Mike Smith

Author of Hearts Greatest Games, Hearts - The Diary of an Incredible Season and Follow the Hearts. Hypnotherapist designate. Football reporter for The Edinburgh Reporter. Twitter @Mike1874

By Mike Smith On Thursday, January 19th, 2017
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Muirhead Leaves Hearts

With the addition of several new faces during this transfer window, there was one player who headed out of Tynecastle today. Midfielder Robbie Muirhead left Hearts, just seven months after signing for the Maroons. More...

By Mike Smith On Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
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Hearts Sign Andraz Struna

Photo: heartsfc.co.uk Hearts activity in the January transfer window continued apace today with the signing of Slovenian international right back Andraz Struna. The 27-year-old, who has appeared 25 times for his More...

By Mike Smith On Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
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Hearts Gamble on New Signing Martin

photo: heartsfc.co.uk Hearts have announced the signing of French midfield player Malaury Martin. The 28-year-old left Norwegian side Lillestrom on 1st January and has penned a deal that will see him a Hearts player More...

By Mike Smith On Sunday, January 15th, 2017
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The Case for the Hearts Defence

It may be the winter break for Scotland’s top flight clubs but it’s been a veritable hive of activity at Tynecastle Stadium. We’re only halfway through the January transfer window period but we’ve already More...

By Mike Smith On Sunday, January 15th, 2017
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From the Chair of the Hypnotherapist: Depression Isn’t Just Being a Bit Sad

The Edinburgh Reporter’s Mike Smith is a qualified hypnotherapist. In the latest of a series of articles, Mike looks at some attitudes to mental health and how hypnotherapy can be hugely beneficial. Mental health More...

By Mike Smith On Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
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From the Chair of the Hypnotherapist – Darts Champion Turns to Hypnotherapy for Glory

Photo: amazon.co.uk The Edinburgh Reporter’s Mike Smith is a qualified hypnotherapist. In the latest of a series of articles, Mike looks at the story of a former darts world champion who has turned to hypnotherapy More...

By Mike Smith On Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
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Hearts Legends Called Up For Army Challenge!

Photo courtesy of www.heartsfc.co.uk There should be a fair amount of ‘standing to attention’ for the Hearts Legends team when they return to action on 5th March – for their opposition will be The British More...

By Mike Smith On Monday, January 9th, 2017
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Hearts Sign Aaron Hughes and Lennard Sowah

  As intimated in The Edinburgh Reporter on Sunday, Hearts have confirmed the signing of Northern Ireland defender Aaron Hughes until the end of this season. Hughes recently played in the Indian Super League where More...

By Mike Smith On Sunday, January 8th, 2017
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Ozturk Departs as Hearts Eye Hughes

Hearts centre-half Alim Ozturk has left Gorgie to return to his native Turkey, signing for second division side Boluspor. The 24-year-old was renowned more for his long-range shooting rather than for his defensive More...

By Mike Smith On Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
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From the Chair of the Hypnotherapist – The Power of Your Mind Can Help You to Lose Weight

It’s that time of the year. Christmas and New Year have taken their leave and the new working year has already begun for most of us. And if you’ve lost count of the amount of times someone has said ‘What More...

By Mike Smith On Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
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Sell Out Record New Year’s Day Attendance Kicks Off Musselburgh’s 2017 In Style

Musselburgh Racecourse is celebrating a New Year’s Day record attendance as more than 6400 racing fans saw in 2017 at the first meeting of the year. The East Lothian track has been steadily building on its 1 January More...

By Mike Smith On Monday, January 2nd, 2017
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Since I Was Young – Taking Football’s Rough With The Smooth

It was something my grandson Jack said to me as we departed Tynecastle following Hearts 4-0 demolition of Kilmarnock on a cold Tuesday night in between Christmas and New Year. ‘I can’t wait until Friday for More...

By Mike Smith On Monday, January 2nd, 2017
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Tributes Paid to Ex-Footballer Following Leith Incident

The victim of an alleged attack in Leith in the early hours of New Year’s Day has been named on social media as Shaun Woodburn. Mr Woodburn, who was 30, was a former footballer with Midlothian side Bonnyrigg More...

By Mike Smith On Sunday, January 1st, 2017
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Superb Story Highlight of New Year’s Day Races at Musselburgh

Superb Story clung on for victory in the £40,000 Totepool Hogmaneigh Hurdle, the feature race at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day in front of a packed crowd at the East Lothian racecourse. Trained by Dan Skelton More...

By Mike Smith On Saturday, December 31st, 2016
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Hearts Beaten by Aberdeen at Tynecastle

Heart of Midlothian 0 Aberdeen 1 Ladbrokes Premiership, Friday 30th December 2016 – Tynecastle Another momentous year for Heart of Midlothian ended on Friday evening when Aberdeen visited Gorgie as third-place More...

By Mike Smith On Thursday, December 29th, 2016
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What Will You Be Doing To Make Your Life Happier in 2017?

A new year approaches. I suspect many people will be glad to see the back of 2016 and will look forward to 2017 on the premise it can’t be any worse. But for all that the year about to end has brought tragedy, More...

By Mike Smith On Wednesday, December 28th, 2016
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Blow for Hearts as Paterson Ruled Out For 10 Months

Hearts were dealt a major blow today when the result of defender Callum Paterson’s scan on his knee revealed serious damage which will require an immediate operation.  The 22-year-old Scotland right back fell More...

By Mike Smith On Wednesday, December 28th, 2016
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Hearts to the Four as Kilmarnock Are Thrashed

Heart of Midlothian 4 Kilmarnock 0 Ladbrokes Premiership, Tuesday 27th December 2016 – Tynecastle It’s that time of the year. The ‘busy Christmas schedule’ – and with three games in eight days this More...

By Mike Smith On Friday, December 23rd, 2016
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Hearts Throw Away Two-Goal Lead at Dundee

Dundee 3 Heart of Midlothian 2 Ladbrokes Premiership – Friday 23rd December 2016, Dens Park Christmas is a time for giving and Hearts demonstrated this two days before the big day by delivering three points – More...

By Mike Smith On Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
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Optimism Abounds at Hearts AGM

Hearts owner Ann Budge has announced plans to launch a debenture scheme next year in an attempt to bridge a £3m funding gap for the redevelopment of Tynecastle’s main stand. Work has already begun on the redevelopment More...