Woman with a handbag wades in to tell off fighting football hooligans

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Woman with a handbag wades in to tell off fighting football hooligans

The hooligans got a ticking off from a woman passing by (Picture: SWNS)

Two sets of rival football vandals have been given a ticking off by police, the courts and a handbag-wielding woman on the street.

Port Vale and Barnsley supporters clashed outside two pubs ahead of a match in September.

It ended up with 15 facing the court and being banned from football matches in the future.

Detectives scoured the footage to track down the yobs which resulted in nine Port Vale fans and six Barnsley supporters being prosecuted.

Ringleader Elliot Jordan, 24, of Norton, Staffordshire, admitted violent disorder and was handed a 20-month prison sentence and a six-year football banning order for planning the fight.









The Port Vale fan had organised the showdown after exchanging text messages with hooligans from Barnsley before the match.

Eight other Vale fans also admitted violent disorder and public order offences and were handed suspended sentences and community service.

Six Barnsley supporters were also convicted in connection with the incident at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on November 24.

Recorder Michael Elsom told them: ‘One eyewitness described your actions as acting like a pack of animals, which having viewed the CCTV footage is an accurate description and not belittling to animals.

‘Many of your parents are here in court and should not have to see their sons in the dock and suffer the shame and embarrassment of you being sentenced for violent conduct.’

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CCTV captured violence erupting in Market Place, Burslem – between The Leopard and The Saggar Makers pubs.

Many fans flee and the brawl breaks up as around a dozen police officers swiftly arrive on the scene. In all, the incident lasted around eight minutes.

Detective Chief Inspector Ricky Fields, of Staffordshire Police’s force safeguarding and investigation team, said the investigation had been ‘painstaking’ and ‘meticulous’.

He added: ‘A great deal of time and effort has gone into ensuring these offenders were brought to justice and I’m pleased they have finally been convicted.

‘Football is a game watched by adults and children alike. It is wholly unacceptable that so-called fans use violence in the name of football.

‘As a force we are determined to tackle the problems caused by individuals who behave in such a disgraceful manner and who ruin the match day experience for genuine fans.

‘Spectators have the right to feel safe when they go to a football match and, working with the football clubs and our partners, we will do our utmost to stamp out the element that can’t behave appropriately.’

Ally Simcock, Vale supporters’ club chairwoman, said: ‘It is disappointing when violence rears its head, especially when it’s my club.

‘However, I think we have the same proportion of fans who look for trouble as any other team.

‘It’s not an issue for Port Vale particularly, but obviously it is still an issue, as it is for any club.

‘It is a shame, because people remember the bad things rather than the good.

‘As a fan base we need to try to move away from the yob culture and remember matches are meant to be an occasion for the whole family.

‘Maybe we can all learn lessons from this and use it to make positive changes in the future.’

Port Vale won the match 2-1.

The sentences

PORT VALE SENTENCES

Elliot Jordan, 24, of Norton, Staffordshire, admitted violent disorder and was handed a 20-month prison sentence and a six-year football banning order for planning the fight.

Matthew Harrison, 21, of Sneyd Green, who threw an advertising board, was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, 200 hours unpaid work and a three-year football banning order.

Callum Darlington, 22, of Norton Heights, who threw an advertising board, was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and 200 hours unpaid work.

Nicholas Bolderson, 23, of Sneyd Green, who charged at rival fans, was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

Simon Fowler, 27, of Stoke-on-Trent, who hurled a plastic tumbler, was sentenced to 150 hours unpaid work;

Nathen Boden, 23, of Wolstanton, who was caught up in the trouble, was sentenced to 180 hours unpaid work.

William Vasey, 22, of Burslem, who punched and pushed a rival fan, was sentenced to 180 hours unpaid work.

A youth, who was 17 at the time, was also sentenced to 180 hours unpaid work;

Greg Kirkham, 49, of Chesterton, admitted a public order offence and was handed a four-month curfew after encouraging other Port Vale fans to join in the fight.

BARNSLEY FC SENTENCES

Davie Greenough, 27, of Pontefract, received a community order and 150 hours unpaid work.

Ashley Hughes, 25, of Barnsley, received a community order and 150 hours unpaid work.

Greg Maguire, 44, of Pontefract, was jailed for two years and received a six-year football banning order.

Joe Pytlakowski, 19, and brother Judd, 20, both of Barnsley, wach received a 12 month suspended prison sentence, community order, 200 hours unpaid work, and three-year football banning order.

Craig Raschi, 29, of Rotherham, received community order and 120 hours unpaid work.