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  • Hampden Cup final tribute to Phil O'Donnell

    Hampden Cup final tribute to Phil O'Donnell

    By: Newsroom Staff on 25 Nov, 2017 13:11

  • MEMBERS of Phil O’Donnell’s family have been invited to attend the Betfred Cup final this Sunday, November 26 at Hampden as guests of the SPFL, Celtic and Motherwell. 

    Phil, who represented both clubs during his playing career, sadly passed away due to heart failure at the age of 35 in December 2007. Phil’s youngest son Luc, 14, will also parade the trophy to both sets of supporters and place it on the tunnel plinth directly before both teams take to the pitch, a key role in the day’s proceedings.

    An article in the matchday programme will also pay tribute to Phil as well as raise awareness of the work carried out by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). 

    The O’Donnell family are strong supporters of CRY who offer bereavement support to families affected by young sudden cardiac death and offer cardiac screening for young people aged 14-35 to try to prevent such tragedies. CRY also supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions.

    Phil’s daughter Megan said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the SPFL and both clubs for inviting my family to the Betfred Cup final.

    “It is so heart-warming to see my dad honoured in such a special way - especially as my youngest brother, Luc, will be presenting the trophy to the fans on the day.

    “Luc has little memory of my dad but I'm sure next Sunday will stay with him forever. It will be so nice for him to witness first-hand the extent to which my dad was liked by everyone. Unfortunately I won't be present as I'm currently living in Australia, but I will be watching the game in Sydney at 2am.

    “I brought one of my dad's football strips away with me as a good luck charm and I'm delighted I'm getting this opportunity to wear it with pride.”

    Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “It is very fitting that the League Cup Final will honour and remember Phil -  such a special man, who gave so much to both Celtic and Motherwell.

    “Phil was taken from us far too early - but in his life he made such a great contribution to football and more importantly to his family as both a father and a husband.

    “We are sure the Betfred Cup final will be a great occasion. We are delighted to be taking part and we look forward to working with Motherwell and the SPFL to ensure that the match is the fitting tribute to Phil, which he richly deserves.”

    SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster said: “It seems fitting that, as we approach the tenth anniversary of Phil’s untimely death, two of the clubs he represented with such distinction should meet in the Betfred Cup final.

    “We are pleased that Phil’s family will attend Hampden for the match, and that one of his children will play a role in the pre-match proceedings.”

    Motherwell Chief Operating Officer Alan Burrows added: “We are always eager to remember and honour Phil O’Donnell, a fantastic captain, role model and man, at any opportunity and it’s fitting that 10 years after his untimely and tragic passing, two of his former clubs meet in the Betfred Cup Final.

     “As a club, we are fortunate to have enjoyed Phil’s company and talent on two separate spells and his memory and legacy is all around us at Fir Park, each and every day.

     “We are delighted members of Phil’s family will be there to watch the game and are obviously excited and keen to play in what hopefully be a memorable and poignant occasion for everyone.”

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