Get with the programme: Edinburgh’s sporting history

“Sport” is the theme of this week’s Scottish Local History Week so we’ve been looking through our collection of programmes with an Edinburgh connection.

Here’s the programme from the 1956 Scottish Cup Final, a game the Jam Tarts won 3-1 to lift the cup for the first time in fifty years.

A slightly bemused looking Gavin Hastings gazes out from the cover of the programme from American Football’s 1996 Word Bowl (below). A crowd of over 38 000 watched The Scottish Claymores (remember them?) beat Frankfurt Galaxy at Murrayfield to record their solitary success in the competition.

On a more tragic note, the 1963 speedway challenge match between an Edinburgh select and Belle Vue was the scene of a accident in which Belle Vue’s captain and former world champion Peter Craven was critically injured.

All these programmes and more will be on display in the Central Library foyer this week. See how Hearts and Hibs matchday programmes have changed over the years, and find out more about our ever expanding collection of sporting material including books, fanzines and other ephemera.

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