(Jamie Hamill in action as Hearts Captain)
Former Hearts star Jamie Hamill loved his time in maroon despite the off-pitch turmoil. Hamill was a key part in Paulo Sergio’s side that reached the Scottish Cup Final for the first time since 2005. On route to Hampden, Hearts overcame Auchinleck Talbot, St Johnstone, St Mirren and Celtic.
Hamill loved his time at Hearts and although he missed the Scottish Cup Final through injury, he takes pride of what was achieved that season.
“I have a lot of highlights from my time at Hearts. When I would play there on a Saturday there would be 15,000 home fans in attendance at Tynecastle, which is unbelievable.
“The supporters were great and during my time with the club, I played just shy of 100 games for Hearts which was good considering that I was injured for nine months.
“I suffered an ACL injury which as everybody knows is one of the worst injuries a footballer can have. But I managed to come back from that injury and play regularly again.
“Winning the Scottish Cup during my time at Hearts was fantastic, even although I wasn’t involved in that particular game, it was great to be part of it and to be in and around the dressing room and hotel and things like that. It was a very good time to be at the club.”
Hamill, now at Stranraer, also credits Jim Jefferies with helping to mould his career as he was the manager during Hamill’s time in Ayrshire and Edinburgh.
“Jim Jeffries also had a big part to play in my career as well, he gave me my opportunity with Kilmarnock, and he was also the manager who gave me my debut against Hearts at Tynecastle.
“Later I went to Hearts with him and although he did not last very long there, he was good to have along the way as well.