Tributes to Leicester City fan who died before game

Leicester City football fan Roger Evans died as he was about to watch the football team he loved.

Roger (70), of Desborough, collapsed of a suspected heart attack before City’s game with Brighton on Tuesday last week.

His partner said he was delighted the Foxes had just gained promotion to the Premier League.

Dawn Dix, who had been with Roger for 40 years, said: “He was so happy his team had been promoted. He has been going to Leicester games for donkey’s years and been with them through thick and thin.

“He was not a fair weather supporter. He was there when they were not winning so many games. Roger was over the moon they were going to the Premier League.”

Fellow fan Jim French, also of Desborough, was with Roger when he collapsed.

Roger was taken ill at about 7.25pm in the East Stand concourse of City’s King Power Stadium. He was rushed to Leicester Royal Infirmary but died later.

Mr French said: “I had just popped to the toilet before we went to get to our seats. I came out and Roger was propped up against a wall, then he just went. He was on the floor, then the paramedics and others rushed to his aid. It was a terrible thing to see. I know the medical people did everything to save my mate.

“We have been going to home games for 20 years and I will go to the matches for the rest of the season, but I don’t think I will go next season because it will not be the same without Roger.

“We were laughing and joking about how many goals Man City would put past us. Roger was a great fun to be with.”

Dawn said: “My grandson, Jamie, is to take Roger’s seat at the QPR game this Saturday as a mark of respect. He was a lovely man who had time for everybody. He was the life and soul of the party and will be very sadly missed.”

Fans have called for a minute’s applause at the QPR game and Dawn said Alan Birchenall will be leading tributes at half-time.