‘Extremely popular’ lifelong Stockport County fan, 46, couldn’t get jab and died from Covid

A lifelong Stockport County fan died at just 46 from Covid-19 — after being unable to get the vaccine.

Rob Wellings, from Buxton, passed away in hospital on December 1, after battling the virus for ‘a number of weeks’.

He was unable to get the coronavirus vaccine due to ongoing treatment for cellulitis, friend Simon Maguire told the Manchester Evening News.

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“He fought it off for a bit and then it came back,” he said. “He had a real ordeal with it.

“He was on a ventilator, and then they got him back. Then he caught pneumonia.

“That took him back down. It was one thing after another.”

Simon, who would go to County matches with Rob, remembered his friend of 20 years as ‘popular’ and ‘generous’.

Simon continued: “He was extremely popular, he was a very generous guy, and he was quite odd.

“He used to find something to wind you up, to keep annoying you through texts.

Rob with friends, he loved the outdoors and would often send videos of himself in the woods
(Image: Simon Maguire)

“He was quite outdoorsy – you used to get a video of him at 2am being Bear Grylls in the woods.”

Alongside his passion for the outdoors, Rob was a keen martial artist.

Following his tragic passing, Simon has set up a fundraiser for his friend, in order to provide some financial protection for his family.

The online fundraiser said: “Rob passed away on December 1, aged 46 after struggling with COVID for a number of weeks.

“He was otherwise a strong and healthy man who regularly exercised and practiced martial arts so it’s come as a massive shock to family and friends.

“Rob’s enthusiasm for life and generosity was infectious and he was equally loved in his native Buxton and ‘second home’ following Stockport County FC.”

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