A teenager has helped raise more than £9,000 to support a fellow football fan who is critically ill after a brutal match day mobbing.
Nick Cruwys, 44, of Hemel Hempstead is still in a critical condition in hospital following an unprovoked attack by a gang after his team Watford’s league meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
Since the incident, Wolves supporter Ollie Floyd, also from Hemel Hempstead, decided to set up a fund to help pay for Mr Cruwys’ future footballing visits in the hope he fully recovers.
Generous Ollie, who is just 16, has seen his page shared thousands of times on social media, with big sporting names including footballers Michael Owen and Robbie Savage and pundit Jake Humphrey spreading the word via Twitter.
The teen set out to raise £1,000 to help the victim support his side for years to come, but the site incredibly topped the £9,000 mark after just 18 hours of going live, and the donations keep flooding in.
The Berkhamsted School pupil said: “I am a Wolves supporter and went to the game with my brother, who supports Watford, and we were both appalled by what happened to Nick.
“The connection with me being from Hemel and also a Wolves fan, I thought setting up the page would be a good thing to do.
“I wasn’t expecting it to pick up so much support. It’s pretty incredible, I have never really had anything like this before.”
Ollie says he has supported the Wanderers since he was around five years old, and thankfully has never come across violence in football personally before.
He believes, however, that the problem is just among the minority of supporters.
When the footballing community comes together, they can do great things and hopefully this money will do good for Nick and his family.Ollie Floyd
He said: “I am quite passionate about this – with something so horrific I felt I needed to do something and it has worked out really well, hopefully Nick and his family will be quite humbled by it.
“I have supported Wolves since I was about five and I have been to a lot of games, but I have never witnessed any violence despite the reputation that Wolves has. Across the whole supporter base it is a very small minority.
“This campaign has shown this. When the footballing community comes together, they can do great things and hopefully this money will do good for Nick and his family.”
Ollie hopes to be able to get in contact with Mr Cruwys’ family over the coming days and, depending on his recovery, wants to be able to visit him at some stage.
Anyone with information about Saturday’s attack, which took place at around 5pm in Littles Lane, near Wolverhampton city centre, is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Read more on this story: Football fan ‘critically ill’ after gang attack at away match Football family rallies around critically ill gang attack victim as more than £7,000 is raised for ‘future football fund’