A Cockenzie man has become a Hearts fan at the age of 77 thanks to the power of the club’s audio commentary service.

John Charles, who is blind, lived in west Edinburgh before recently moving to Cockenzie but had never been to a football game, despite living much of his life near Tynecastle.

But recently, thanks to the radio, he has been enjoying Hearts games for the first time.

John is supported by Carr Gomm, a social care charity, and he told Craig Waddell, his support practitioner from the charity, that he wanted to experience a game at the ground.

Mr Waddell contacted the club, which organised for them both to watch Hearts play Dundee United earlier this year.

John enjoyed the match via an audio commentary headset, while also getting a taste of the famed Tynecastle atmosphere.

Hearts went on to win 3-1 and John experienced a goal-of-the-season candidate, as Stephen Humphrys scored from inside his own half.

Speaking to the Courier, Mr Waddell praised the club for its support.

He said: “John had a great day, listening to the pipe band before the game, the match commentary in the first half and then the crowd noise in the second half.”

Keith Ferguson, disability access officer at Heart of Midlothian FC, said: “We were delighted to welcome John to Tynecastle Park.

“Our audio descriptive commentary service is available to season ticket holders and anybody who wishes to come to an occasional game.”

Those interested in learning more can contact Keith on 07719 032111 or keithferguson@homplc.co.uk