BLACKPOOL Football Club have paid tribute to the fan who died while following his favourite football team.
Dr Peter Lake collapsed during the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers and sadly died on his way to hospital in the West Midlands.
A spokesman for Blackpool Football Club said: “We were very saddened to learn of Peter’s passing and would like to offer our sincere condolences to his family at this difficult time. He was an extremely popular member of the community and was well-known to a number of staff behind the scenes at the club.”
The club hope a tribute can be made at Monday’s match against Chelsea.
Dr Lake, 54, worked as a GP in South King Street for 27 years and was involved with Trinity Hospice from its outset. For the past two years, the Poulton resident was associate consultant at the hospice.
Striker DJ Campbell, who was sent off in the match and apologised to fans via his Twitter feed, also paid tribute to the doctor. He tweeted: “My thoughts and love go out to Dr Peter Lake’s family who sadly lost Peter to a heart attack. We all should pay tribute to a true BFC fan!”
Tributes to the community health champion also flooded into The Gazette’s website.
Sylvia Cleaver left the following message on behalf of her family: “So sad to hear the loss of such a gentleman. Dr Lake had been my GP for 25 years. He always made me feel better with his never-failing care and understanding. We would always have a chat about his beloved Blackpool (and mine!!) and he was so proud when we got into the Premier League. Dr Lake, I was so proud to say you were my GP and most of all to have known such a lovely man.”
BlackpoolBorn’n’Bred posted: “So very sad to hear this news. Dr Lake delivered my son, now 28, when he worked at the Vic, and was then our family doctor for over 25 years at South King Street. When my dad was ill four years ago, he was such a great comfort to him and my mum.
“He always knew just what to say, to calm their fears, and we will always be grateful to him for that. I feel like I’m in shock, its just so sad. You will be greatly missed.”
And Dave and Lynda Winston wrote: “He was a superb GP and felt like a friend, and also a fellow runner who we often saw at the Blackpool 10K.”