Campaign for one minute applause for lifelong West Ham fan from Hornchurch
PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:52 17 March 2017
Friends and family of a lifelong West Ham fan are campaigning for the club to hold a one minute applause in his memory during the next match, after he died unexpectedly in his sleep.
Friends and family of a West Ham fan are campaigning for a one minute applause in his memory during tomorrow’s (Saturday) match, after he died unexpectedly in his sleep.
It has been confirmed by the club that a picture of Danny Brown, 25, will be shown on the big screen at the start of the home game against Leicester.
Danny, of Hornchurch, was messaging his friends like any other night last week about the match between Barcelona and PSG in the Champions League.
His loved ones were devastated when Danny did not wake up the next morning.
Close friend Grant Hills, 25, said: “We’re all shocked by what’s happened. He was the centre point of our group of friends.
“He was such a sociable person who always had a smile on his face.”
The former Havering College of Further and Higher Education student was a West Ham season ticket holder and had been to around 200 games with Grant since they were teenagers.
To honour his memory, friends and family have launched a social media campaign, asking for a minute’s applause on the 25th minute of the match.
Danny had turned 25 the week before he died.
A statement from his family said: “From a very young age he found his passion for football, playing for local club Leaside Colts and supporting his beloved West Ham United.
“His first game was at just six-years-old in 1998 with his dad.
“Danny’s love for West Ham even converted his Liverpudlian girlfriend to the claret and blue.
“Danny was a truly remarkable and inspirational young man and son of proud parents Michelle and Jeff.
“He was loved by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him and will be missed by us all after he tragically passed away in his sleep at the young age of 25 last Thursday.
“Forever young, forever in our hearts, forever blowing bubbles.”
The cause of Danny’s death remains unknown.
To show your support for the campaign, tweet @WestHamUtd using #ApplauseForDanny