WIGAN Athletic supporter Colin Hollinshead, who is in hospital after suffering a fall during his side’s game at Birmingham last month, has received a special visit from manager Malky Mackay.
The 67-year-old was left fighting for his life after tumbling down a set of concourse stairs during January 10 match.
He sustained three bleeds on the brain and he had to undergo emergency surgery as well as being put into an induced coma.
Colin, from Springfield, has since made steady progress though and is now in a rehab unit in Leigh, where he received the surprise visit from the Latics boss.
“The club contacted me and asked if it was OK for Malky to come and visits my dad,” said Colin’s son Martyn.
“He came along with assistant manager David Kerslake and they were wonderful with him, asking him lots of questions and spent a good 30-40 minutes with him. He got a Latics signed shirt too, my dad was buzzing really.
“He’s doing ok now, he’s just started walking but he’s not steady on his feet.
“I think he’s got a little bit of brain damage but they say it’s nothing to worry about, the brain cells should re-stimulate so hopefully he will make a full recovery. He knows who everyone is now and he can have a conversation.”
As well as Latics, Colin is a huge Warriors supporter and attends matches with Martyn.
It may be a while before he is back at the DW but he is certainly making the right steps.
“It was the rugby’s first game on Friday and he wasn’t sat of the side of me which was a bit odd,” admitted Martyn.
“Hopefully, the way he is going, we’re hoping he could be out in the next month or two but we have to take it slowly.”