Gala too good for Shrewsbury
Hearts’ manager Gary Locke paid tribute to the club’s loyal fans
who turned out in force for Saturday’s friendly fixture against
Dunfermline at East End Park.
Early goals from Brad McKay and Jamie Hamill enabled the
Edinburgh side to secure a 2-1 victory against another team
currently in administration.
Kick-off was held up for 10 minutes to allow visiting fans
inside the ground, with gate receipts from the 4,538 crowd split
between the two clubs.
And Locke said: “I can’t speak highly enough of our support and
what they have done for the club.
“It’s incredible and they certainly deserve a good team on the
pitch. When you come out to a pre-season friendly and see the whole
away end full of maroon scarves and jerseys, it gave me a lift and
you could see in the first half that it gave the players a
Hearts fans are among three bidders to purchase the club after
more than 5,500 set up direct debits to fund the Foundation of
Administrators BDO will have to select a preferred bidder from
three rival groups. In addition to the Foundation, one other is
backed by American cash while the third involves Angelo
A surge in season-ticket sales has helped the club continue
trading in the short term and Locke said of BDO: “They have been
great from day one. The fans know exactly what’s happening – three
“All in all there is light at the end of the tunnel, we are
moving in the right direction, and that’s all everyone has wanted
since the day we went into administration.”
Regarding Dunfermline, a fans’ alliance named Pars United is the
preferred bidder ahead of a creditors meeting onJuly 30.
Dunfermline manager Jim Jefferies said: “Who has ever heard of a
game like this being held up for 10 minutes to let the crowd
“That’s because of a tremendous response from the fans of both
clubs. I think they saw a lot of good young talent, which serves
well for both clubs.”
The match, for the Supporters Direct Cup, was arranged to mark
the efforts of both sets of fans to save their respective clubs
As for the game, McKay headed home David Smith’s near-post
corner after nine minutes, while Hamill added a second from the
penalty spot on 19 after Smith was fouled by Chris Kane.
Dunfermline improved after the break and Ryan Thomson pulled a
goal back just after the hour mark following good work by Josh
The Shrews fell behind to a neat finish from Emre Colak in the
early stages and it was 2-0 before the break when Noureddine
Amrabat calmly slotted in a second.
Jon Marsden, Dave Winfield and Darren Jones all had half-chances
for the home side before the visitors introduced some of their big
One of them, Wesley Sneijder, completed the scoring as he
smashed home a rebound after Alex McQuaid had blocked a Yekta
Kurtulus effort on the line.