Football family rallies around critically ill gang attack victim as more than £7,000 is raised for ‘future football fund’

Watford FC
Watford FC
  • Man left in critical condition after away match attack named as Nick Cruwys
  • Site set up to fund his future footballing visits raises more than £7,000
  • Supporters and celebrities share campaign
  • Police still appealing for witnesses following brutal gang assault

A fundraising account has been set up for a football supporter who was violently attacked over the weekend.

The victim, who is in a critical condition following Saturday evening’s unprovoked assault, has been named on the site as Hemel Hempstead man Nick Cruwys.

The 44-year-old had been heading to the railway station in Wolverhampton to get back home following Wolves’ 2-2 draw with Mr Cruwys’ own team, Watford FC, when his group were outnumbered by rival fans.

The victim, thought to be a milkman and a father of two, suffered a severe head injury in the attack, which happened on Little Lane outside the city centre, and has left him in a critical condition in hospital.

The fundraising site has been set up by a Hemel Hempstead football fan – who actually supports Wolverhampton Wanderers – who writes on the page: “Those responsible should be absolutely ashamed.

“As a Wolves fan myself, I feel absolutely disgusted by their actions and want to wish Nick a full and speedy recovery.

Nicholas Cruwys

Nicholas Cruwys

“As a token of goodwill and to restore the community’s faith in football, I would like everyone to show that the majority speaks much louder than the cowards that attacked Nick.

“Therefore, I would like to start a collection that will hopefully fund Nick’s supporting of Watford for the next few years, to try and atone for what happened.”

The page has been shared more than 5,000 times by fellow supporters and even celebrities including TV sports pundit Jake Humphrey, and has so far raised an incredible sum of £7,000.

The site’s creator also says he will get in touch with the Hornets club to find the best way to get the money to Mr Cruwys, which is expected to help pay for his future footballing match visits in the hope he makes a full recovery.

As a token of goodwill and to restore the community’s faith in football, I would like everyone to show that the majority speaks much louder than the cowards that attacked Nick.

Creator of Nick Cruwys’ fundraising page

West Midlands Police yesterday issued an appeal for information surrounding the attack, and confirmed the victim’s family have been informed and that the force is in the process of taking statements from witnesses and locating CCTV.

Both Wolves and Watford’s management also commented on the attack, with Wanderers’ chief executive Jez Moxey saying: “All right-minded football supporters will share in our disgust at this violent incident.”

For more on this story and full club statements, click here.

Anoyone with information on Saturday’s incident is asked to call the police non-emergency number on 101.

Anyone not wishing to speak to a police officer can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To donate to the fund, click here.