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Wealdstone Raider ‘knocked out and put in coma’ when punched while running for bus

The Wealdstone Raider claims he was ‘knocked out and put in coma’ when punched while running for a bus as things turned nasty for him.

Gordon Hill, 56, is well known for becoming an internet sensation all the way back in 2013 when a video of him speaking with a rival fan while watching his local side went viral.

He was on the side watching Wealdstone, but famously asked a fan: “You want some?” before saying “you’ve got no fans, you’ve got no ground”.

Hill made the most of the fame, making public appearances, cheekily confronted Tyson Fury, was at press conferences and even released a single.

However, being known comes with a cost, allegedly being threatened and abused after his phone number was posted on social media.

In an interview with Vice, the non league fan says that he was punched in the head by an unknown stranger while trying to get the bus, an attack which led him in a coma.

He said: “I had to deal with death threats. Someone put my phone number on Twitter. It was constant hate. Trolls and death threats. I had to change my phone number. I think it affected my brother and my family more than it affected me. It was horrible. They were insulting my family. There are some horrible people out there. I’ve been assaulted. I got knocked out and put in a coma. I had a bleed on the brain. It’s not all champagne and red carpets.”

When asked when it happened, he replied: “That was a couple of months after it all kicked off. I was knocked out running for a bus. Some bloke decided to punch me in the head. I was within 12 hours of having a brain operation. Another time, I went to the darts at the Alexandra Palace. I was meant to have a minder with me, but he was worse than useless. It wasn’t intentional, but the crowd almost pushed me over a barrier. It was a 20-, 30-foot drop. It got to a stage where I didn’t want to go out. I don’t mind being asked for pictures, but when you’re out with friends you can’t have a conversation. This isn’t a moan, but people don’t know that you have a private life. I was seeing a girl when it first started, and she just couldn’t handle it. It was too much for her.”

He was asked if it ever got to much for him, saying in response:Oh yeah, on a few occasions. I came close to having a nervous breakdown. Once the song was done, I was doing nightclub appearances for a nasty man who stole a lot of money off the charities. I don’t want to mention his name because I don’t want to go down that road. He milked me as much as he could. He basically destroyed me. On average, I was doing two nightclubs a night. I didn’t see my place for about three or four weeks. It nearly killed me. I was living out of a suitcase and not eating or sleeping properly because I was going from one place to another. It was just complete and utter chaos. It drained me.”

 

On if he could get rid of the video from your life, and everything that’s happened because of it – both good and bad – would he do it?: “There have been a lot of times where I’ve thought, ‘I wish that bloody video never happened.’ But I love what I’ve achieved with my charity work. I sit back and I think, ‘I wouldn’t be able to do that if it wasn’t for that video.’ Out of every situation, there are positives and negatives. I’d say 95 percent of it is good. But it’s the same as anything in life, there’s always an idiot out there. That Captain Tom made over £33million and people were still slagging him off. You can’t please everyone. Everyone in the public eye has haters. But I think, mostly, the positives outweigh the negatives, so I’m glad I was in that video. If I’d have thought about it, I’d have come up with a better catchphrase, but I love the charity stuff it’s helped me to do, and I think it’s made me a better person.”

 

 

On the attention he gets today and how it’s changed for over the years: “It’s died down a lot. But, saying that, I thought it had until I went to Bournemouth. Every two minutes – photos, photos, photos. Even though I’m not so much in the public eye, I’m instantly recognisable because of the way I look and the way I speak. But it’s all good. If I’m out, and someone asks for a photo, I ask them to put some money in a local charity box. They don’t have to, but I’d say seven out of ten people stick a couple of pounds in.”

On if he could get rid of the video from your life, and everything that’s happened because of it – both good and bad – would he do it?: “There have been a lot of times where I’ve thought, ‘I wish that bloody video never happened.’ But I love what I’ve achieved with my charity work. I sit back and I think, ‘I wouldn’t be able to do that if it wasn’t for that video.’ Out of every situation, there are positives and negatives. I’d say 95 percent of it is good. But it’s the same as anything in life, there’s always an idiot out there. That Captain Tom made over £33million and people were still slagging him off. You can’t please everyone. Everyone in the public eye has haters. But I think, mostly, the positives outweigh the negatives, so I’m glad I was in that video. If I’d have thought about it, I’d have come up with a better catchphrase, but I love the charity stuff it’s helped me to do, and I think it’s made me a better person.”

