Footballer’s dad dies after famous cup win

Liam Kelly
Liam Kelly

JOY quickly turned to despair for Milton Keynes footballer Liam Kelly on Sunday as he won the Scottish League Cup with Kilmarnock, only to learn his father had died at the end of the game.

Midfielder Kelly, 22, was seen running up the tunnel at Hampden Park after learning that his father had collapsed after the club’s famous 1-0 victory over Celtic.

Jack Kelly, 59, collapsed near the Kilmarnock dugout and died of a suspected heart attack in hospital a short time later.

Liam Kelly was born in Milton Keynes but has played for Scotland at U18 and U21 level as both his parents are from Scotland.

He was a trainee at MK Dons before being released in 2008, but has impressed greatly in his time with Kilmarnock, becoming a regular in the SPL side and helping them to win the League Cup for the first time in their history.

His team-mates were unaware of the death when they received their winners’ medals.

His father Jack still lived at their family home in Newport Pagnell.