Crowd chant the name of dying fan

Home fans at Hillsborough gave a standing ovation after 12 minutes

Home fans at Hillsborough gave a standing ovation after 12 minutes

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Thousands of football supporters have paid tribute to a dying fan by chanting his name at a match.

The crowd at Sheffield Wednesday's home match against Charlton Athletic stood and sang "There's only one Johnny Eales" - a prearranged chorus at the 12th minute of the game at Hillsborough.

The event was the culmination of an online campaign by Chris Eales for Wednesday supporters to sing in support of his dying father, Johnny Eales, which spread across the internet.

Wheelchair-bound Mr Eales is a lifelong Wednesdayite but is suffering from a number of chronic conditions.

Before the match, Chris Eales posted on the internet that his father's health deteriorated two years ago and he now has virtually no mobility.

He said: "My dad is a real true Wednesdayite and has supported since the early 60s and despite living in Coventry has held a season ticket for over four decades following the team all over. Many of you would recognise him if you saw him, I am sure.

" I would love for the Kop to sing his name just even for half a minute."

He said: " For a dying Owl to hear his name sung by the Kop at what could well be his last game would just really be amazing for him.

"If you could do this for a fellow Owl, I am asking if you could please all join in and sing ' There's only one Johnny Eales' on 12 minutes."

Sheffield Wednesday agreed to post a message on the scoreboard to prompt the standing ovation and singing.

Unfortunately for the home crowd, Wednesday lost 3-2 despite leading 2-0 during the first half.


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