Nic Cruwys took to the Watford turf on Saturday to give an emotional message of thanks for the ‘amazing’ support during his recovery.
A year ago this week, Mr Cruwys was left fighting for his life following a vicious attack as he walked to Wolverhampton Railway Station following last season’s Watford-Wolves match.
The father-of-two suffered a serious head injury and spent four months in Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. But after a miraculous recovery, he has been able to attend Watford matches this season.
At half-time of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to league leaders Leicester City, Mr Cruwys thanked everyone for their support, including ‘incredible’ young Wolves fan, Ollie Floyd, who set up a JustGiving page for Nic’s family.
Speaking to thousands of fans at Vicarage Road, Mr Cruwys said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Watford Football Club for all the support they’ve given to myself and my family.
“In particular Mr Pozzo, Scott (Duxbury), Richard (Walker) and the staff and players for their continued support and best wishes since March 7 last year. And, of course, you, the Watford fans.
“It’s been amazing to have had so much support from so many of you. I would also like to thank my good friend Steve Boone for organising and communicating with Watford FC.”
Mr Cruwys said a charity night will be held on July 31 at Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club to raise money for Headway, the brain injury charity, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
To make a donation to Headway, text HEAD01 with an amount to 70070.