Stranraer captain hailed a hero

Frank McKeown
Frank McKeown

Stranraer FC captain Frank McKeown was being hailed a hero after rescuing the injured at the site of the Glasgow helicopter pub crash before playing in a Scottish cup tie a few hours later.

The 27-year-old defender worked until 8am on Saturday morning at the crash site at The Clutha bar before heading off to play in a William Hill Scottish Cup match against Clyde FC.

Nine people are dead after a police helicopter crashed onto the roof of the busy Clyde-side pub on Friday night.

McKeown took to Twitter to express his shock after taking part in the rescue operation just before playing in a 1-1 draw.

He tweeted: “Last night just sinking in#Surreal#thoughts&prayerswithfamilies#Now to Clyde FC in the @WillHillScotCup last 32#appreciatelifeslittlethings.”

After the game, McKeown told a BBC reporter that there was “no danger” of him not playing .

He added: “I wanted, obviously, to help the boys out and get through to the last 16 of the cup. Obviously, it was a bit of a different build up to a game. I took a wee moment to reflect. Obviously, thoughts go out to friends and relatives.

“I suppose it does put things into perspective – it’s only a game of football. It took me a wee while to get into the game, but I was glad I played. Basically, just a bit of adrenalin and stuff got me through the game, thankfully.”

Yesterday, Stranraer FC spoke of its enormous “pride” in the way their captain helped to save lives in the Glasgow helicopter crash just hours before appearing on the pitch.

A club spokesman said: “Our sympathies go out to the family and friends of those who died and our thoughts are with those who were injured. We are enormously proud of how Frank helped during the disaster and the fact that he still played yesterday despite what he must have been through. It just goes to show that all of these players are part time. Frank will regularly do a night shift and then come and play the next day.

“It shows the commitment in Scotland from the part-time players.”