A dad-of-three who was left brain damaged by a group of football hooligans has sadly died five years after the horrific attack.

Cambridge United fan Simon Dobbin was left unable to walk or talk after his head was stamped on in the 90 second unprovoked attack by some of the thugs who acted like a "pack of animals". Thirteen men were convicted following the savage attack.

Mr Dobbin died this morning at home, Cambridge United FC confirmed.

In a series of tweets, they said: "It is with a heavy heart that Cambridge United can confirm we have received the devastating news that Simon Dobbin sadly passed away at home this morning. Sweet dreams Simon. Forever a U.

"The thoughts of everybody at  @CambridgeUtdFC  are with his wife Nicole, daughter Emily and his closest family & friends.

"We ask supporters to leave their messages of condolence for Simon's family at this difficult time.

"Rest in Peace Simon."

Cambridge United paid tribute to the fan on Twitter

Mr Dobbin was attacked in March 2015 after a football game between Southend United and his beloved Cambridge United.

He was ambushed while he was en route to the Blue Boar pub on Victoria Avenue by a group of thugs and repeatedly stomped on.

He was left permanently brain damaged by the attack and was unable to walk, talk or control his movements.

Simon Dobbin with his wife Nicole at a wedding in 2014
Simon Dobbin with his daughter Emily

After spending almost a year in three different hospitals, Mr Dobbin returned home to his family in March 2016.

Known as 'Dobbo' by his friends, Simon lived in Mildenhall with his wife and full-time carer, Nicole, and their daughter, Emily.

Twenty-five men reportedly set upon him on the night of the attack, Essex Live reports.

Of that group, nine were convicted for violent disorder on July 17, 2017.

Here he is pictured with his daughter Emily and her boyfriend Robbie
Simon lived with his wife and full-time carer Nicole

A further three men were convicted at the same trial for conspiracy to commit violent disorder and one other man was convicted of assisting an offender and admitted possessing a pepper spray.

Since the trial however, ten of the men have been released from prison.

Last year, wife Nicole launched a campaign to get a new law passed by government.

The campaign asks for harsher punishments to be given to people who commit violent crimes like Simon's attackers.

She also wants people convicted of violent disorder to have a percentage of their earnings through work or benefits taken from them and given to the NHS for the rest of their lives.

You can support the petition here for Simon's Law.