RIP Phil O'Donnell

Numbed by the news when I got home last night that Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell had died after collapsing during the game with Dundee Utd yesterday.

I well remember his debut against St.Mirren in the 1990/91 season, when as a 17-year-old he was given the complete runaround by Kenny MacDowell. At the end of that season, he scored his first goal for the club-- in the memorable Scottish Cup "family final" at Hampden Park. Ironically, that was also against Dundee Utd, in a game which was also tinged with sadness-- the managers of the two teams were brothers Tommy and Jim McLean, whose father died a couple of days before the final.

(That cup winning side seems somewhat jinxed, now... it also featured Davie Cooper, who was to collapse and die a few years later on the training ground at the age of 39. And two of our other stars that day never played again, forced into early retirement through injury.)

So, thanks for the memories, Phil. Thoughts are with your family and friends today, especially to your wife, kids, and nephew and Motherwell team-mate David Clarkson who's been a revelation this year-- I hope he can find it within himself to pull on the claret and amber jersey again after what he witnessed yesterday.

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R.I.P Phil from Danne Sweden

Posted by Daniel on December 30, 2007 at 12:07 PM GMT+00:00 #

phil o donnell rest in peace.still cant believe it.jinky is beside ya now.two of the bhoys.god bless you.thinkin of you and your family.slan a chara.

Posted by paddy rodgers on December 30, 2007 at 04:23 PM GMT+00:00 #

May he rest in peace.

I am so shocked by what happened. All of our thoughts are with Phil's loved ones.

R.I.P Phil O'Donnell

Posted by Eoghan on December 30, 2007 at 04:53 PM GMT+00:00 #

i wanna say that i'am shockt off this news

and i wish friends and family all the best

R.I.P phil o'donnell

you never walk alone

Posted by the haque on December 31, 2007 at 12:16 AM GMT+00:00 #

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