Ards footballer's skull fractured after assault outside nightclub

Gary Warwick
Gary Warwick

An Irish League Footballer's scull was fractured after an altercation outside a Belfast city centre nightclub in the early hours of Sunday Morning.

Gary Warwick, 25, plays for Ards Football Club and has previously played for Donegal Celtic and Cliftonville.

Mr Warwick was rushed to hospital after the attack which took place outside a nightclub on Patterson's Place, near Belfast City Hall, as he made his way home after a night out with a group of friends.

The player also suffered bruising on his brain and a broken nose.

Ards manager Niall Currie said: It's sad really that a night out with friends can end like that. It's a sign of the times I suppose, but it's still sickening because Gary is such a good guy. Things were really on the up for him.

"He has a really lovely family and beautiful girlfriend who he's all loved-up with, and he was doing well at the club.

"We are all going to rally round him to help him as much as possible and hopefully that will help him get back on his feet.

"Maybe he'll feel up to coming along to support us, or when he's better maybe get back to training. 

"We're all looking forward to seeing him, and all his teammates and people at the club are rooting for him for him to make a full recovery."

The PSNI said that a 36-year-old man had been arrested after the assault and has been released on bail pending further inquiries.