A man who died after being attacked on New Year’s Eve has been named as the father of Bury and ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Leon Clarke. 50-year-old Darrell Clarke died in hospital on the 2nd of January after being injured in an incident that occurred in the garden of The Boat pub in Wednesfield, West Midlands.
After the incident Darrell went to the Royal Tiger pub where an ambulance was called, he was then rushed to hospital in a critical condition but tragically died from severe head injuries, a murder inquiry is underway.
In a statement Bury FC said that it was aware of “an incident over the weekend which brought about Mr. Clarke’s death”. The club also said “As a club we extend our deepest sympathies towards Leon and his family. Leon will be allowed the time to grieve and will receive the full support of everyone at the football club during this difficult time”.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have also paid tribute, they stated “Leon came through the Wolves Academy from a young age, later returning to the club, and everyone’s thoughts are with him and his family”. A 22-year-old man has been arrested and bailed over the incident, police are now appealing for witnesses to contact them.
Detective Inspector Ian Iliffe of West Midlands Police has remarked, “The pub would have been busy with people out to celebrate the start of the New Year and we need any witnesses to come forward as soon as possible”. Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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