Latics fan left fighting for his life after horror fall at game

Latics fans at Birmingham and (below) Colin Hollinshead
Latics fans at Birmingham and (below) Colin Hollinshead

A DEDICATED Latics fan has been left fighting for his life after crashing down a staircase while supporting his team in Birmingham on Saturday.

Colin Hollinshead has spent his third night in a drug-induced coma in the Midlands after suffering three bleeds on his brain following the accident at St Andrew’s.

Colin Hollinshead

Colin Hollinshead

The 67-year-old from Springfield is in a “serious but stable” condition in the city’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s critical care unit.

His son Martyn explained how his father has undergone surgery to check the swelling on his brain.

He said: “They’ve put a bolt in the top of his skull that puts a wire into his brain to monitor the pressure and swelling.

“He’s in an induced coma at the minute and it’s only when it’s safe that they’ll start to bring him round.”

Talking about the incident, Martyn, who wasn’t at the game with his father, added: “I think he was leaving a couple of minutes earlier.

“His friend Kevin Powell gave him the keys and he was going to the car when it happened.

“There were a couple of nurses who helped him. They, the stewards and St John Ambulance were amazing. The ambulance was there very fast. We can’t fault the people at Heartlands Hospital where he was initially taken to.

“The place he’s at now is absolutely fantastic. The way they speak to you and the way you treat you is lovely.”

“The support and messages have been overwhelming.”

Latics sent out a statement sending their best wishes to Mr Hollinshead, who is also a season ticket holder at Wigan Warriors and a keen supporter of amateur sport.

Manager Malky Mackay said: “Everyone at the club was sad to hear the news about Colin. We hope he makes a full recovery and our thoughts are with his family.”

A spokesman for Birmingham City said: “As a club, it’s awful to hear something like this has happened.

“We pass on our best wishes to Colin’s family and hope he makes a full recovery.”