Uniting for Fabrice! Tottenham and Bolton show solidarity for Muamba at replay of abandoned game
20:55 GMT, 27 March 2012
Just ten days after Fabrice Muamba collapsed during Bolton's FA Cup tie against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, the sides met again to replay the abandoned fixture.
In the aftermath of the initial tie, the 36,000 fans present were praised for their reaction to the incident. Tottenham and Bolton fans alike chanted the midfielder's name as they willed him to get back to his feet.
And in the days which followed,
football fans from all clubs have prayed for Muamba to recover from his
cardiac arrest, offering tributes and good wishes for him. So
when the two sides met again on Tuesday night, it was inevitable this
display of affection, respect and goodwill would continue.
Uniting for Fabrice: Bolton and Tottenham players wore t-shirts in the warm-up to respect Fabrice Muamba
No division: Tottenham supporters with a banner to support Muamba
Respect: A young Tottenham fan (left) has Muamba printed on his Spurs shirt, while Owen Coyle (right) showed his gratitude to Spurs fans, players and staff for their help
Bolton manager Owen Coyle thanked everybody connected to Tottenham for their support in programme notes he wrote for the game.
He wrote: 'On behalf of everyone at Bolton Wanderers and our supporters, I would like to offer our sincere thanks to Tottenham Hotspur – the staff, players, management and fans – for their support for Fabrice and his family at this difficult time.
'We have been truly humbled by the care and concern shown by you all for Fabrice.
'Harry (Redknapp, Tottenham manager) has been in touch regularly to check on Fabrice's progress and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been in regular contact with our chairman Phil Gartside.
Applause: Everybody clapped for Muamba at the start of the match (and below)
'The family have appreciated the many messages of support from Spurs fans.
'Tottenham's club doctor Shabaaz Mughal, the medical team and paramedics in attendance at White Hart Lane last Saturday played a vital part in giving Fabrice the best possible chance after his cardiac arrest and I would like to thank them all.
'I would like to ask you to keep Fabrice and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he continues his recovery.
'He has a long road ahead of him and the messages of support have been a great source of strength and energy for everybody. Thank you all.'
Saviour: Cardiologist Dr Andrew Deaner, who helped save Muamba's life, was present
Soon: The rescheduled game came just ten days after the initial incident
Tottenham won the game 3-1, with goals from Ryan Nelsen, Gareth Bale and Louis Saha. Kevin Davies scored for Bolton.
Players from both sides will sign their match shirts and then auction them on ebay with the proceeds going to the London Chest Hospital, where Muamba is being treated, and three other heart charities.
Dr Andrew Deaner, the heart specialist who ran from the stands to assist in Muamba's treatment and has continued to oversee his recovery, was a guest in the club's boardroom for the game.
Muamba's father Marcel and fiancee Shauna Magunda also took the opportunity to send a message to both clubs and the wider football community.
'We would like to firstly thank God for answering our prayers. Thank you to everyone for the love, prayers and support over the past few days,' they said in a joint statement.
Differing scenes: The players gather round Muamba in the initial match
Back in business: The players in action during the second game
'In particular we owe an enormous gratitude to to the Bolton and Spurs medical teams for their quick reaction on Saturday and the fantastic team at The London Chest Hospital.
'We have been overwhelmed by all the kind messages we have received. The support we have had from the fans, not just from Bolton but football supporters around the world, has given us so much strength.
'We have been particularly touched by the support from the football community globally.'
Muamba remains in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital but he has made 'encouraging progress'.
Solidarity: Bolton's Nigel Reo-Coker (left) and Tottenham's Jermain Defoe shake hands, while other Wanderers' players sport the shirt (below)