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The captain of Hearts Scottish Cup winning team of 1956, Freddie Glidden, has died. He was 91.

Born in Lanarkshire in 1927, Glidden’s childhood years were spent in Stoneyburn in West Lothian and he played for local side Murrayfield Rovers before signing on provisional terms for Hearts in 1945.

Glidden was a strapping centre-half and he made his debut for Hearts in 1951. He would go on to become a mainstay of the most successful Hearts team in history, making 270 appearances.

He was part of the Hearts team that won the League Cup in 1954 and again in 1958 as well as playing his part in the team’s record-breaking league title triumph in season 1957/58. However, Glidden will arguably be best remembered for captaining Hearts to their famous 3-1 Scottish Cup final win over Celtic at Hampden in 1956.

He left Hearts in 1959 and joined Dumbarton before retiring from the game in 1962.

The Edinburgh Reporter sends its condolences to the family of Freddie Glidden – a Hearts legend whose name is etched in the Tynecastle history books.