Attack victim critical.
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A WELL-KNOWN Huddersfield Town fan is fighting for his life after being assaulted in the Holme Valley.
Andrew Cruikshank, 52, of Holmfirth was taken to Leeds General Infirmary following an altercation at a house in Stone Fold, Honley, round the back of Honley Ambulance Station on Sunday night. Police say he is in a critical condition.
A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police told the Examiner they found a man on the ground with serious injuries at 7.30pm.
He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment.
A 49-year-old man from Huddersfield was arrested in connection with the incident and yesterday released from custody pending further inquiries.
Steven Brook, 56, the acting bar manager at Honley Socialist Club, said he has been a friend of Mr Cruikshank, a former pupil at Deighton High School, for around 15 years.
Mr Brook said yesterday: "I've been told he has had surgery this afternoon to release pressure on his brain. He is not good."
He added: "I know he had been to the Allied Hotel in Honley and came here to see me. He came in and had a beer at the club with me and my step brother Tony Knapton.
"He had been watching the Huddersfield Town/Sheffield Wednesday match. He was sound. He started talking to Julie in the bar and some of the other members. I left at 6.25pm and I understand he had a couple more beers and left at 8.15pm.
"I came back about 8.50pm and there were police all over the place. I don't know what happened."
Mr Brook said Mr Cruikshank is a massive Town fan and followed them all over the country.
He said Mr Cruikshank had even gone to watch them train in Portugal several years ago.
Another man, who didn't want to be named, said: "At first it didn't look to be anything that serious between these two men and then in no time at all there was a crowd there, four paramedics and the police."