That is because only hours earlier, the defender, who is a firefighter in his day job, had been attending the awful scene at The Clutha pub in Glasgow after a police helicopter crashed into the structure’s roof.
At least eight people died in the tragic accident although a final death toll is yet to be confirmed with police still holding out some hope that survivors will be found in the wreckage of the pub, which was struck by a Eurocopter EC135 T2 on Friday night.
McKeown was one of more than 100 firefighters who raced down to the scene of the disaster and helped conduct a rescue effort.
Incredibly, after a “traumatic” night, and little more than an hour’s sleep, McKeown had no intention of surrendering his captaincy duties for the cup clash between Stranraer and Clyde.
"Obviously it was a bit of different build-up to a game," McKeown told the BBC.
"There was no danger that I was going to not play. I wanted, obviously, to help the boys out and get through to the last 16 of the cup.”
Last night just sinking in#Surreal#thoughts&prayerswith families#Now to Clyde FC in the @WillHillScotCup last 32#appreciatelifeslittlethings
— Frank mckeown (@FrankoBaresi86) November 30, 2013
On a day when a minute’s silence was conducted before all Scottish Cup games, McKeown did admit his thoughts wandered to the victims of the tragedy that he helped minimise.
"I took a wee moment to reflect on last night to be honest," he said. "Obviously, thoughts go out to friends and relatives and stuff. I suppose it does put things into perspective - it's only a game of football, you know.
"I feel okay just now. Busy last night and an hour's sleep, which is not like me because I like my sleep. It took me a wee while to get into the game but I was glad I played. Basically just a bit of adrenaline and stuff got me through the game thankfully."
Stranraer drew the game 1-1 - but there's no doubt that McKeown proved himself to be a winner.
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