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Brawling Sheffield Wednesday fans banned from football

Sheffield Wednesday and Notts County fans in pub brawl.

Sheffield Wednesday and Notts County fans in pub brawl.

Sheffield Wednesday thugs who caused innocent people to flee in terror as they brawled with rival fans have been banned from entering football grounds for three years.

A total of 19 men – 10 from Sheffield – appeared before Nottingham Crown Court after trouble erupted after the Owls’ victory at Notts County last season.

The court heard they entered Squares pub in Nottingham city centre which was full of people celebrating St Patrick’s Day and attacked County fans.

Punches, plastic glasses and furniture were thrown injuring innocent people.

All 19 were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court after pleading guilty to affray.

Jamie Walker, aged 36, of Westcroft Drive Westfield, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £200 costs.

Robert Andrew Clayton, 35, of Kent House Close, Ridgeway, was ordered to undertake 280 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 in costs.

Joshua Kay, 25, of Hopefield Avenue Frecheville, was given 240 hours of unpaid work.

Michael Roebuck, 47, of Basegreen Road, was ordered to complete 220 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 in costs.

Steven Mathew Dudley, 35, of Ridgeway Moor, Ridgeway, was ordered to undertake 200 hours and pay £200 in costs.

Jamie Croft, 35, of Quarry Hill, Ridgeway, must carry out 220 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 costs.

Lee Anthony Smedley, 43, of Charnock Grove, Charnock, must perform 220 hours of unpaid work.

Stephen John Minshall, 40, of Newbould Crescent, Beighton, was ordered to perform 40 hours of unpaid work.

Nigel Congreve, 43, of Owlthorpe Avenue, Mosborough, is required to perform 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 in costs.

And Darren Hackett, 42, of Hopedale Road, Frecheville, was ordered to perform 180 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 in costs.

The court was told the majority of the culprits fled before police arrived.

But officers studied 160 hours of CCTV footage to identify some of those involved.

Supt Mark Holland, Notts Police force-lead for football, described them as needing ‘little excuse’ for violence.

“Many of them barely had time to get into the city and buy their first drink before they were fighting,” he added.

“While there was clear provocation from the Sheffield group, the Nottingham men used violence that went far beyond what would have been deemed as reasonable defence of themselves. “

 
 
 

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