Cliodhna (peiro) wrote in ontd_football,

Feyenoord Restore Faith in Football

Feyenoord players and fans unite in touching tribute to terminally ill fan.

FEYENOORD fan Rooie Marck's dying wish was to see his team in action one last time, but he didn't expect the reception that awaited him at the De Kuip Stadium.

For lifelong Feyenoord fanatic Rooie Marck it was already a dream come true, the chance to see his heroes in the flesh one last time. Diagnosed with terminal cancer and given just days to live, his friends arranged a special visit to one of the club's pre-season training sessions with Rooie the guest of honour, going into the De Kuip Stadium on his hospital bed.

What he didn't expect was the incredible welcome that awaited him. Thousands of the club's fans had packed into the ground behind one of the goals and lit flares and sang his name before unveiling a banner in his honour. They then joined in a chorus of 'You'll never Walk Alone' as the first team players, led by manager Ronald Koeman, went across to meet him. Completely overwhelmed, Rooie then goes across to thank his fellow supporters.

Tragically he passed away just days after the visit, which was filmed by his friends.

Football is bigger than the results or the action on the pitch. That's what being a fan is all about, support the team in their time of need and they will support you in yours. I'm so proud to watch this video as a football fan. Too many times we get the negative stories. There is good left in football yet.

Tags: league: eredivisie, legit and awesome, video

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