A Watford FC fan received life threatening injuries after an “unprovoked attack” in Wolverhampton yesterday.

West Midlands Police said the 44-year-old man was with a group of friends heading to the train station to return home to Hemel Hempstead, at around 5pm, when they were attacked in Littles Lane.

In a statement,  West Midlands Police said: "Detectives have launched an investigation after a Hertfordshire man received life-threatening injuries in an unprovoked assault in Wolverhampton".

Detective Sergeant Adam Keen from the force’s CID, said: “The group of friends were completely outnumbered and the victim suffered a severe head injury which has left him in a critical condition in hospital.

“His family have been informed and we are in the process of taking statements from witnesses and locating any CCTV which might have captured those responsible for the attack.

“I would urge anyone with information which will help our investigation to contact me as soon as possible on 101.”

Anyone not wishing to speak to a police officer can give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.