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9 March 2015, 15:13
A Watford FC fan from Hemel is still critical in hospital after an attack in Wolverhampton on Saturday.
The 44 year-old, named locally as Nicky Cruwys was with a group of friends making their way to the train station to return home to Hemel Hempstead just after 5pm when they were attacked in Littles Lane.
Detective Sergeant Adam Keen from the force's CID, said: "The group of friends were completely outnumbered and the victim suffered a severe head injury which has left him in a critical condition in hospital.
"His family have been informed and we are in the process of taking statements from witnesses and locating any CCTV which might have captured those responsible for the attack.
"I would urge anyone with information which will help our investigation to contact me as soon as possible on 101."
Watford expressed shock over the incident on Saturday, saying on the club's website: "The thoughts of everyone associated with Watford FC are with a Hornets' supporter - at yesterday's game - who is now critically ill after an unprovoked post-match attack.''
Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey said: "We are deeply saddened to hear of this incident and our thoughts go out to the supporter concerned and his family.
"As a club we deplore any violence in or around football matches and we will work closely with the relevant authorities to help bring the perpetrator, or perpetrators, to justice.
"All right-minded football supporters will share in our disgust at this violent incident and I would implore anyone with any information to contact the police.''
Anyone not wishing to speak to a police officer can give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Father of two Nick, who works as a milkman, is in an induced coma at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham.
His wife Jodie, 38, is at his bedside.
Her parents Vanessa and David are looking after their children Talia, 4, and Harley, 9 months, at the family home in Hemel Hempstead.
Vanessa said: "Jodie is at the hospital and we are waiting to hear from her." Her husband David said: "It is up and down at the moment."
A fund set up to raise money Nick has raised more than £13,380.
See more here http://www.gofundme.com/o8itrk