The Spartans Football Club are a Scottish football club from Edinburgh. They are managed by Dougie Samuel, they were formed in 1951 by ex-players of Edinburgh University and the original intention was to field a team of graduates of the university. However, they have players from elsewhere as well, they wear white shirts, red shorts and white socks. The senior team plays in the Lowland Football League, they joined the new league in 2013 after playing in the East of Scotland Football League, where they became one of its most successful clubs from the 1970s onwards. They have been allowed to play in the qualifying rounds of the Scottish Cup since 1978 and have qualified for the cup proper on several occasions. Spartans entered their top amateur side into the SJFA East Region junior setup in 2009, however they withdrew in 2013. Spartans have an Under 20 squad who are managed by Les Atkinson; as well as the Lowland League team, Spartans have a Saturday amateur side, a Sunday amateur side and several women's teams, including The Spartans W.
F. C, from the 2017 season, Hibernian Ladies who both play in the Scottish Women's Premier League. Spartans chairman Craig Graham was awarded a MBE in 2017 for his service to the community of north Edinburgh; the Spartans' most successful Scottish Cup run was in 2003–04, when they defeated Buckie Thistle 6–1 in front of a crowd of 450 in Edinburgh in the first round, before defeating Alloa Athletic 5–3 in a replay in Edinburgh in the second round. They defeated Arbroath 4–1 at Gayfield Park in the third round, before being beaten 4–0 at home by Scottish Premier League team Livingston in front of a full house of 3,000 fans at City Park. Two seasons in 2005–06, Spartans defeated Berwick Rangers and Queen's Park in the first three rounds of the Scottish Cup, they drew 0–0 with First Division side St Mirren in the last sixteen in front of 3,326 fans at City Park, earning a replay at Love Street, where they lost 3–0. In the 2008–09 Scottish Cup, Spartans' cup run sent them to Pollok, winning through a replay, they beat Annan Athletic 2–1.
In the next round they beat Elgin City 2–1, before being knocked out by Airdrie United in the fourth round. Spartans, along with four other clubs, submitted an application for entry into the Scottish Football League following Gretna relinquishing their league status on 3 June 2008. Spartans lost out to Annan Athletic. In November 2008, Spartans moved to a new purpose-built home at Ainslie Park, situated 500 yards from City Park in the Crewe Toll district of Edinburgh; the new facility includes a 504-seater stand and floodlights surrounding the main stadium pitch and an adjacent, full size artificial pitch with floodlights. Ainslie Park is now used daily by adult Spartans teams, along with the general public; the club won the league title this season. In the 2009–10 season, Spartans won the quadruple, consisting of the East of Scotland Premier Division, the SFA South Challenge Cup, the King Cup and the League Cup; the 2009–10 league title gave Spartans back to back title wins for the first time since 2005.
During the 2010–11 season, Spartans won their third league title in a row. The next season they lost the league title on goal difference to Stirling University. While, in the 2012–13 season, they finished third in the league. Spartans joined the newly formed Lowland Football League for the 2013–14 season, winning the inaugural title, they finished as runners-up in 2015–16 and won the League Cup a year before becoming Lowland League champions for a second time in 2017–18. This allowed Spartans to take part in the Pyramid play-off, however they lost 5–2 on aggregate to Cove Rangers; the club progressed to the fifth round of the 2014–15 Scottish Cup, defeating Clyde and Morton en route. In the fifth round of the competition, Spartans forced a replay with Berwick Rangers on 7 February 2015, thanks to an injury time equaliser from Ally MacKinnon to level the tie at 1–1, the game being played in front of 2504 supporters at Ainslie Park. Ainslie Park on Pilton Drive in north Edinburgh is the home ground of Spartans.
The stadium has a capacity of 3,000. Ainslie Park is only part of the new project, it is part of a wider development of the Spartans Community Football Academy. The new facility incorporates a enclosed stadium which meets SFA and SFL criteria, with an artificial pitch, seating for 504 spectators and an overall capacity of 3,000. Another full size, floodlit artificial pitch sits adjacent to the main playing area and the accommodation incorporates six changing rooms, a club room, committee room and a physio room; the Club ground holds a P. A system and a bar for spectators. In March 2017, Edinburgh City reached an agreement with Spartans to use Ainslie Park ground for three seasons while Meadowbank Stadium is being redeveloped; as of 26 February 2020Note: Flags indicate national team. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Lowland Football League Winners: 2013–14, 2017–18 Runners-up: 2015–16East of Scotland Football League Winners: 1971–72, 1983–84, 1996–97, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11 Runners-up: 1977–78, 1984–85, 1992–93, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2006–07, 2011–12 SFA South Region Challenge Cup Winners: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11Lowland League Cup Winners: 2016–17East of Scotland Qualifying Cup Winners: 1983–84, 1989–90, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2016–17, 2018-19East of Scotland League Cup Winners: 2003–04, 2004–
Abdul Razzak Mirjan is the founder of the Mirjan Hospital, in Hilla province. He is one of the original initial founders of the original Kufeh University alongside Syed Mahdi Muhsin Al-Hakim and Mohammed Makiya and Dr Kadhim Shubber, he is the father of Abdul-Wahab Mirjan, the Prime Minister of Iraq in 1957. He built and donated a number of mosques and shrines for scholars in the mid Ephrates region of Iraq. Al Haj Abdul Razzak Mirjan was born in the town of Hilla in Iraq to a farming family, his father moved the family to the town of Nasiriyah in 1880, when the Euphrates River rerouted due to excessive sedimentations until, 1905 when the situation was improving with the start of the building of the Al Hindya Dam. The family returned to Hilla to develop further their farming activities where they cultivated farming land. Abdul Razzak was one of the pioneers in expanding rice farming to the region; this resulted in the land yielding a rice harvest in the summer and a wheat harvest in the winter amongst other yields such as cotton.
He built and donated mosques and a number of shrines for scientists and scholars in the mid Ephrates region of Iraq. These included the shrines for Jaafar Yahya Bin Saeed, Ibin Nema, Abu Al Fada yel – Ahmed Bin Tawoos Al Hilli amongst many others, he reconstructed the Al-Noukta Mosque, west of Aleppo in Syria. His name was synonymous with helping families in need and charitable donations; when you enter the town of Hilla you will notice the grand entrance of "The Mirjan Hospital". Abdul Razzak Mirjan built the hospital with a contribution from his cousin Al Haj Abdul-Abbas Mirjan; the hospital, which stands in a 250,000 m2 plot along the Euphrates River, was bequeathed to the nation. It was by His Majesty King Faisal II on 22 March 1957 in a grand ceromeny attended by over 5000 guests including Prime Minister Nuri al-Said and Crown Prince'Abd al-Ilah of Hejaz. A chest diseases hospital, The Mirjan Hospital continued to develop to become one of the main teaching hospital complexes for all specialties in the region.
His eldest son, Abdul Wahab Mirjan, had a career in politics he served as Prime Minister of Iraq in 1957 having been appointed in various cabinets as, Minister of Communication and Public Works, Minister of Economy, Ministry of Agriculture, Minister of Finance and was elected Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, no less than eleven times. Abdul-Razzak Mirjan's second son is Abdul-Jalil, a lawyer, has continued to dedicated most of his time to following on, developing and the management of the family's farming business having had set up of a range of manufacturing industries in Baghdad. Abdul Razzak Jawad Ahmed Mahmoud Mansour Mirjan, from The Rabe’a Tribe, was a founding member of "Al Ikha’ Al Watanny" Party in 1931