Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Kilmarnock fan's death puts game in perspective

You always get unwanted reminders that football is only a game and Scottish football got one on Sunday after the death of Kilmarnock fan Jim Haswell.

Mr Haswell died of a suspected heart attack during the match between Kilmarnock and Hibernian, which was quite rightly abandoned when it emerged there was a serious problem.

The game pales into insignificance when something like that happens.

Apparently Mr Haswell had missed only one Kilmarnock match in 17 years, so his loyalty towards his club was admirable to say the least.

We all get caught up in the hype of football matches regarding referees, the opposition and everything else that affects a result, but when someone in the football family loses their life our game should mourns that loss.

I've no doubt Kilmarnock FC will pay their respects to a lifelong supporter who will always be remembered at Rugby Park.