Tributes after rovers fan dies at Doncaster Rovers match

Doncaster Rover's Paul Quinn. Pic: Nigel French/PA Wire.
Doncaster Rover's Paul Quinn. Pic: Nigel French/PA Wire.
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Doncaster Rovers players have paid tribute to a devoted fan who died after collapsing during Saturday’s match against Leicester with an aneurysm.

The fan is understood to have collapsed towards the end of the game at the King Power Stadium.

Medics were seen rushing up the stairway of the away fans seating enclosure to treat him.

After around 20 minutes of treatment the ‘avid Rovers supporter’ was rushed to the Leicester Royal Infirmary but he has since died.

The man has been named as Ray Dunning on social media.

His wife Ange Dunning said on a Doncaster Rovers FC fan group on Facebook: “I would just like to thank you for your condolences for Ray.”

He was a long-time DRFC supporter and hardly missed a game over his lifetime. I’m his wife Ange and I was with him yesterday at Leicester. Ange and family.”

Tributes have begun to pour in on social media for Mr Dunning and his family from players and fans alike.

Rovers midfielder David Cotterill said on Twitter: “Relegation hurtful but the fan who lost his life today puts everything into perspective. #drfc thoughts with all the family for their loss.”

Defender Paul Quinn said: “Ray Dunning RIP, to the Dunning family if anything I can do or help with please get in touch with me.”

Midfielder Dean Furman said: “All our thoughts and prayers with the family and friends of the DRFC fan who sadly lost his life today. Such awful news.”

Robert Hart said on Facebook: “Thoughts with is wife Ange and family.”

Ged Tomlinson said: “I was there, my condolences to the family.”

Around 2,000 travelling Rovers fans were in the enclosure when the man collapsed.

Rovers fan Dan Nice, who attended the game, told The Star: “It was all a bit surreal. He was a few rows down from me and just collapsed on the spot.”

The 28-year-old added: “Someone shouted and I thought it was because Birmingham had equalised.

“My friend was over in the Leicester end and she texted to ask if everything was okay.

“I thought she meant about being relegated, but I realised she meant about the paramedics.

“Everyone was standing up and he was on the ground – I saw it happen but only out of the corner of my eye.

“There was a woman with him and she was getting quite hysterical – I think it might have been his wife.

“It puts yesterday into context, we’ve gone down but someone hasn’t gone home.”

Doncaster Rovers were relegated yesterday to League One after Birmingham drew 2-2 with Bolton, and Rovers lost 1-0 to league champions Leicester City.