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Prison sentences, fines and bans given to 26 men following football disorder

Football banning orders totalling 81 years have been handed out to 26 men caught up in violence at a game between Port Vale and Grimsby in 2018.

Disorder broke out at the end of a match at Grimsby's Blundell Park stadium on 10 March last year.

A series of disturbances occurred in the away end, with violent altercations occurring between the fans and stewards on the touchline. A large group of fans then went around the side of the stand and were witnessed throwing objects and verbally abusing fans and police officers. 

In conjunction with Humberside Police, the Staffordshire Police Football Unit began an investigation to identify those responsible using CCTV footage. Following a lengthy investigation 26 men were charged and appeared at Greater Grimsby Combined Court in May and June.

The vast majority of defendants pleaded guilty to violent disorder, with some pleading guilty to lesser offences of affray and using threatening or abusive language or behaviour to cause fear or violence.

One man was given an eight month prison sentence and the remaining defendants were given suspended sentences.

All the men were given a football banning order, preventing them from attending any professional football matches, ranging from three to six years. 

PC Robert Morgan, football officer for Staffordshire Police, said: “Violence and disorder at sporting fixtures will never be tolerated and the banning orders and fines will go some way to preventing such behaviour in future.” 

Superintendent Dave Hall from Humberside Police, said: “One of the safety officers in the ground that day described it as the worst disorder he had seen in nine years in the job and terrified families were calling 999 from the stands.

“This isn’t the behaviour of a true football supporter and I am delighted that those who were involved are now being punished for their actions.”

The full list of sentences are below: 

  • Simon Fowler, 29, of Birks St, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to affray on 7 June and received an eight month custodial sentence, a £140 victim surcharge and a six year football banning order.
  • Jack Ratcliffe, 23, of Albermarle Rd, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to violent disorder on 7 June and received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 230hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Michael Colley, 45, of Pensford Grove, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to affray on 7 June and received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 200hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Richard Whitehead, 52, of Smithfield Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to affray on 7 June and received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 220hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Darren Underhill, 51, of Carlton Ave, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to using abusive language or behaviour to cause fear or violence on 5 June and received a two month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 150hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £115 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order.
  • Andrew Shingler, 37, of Wenger Crescent, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to affray on 7 June and received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 220hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Matthew Mangan, 32, of Crossley Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to violent disorder on 7 June and received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 250hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Jack Robertson, 26, of Mary Hill Close, Kidsgrove, pleaded guilty to affray on 7 June and received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 200 hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Connor Heath, 24, of Hampshire Gardens, Kidsgrove, pleaded guilty to affray on 7 June and received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 200hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs and a three year football banning order. 
  • Nathan Billings, 33, of Argyll Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to violent disorder on 7 June and received a 10 month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 230hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Tom Otter, 23, of Riley Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to violent disorder on 7 June and received an 8 month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 220hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Gareth Jones, 49, of Manchester Court, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive language or behaviour to cause fear or violence on 5 June and received a two month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 180hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £115 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Richard Brownsword, 46, of Moorland View, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to violent disorder on 7 June and received a 10 month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 220hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Tyresse Williams, 19, of King William St, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to affray on 7 June and received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 150hrs unpaid work, £900 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Robert Mace, 51, of Fell St, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to affray and received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 200hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Harry Brookes, 19, of Coronation Avenue, Alsager, pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive language or behaviour to cause fear or violence on 24 May and received a three month sentence, suspended for 18 months, 120 hours unpaid work, a four year football banning order and has to undertake a rehabilitation activity requirement. 
  • Liam Barley, 23, of Haven Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive language or behaviour to cause fear or violence on 6 June and received a two month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 180 hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £115 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • James Moss, 20, of Clandon Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to affray on 7 June and received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 200hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Ryan Booth, 30, of Drenfell Rd, Scholar Green, pleaded guilty to violent disorder on 7 June and received a 10 month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 250hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • John Smith, 29, of Stanier St, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to violent disorder on 7 June and received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 230hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Ryan Rafferty, 26, of Walley Drive, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to violent disorder on 7 June and received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 250hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Jack Heeks, 26, of Leonard Street, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to violent disorder on 7 June and received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 250hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Andrew Johnson, 45, of Fegg Hayes Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to violent disorder on 7 June and received a 10 month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 250hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £140 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • David Coupe, 30, of Albert Terrace, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive language or behaviour to cause fear or violence on 5 June and received a two month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 150hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £115 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Tom Robertson, 32, of Weston Street, Adderley Green, pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive language or behaviour to cause fear or violence on 5 June and received a two month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 180hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £115 victim surcharge and a three year football banning order. 
  • Steven Taylor, 33, of Knutton Lane, Newcastle-under-Lyme, pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive language to cause fear or violence on 5 June and received a two month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 150hrs unpaid work, £1800 costs, a £115 victim surcharge. 

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