Sheffield Wednesday’s Adam Reach scored a stunning goal against Leeds United on Friday night, then joined his Owls team mates in paying an emotional tribute to Hayley Kalinins.
Hayley, the wife of Wednesday’s fitness coach Andy, died last week following a brave, prolonged battle with cancer.
And upon scoring the incredible goal which put Wednesday 1-0 up against Leeds, he ran to the dug-out to pick up a shirt which said ‘Kalinins 1’ on the back.
Owls players joined Reach on the sidelines and applauded, in a touching show of solidarity to their colleague, Andy.
Reach told Sky Sports afterwards: “Andy has been away from the club but he’s in our thoughts. That was for Hayley and the family.”
Hayley, aged 37, documented her fight for life on a Facebook page she set up to provide updates on her cancer battle after launching an appeal for cash to help fund treatment in a specialist clinic in Germany.
Over £235,000 was donated by well wishers, with Sheffield Wednesday first team players among those to help fund the treatment in the hope of allowing Hayley more time with her family.
Hayley, who had secondary breast cancer, underwent immunotherapy treatment in Germany, which is designed to boost the body's natural defences to fight cancer.
Medics said there were no more treatment options available for Hayley in the UK after she underwent around 70 gruelling rounds of chemotherapy and surgery.
She passed away last Wednesday, with Andy posting on facebook: “I have just told the children. I need time to sort everything out. “I did everything I could to support Hayley in her battle with cancer. In the end the cancer killed her. “I will not let cancer destroy the family Hayley made.
“Thank you for all the messages. I will reply. I just need time now.”