Kieran McDade was a 13 year-old schoolboy who played football for Dunbeth Football Club and collapsed on 18th August, whilst taking part in a club training session. He very sadly passed away in hospital the following morning and is dearly missed by everyone who knew him.
Tributes came in from youth clubs around the country during the weekend that followed, with teams the length and breadth of Scotland organising their own way to pay their respects. He was a young Celtic fan and as a mark of respect the Hoops’ fans were planning to show their respect by doing a round of applause on the 13th minute. Striker Leigh Griffiths went one better by scoring on the 13th minute before celebrating with a Celtic top saying 'Kieran 13' on the back.
Tomorrow (Saturday 15th October) will see a tribute match take place in Kieran’s honour, with a unique twist. Kieran’s team – Dunbeth – will take on a squad comprising of one player from each of their league opponents in the Forth Valley FDA (FVFDA). It’s promises to be a fantastic show of unity, as the teams who generally do battle on the football field come together as one.
The match takes place at Albion Rovers FC's ground in Coatbridge. Kick-off is at 6pm with the price for adults at £5 and for children it is a donation. The selected players for FVFDA are:
Owen Mitchell (Cumbernauld Colts)
Bailey Hutchinson (Sauchie Juniors)
Robin Turnball (Dunblane SC )
James Carter (Dunblane SC)
Logan Potter (Cowie United)
Kieran Stewart (Westfield colts)
Andrew Donnelly (Westfield Colts)
Grant Hutchinson (Stirling Albion JA)
Max McDougall (Strathendrick)
Jon Bell (Strathendrick)
Joshua Blyth (Stenhousemuir FC)
Martin Strain (Falkirk CFC)
Daniel Miller (Bonnybridge YFC)
Justin McDade (Bonnybridge YFC)
Thomas Arbukle (Falkirk navy blue)
Josh McClenagham (Milton)
Team Manager: Davy Reynolds
The pre-match entertainment will come from Dance City, a dance group featuring Kieran's niece.; kick off will be taken by Kieran's sister Amy; and the half-time interval will showcase a challenge match between Dunbeth and Albion Rovers' 2010 squads.
There will be a minute’s silence to reflect on Kieran’s life, which was taken away from him far too early. His family described him as a 'special boy' and was loved by those who knew him. In a heroic act, Kieran also donated his organs – saving the lives of two other young people.
Whether you knew him personally or not, try your very best to make it down to Albion Rovers on Saturday. If you can’t make it and would like to donate to Kieran’s fund, click here.