Fabrice Muamba: Bolton and Blackburn united in support of midfielder

Rivalry means nothing now! Bolton and Blackburn fans unite in support of Muamba at Lancashire derby

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UPDATED:

15:20 GMT, 24 March 2012

Today's Lancashire derby was only ever going to be about one man and fans turned out in force to support Fabrice Muamba.

The Bolton midfielder remains in a serious condition at the London Chest Hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch at Tottenham last Saturday.

The football world has united in support
of Muamba in the past seven days and Bolton and Blackburn fans put
their rivalry to one side ahead of the relegation six-pointer at the
Reebok Stadium.

Rivalry means nothing: A Blackburn shirt with a message of support for Fabrice Muamba outside the Reebok

Rivalry means nothing: A Blackburn shirt with a message of support for Fabrice Muamba outside the Reebok

Display: Muamba's name and number were held up by supporters at the Reebok

Display: Muamba's name and number were held up by supporters at the Reebok

A sea of shirts with messages of support for the 23-year-old is growing in size outside the Trotters' home and a Blackburn jersey summed up the mood.

It read: 'Get well soon Fabrice. The whole footballing world is right behind you and wishing you a full and speedy recovery. Rivalry means nothing now. Keep fighting. Love to you and your family from BRFC.'

Team spirit: Bolton players warm up for the game wearing 'Muamba 6' jerseys

Team spirit: Bolton players warm up for the game wearing 'Muamba 6' jerseys

True colours: Tributes from fans of many clubs have been left outside the Reebok Stadium

True colours: Tributes from fans of many clubs have been left outside the Reebok Stadium

A mosaic spelling out Muamba's name and shirt number was held up by fans and a video display of his career was shown on the big screen.

The applause rang out from the moment the montage began and lasted through to the handshake.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle left it up to his players to decide if they wanted to sit the game out but none of them took him up on the offer and he was able to name an unchanged side.

Fan-fare: Supporters arrived early to take in the sea of shirts left in support of Fabrice Muamba

Fan-fare: Supporters arrived early to take in the sea of shirts left in support of Fabrice Muamba

Game on: Blackburn manager Steve Kean arrives at the Reebok Stadium for the crunch clash with Bolton

Game on: Blackburn manager Steve Kean arrives at the Reebok Stadium for the crunch clash with Bolton

Long road: Muamba is making progress in his recovery but he remains in a serious condition

Long road: Muamba is making progress in his recovery but he remains in a serious condition