Watford fan attack: Family 'overwhelmed' by appeal response

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Image caption Nick Cruwys and a group of friends were attacked in Littles Lane

The family of a football supporter injured in a gang attack have said they are "truly overwhelmed" by the response to an online fundraising appeal.

Watford fan Nic Cruwys, 44, from Hemel Hempstead, remains critically ill after being assaulted in Wolverhampton on Saturday, after a match at Molineux.

His family thanked people for their "kind words, prayers [and] support".

Wolves fan Ollie Floyd, 16, started the appeal, which has raised £22,000, as he was "disgusted" about what happened.

In a message posted on the Go Fund Me page, Mr Cruwys' brother Chris said: "Thank you everyone, it's truly overwhelming.

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Image caption The group were attacked as they headed to the railway station in Littles Lane

"Nic is critically ill and fighting for his life, we are taking positivity from every hour that passes without deterioration.

"We all hope that Nic has the strength to battle through this."

Mr Cruwys and a group of friends were attacked in Littles Lane as they headed to the railway station at about 17:00 GMT.

West Midlands Police said the group was "completely outnumbered" and the victim was left with a severe head injury.

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Image caption The Wolves v Watford game on Saturday ended in a draw

Mr Floyd, who went to the match and is also from Hemel Hempstead, set up the donation page to "hopefully fund Nick's supporting of Watford for the next few years".

More than 1,600 people have pledged money and posted messages of support.

On the site he said: "Having spoken to members of his close family, they are taken aback by this campaign and can't thank people enough for their generosity."

Image caption Wolves fan Ollie Floyd, 16, started the appeal to "atone" for what happened

The Championship match between Wolves and Watford finished in a 2-2 draw.

Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey has said the club was "deeply saddened" to hear about the attack and their thoughts were with the supporter and his family.

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