A man has admitted killing a Lostock Hall engineer.
John Wilson, 29, formerly of Riverside, Bamber Bridge, admitted the manslaughter of Aaron Emery, when he appeared at Preston Crown Court.
In a dramatic development Wilson pleaded entered the plea and was warned by a judge a prison sentence was 'a near certainty'.
Mr Emery, 23, of Boegrave Avenue, Lostock Hall, died three days after he was attacked outside Brown's nightclub in Glover's Court in Preston on April 19.
The former Lostock High School pupil suffered serious head injuries and underwent surgery to remove a clot on his brain after being punched by Wilson.
Self-employed safety and fire alarm engineer Mr Emery died on the eve of his 24th birthday.
Devastated friends marked the occasion by holding a birthday party in his memory.
Wilson, 29, formerly of Riverside, Bamber Bridge, was due to face trial for manslaughter in November until he admitted his guilt.
The Recorder of Preston Judge Anthony Russell QC set a date for sentencing on September 19.
He ordered a background report be prepared.
The judge granted Wilson conditional bail which includes an electronically tagged nightime curfew and the stipulation that he must not enter the city of Preston apart from pre arranged legal meetings or the court appearance.
Wilson was bailed to an address in Cheshire and Judge Russell warned him: "I am sure you are aware you have pleaded guilty to a serious offence. The near certainty is that a custodial sentence of some form will follow."
Friends of Mr Emery described him as a "cheeky chappie" as they flooded websites with tributes in the days after his death.