List of Heart of Midlothian F.C. players

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Below is a list of notable footballers who have played for Heart of Midlothian. It generally includes only players who made more than 100 first-class appearances for the club, although it also includes several players who made a significant contribution in under 100 appearances (e.g. Gordon Smith or Skacel) and players who were a key part of the club's early history (e.g. Purdie or Ross), a period for which appearance records are incomplete.

Players are listed according to the date of their first-team debut for the club. An asterisk (*) in the last appearance column indicates that the player still plays for the club. Those in bold have been elected to Hearts' Hall of Fame.

Name Nat Birthdate Pos First Appearance Last Appearance Notes
Tom Purdie Scotland ? FB 1875-08-28 1881-02-12
Jake Reid Scotland ? GK 1875-08-28 1887-10-29
Nick Ross Scotland 1863-01-02 FB/CF 1881-09-17 1884-04-19 He died of consumption aged 31.
Tom Jenkinson Scotland 1865-04-21 RW 1884-02-25 1897-09-02 First player capped while with Hearts.
Thomas Breckenridge Scotland 1865-02-26 W/IF 1886-02-05 1888-09-15
Johnny Hill Scotland ? HB 1888-08-11 1892-11-05
Isaac Begbie Scotland 1868-06-04 HB 1888-08-25 1900-03-10
John McPherson Scotland 1867 CB 1888-08-25 1892-09-24
Davie Baird Scotland 1872 LW 1888-11-10 1903-04-25 Only Hearts player to win 3 Scottish Cups.
Jock Fairbairn Scotland ? GK 1890-02-01 1898-05-21
Davie Russell Scotland 1868-04-06 FW 1890-10-04 1896-05-06 Won the League and Cup with both Hearts and Celtic.
George Hogg Scotland 1869-12-02 HB 1892-08-13 1903-04-25
Johnny Walker Scotland 1874-05-31 FW 1893-03-04 1898-04-02
Barney Battles, Sr. Scotland 1875-01-13 JB 1894-09-08 1895-05-29
Bobby Walker Scotland 1879-01-10 IF 1896-04-18 1914-04-27 Scotland record cap holder for 25 years.
George Livingstone Scotland 1876-05-05 FW 1896-09-19 1900-04-09
Albert Buick Scotland 1875-01-17 RW 1896-09-21 1903-04-18
Charlie Thomson Scotland 1878-06-12 Various 1898-04-16 1912-10-23 Captain of Hearts and Scotland, later moved to Sunderland.
Harry Rennie Scotland 1873-06-01 GK 1898-08-15 1900-04-09
John Walker Scotland ? FW 1898-10-29 1898-11-12 The first black player to play for Hearts and Scotland's First Black Professional Footballer.
Mark Bell Scotland 1881 W 1900-04-12 1904-01-23
Bob Mercer Scotland 1889-09-21 CB 1909-08-21 1920-09-14 Gassed and discharged invalid during World War I. Later died on the pitch during a friendly at Selkirk.
Andy Wilson Scotland 1896-02-14 FW 1910-10-15 1923-02-17
Laurence Abrams England 1889-05-14 FB 1910-12-31 1914-04-28
Percy Dawson England 1890-11-29 FW 1911-01-14 1914-02-21 Transferred to Blackburn Rovers for £2,500.
Paddy Crossan Scotland 1893 RB 1912-02-17 1924-03-29 Twice wounded and gassed at least once during WWI, he later opened a pub in Edinburgh's Rose Street but died suddenly aged 40 in 1933.
Tom Gracie Scotland 1889-06-12 FW 1912-02-17 1915-04-19 Enlisted with the Royal Scots during WWI, he died of leukemia before completing military training.
Jock Ramage Scotland ? ? 1919-10-11 1926-01-09
Fred Forbes Scotland 1894-08-05 FW 1920-05-03 1922-03-04
Jock White Scotland 1897-08-27 FW 1921-12-17 1934-02-21 The only British forward to score 4 goals in 3 successive games.
Peter Kerr Scotland 1891-06-20 HB 1924-05-07 1929-10-12
Jack Harkness Scotland 1907-09-27 GK 1928-05-05 1936-08-15 A member of the"Wembley Wizards" team in 1928. Later a journalist with The Sunday Post.
Barney Battles, Jr. Scotland 1905-10-12 FW 1928-08-11 1936-04-29 Hearts record goalscorer in a single season with 44. He scored 11 goals versus Hibs in the space of a month in 3 local cup finals.
