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£1,000 Express & Star reward to find attackers: Genuine Wolves fans - tell us who did it

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The Express & Star is offering a £1,000 reward to track down thugs who left a football fan fighting for his life.

Littles Lane, where the attack on Nick Cruwys happened

Father-of-two Nick Cruwys was set upon after the Wolves and Watford clash at Molineux on Saturday.

The Watford supporter was attacked in Little's Lane as he made his way back to the train station.

Incredibly, fans from around the world raised more than £14,000 via an internet appeal set up by a Wolves fan to raise funds for Mr Cruwys yesterday.

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The 44-year-old milkman, whose children are aged four and just nine months, is in a 'critical condition' in a coma. Sources said he would undergo a 'significant' medical procedure over the next 24 hours. He was with a group of friends who were chased for a short distance by yobs wearing baseball caps and dark clothing.

As his friends dashed away, Mr Cruwys was tripped by one of the attackers and fell to the floor. He was then immediately set upon by three or four other thugs, who viciously kicked him around the head, even though he appeared to be already unconscious.

One of the men was wearing a dark baseball cap and a distinctive blue jacket. Another was wearing grey jogging bottoms and black trainers. The attack lasted only 10 seconds before the gang strolled off, leaving him with life-threatening head injuries.

Moments later, passers-by raced to the stricken man's aid and called emergency services. It is believed an off-duty nurse was one of the first on the scene.

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Mr Cruwys' wife Jodie is at his bedside at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital while her family look after the children at home in Hemel Hempstead.

Littles Lane in Wolverhampton, where the attack took place

The incident, which occurred at 5.07pm following the 2-2 draw, has sent shockwaves throughout the football world.

An internet appeal set up by a young Wolves supporter has raised more than £14,000 in less than 24 hours, while fans have taken to social media to condemn the attack.

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Today, the Express & Star is calling on people to come forward with information about the incident.

We are offering a £1,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Editor Keith Harrison said: "Enough is enough. We will do whatever we can to help West Midlands Police find these attackers. Someone knows who these cowards are. Please ring our confidential helpline or contact the police via Crimestoppers. People can call anonymously or even send a text – but we must find these thugs."

Wolves spokesman Matt Grayson said: "We implore anyone with information about the incident to contact the police. Hopefully the Express & Star's reward will convince even more people to come forward." The reward was also backed by Detective Inspector Ronan Tyrer, who said: "We support any action that could help our investigation and urge anyone with information to contact us on 101."

Wolves supporter Ollie Floyd, who is behind the online appeal, spoke for fans saying: "Those responsible should be ashamed."

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