Tributes to well known Barnsley football fan killed in attack in bar

Nicholas Bedford
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This is the married dad-of-three killed in an attack in a Barnsley bar.

Nicholas Bedford, aged 46, was knocked unconscious in the Blue Room bar in Wellington Street, Barnsley town centre, in the early hours of Monday.

He was rushed to hospital but could not be revived.

A 32-year-old man arrested over the fatal attack yesterday remains in police custody this morning.

Mr Bedford is survived by his wife Celia and three children - Amy-Rose, Jake and Holly.

Heartbroken friends have set up an internet donation page to help meet the cost of the funeral.

Mr Bedford, known by friends and family as Beddy, was well known by Barnsley FC fans on the terraces at Oakwell, with supporters of clubs up and down the country and across Europe among those to have posted their condolences online.

As chairman of North Gawber Colliery Football Club in Barnsley, he was well known in grassroots football circles.

Friends have turned to social medial to arrange for Barnsley FC fans to take part in a one minute round of applause at kick off when Barnsley play York in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy next Tuesday night.

Leah Knights who set up the online donation page said Mr Bedford’s family was ‘devastated’ at his death.

Posting on Facebook, Emma Dolan wrote: “Goes out for a drink and ends up dead. Poor fella.”

Lisa Gough described the death as ‘such a tragedy’.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Stopford, who is leading the murder probe for South Yorkshire Police, said: “Following Mr Bedford’s death a murder enquiry was launched and a 32-year-old man from Barnsley was arrested yesterday morning. He remains in police custody at the present time.

“The family of Mr Bedford, who are receiving support from specially trained officers, have asked for their privacy to be respected at what is clearly a very distressing time.

“We are continuing to speak to a number of potential witnesses but I am very keen to hear from anyone who saw the assault take place and has yet to contact police.

“I would ask them to come forward and speak to detectives as their evidence could be vital.”

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.