Everton confirm sad news of fan's death after Stoke game

27 August  36 Comments  [Jump to last]
The club have confirmed that the supporter who collapsed in the Park End stand during today's match versus Stoke City has died.

The 51-year-old gentleman, who apparently attended the game with his son, was treated by paramedics and an off-duty doctor on the scene in the stand and was later transferred to Aintree Hospital where he passed away.

We join Everton in extending our deepest condolences to his family and friends.  

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Eric Holland
1 Posted 27/08/2016 at 20:44:37
RIP fellow Blue. Thoughts with his family.

I could see the paramedics doing CPR for quite some time but feared the worst.

Very sad day.

Ian Smitham
2 Posted 27/08/2016 at 20:50:30
So sad to learn of this. The guy sat in front of me had noticed the medical people attending him for a long time.

Just so sad for him, his family and friends.

No consolation at all, but the way all the fans in the area reacted was really emotional, many stopping watching the game to stand and applaud, giving support to a fellow blue, struggling.

Puts it all a bit in to perspective. RIP.

Paul Ferry
4 Posted 27/08/2016 at 21:15:07
Tragic. His poor son. Thoughts with him and all of his family. RIP mate.
Tony Byrne
5 Posted 27/08/2016 at 21:58:23
Such tragic news. I did see the commotion from our seats in the park end but would never have expected such a terrible outcome.

Deepest sympathy to all of the family and friends of this poor gent.


Colin Grierson
6 Posted 27/08/2016 at 22:16:42
It's moments like this that should lend perspective to the 'game' we all love. We've lost a family member. RIP.
Jay Harris
7 Posted 27/08/2016 at 23:02:05
Whoever it was, he was one of us.

RIP and condolences to the family.

Damian Wilde
8 Posted 27/08/2016 at 23:20:50
Incredibly sad news.
Paul Kelly
9 Posted 28/08/2016 at 00:06:10
Condolences to friends and family.

Rest in peace.

Keith Harrison
10 Posted 28/08/2016 at 00:24:32
As the guy was shipped out well within the 'Golden Hour', I thought the paramedics had managed to save him, although the time it took to move him showed the seriousness of the incident. It seemed to happen round the time Stoke hit the bar, and after that, the match seemed co-incidental.

Absolute tragedy, kudos to our fans for the massive support, and the Stoke fans who stopped their wind-ups to solidly applause.

As has been said, sincere condolences to any family, and RIP brother blue.

Dennis Stevens
11 Posted 28/08/2016 at 00:43:32
Very sad news, my thoughts are with his family & friends.
Anthony Dwyer
12 Posted 28/08/2016 at 01:39:31
Really sad, but a great place to spend your last breaths.

RIP blue, thoughts with the family.


Alan J Thompson
13 Posted 28/08/2016 at 05:00:41
"No man is an island... .
so send not to ask for whom the bell tolls, the bell tolls for thee."


Tony Draper
14 Posted 28/08/2016 at 05:34:25
Breathing my final breaths in "The Grand Old Lady" is how I want to go.

I'm sure that William Ralph, TW's much missed Harold and legions of True Blues have made our fallen Toff feel welcome as only Blues can.

Rest in "God's Acre".

Darren Hind
15 Posted 28/08/2016 at 05:53:33
Very sad news, I didn't see anything.

While we are celebrating a win in blissful ignorance, some poor kid and the rest of his family are coming to terms with this tragic loss.

As Ian say, puts it all in perspective.

Jim Burns
16 Posted 28/08/2016 at 08:13:08
As already said - very sad and puts the match into perspective. Credit to many of the Stoke fans also for sensing the situation and joining in the applause.

Sincere condolences from our extended blue family to this poor fella's close family . RIP.

Michael Polley
17 Posted 28/08/2016 at 08:43:10
Sad news. Sympathy to his family. If your time is called, Goodison is a fine place for it to happen. RIP, fellow Toffee.
Steve Bingham
18 Posted 28/08/2016 at 08:46:50
My deepest sympathy to his family.
Ian Robert
19 Posted 28/08/2016 at 09:15:34
Some cuts are deeper than most. Far too young to leave us. RIP brother blue.
Ian Burns
20 Posted 28/08/2016 at 09:16:42
This is really sad news. Ian (#2), really nice to read your post with regards to the fans' reaction.

RIP to a fellow Blue.

Liam Reilly
21 Posted 28/08/2016 at 09:24:00
Awful tragedy and still very young.

Condolences to his son and family.

Stephen Brown
22 Posted 28/08/2016 at 09:38:15
Respect to his family. Very sad news.
Craig Fletcher
23 Posted 28/08/2016 at 09:44:13
Incredibly sad to read. Thoughts are with his family; RIP fellow blue.
Dean Peamum
24 Posted 28/08/2016 at 09:46:21
RIP. Heartfelt condolences to his family & close friends.
Ciarán McGlone
25 Posted 28/08/2016 at 09:48:53
Terrible stuff. Puts it into all into perspective.

Condolences to the family.

John Hughes
26 Posted 28/08/2016 at 09:55:02
RIP fellow Blue, our thoughts for his family!
Ian Riley
27 Posted 28/08/2016 at 10:13:10

Taken young at a place he adored.

So sad for his son to be present. Thoughts to him and family.

David Gregory
28 Posted 28/08/2016 at 12:01:17
RIP fellow blue,my thoughts are with your family.
Terry Underwood
29 Posted 28/08/2016 at 12:18:46
So sad, just very, very sad. Much love to his family.
Geoff Evans
30 Posted 28/08/2016 at 12:37:39
Sincere and heartfelt sympathies to the gentleman's family. Puts football into perspective.
Peter Morris
31 Posted 28/08/2016 at 15:17:04
I was sitting immediately behind where the poor soul succumbed. The emergency services people did everything they could to help him, taking turns to administer exhausting heart massage. To a man and woman, they were fantastic. Respect to fans of both clubs who showed their feelings in the only way they could through applause as the casualty was taken to hospital.

My thoughts and prayers are with this fellow Blue's family and friends. RIP.

Simon Bates
32 Posted 28/08/2016 at 17:09:18
RIP. Howard ,Dixie and the family await you in the blue skies. Condolenses to all who loved him.

Have to give a mention to all the supporters of other clubs for their remarks on FB and other social media, litterally thousands and a lot from Manchester as well... fair play to the real football family members, the supporters.

MotD never said a word!!!

Peter Mills
33 Posted 28/08/2016 at 19:53:13
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of this gentleman.
Peter Carpenter
34 Posted 28/08/2016 at 21:13:55
I could see the incident clearly from the Top Balcony and the football soon lost all relevance. Deepest sympathy to his family, I hope they find comfort and support in the weeks to come. Thanks also to the emergency services for working so hard to save him.
Joe Clitherow
35 Posted 30/08/2016 at 10:40:38
It would be nice to update this story as a postscript with some details about Mr Acker as they have now come out, rather than just leave an anonymous news story and move on.
Stephen Jones
36 Posted 30/08/2016 at 11:50:57
I would just like to add my deepest condolences to Mr Ackers family and friends taken far to early. God bless you all, NSNO – so so sad.
Dominic Tonge
38 Posted 30/08/2016 at 14:47:57
Deepest sympathies to the family and friends at this awful time.

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