Alex Massie Scotland 1906-03-13 HB 1930-11-08 1941-05-10 Known as "The Ace of Hearts, he was transferred to Aston Villa.
Andy Anderson Scotland 1909-02-21 RB 1931-08-15 1944-04-08
Tommy Walker Scotland 1915-05-26 IF 1932-09-03 1949-01-08 Later Hearts most successful manager.
Dave McCulloch Scotland 1911-10-05 FW 1934-08-11 1935-11-25
Andy Black Scotland 1917-09-23 FW 1935-08-31 1946-09-02
Bobby Baxter Scotland 1911-01-23 CB 1940-01-01 1947-03-29
Tam McKenzie Scotland 1922-11-05 LB 1942-01-10 1957-11-23
Jimmy Brown Scotland 1925-07-19 GK 1942-10-10 1952-04-14
Alfie Conn, Sr. Scotland 1926-10-02 IF 1944-10-14 1960-10-31 First of the "Terrible Trio" to make his debut.
Jimmy Wardhaugh Scotland 1929-03-21 IF 1946-08-21 1960-10-31 Hearts' record league scorer for almost 40 years.
Bobby Parker[1] Scotland 1924-06-30 RB 1947-08-16 1957-11-23 A captain and later chairman of the club.
Willie Bauld Scotland 1928-01-24 FW 1948-10-09 1962-03-11 Hearts record competitive goalscorer.
John Cumming Scotland 1930-03-17 HB 1950-12-30 1966-11-12 Hearts most honoured player with 2 League Titles, 1 Scottish Cup and 4 League Cups.
Freddie Glidden Scotland 1928-07-09 CB 1951-11-10 1958-11-29
Jimmy Murray Scotland 1933-02-04 IF 1952-03-15 1961-04-20 Scotland's first ever scorer in a World Cup finals match.
Dave Mackay Scotland 1934-11-14 HB 1953-11-07 1959-03-07 Achieved further success under Brian Clough at Derby.
Willie Duff Scotland 1935-02-06 GK 1954-08-14 1956-10-13
Ian Crawford Scotland 1934-07-14 LW 1954-09-15 1961-03-29 Scored twice in the 1956 Scottish Cup Final victory.
Alex Young Scotland 1937-02-03 FW 1955-08-27 1960-11-12
Johnny Hamilton Scotland 1935-01-22 W 1955-10-01 1967-04-08
Gordon Marshall England 1939-07-02 GK 1956-11-17 1963-05-11 An England under-23 internationalist whose son Gordon Jnr. played for Scotland.
Gordon Smith Scotland 1924-05-25 RW 1959-08-22 1961-04-08 The only player to win the Scottish League with 3 different clubs, Hibs, Hearts and Dundee.
David Holt Scotland 1936-01-03 LB 1960-09-24 1969-04-12 Represented Great Britain at the 1960 Summer Olympics while an amateur with Queens Park.
Jim Cruickshank Scotland 1941-04-13 GK 1960-10-15 1977-04-23
Norrie Davidson Scotland 1934-10-25 FW 1961-02-04 1963-10-26 Scored the winning goal in the 1962 League Cup final.
Willie Wallace Scotland 1940-06-23 FW 1961-04-29 1966-12-03 Later a "Lisbon Lion" with Celtic.
Roy Barry Scotland 1942-09-19 CB 1961-08-12 1966-09-24
Alan Gordon Scotland 1944-05-14 FW 1961-10-21 1969-03-15 Only player to have played for both senior sides in Edinburgh and Dundee.
Willie Hamilton Scotland 1938-02-16 MF/FW 1962-09-01 1969-02-22
Alan Anderson Scotland 1939-12-21 CB 1964-01-02 1976-04-26
Donald Ford Scotland 1944-10-25 FW 1964-09-26 1976-05-16
Roald Jensen Norway 1943-01-13 W 1965-01-02 1976-05-19 Norwegian Player of the Year four times, twice before joinging Hearts and twice after.
George Miller Scotland 1939-05-20 CB 1965-11-20 1968-11-16
David Clunie Scotland 1948-03-16 RB 1966-10-01 1977-04-23
George Fleming Scotland 1948-09-22 MF 1966-12-10 1971-12-25
Eddie Thomson Scotland 1947-02-25 HB 1967-03-22 1973-03-12 Later manager of Australia.
