Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Man who died 'a truly devoted fan'

A Scottish Premier League game has been abandoned after a fan collapsed in the stand and later died

The widow of a "truly devoted" football fan who died in hospital after collapsing at a match has said he lived for his family and his team.

James Haswell, a life-long supporter of Kilmarnock, suffered a suspected heart attack at Rugby Park five minutes into the second half of his team's home Scottish Premier League match against Hibernian.

In a statement, his wife Aileen Haswell paid tribute to her 48-year-old husband and thanked those who battled to save his life.

"Jim lived for Killie and his family. He only missed one game in 17 years. He was the biggest Killie fan you could know," she said.

"On behalf of our daughters Nicola and Stephanie, Stephanie's boyfriend Martin Rae and Jim's best friend Gordon Law, I would like to thank fans, family, colleagues and neighbours for their support.

"I would also like to thank everyone who worked so hard to help Jim yesterday, to the staff at Killie and A&E at Crosshouse, and to both sets of fans for their tributes.

"We would be very grateful if the media would now respect our privacy and that of our friends, neighbours and Jim's colleagues and allow us to grieve."

A statement from the club said it has lost a "truly devoted" supporter.

"Everyone at Kilmarnock Football Club extends their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late James Haswell who tragically passed away on Sunday May 5 after taking ill at Rugby Park during our match against Hibernian FC. In particular, our thoughts and prayers are with his widow Aileen and daughters Nicola and Stephanie," the club said.

"Jim had been a life-long supporter of Killie and a season-ticket holder for many years. His love of Kilmarnock FC was deep rooted and it is a tragedy for all who share his passion for the club that we have lost a truly devoted supporter."

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