Firefighter plays in Scottish Cup hours after helping Glasgow helicopter crash victims | inside World Soccer

Firefighter Frank McKeown played in a fourth-round Scottish Cup tie for Stranraer on Saturday despite having worked at the scene of the horrific helicopter crash in Glasgow overnight.

Scottish Fire and Rescue services attend the scene following the helicopter crash at the Clutha Bar
Scottish Fire and Rescue services attend the scene following the helicopter crash at the Clutha Bar

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The 27-year-old was among a group of over 100 firefighters working through the night at the Clutha pub after a police helicopter crashed into the busy pub in Glasgow city centre.


Despite getting just one hour of sleep, McKeown captained Stranraer in their cup tie at Clyde and helped his side to earn a 1-1 draw.

He told BBC Sport: "Obviously it was a bit of different build-up to a game. Last night was a bit traumatic - an hour (of sleep) is what I got."

Eight people are now confirmed to have died - including the two police officers and civilian pilot on board the helicopter.

A minute's silence was observed before all Scottish Cup matches on Saturday as a mark of respect to those involved in the tragedy.

"I took a wee moment to reflect on last night to be honest," McKeown told BBC Scotland after Saturday's match.

"Obviously, thoughts go out to friends and relatives and stuff. I suppose it does put things into perspective - it's only a game of football, you know.

"I feel OK just now. Busy last night and an hour's sleep, which is not like me because I like my sleep.

"It took me a wee while to get into the game but I was glad I played. Basically just a bit of adrenaline and stuff got me through the game thankfully."

He added: "There was no danger that I was going to not play," he added.

"I wanted, obviously, to help the boys out and get through to the last 16 of the cup.

"We've had a really good season so far and I think we were probably lucky to stay in the cup today. I thought Clyde were the better team."

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