Football fan dies five years on from unprovoked attack which left him brain damaged

A football fan has died five years after he was ambushed in a brutal and unprovoked attack.

Cambridge United confirmed that Simon Dobbin passed away at his home this morning.

Mr Dobbin was attacked in March 2015 in Southend after supporting his football team at an away game.

The father and husband from Mildenhall, Suffolk was set-upon by a gang of men, in a brutal and unprovoked attack.



Football fan dies five years on from unprovoked attack which left him brain damaged
Simon Dobbin with his wife Nicole

Tragically, the vicious 90-second attack had left him permanently brain damaged, paralysed and unable to walk or talk, Essex Live report.

After spending almost a year in three different hospitals, Simon returned home to his family in March 2016.

Known as ‘Dobbo’ by his friends, Simon lived in Mildenhall with his wife and full-time carer, Nicole, and their daughter, Emily.

Cambridge United shared the sad news of Mr Dobbin’s passing and paid tribute to the dad.

In a tweet, they said: “It is with a heavy heart that Cambridge United can confirm we have received the devastating news that Simon Dobbin sadly passed away at home this morning. Sweet dreams Simon. Forever a U.

“The thoughts of everybody at @CambridgeUtdFC are with his wife Nicole, daughter Emily and his closest family & friends. We ask supporters to leave their messages of condolence for Simon’s family at this difficult time.

“Rest in Peace Simon.”

There have already been hundreds of likes and dozens of messages in response to the sad news, paying tribute and sending love to the family.



Football fan dies five years on from unprovoked attack which left him brain damaged

Twenty-five men reportedly set upon Simon that night. Of that group, nine were convicted for violent disorder on July 17, 2017.

A further three men were convicted at the same trial for conspiracy to commit violent disorder and one other man was convicted of assisting an offender and admitted possessing a pepper spray.

Since the trial however, ten of the men have been released from prison.

Last year, wife Nicole launched a campaign to get a new law passed by government.

The campaign, which is just 100s away from the 50,000 mark, asks for harsher punishments to be given to people who commit violent crimes like Simon’s attackers.

She also wants people convicted of violent disorder to have a percentage of their earnings through work or benefits taken from them and given to the NHS for the rest of their lives.

Follow Cambridge Live’s live blog, as tributes flood in from football fans.

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