Family tribute to late father found injured outside Wolverhampton pub

Kalwinder Singh Mangat died after suffering a head injury outside the Old Still Inn in Wolverhampton.

Kalwinder's son Josh, wife Harjinder, daughter Shannon and mum Satwant at the charity match in his memory
Kalwinder's son Josh, wife Harjinder, daughter Shannon and mum Satwant at the charity match in his memory

The family of a man who died after suffering head injuries outside a Wolverhampton pub have spoken out for the first time over their heartbreak.

Wolves fan Kalwinder Singh Mangat, aged 50, nicknamed Kully, died after an incident outside The Old Still Inn in January.

Family and friends came together to remember him by holding a charity football match and fun day at the weekend.

Fellow Wolves fans turned out to pay tribute, with some even taking to the pitch at AFC Wulfrunians, on Castlecroft Road.

Kalwinder Singh Mangat

Kalwinder’s wife, Harjinder Kaur Mangat, said: “I’m overwhelmed with everything that’s gone on.

“It’s unbelievable and we’ve realised how much everyone cared for him and loved him.”

Despite the rain, crowds of visitors turned out in memory of him.

All money raised from the event was donated to The Haven in Wolverhampton.

It is hoped the event - Kully's Memorial Match 2019 - will be held every year to keep Kalwinder’s memory alive.

A raffle, cake stand, face painting and ball pit were also on offer – along with a special visit from a Stormtrooper.

Harjinder Kaur Mangat, who was married to Kalwinder for 28 years, said: "All of his Wolves friends came out – they've been his friends for 25 years.

"They've been going to football matches during that time and they've arranged it in remembrance of him and for a good cause.

"If it goes well we will do this every year.

"I can't believe everything they've done to keep his name and memory alive."

The pair's children, 25-year-old Josh and 19-year-old Shannon, both turned out for the event.

Inderjit Kaur, Kalwinder's sister, said: "Friends and family have turned out which is really nice to see.

Family and friends turned out for the event.

"A lot of effort has gone into arranging the event – people have given their time and baked cakes.

"It's a very emotional day.

"But he's got so many friends – we didn't know he had such a big family apart from ourselves."

Neil Singh, whose uncle was Kalwinder, said the 50-year-old was "humble".

Neil said: "I grew up with Kully – he took me to my first Wolves match.

"It's a big emotional day for us.

"It was a big shock because he was a very humble guy – he wouldn't say 'boo' to a ghost.

"And we never knew he had such a big following with Wolves fans."

Fundraisers have brought in almost £1,250 so far.

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