Hibs and Hearts fans gear up for the all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup Final
- 18 May 2012
- From the section Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland
"It's massive" seemed to be the general consensus when BBC Scotland took to the streets of the capital to gauge fans' feelings ahead of this weekend's all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup Final.
It will be the first time for 116 years that city rivals Hearts and Hibs have squared up to compete for the oldest prize in Scottish football.
Cup final fever is gripping the capital.
And as supporters get ready to settle some very old scores, at least they were in agreement about the significance of the match.
"This is massive for Edinburgh", said several fans. "Biggest game ever," proclaimed one man.
Hibs are chasing their first Scottish Cup since 1902, with fans desperate to put an end to Hearts supporters "lording it" over them.
But Hibs' hunger for the prize was making some Hearts fans anxious.
"I'm quite nervous," said one. "It's quite scary. Just the fact that Hibs might win it for the first time in 110 years. We would never live it down to be honest. They would just rub it in for the rest of their lives."
And it's those potential bragging rights that are spurring Hibs fans on.
"They're nervous, " said one Leith walk regular. "I am not. I know we are going to win it. It is destiny."
But the Edinburgh football rivalry is a relatively gentle one, often crossing familial and relationship boundaries.
One young Hearts supporter said: "If we lose on Saturday that's it over. My dad and my brother are big Hibs fans so I will live with it for the rest of my life."
Hibs have reached the cup final 13 times since 1902, but have lost on every occasion. Easter Road legend Keith Wright said finally ending the club's cup hoodoo would be a huge achievement.
"We've got a set of lads who could go on and be absolute legends. I don't know if they even know themselves how much it means to the supporters of Hibs to bring the cup home," he said.
But former Hearts star Scott Crabbe was also feeling the pressure. He said: "I've got family members and mates who are Hibs supporters and I would never ever grudge them seeing their team win the trophy - just not against us."
ScotRail has urged fans to plan their journey to Hampden and in the capital's Football Nation shop it's clear supporters have also been planning their scarves, flags and shirts.
"It has progressively got crazier and crazier as we get towards Saturday," said owner Steven Dow.
"It has got to the point where we can barely eat our lunch. Everyone's coming in for anything green and white or maroon and white. It is non-stop."
If Hibs do make their mark this year, some hope to make that mark permanent.
The Art Studio tattoo parlour in Tynecastle has cup final-winning designs ready to go for both teams.
And spare a thought for the so-called Wags. Their build-up to the game has been particularly nerve-wracking.
"He's ok just now but I am struggling to sleep," said Victoria Parkinson, partner of Hearts player Ian Black.
"I'm really nervous. But it's brilliant, really exciting and a really good experience for him."
Which ever team wins the final it will be a remarkable day for the capital as the city takes centre stage in a sport so often dominated in Scotland by teams from the west.
That fact is summarised perfectly in a spoof cup final song produced by staff at the Edinburgh Evening News .
The video for Go East by the Paper Shop Boys features two panda mascots and the lyrics include the lines: "Go East, there's real football there. Go East, free from the tax man's glare."
Both teams have already announced plans for their victory parades in Edinburgh should they triumph at Hampden on Saturday.
The winning side will carry the cup through the capital on an open-top bus.
But will the streets turn green with chants of "Glory, Glory to the Hibees" or will "The Boys in maroon be the talk of the toon"?
All the action from the all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup Final at Hampden will be live on BBC One Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Sport Scotland online, with kick-off at 15:00 on Saturday.