Millwall fan who suffered cardiac arrest at match passes away

Admin (19 May, 2017)

Fans are calling for a minute's applause at Wembley in tribute to Lions fan Antony Murphy, who has sadly passed away

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Fans are calling for a minute’s applause at Wembley in honour of a Millwall fan who has passed away.

Lions fan Antony Murphy has sadly died after suffering a cardiac arrest during Millwall’s clash with Northampton on Good Friday.

The 40-year-old had been showing signs of progress but sadly died in hospital at 1am today, Friday.

Antony, who was from Bermondsey but moved to Kent, leaves behind his father, who he cared for full-time.

John Kendall, who regularly visited Antony in hospital over the past month, described his shock at losing his friend.

“I’m absolutely gobsmacked and I’m going to miss him,” he said. “He was my best friend.”

A group of Antony’s friends set up a fundraising page to help Antony and his dad when he got out of hospital.

They have so far raised £3,375 – but John said they would now be fundraising to cover Antony’s funeral costs.

John said he had planned to visit Antony in hospital on Sunday to tell him about Millwall’s match at Wembley tomorrow.

“I was going to go see him on Sunday, especially if we win, and I was going to tell him,” said John.

“I had T-shirts made up with a photo of the four of us friends and ‘oi oi China’ printed on the back.

“I’m still going to the match tomorrow and it’s going to be tough.”

Millwall Football Club said it was “deeply saddened” to learn of Antony’s passing.

“Antony fought like a true Lion from the moment he collapsed during the game against Northampton Town right up until his tragic passing on Friday morning,” the club said in a statement.

“Everyone associated with Millwall Football Club sends its condolences to the Murphy family and Antony’s friends at this tremendously difficult time.”

A Millwall spokesperson said the club have “already begun making plans to remember Antony and other supporters who have lost their lives in recent months at a special commemorative game next season”.

Antony’s family and friends have asked for privacy during this time.

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