FRIENDS and ex-clubmates of a Millers fan who is seriously ill in hospital after collapsing at an away game last weekend have launched an appeal to support his family - as Rotherham United boss Paul Warne also wished him a speedy recovery.
Maltby Rangers FC asked for donations to help the family of dad-of-three Andy Wilson-Storey (42).
Mr Wilson-Storey, who is from Maltby, collapsed following Saturday’s game at Accrington Stanley’s Wham Stadium after suffering breathing difficulties and having a cardiac arrest.
He is in serious condition in hospital in nearby Blackburn.
An air ambulance was sent to the scene but North West Ambulance Service confirmed Mr Wilson-Storey had been taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital by road ambulance at about 6pm.
His mum Sharron Arthur is staying with him in hospital and his family, including his brother, sister and three children, are staying in hotels nearby. Maltby Rangers asked for donations to help cover the cost of their accommodation.
The club said in a post on its Facebook page: “An ex-player of ours, Andy Wilson-Storey, collapsed while watching his beloved Rotherham United on Saturday.
“He’s a friend of our manager and his kids are known to some of our lads.
“His kids and his mother are staying over there in hotels.
“We as a club are going to do a collection — if anyone would like to donate anything. that would be great!”
The club asked for donations to be made to the following account: sort code 77-74-22; account number 22744360.
Millers boss Warne said: “I wish Andy all the best.
“I hope he gets a speedy recovery. If he does, he's invited to come down to the training ground, watch the lads train and meet everyone.
“Hopefully he'll get well soon.”
Ms Arthur said she wanted to thank Rotherham United, Accrington Stanley and everyone else who had offered their support.
Rotherham United said a statement: “Everyone at Rotherham United, and indeed all associated with the club, would like to reiterate that our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew, his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.
“The first team staff have been informed of the news of Andrew’s situation and we are sure that they will be doing everything they can to try and get a result for him tonight.
“The club would also like to thank Accrington Stanley and all of the medical staff present on the day who attended the incident for their efforts and we are hopeful that under the care of those in the hospital, he is able to pull through.”