Derby clash fans in minute’s applause for Shaun Woodburn

A banner to Shaun at today's game
A banner to Shaun at today's game

FANS at the Edinburgh derby this afternoon took part in a minute’s applause to mark the campaign for justice by tragic Shaun Woodburn’s family.

Dad-of-one Shaun, 30, was killed by a single punch from a then 16-year-old schoolboy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on New Year’s Day in Leith last year.

The teenage killer was jailed for just four years in November - leading to widespread public outcry.

Fans of both Hibs, who Shaun supported, and rivals Hearts held the heartfelt tribute in their Scottish Cup clash.

Organiser and lifelong Hearts fan Neil Reid, 47, had urged both sets of fans to put their rivalry aside during the 30th minute of Sunday’s Scottish Cup clash at Tynecastle.

Bus driver Neil said: “We want to get as many Hearts and Hibs fans coming together to stand strong for Shaun and his family. It is a derby, but this is something we come together for.”

He said: “The appeal has been very well received.

“We need solidity against this sentence. It could have been anyone that night.

“The justice system has let Shaun and his family down and we need to show our support.”

Shaun’s mum, Denise Syme, praised the idea with both sides of his family having opposing allegiances when it comes to football.

She told the Evening News: “Anything that makes people aware of our campaign and asking questions about Shaun’s case is good.

“I think it would be great to see two rival teams chanting together for the same cause. “Shaun was more than a Hibs fan. He loved playing football.

“His grandpa, uncle and cousins on my side of the family are Hearts fans and there was never any animosity between Shaun and them, just friendly banter at derby time.”