The fan of Bolton who experienced a possible heart attack during the League One game against Cheltenham on Saturday has passed away, according to an announcement from the club in Lancashire.
At 3:30pm, the referee, Sunny Singh Gill, halted the game and medical personnel were called to assist a spectator. The match was officially called off 30 minutes afterwards.
Bolton has announced that Iain Purslow, a devoted fan of the Wanderers, was treated at the stadium before being transported to a hospital where he passed away at the age of 71.
The club’s official website released a statement stating: “Bolton Wanderers is filled with sorrow as we confirm the passing of a supporter who fell ill during yesterday’s home game against Cheltenham Town.”
“Lifelong fan Iain Purslow suffered a suspected cardiac arrest during the first half of the game.
The 71-year-old received continuous CPR from medical personnel and paramedics at the stadium before being transported to the hospital, where he passed away tragically.
“Iain, who lives in Oldham, was at the game supporting the Whites with his son Stuart.
After the incident, Club Chaplain Phil Mason stayed with the family and the Club will continue to provide support and care to them. They are also willing to assist anyone else who was affected by this upsetting event.
We are all thinking of Iain’s family and loved ones during this extremely sorrowful period at Bolton Wanderers.
“Wanderers would like to express gratitude to the supporters and medical team who offered aid, as well as the cooperation and understanding of all individuals present at the stadium, including our guests from Cheltenham, on Saturday.”
A commemoration for Mr. Purslow will take place during Wanderers’ Tuesday evening FA Cup third-round replay against Luton at home. The scheduling of the Cheltenham League One match will be determined at a later time.
The Cheltenham Town Football Club expressed their sadness upon hearing the news of the passing of a supporter who fell ill during their away match against Bolton Wanderers yesterday.
The entire Cheltenham Town community sends their condolences to the family and loved ones of Iain, as well as the Bolton Wanderers community, during this difficult and sorrowful time.
The club would also like to express gratitude to the fans who traveled to the game for their cooperation and understanding during the unfortunate event.