You can see a lot more of what he ad to say in the interview by clicking HERE.

On the attention he gets today and how it’s changed for over the years: “It’s died down a lot. But, saying that, I thought it had until I went to Bournemouth. Every two minutes – photos, photos, photos. Even though I’m not so much in the public eye, I’m instantly recognisable because of the way I look and the way I speak. But it’s all good. If I’m out, and someone asks for a photo, I ask them to put some money in a local charity box. They don’t have to, but I’d say seven out of ten people stick a couple of pounds in.”

On if he could get rid of the video from your life, and everything that’s happened because of it – both good and bad – would he do it?: “There have been a lot of times where I’ve thought, ‘I wish that bloody video never happened.’ But I love what I’ve achieved with my charity work. I sit back and I think, ‘I wouldn’t be able to do that if it wasn’t for that video.’ Out of every situation, there are positives and negatives. I’d say 95 percent of it is good. But it’s the same as anything in life, there’s always an idiot out there. That Captain Tom made over £33million and people were still slagging him off. You can’t please everyone. Everyone in the public eye has haters. But I think, mostly, the positives outweigh the negatives, so I’m glad I was in that video. If I’d have thought about it, I’d have come up with a better catchphrase, but I love the charity stuff it’s helped me to do, and I think it’s made me a better person.”

Two years ago, he was reported arrested and released by British Transport Police on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly ahead of England’s European Championship quarter final clash against Ukraine.

The incident is said to have taken place outside Redwood Sports Bar at London Bridge station.

Officers pinned him up for allegedly being drunk and disorderly, but he was later released without charge.

The Raider claims that he had only had two or three pints and that the slurring of his words is down to his speech impediment.

He told the Daily Star: “You know what, I don’t even know why I did a runner, because I had nothing to hide. It was a spur of the moment thing.

“I shouldn’t have done it. I ran straight into a corner and it’s not my normal thing.”

The British Transport Police said: “British Transport Police attended London Bridge railway station following a report of anti-social behaviour at 8.18pm on Saturday 3 July.

“A man was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in a public place and conveyed to police custody. He was later released and no further action was taken.”

The Raider, 55, travelled to London Bridge to watch the football after being given a VIP ticket into the Redwood Sports Bar by a friend.

But trouble began as door staff would not let him into the venue and he explains: “I showed the bouncer the ticket and he couldn’t get me in there for the VIP. They couldn’t give me the protection that I needed.”

Discussions continued between the bouncer, the promoter and police officers who were on the scene, as tensions escalated at the door.

The Raider was rejected entry into the building, despite alleged disagreements between staff members as to whether he should be allowed in or not.

He said: “I walk away and as I walk away, another police officer has turned up, wanting to find out what the situation is. As I’m walking out, she is saying ‘come back, come back’. I thought no, I don’t want it.

“Next thing I know, I’ve turned around and these two police officers are running towards me. Instinctively, I am running away.

“If I was really running, I would have ran faster than that – and I ran straight into a corner.

“They took me by van to Caledonian Road Police Station.

“The officer that arrested me was just standing there speechless. The desk sergeant was amazing. Me and the van driver were just having a chat.”

The Raider was allegedly accused of having the smell of alcohol on his breath.

He said: “He said about having alcohol in my breath. So I said if you arrest everyone at this time of night, there wouldn’t be enough prison cells or police stations in the world to hold them.

“The desk sergeant was absolutely amazing.

“They didn’t charge me, they didn’t even give me a caution and the desk sergeant said ‘I am keeping you here because if you want to make a complaint, we have to keep it on record.’”

However, he opted against making a complaint against the officers who arrested him.

“You know what, I was absolutely busting to go to the toilet,” he explained.

“All I wanted to do was to have a cigarette. They said they would drop me down from Islington Police Station down to Caledonian Road station.

“But I just wanted a cigarette, so I walked up to the local pub, ordered a pint and had the best wee I’ve had in ages.”

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