Tributes to ’Well legend Phil

Phil O'Donnell
Phil O'Donnell

Motherwell forward Scott McDonald paid tribute to Phil O’Donnell as the club marked the eighth anniversary of its former skipper’s death yesterday (Tuesday).

O’Donnell died after collapsing on the pitch during a match with Dundee United in 2007.

McDonald said: “It only feels like yesterday when it happened and it was a sad day for everyone.

“I was at Celtic and we had just beat Gretna 3-0 and I remember coming off and hearing the sad news.

“It hit me for six and I sat in my front room that day and I didn’t know what to do or think about it. It was such a shame for his family and the whole club, to lose him was a big loss for everyone.

“It was a dark day for Scottish football.

“He was a great person, a great role model and a leader. Phil will always be remembered and he’s been well remembered by this club with the main stand and not a day goes by without the club thinking about him.”

’Well boss Mark McGhee was in his first spell managing the club at the time.

He said: “I worked with Phil for six months, his attitude was great and he was the epitome of a professional footballer.

“Phil’s death was a huge thing for us all, we still remember Phil fondly, and the first thing I did yesterday morning was to send a text off to David Clarkson (O’Donnell’s nephew) just to make sure he knew I was thinking that.”