Heart of Midlothian Football Club was first established in 1874 by members of the Heart of Midlothian Dancing Club. More commonly known by the name Hearts, the club has enjoyed significant success in Scottish football and has provided one of the biggest challenges to the Old Firm dominance over recent years. The club's biggest rivals are Hibernian. The two sides contest the Edinburgh derby, which is one of the oldest derby matches in the world.
The club's most successful period in domestic football came under the management of Tommy Walker. In 1957-58, Walker guided Hearts to the league title, setting a record for most goals scored in a single season along the way. This was followed by another league title success in the 1959-60 season. With Walker at the helm, Hearts also captured the 1956 Scottish Cup, beating Celtic in the final, as well as four Scottish League Cups.
In total, the club have been crowned champions of Scottish football on four occasions, with their other two wins coming prior to the turn of the 20th century, in 1894–95 and 1896–97. Over the past few decades, Hearts have regularly challenged for 2nd and 3rd place finishes. The team have lifted the Scottish Cup a total of eight times, with their most recent win coming in 2012, after a victory over Hibernian in the final. Hearts' successes in the Scottish League Cup all occured within the Tommy Walker era.
Some of Hearts' more notable players over the years include names like Barney Battles, Alfie Conn, Willie Bauld, Dave Mackay, Gary Mackay, Steven Pressley and Craig Gordon. Hearts' all time record goalscorer is John Robertson, who scored 214 league goals for the side.
Since 1886, the team have played their home matches at Tynecastle Stadium. The ground and its supporters are known for combining to create one of Scottish football's best atmospheres. At present, Tynecastle is able to hold a maximum of 17,420 spectators.