Tributes have poured in for the Watford fan who tragically passed away following today’s game at West Bromwich Albion.
Lifelong fan Ray Batchelor, 81, was in the 2,750-strong away end this afternoon but he collapsed at the Hawthorns after apparently complaining of feeling unwell and suffering a cardiac arrest. Police officers tried to resuscitate him but he was, we are told, taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“Tonight I write with a heavy heart as we hear the terribly sad news that Ray Batchelor passed away today after watching Watford this afternoon,” wrote former club matchday announcer Richard Short on Facebook. “The Watford family are thinking of you all and will be in our prayers – RIP Ray.”
Watford are sure to mark his passing at the home game with Everton on Saturday. The 1881 Movement have already organised a minute’s applause.
“Against Everton we will lead a 1 minutes standing ovation for a fellow Watford fan who’s supported Watford for over 70 years,” wrote Roy Moore on Facebook. “We have a week to make sure all home stands get the message. 81st minute, we stand and applaud a through and through Hornet.RIP Ray.”