Video: Terminally ill Feyenoord fan has last wish granted, given emotional VIP treatment

Posted by Chris Wright

Having been diagnosed with terminal cancer and told he had just days to live, lifelong Feyenoord fan Rooie Marck's ("rooie" being a Dutch slang term for "red") last wish was to attend the Eredivisie club's first training session of the season at De Kuip as he had done for the past 30-odd years.

After hearing of Rooie's wish from friends, Feyenoord decided to make his day as special as possible, as hundreds of fans and ultras turned out to show their love and support for their stricken comrade.

With his illness leaving him too weak to walk properly, Rooie's mates organised for him to be wheeled out onto the De Kuip pitch in his hospital bed, enjoying a drink and a cigarette while the Feyenoord fans in the stands chanted his name, unfurled a huge banner in his honour, lit red flares and serenaded him with an emotionally charged rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Be warned people, you may just get something in your eye by the end of this one...

Sadly, Marck passed away just three days later. RIP, Rooie.

With the modern professional game so polluted, corrupt and swollen by outside interests, isn't it heartening to see that the actual game and community of football can still be used as a force for good?


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