Since the collapse of the Romanov regime and the near liquidation of the Edinburgh side, many have remarked - in positive terms - of the dignified and sensible way in which both the support and current owner Ann Budge have re-built Hearts.
During the turbulent period that was administration, instead of moaning about being "betrayed" and "stabbed in the back" by everyone else - as fans of a certain (new) club in Glasgow have been doing these past four years - Hearts fans rolled up their sleeves and set about saving their team.
Yes it was touch and go for a while. But liquidation was staved off and the club's history was preserved thanks to fans rallying round knowing full well that to sit, watch and wait for a sugar daddy with wealth off the radar (ahem) to ride to the rescue would be fatal.
Although not an ideal end result, a CVA was agreed and Hearts were allowed to move on from the roller-coaster years that began in 1999 when Chris Robinson entered into a risky 'loan for stock' agreement with the Scottish Media Group.
A deal that may as well have been signed off in maroon blood given it would place the club in the unstable hands of the volatile Vladimir Romanov.
Although there would be trophy-winning highs, there was chaos and financial disaster as well.
Thankfully, a reprieve was given and Budge has done exceptionally well in restoring both respect and credibility back to the name of Heart of Midlothian Football Club.
However, a minority of reprobates - who misleading call themselves 'supporters' - seem hell bent on undoing all the hard work that has gone into making real fans be proud of their club again.
This site has addressed this issue before but - and I make no apology for sounding like a broken record - the message needs to be reinforced.
Such behaviour is not welcome at Tynecastle.
Budge issued a statement on the club's website yesterday. She has issued many in the past believing, rightly, that communication and transparency (something a certain other club once promised but to date has failed to deliver) with the fan base is essential.
But she should not be in a position to address the issue raised in section two of that statement. It reads:
We have made it clear over the past 18 months that unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated by the club and have indeed gone so far as to ban a number of our supporters from the stadium.
We have stressed repeatedly that we want Tynecastle to be a family-friendly stadium where all supporters can come and enjoy the atmosphere in one of Scotland’s most iconic stadiums, in a safe and carefree environment.
It was, therefore, with much regret that for the third time this season, we had to call the Police…in this case to the Hearts v Motherwell game…due to rival fans fighting in the streets, in the immediate environs of the stadium…both before and after the game.
I cannot begin to tell you how angry this makes me, when we are working so hard to put the club back at the heart of the community.
Instead of talking proudly about the team’s superb performance, or indeed our supporters’ unprecedented loyalty (yet another home sell-out), I am instead having to hold meetings with the authorities regarding how we are going to address this behaviour problem.
The outcome of these meetings is quite simply that we have had to agree that we will have no Police-free matches, between now and the end of the season. This will cost the club between £40,000-£50,000.
Apart from the reputational damage that this behaviour causes the club, its employees and its supporters, this is £40,000-£50,000 that we cannot put towards our stadium and facilities improvements programme.
Allowing a tiny minority of supporters to bring the club’s reputation into disrepute is something we will not tolerate. We will be clamping down on supporters who behave unacceptably.
This will mean more stringent checks and more surveillance both inside and outside the stadium. While this is very disappointing, we are confident that the majority of true supporters will agree that action must be taken.
On a similar note, many of you will have seen in the media that Hearts is under formal investigation because of a number of incidents that took place during the recent Hearts v Dundee United fixture.
I will, of course, robustly defend the club’s position on this matter, but there is one area which I cannot defend. In particular, it would appear that excessive verbal abuse was directed at the opposition manager.
While the manager (Mixu Paatelainen) was personally both understanding and pragmatic in his acceptance that “this happens”, it has been reported by the match delegate that this reached unacceptable proportions.
As a consequence, additional stewarding will be put in place in this area of the stadium, along with video cameras, and any behaviour of this nature, in future, will be robustly dealt with.
In summary, we will now have a police presence at all matches, along with additional stewarding… all at a significant cost to the club. I would also remind you to use the Help Text line should you feel something needs to be addressed.
"Och they're jis daft wee laddies lettin' oaf ra bit o' steam ken?"
And they're costing the club they claim to love an extra £40-50,000 in policing costs because of their behaviour.
You would think that someone from this bunch of pillocks with a modicum of common sense would realise that their actions are having consequences for their club.
But hey, as long as they have had their fun, everyone else can go hang.
It also doesn't help when, as has happened in the past, parents of these morons go onto Facebook to defend their lovable wee rodent's conduct.
Who are they trying to kid that 'butter wouldn't melt in their precious wee ned's mouth'?
Hearts have time and again spelt out why this behaviour is unacceptable. But the fact that reasoned argument is not being listened to proves that such lowlife are not proper supporters of the club.
Otherwise they would stop.
If there is a 'next time', then I'm sure decent fans would back the club if they did the following.
Send the £50,000 bill to pay for the police presence at Tynecastle to the troublemakers themselves.
Maybe then the consequences of their actions will eventually dawn on them.
Oh they would squeal about being picked on by their club.
But then Hearts would be justified in saying the following in response...
"You shouldn't have started it."