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Giant flag for Killie fans

Kilmarnock football fans have clubbed together to buy a gigantic flag.

The Killie supporters raised more than £1,500 for the huge 60ft x 30ft flag, which they will lay across empty seats at their team’s games.

The flag was bought after lifelong Killie supporter Michael Higgins, known as Higgy, launched an appeal on the fans’ forum of the club’s website.

He wanted to get the flag for a match against Ayr United, but it will now be used at other matches as well.

He said: “A rumour started that Ayr were going to have a big flag so we weren’t going to be outdone.

“We wanted to raise as much as possible and had donations coming in from as far away as Singapore.

“It is made of a light material but it still takes a few people to carry it.

“I think it looks pretty good, but is too expensive to use only once.”

Higgy is well known among fans and was nominated for the 2011 KFC Supporters Association Fan of the Season award.

The flag reads: “Ayrshire’s finest – a club with history” It also lists the team as league champions in 1965 and Scottish Cup winners in 1920, 1929 and 1997.

The flag will eventually be spread behind the goals in the Moffat stand at Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park.

The flag was designed by Martin LeRoy, who also helps design the Killie strips. He produced several options for the flag and fans voted for their favourite.

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