El Hadji Diouf visits lifelong Bolton Wanderers fan in hospital after meeting his daughter in a bar

This Is Lancashire: El Hadji Diouf presents Joe Fish with the last Wanderers shirt he ever wore El Hadji Diouf presents Joe Fish with the last Wanderers shirt he ever wore

A lifelong Whites fan had a surprise hospital visit from former Wanderers star and Senegal international El Hadji Diouf.

After Joe Fish suffered a stroke in November, his family thought he might not pull through.

But now the 67-year-old radio presenter of Crown Lane, Horwich, is showing promising signs of recovery, which may have been helped by a visit from his favourite former Wanderer.

Mr Fish’s daughter Rachael bumped into Diouf in a Bolton bar and, knowing he was her father’s favourite player, asked if he would visit him at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

Ms Fish said: “My dad was born in Great Lever and has been a big supporter of Bolton for years, he even moved to Horwich to be nearer to the stadium. When Diouf was playing for them he loved him.

“When I saw him I explained what had happened to dad and that he was his favourite player and asked if he would visit him in hospital — he said he would, but I didn’t expect anything.”

But on Saturday January 25, after watching the Whites lose to Cardiff City in an FA cup tie at the Reebok — the Senegalese star, who currently plays for Leeds United, surprised everyone by popping in to see Joe at the Royal Bolton.


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He then went one better and visited him again the following Thursday, this time taking with him the last Wanderers shirt he ever wore, which he signed and gave to his number one fan.

Ms Fish, aged 32, from Eagley said: “It was honestly one of the most moving things that has happened.

“This has been one of the most terrifying experiences I have been through, but Diouf has shown so much sincerity it has really helped us and kept dad’s mind occupied — he sat with dad for an hour and a half and held his hand, it was really emotional.”

Mr Fish, a former fireman, is the presenter of a country music show on Radio Lancashire.

He suffered the stroke on November 29 and initially could barely move — but his family, including Rachael, sons John and David, and partner, Carol, have been buoyed by the progress he has made since then.

Sheila Mooney, acting ward manager on ward C4 where Joe is staying, said: “It was a lovely thing to do for someone and it will have been a good morale booster.”

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4:53pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Mike23 says...

What a great gesture, hope Joe makes a steady recovery.

If he was feeling a bit better, would love to help him record some shows whilst convalescing.

Best wishes to his family and of course the Lancashire Country music legend.
What a great gesture, hope Joe makes a steady recovery. If he was feeling a bit better, would love to help him record some shows whilst convalescing. Best wishes to his family and of course the Lancashire Country music legend. Mike23

4:58pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Reebok Rhythm says...

A controversial but very talented footballer in his prime. Stupidity aside, he was one of my favourites at the time and he has definitely matured since then. This was a very nice gesture by Diouf. It's good to know he still visits the Reebok to watch a team he obviously holds in high esteem.
A controversial but very talented footballer in his prime. Stupidity aside, he was one of my favourites at the time and he has definitely matured since then. This was a very nice gesture by Diouf. It's good to know he still visits the Reebok to watch a team he obviously holds in high esteem. Reebok Rhythm

5:07pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Pat1992 says...

wish this fella a full recovery
wish this fella a full recovery Pat1992

5:44pm Thu 6 Feb 14

waterbottle says...

El Haji is one of the gentlemen of the game met him a few times his image on and of the pitch is like chalk and cheese, the media portrays him as abad boy but he's nothing of the sort.
El Haji is one of the gentlemen of the game met him a few times his image on and of the pitch is like chalk and cheese, the media portrays him as abad boy but he's nothing of the sort. waterbottle

6:49pm Thu 6 Feb 14

boltonnut says...

Great gesture by Diouf and I hope Joe makes a full recovery,having said that I can't help feeling sorry for all the present Wanderers fans (my self included) who are in some way suffering some kind of ailment every time they see the score at the end of the Bolton game.
Great gesture by Diouf and I hope Joe makes a full recovery,having said that I can't help feeling sorry for all the present Wanderers fans (my self included) who are in some way suffering some kind of ailment every time they see the score at the end of the Bolton game. boltonnut

7:13pm Thu 6 Feb 14

adatherton says...

I know Dioufy and he is a really nice friendly guy, and loves Bolton for some reason.
I know Dioufy and he is a really nice friendly guy, and loves Bolton for some reason. adatherton

1:37am Fri 7 Feb 14

wild one says...

