Portobello Hearts Supporters’
Club was established in 1978, the founder members having originally travelled to away matches on the Tollcross Hearts Supporters
Club bus were aware of the potential for running a bus from the Portobello area through friends and acquaintances they had
met on their travels.
A meeting was held in the St Johns Club Rooms in Portobello to gauge interest, when this was established,
a constitution was drawn up and office bearers elected
The original committee of Billy Stirling, Brian Ramsey, Steuart
McCondochie, Alex Howie, and Jimmy Howie, steered the club through its infancy and helped establish the club among the growing
number of supporters clubs following HMFC.
Portobello Hearts members have travelled far and wide in their support of the
famous Heart of Midlothian on numerous European adventures.
When originally formed Portobello Hearts’ membership
was predominantly from the Portobello area. However nowadays they boast members from East & West Lothian, throughout Edinburgh
& Fife aswell as the odd 1 or 2 from down south.
They are members of The Federation of Hearts
Supporters’ Clubs and run buses to domestic away games with pick-up points in Prestonpans, Whitecraig, Musselburgh,
Piershill, Abbeyhill and Haymarket.
1 The Club shall
be called Portobello Hearts Supporters Club
2 The Club shall be non-political, non-sectarian and non-racist.
3 a) The Club shall be governed by a General Committee consisting of the Chairman/woman, Vice-chairman/woman, Secretary, Treasurer
and Bus convener.
b) The committee shall be elected annually
c) The committee shall have powers to appoint
sub-committees as they think necessary. The Chairman/woman, Secretary and Treasurer being ex-officio members of all sub-committees.
d) The Committee shall co-opt additional members when they feel necessary.
4 The Club shall consist of
a limited number of members, the limit to be fixed by the Committee as they feel necessary.
5 The Chairman/woman
shall have the right to set a time limit on any debate. He/she shall have a casting vote on all business matters.
6 The Treasurer shall keep a record of all income and expenditure. All money must be paid to him/her for recording purposes.
He/she shall submit proper accounts of income and expenditure at the end of each season, to be audited by 2 members appointed
at a previous meeting.
7 The Secretary shall keep a clear record of all meetings, he/she shall also keep a register
of all Club members as well as an attendance record on all buses.
8 The funds of the Club shall be deposited in the
Bank of Scotland plc in the name of 3 trustees ie. Chairman/woman, Secretary and Treasurer. In the event of a Trustee leaving
office another shall be immediately appointed.
9 a) Meetings shall be held when required at a venue decided by the
b) An emergency meeting may be called by the committee at any time.
c) All committee decisions
must be ratified at a business meeting.
d) The Chairman/woman shall have the power to exclude anyone from meetings
should there behaviour be disorderly.
e) No member shall be entitled to remain or to vote at meetings unless his/her
annual subscriptions have been paid for the current year.
10 a) A bus shall be run to all away games unless insufficient
b) Bus times to be set at the AGM but can be altered at the committees discretion.
stops on routes going to and returning from games are at the Bus Conveners (or Deputy) discretion.
d) The Bus Convener
(or Deputy) shall be responsible for keeping order on the bus.
e) All buses to Hearts games outside Scotland must
be paid by the members themselves.
f) No alcohol on bus.
11 Ticket distribution as follows:- Only Members
shall be considered. Should there be need for further division, the number of appearances on buses shall be the determining
* PHSC are not responsible for the allocation of loyalty points.
12 At the AGM the Secretary shall conduct
a vote amongst the members to decide which player is to receive the 'Player of the Year' trophy. In the event of a tie the
trophy shall be shared.
13 Any Member contravening the above rules, guilty of misconduct or of behaviour liable to
harm the Club's image at meetings or on buses or at matches shall be summoned by letter to appear before the General Committee
at the first subsequent meeting. Anyone failing to appear shall be suspended until they do so. A right of appeal is allowed
to the General Committee provided a written statement of intention to appeal is sent to the Secretary within 7 days of the
decision. A further right of appeal is allowed to the Executive within 7 days of dismissal of the first appeal.
Any alterations to existing rules must be made at the AGM. Members who wish to change the rules must submit their proposal
to the Secretary 14 days prior to the meeting, and attend the meeting personally to explain the proposed change.