21 October 2020 20:33
Football fan Simon Dobbin dies five years after brutal attack left him brain-damaged Simon Dobbin's daughter Emily pictured with her dad, who received devastating injuries in the attack in Southend Picture: FAMILY PHOTO Archant Football fan Simon Dobbin, who was left fighting for his life after he was brutally set upon at a football game, has died five years after the assault - just months after the last of his attackers was released. Mr Dobbin, from Mildenhall, was set upon by a group of hooligans after watching his team, Cambridge United, play away at Southend United on March 21, 2015. He was left fighting for his life following a 90-second attack and suffered permanent brain damage. "It's with a broken heart that I write this post, but my poor gentle giant Simon passed away at home this morning," said Mrs Dobbin. Picture: ESSEX POLICE Offenders in the Simon Dobbin attack.
"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," they said in a Tweet. MORE: Wife of brain-damaged football fan left 'frustrated' by release of attackers A total of 12 men were jailed in July 2017 for the attack on Mr Dobbin but the last remaining prisoner was released on February 5 this year. Essex Police have announced it will assess the need for 'further action' against the men who left a Cambridge United fan with life-changing injuries following the news of his death today (October 21). Simon Dobbin, a dad of three, was left permanently brain damaged after his head was stamped on in a 90 second attack by a group of thugs in 2015. Cambridge United announced the news of his passing this afternoon in a post on Twitter, which read: "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.
Lifelong Liverpool FC fan Simon Dobbin who was brutally battered by hooligans in a devastating targeted attack has died. Simon, who used to live in Ormskirk, was left trapped in his own body, unable to walk or talk after he was targeted at a pub while he was at an away game in Essex in 2015. Essex Live reports Simon passed away at his home this morning, five years on from the horrific attack. 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 Simon'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. A lifelong Liverpool fan Simon, aka Dobbo, had only become a Cambridge United fan a year before the horrific attack. He was left permanently brain damaged by the attack and was unable to walk, talk or control his movements. 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. 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. Over 900 people volunteered to help build the Dobbin's a new home that would let Simon regain the dignity stripped from him in the attack, about 700 more people than they needed. THE WIFE of a football fan, 48, who died after being brain-damaged in attack blasted hooligans saying that they "got what they wanted". Simon Dobbin, 48, from Mildenhall, Suffolk, was left with permanent brain damage and unable to walk or talk following the incident on March 2015. Simon Dobbin with his wife Nicole before the attack Simon was left permanently brain-damaged following the incident Simon died today, five years after being attacked by rival supporters at an away game. In 2017, Simon and his family touched the nation's on BBC show DIY SOS as a team of volunteers transformed his home to help meet his needs. The Cambridge United supporter had travelled to see his side play away at Southend when he was ambushed by a group of hooligans. We ask supporters to leave their messages of condolence for Simon's family at this difficult time. The tragic news was announced by Cambridge United today, who said Simon had passed away at home this morning. The club 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. 12 James Woods was one of nine men jailed for violent disorder Credit: PA:Press Association 12 Greg Allen was convicted of conspiracy to commit violent disorder Credit: PA:Press Association Nicole spoke of her heartache earlier this year after revealing all 12 men convicted in connection with the attack had been freed from prison. Three of the 12 men were jailed for five years for violent disorder. They ambushed the small group of Cambridge United supporters and during the violence, Mr Dobbin was kicked and stamped on repeatedly. Rhys Pullen, 21, Ryan Carter, 21, Jamie Chambers, 24, Lewis Courtnell, 34, Scott Nicholls, 40, Matthew Petchey, 26, Thomas Randall, 22, Alexander Woods, 25 and James Woods, 25, were convicted of violent disorder. Nicole became Simon's full-time carer after the horrific attack. Supporters have been asked to leave messages of condolence for Simon's family on Cambridge United's Twitter page. A statement from Cambridge United said he had died at home this morning Simon had travelled to watch his team play away at Southend when he was attacked A team of volunteers helped transform the Dobbins' home in 2017 for DIY SOS