Jim Brown Scotland 1950-08-11 RB/MF 1969-01-04 1979-05-14
Jim Jefferies Scotland 1950-11-22 FB/CB 1972-03-04 1981-05-02
Donald Park Scotland 1953-07-19 RW/MF 1972-10-28 1985-05-11
Willie Gibson Scotland 1953-04-03 FW 1973-05-05 1981-05-02
Drew Busby Scotland 1947-12-08 MF/FW 1973-08-11 1979-04-25
Bobby Prentice Scotland 1953-09-27 LW 1973-08-18 1979-04-28
Eamonn Bannon Scotland 1958-04-18 MF 1976-10-09 1993-05-01 Bannon returned to Hearts in the late 1980s after playing with Chelsea and Dundee United.
Walter Kidd Scotland 1958-03-10 RB 1977-10-15 1994-11-26
Frank Liddell Scotland 1953-07-10 CB 1978-08-12 1981-08-29
Alex MacDonald Scotland 1948-03-17 MF 1980-08-09 1988-04-24 Veteran player who became Hearts first player-manager.
Gary Mackay Scotland 1964-01-23 MF 1980-09-24 1997-03-01 Hearts record appearance holder.
Henry Smith Scotland 1956-03-10 GK 1981-08-08 1996-01-31
John Robertson Scotland 1964-10-02 FW 1982-02-17 1998-05-16 Hearts record league goalscorer.
Sandy Jardine Scotland 1948-12-31 RB/CB 1982-08-09 1987-10-03
Craig Levein Scotland 1964-10-22 CB 1983-12-03 1995-08-30
Kenny Black Scotland 1963-11-29 FW 1984-07-30 1989-05-13
Sandy Clark Scotland 1956-10-28 FW 1984-10-20 1988-08-24
Neil Berry Scotland 1963-04-06 MF/CB 1984-12-12 1996-05-04
John Colquhoun Scotland 1963-07-14 RW/FW 1985-08-10 1996-12-21
Wayne Foster England 1963-09-11 CF 1986-08-23 1994-08-31
Dave McPherson Scotland 1964-01-28 CB 1987-07-18 1999-05-23
Alan McLaren Scotland 1971-01-04 CB 1988-05-07 1994-10-22
Tosh McKinlay Scotland 1964-12-03 LB 1988-12-10 1994-10-29
Gary Locke Scotland 1975-06-16 RB/MF 1993-05-08 2001-01-02 Hearts youngest captain, aged 20, in the modern era.
Steve Fulton Scotland 1970-08-10 MF 1995-10-14 2002-05-12 Captained the 1998 Scottish Cup winning team.
Gilles Rousset France 1963-08-22 GK 1995-10-28 2000-09-28
Colin Cameron Scotland 1972-10-23 MF 1996-04-10 2001-08-18 Scorer of the opening goal in the 1998 Scottish Cup win, Hearts first trophy in 36 years.
Gary Naysmith Scotland 1978-11-16 LB 1996-05-04 2000-10-01
Neil McCann Scotland 1974-08-11 LW 1996-08-14 2008-02-16
Thomas Flögel Austria 1971-06-07 FB/MF 1997-07-18 2002-05-12
Stéphane Adam France 1969-05-14 FW 1997-07-18 2002-05-12
Steven Pressley Scotland 1973-10-11 CB 1998-07-12 2006-11-25
Scott Severin Scotland 1979-02-15 MF 1998-09-12 2004-05-16
Antti Niemi Finland 1972-05-31 GK 1999-12-19 2002-08-18 The most capped player to win a cap whilst playing for Hearts.
Robbie Neilson Scotland 1980-06-19 RB 2000-07-22 2009-05-24
Craig Gordon Scotland 1982-12-31 GK 2001-03-03 2007-05-20
Mark de Vries Netherlands 1975-08-24 FW 2002-08-03 2005-01-02 Scored 4 times against Hibs on his home debut.
Paul Hartley Scotland 1976-10-19 MF 2003-07-16 2007-01-20
Laryea Kingston Ghana 1980-11-07 MF 2007-02-03 2010-??-??
Rudi Skácel Czech Republic 1979-07-17 MF 2005-07-20 2012-05-19 Scored Hearts goal in the 2006 Scottish Cup Final. Scored twice in 2012 Scottish Cup Final.

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