Words fail me for once,,Brilliant.....
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Words fail me for once,,Brilliant..... . wild one

10:44am Fri 7 Feb 14

MarkP27 says...

I had the pleasure of witnessing the real Mr Diouf, whilst he spoke to a woman who challenged him about parking in a disabled bay. Sorry, but I have only negative views of this individual. Acts such as this and posing for a publicity shot for the world to see is trampled on by my memories of the language used and the aggressive nature of challenging a lone female.
I had the pleasure of witnessing the real Mr Diouf, whilst he spoke to a woman who challenged him about parking in a disabled bay. Sorry, but I have only negative views of this individual. Acts such as this and posing for a publicity shot for the world to see is trampled on by my memories of the language used and the aggressive nature of challenging a lone female. MarkP27

11:19am Fri 7 Feb 14

cliff4treasurer says...

I think that might be what's called asking for trouble as I have seen these "challenges" first hand and the self righteous indignation portrayed seemed to me to be a case of get a life. especially when the bays where empty and it was 19.30 and wet and windy to boot.
I have yet to see any provision for disabled full at any supermarket car park, or anywhere else for that matter,and the % in law they have to provide was just plucked out of thin air in the first place and is a cause of much anger and resentment I suspect.
Dioufy does a lot that doesn't get any publicity .
I think that might be what's called asking for trouble as I have seen these "challenges" first hand and the self righteous indignation portrayed seemed to me to be a case of get a life. especially when the bays where empty and it was 19.30 and wet and windy to boot. I have yet to see any provision for disabled full at any supermarket car park, or anywhere else for that matter,and the % in law they have to provide was just plucked out of thin air in the first place and is a cause of much anger and resentment I suspect. Dioufy does a lot that doesn't get any publicity . cliff4treasurer

12:12pm Fri 7 Feb 14

johnnyjackson says...

He spat in Portsmouth captian face.
He spat in Portsmouth captian face. johnnyjackson

1:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Hough64 says...

johnnyjackson wrote:
He spat in Portsmouth captian face.
Speak English!!
[quote][p][bold]johnnyjackson[/bold] wrote: He spat in Portsmouth captian face.[/p][/quote]Speak English!! Hough64

1:31pm Fri 7 Feb 14

MarkP27 says...

cliff4treasurer wrote:
I think that might be what's called asking for trouble as I have seen these "challenges" first hand and the self righteous indignation portrayed seemed to me to be a case of get a life. especially when the bays where empty and it was 19.30 and wet and windy to boot.
I have yet to see any provision for disabled full at any supermarket car park, or anywhere else for that matter,and the % in law they have to provide was just plucked out of thin air in the first place and is a cause of much anger and resentment I suspect.
Dioufy does a lot that doesn't get any publicity .
I think you will find that disabled people 'are trying to get a life' and 'the law' is not applicable dependent upon the weather or time of day.
The altercation I witnessed was in a restaurant car park and resulted in 'Dioufy' being restrained by his own two personnel.
A foul-mouthered tirade against a young woman with a disabled child is evidence of the real man.
[quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: I think that might be what's called asking for trouble as I have seen these "challenges" first hand and the self righteous indignation portrayed seemed to me to be a case of get a life. especially when the bays where empty and it was 19.30 and wet and windy to boot. I have yet to see any provision for disabled full at any supermarket car park, or anywhere else for that matter,and the % in law they have to provide was just plucked out of thin air in the first place and is a cause of much anger and resentment I suspect. Dioufy does a lot that doesn't get any publicity .[/p][/quote]I think you will find that disabled people 'are trying to get a life' and 'the law' is not applicable dependent upon the weather or time of day. The altercation I witnessed was in a restaurant car park and resulted in 'Dioufy' being restrained by his own two personnel. A foul-mouthered tirade against a young woman with a disabled child is evidence of the real man. MarkP27

4:03pm Sun 9 Feb 14

waterbottle says...

Diouf also has his own charity in Senegal but media will gig him any publicity at all unless he does some thing bad. A lot of the African players do the same thing did any one know that Drogba built a £4m hospital with his sponsorship deal with pepsi thats not all he has done.
Diouf also has his own charity in Senegal but media will gig him any publicity at all unless he does some thing bad. A lot of the African players do the same thing did any one know that Drogba built a £4m hospital with his sponsorship deal with pepsi thats not all he has done. waterbottle

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