Fans at Macclesfield Town Football Club will hold a minute’s applause in support of a life-long fan who is in a critical condition in hospital.
Twenty-year-old Kavan Maddocks, from Macclesfield, was critically injured after falling from the roof of a multi-storey car park.
He suffered multiple broken bones and swelling of the brain.
Fans at the Moss Rose Club will make the gesture in the 20th minute of the FA Cup game on Friday, December 2. The second round tie against Oxford United kicks off at 7.55pm and is live on BBC 2.
Tom Webb, who is a close friend of Kavan, said: “We are hoping to start a minute’s applause at Friday’s FA Cup game at Oxford at home. In the twentieth minute - Kavan’s age - we hope to show our support for our mate and would welcome and encourage both home and away fans to join in as a sign of respect and acknowledgement for a young lad who loves the club.”
Kavan’s dad, Frank Maddocks, said Kavan is in a critical but stable condition.
He said: “Kavan is a massive Macc Town fan and would be so chuffed if he knew that there was an applause for him at the game this weekend.
“I’d love to get a TV in the room at the hospital so he can hear it.
“We want him to know we’re there and hope we can spur him on to get better.”
Among Kavan’s well wishers at Macc Town is manager John Askey, who made a special visit to Royal Stoke University Hospital to wish Kavan a speedy recovery.
James Beckett, from the club, said: “Everyone at Macc Town is wishing Kavan a speedy recovery and I’m sure that he will be cheering us on when we take on Oxford on Friday night. The players will be hoping for a good result to lift Kavan and his family’s spirits.”
This week the club will also host the Emirates FA Cup trophy which can be viewed on Thursday and Friday, December 1 & 2.
It will be at Macclesfield Town Hall on Thursday, from 3pm to 5pm and at Macclesfield Town Football Club on Friday, from 10am to 3pm.
James added: “This is great to be able to get the cup to Macclesfield.
“Anyone can come and have a photo taken with it.
“We hope to get a bit of a buzz going ahead of our big game.”