Another footie lout in court after clash

ANOTHER Calderdale soccer hooligan has appeared in court after violent clashes between Huddersfield Town and Millwall fans last year.

Andrew Hunt, 26, of Denholme Street, Rastrick, was given a suspended prison sentence after he admitted affray.

He was seen throwing an umbrella base at Millwall fans.

He was sentenced to nine months in a young offenders’ institution, suspended for two years, with a requirement to do 200 hours’ unpaid work.

Bradford Crown Court heard the disturbance was sparked by Huddersfield supporters hurling bottles and glasses at three minibuses carrying Millwall fans to an evening match at Galpharm Stadium last April.

There were running fights and innocent motorists were caught up in the early evening violence.

Craig Roberts, 26, of Elm Street, Newsome, Huddersfield, was jailed for a total of 18 months after he pleaded guilty to violent disorder and possessing an offensive weapon.

During the clashes Roberts threatened rival supporters with a snooker cue and was involved in a fight.

Conrad Ayscough, 44, Hurstwood, Sheepridge, Huddersfield, was jailed for 15 months after he admitted violent disorder.

The court heard that in 2005 Ayscough was jailed for football-related violence and in May 2009 he was given an 11-week prison sentence and made the subject of a six-year banning order for further football-related disorder.

Ayscough was shown hurling missiles towards the Millwall fans and Judge Peter Benson said he had been in the thick of the running fight.

‘’It is clear to me that you are a dyed-in-the-wool football hooligan,’’ the said.

‘’At the age of 44 you show no sign of ceasing your activities in that regard.’’

Jeremy McDonald, 44, of Gramfield Road, Crosland Moor, Huddersfield, also admitted violent disorder.

He was subject to a three-year football banning order when he was seen ‘’mixing it’’ with the Millwall hooligans.

McDonald was knocked to the ground and kicked in the head by a rival fan.

Judge Benson jailed McDonald for 12 months after noting that he had not thrown any missiles or used a weapon.

Roberts, Ayscough and McDonald were all made the subject of new six-year football banning orders which ban then from attending matches and restricts their movement on days when Huddersfield Town are playing.

Jake Peel, 22, of Beaumont Street, Longwood, Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to affray, but he narrowly avoided a prison sentence even though he was subject to a three-year football banning order at the time.

Judge Benson was told that he was the sole breadwinner for his pregnant girlfriend and he also assisted his disabled mother.

Peel threw two glasses at the Millwall fans before leaving the scene, but Judge Benson said he was just persuaded by the positive features in his life to pass a suspended prison term in his case.