Craig Noone visits long-standing fan Jim Waite following his recent heart attack

Craig Noone paid a special visit to supporter Jim Waite on Thursday afternoon to put a smile on his face following a period of recent ill-health.

The winger made the short journey to Jim's home in Ramsbottom which he shares with his wife Anne, to spend time with the long-standing fan, learn about his recent health problems and hand over a pennant which he personalised signed.

This comes following a frightening health scare which Jim suffered at the Whites' recent home game with Leeds United at the University of Bolton Stadium on December 15.

Attending the match with his son Ben and two grandchildren - who are all season ticket holders in the Kia West Stand - Jim's health took a turn for the worse upon his arrival at the ground.

He made a nearby steward aware of the situation, with them immediately taking him to the nearest medical professional who diagnosed him as being in the midst of a heart attack.

Immediately being rushed to Wythenshawe Hospital, Jim was placed on the critical list to undergo surgery within 48 hours and went on to spend Christmas and New Year under the organisation's care.

Now back home however, he is very much on the mend but is currently unable to attend games of his beloved Wanderers.

Upon hearing of his situation however, Noone decided to take Bolton Wanderers directly to Jim and put a smile on his face following a difficult period for him personally and his family.

Speaking following the visit, the 31-year-old said: "It was such a pleasure to visit Jim - he's a huge Bolton fan and to be able to cheer him up after a rough couple of months is a real pleasure.

"When he's fully back on his feet, it will be great to see him back at the University of Bolton Stadium and I'll absolutely be popping along to see him when he does get back here for a game."

Jim's son Ben meanwhile added: "My parents appreciated Craig's visit so much- when I spoke to them afterwards, they said how lovely he was and what a pleasure it was to have him in their home.

"Having been with Dad when he suffered the heart attack, I would just like to say  that the steward and medical team who assisted us were outstanding in their speed and professionalism in the way they handled the situation.

"They had him wired up, diagnosed and dedicated extremely quickly and as such have minimised the damage done to his heart and essentially saved his life on the day. 

"I know that the club's commitment to safety is paramount especially with something like this, with the connection to what happened to Fabrice Muamba, and I can't thank Bolton Wanderers enough for their genuine provision of top class services and taking their responsibilities seriously.

"Without Bolton Wanderers and the team they have in place, it could so easily have been a completely different situation right now, so myself and my family would like to thank the club for everything they have done for us."

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