with Hearts fans

23rd January 1998 at 00:00
Stuart Rafferty is the new football development officer in Edinburgh after beating off the challenge from 50 other applicants, including Craig Levein, the former Hearts and Scotland centre back, who is now manager of Cowdenbeath.

Rafferty is obviously the best man for the education department job, although not everyone thinks so. What irks some Hearts fanatics is his career record.

Rafferty was a regular with Dundee during the famous Hearts assault on the league title in 1986. All Hearts needed to lift the championship was a point against Dundee in the last game of the season, while Celtic needed to beat St Mirren by at least five goals to have any chance.

Injury unfortunately caused the Dundee midfielder to miss the big match and he gave way to one Albert Kidd, who inconveniently rattled in two goals in the last seven minutes to deny the Jam Tarts their historic title. Celtic miraculously knocked five past the Saints to snatch the league.

Elizabeth Maginnis, the city's exceptionally Jambo education convener, was rather miffed to hear of Rafferty's appointment. "Why have we employed him?" she protested.

Rafferty is also a pal of Jim Duffy, Hibs's manager. See local rivalries.

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