Friday 23 February 2018

Arsenal pay tribute to pensioner killed by freak gust of wind on his way to the Emirates

Ernie Crouch died after a collision with a London bus
Ernie Crouch died after a collision with a London bus

Callum Davis

Tributes have poured in on social media for a lifelong Arsenal fan who was killed in a freak accident on his way to Saturday's home game with Sunderland.

Ernie Crouch, 90, was killed when a huge gust of wind blew him into the path of a bus in Finchley.

Crouch had supported the North London club since attending his first game at Highbury in 1934 was described as a 'fantastic and loyal supporter.'

Arsenal's official Twitter account paid their respects to the season-ticket holder after news of the tragic accident broke.

A Metropolitan police spokesman told the Evening Standard: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 12.35pm to reports of a traffic incident in Chaville Way, N3.

“At the scene, a male pedestrian had been in collision with the side of a moving bus.

The Arsenal Supporters' Trust announced they would be marking Crouch's passing once they have received some indication of his family wishes.

Celebrity Gooners, Piers Morgan, called on the club to honour Crouch by donning black armbands for Arsenal's crunch Champions League game with Olympiakos.

Arsene Wenger’s side must better the 3-2 scoreline they lost at home to the Greek champions by if they are to ensure they maintain their phenomenal record of reaching the last sixteen of the Champions League.

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