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VIDEO: Football hooligans sentenced for role in 'wild west' city centre pub brawl

Football hooligans sentenced for role in 'wild west' city centre pub brawl
Football hooligans sentenced for role in 'wild west' city centre pub brawl

Football hooligans sentenced for role in 'wild west' city centre pub brawl

FOUR football hooligans who joined in a mass brawl that “erupted” in a Bradford city centre pub have been spared jail.

The group were the last of 11 defendants to be sentenced after violence broke out before and after Bradford City’s home derby match against Sheffield United on October 22, 2016.

Prosecutor James Gelsthorpe told Bradford Crown Court that just before 8pm, two Sheffield fans who had been drinking at the bar of The Ginger Goose pub in Market Street were surrounded by a group of around 15 men. One man said to the pair: “It’s time for you to get your train home, get the f**k out of our pub.”


Mr Gelsthorpe said that after one Sheffield fan “got one in first” by headbutting one of the group, “significant violence erupted”, causing “scared and frightened” customers to leave. Punches and kicks were thrown during the fight that followed, with bottles and chairs also hurled across the bar.

The pub’s manager, Jamie Hayes, said in a statement that it was “pure luck” that none of his employees were injured in the melee.

Sean Abbott, 26, of Braine Croft, Bradford, Leo Murphy, 22, of Greenwood Avenue, Bradford, Joshua Stamper, 26, of Stephen Road, Buttershaw, Bradford, and James Taylor, 25, of Gracey Lane, Buttershaw, Bradford, all admitted an offence of affray in connection with the incident.

Mr Gelsthorpe said that Abbott threw a “series of punches” during the brawl, with Murphy barging into the group in an area where a fan was being kicked on the floor.




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