Tributes pour in following death of Everton fan at Goodison Park
Published 27/08/2016 | 20:45
An Everton fan has died after collapsing during the Premier League side's 1-0 win against Stoke City.
The Toffees said the 51-year-old passed away shortly after being rushed to Aintree Hospital on Saturday afternoon.
The man was sitting in the Sir Philip Carter Park Stand at Goodison Park when he became unwell around 15 minutes into the second half of the game. He was given CPR by police officers, an off-duty doctor and paramedics before the ambulance arrived.
Everton said it was "deeply saddened" in a statement posted on the club website.
It said: "The thoughts and prayers of everybody at the football club are with his family and friends."
The game saw Everton manager Ronald Koeman register his first home win as manager but he required the assistance of a Shay Given own goal from a Leighton Baines penalty to achieve it.
The defender's second-half spot-kick rebounded back off the post and the Stoke goalkeeper to secure a 1-0 win which should, on the balance of play, have been far more comfortable.
This season is Everton's best start to a season since 2006.
Devastating to hear about that Everton fan dieing today— Perry Harrison (@PerryHarrison_) August 27, 2016
Sad to hear about the Everton Fan who lost his life today at the game,sincere condolences to his Family@Everton X— Mick Quinn (@mickquinn1089) August 27, 2016
No one should go the match an not come home! RIP to the @Everton fan who passed away today, thoughts with his family an friends— derry mathews (@derrymathews23) August 27, 2016