POLICE have arrested a teenager on suspicion of murder following the death of a football fan.
The 17-year-old man was arrested and taken into custody on Monday after 46-year-old Stephen Garvey died of head injuries on Sunday.
Mr Garvey was found collapsed in the early hours of Sunday morning – the day after the Latics’ home defeat to Manchester United.
Police say he had been drinking at the Waterside Pub in Leigh his wife Helen that night after going to the match at the DW Stadium earlier in the day.
A police spokesman said he had been seen being hit by a single punch on Henry Street and then falling to the ground and hitting his head.
At 2.40am police were called to Henry Street following reports a man had been found collapsed in the street.
Officers attended and discovered Mr Garvey lying on the ground with severe head injuries.
An ambulance was immediately called to the scene, but Mr Garvey, who lived in Leigh, died in hospital a short time later.
A post-mortem examination has concluded that he died of head injuries.
Detective Chief Inspector Jon Chadwick, from Greater Manchester Police’s Major Incident Team, said they were appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
He added: “Such a sad end to what is very much a normal Saturday is a tragedy and we have been working tirelessly since Stephen was found to try and piece together exactly what happened to him.
“We believe Stephen was attacked before he fell to the ground so it is important that we speak to everyone who saw him before he was found. If you saw or know something that could help our investigation, please contact my officers.”
Members of Mr Garvey’s family were today too shocked and upset to talk about his tragic death.
Anyone with information or who saw Mr Garvey on the night of his death is asked to call police on 0161 856 8259 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.