A SEDGLEY football fan has admitted taking part in a savage gang attack on a rival supporter who was left fighting for his life.

Daniel Lloyd, 19, of Longfellow Road, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Watford fan Nic Cruwys, 44, who had been with friends to watch their Molineux game against Wolves on March 7 last year.

Following the Championship game which ended in a 2-2 draw, Mr Cruwys was on his way to a pub for a drink with friends when he was confronted by a gang, including Lloyd, and brutally attacked.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard the gang had punched and kicked Mr Cruwys, who was left in a coma after the attack.

Joseph Lister, 19, of Palmer Close, Wednesfield, admitted the same charge before judge Simon Ward, while a 16-year-old youth from Wolverhampton, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

Ryan Meer, 19, of Watling Street, Gailey, pleaded guilty to affray and Robert Beech, 19, of Springhill Road, Wednesfield, denied affray but admitted using threatening behaviour.

All five were acquitted on a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent after a trial that had been going on for nearly two weeks.

The five defendants were remanded on bail until Friday September 9 for the preparation of pre-sentence reports when it is expected the case will be finalised.

But the judge warned all the defendants that it would be “highly likely” that they will be spending time behind bars when they are sentenced.

A 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, earlier admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and should be sentenced by the judge at the same time.