Trouble flares after cup clash

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LAST night’s Featherstone Rovers v Halifax RLFC Northern Rail Cup semi final was marred by significant crowd trouble as supporters left Post Office Road.

Just eight months after Halifax supporter Dave Singer was hospitalised after a serious assault in the wake of his side’s Grand Final win, there were numerous skirmishes in the wake of Fax’s 31-30 success.

Eye witnesses described seeing bloodied fans as police and stewards struggled to maintain order as tempers frayed.

“Courier Sport” staff counted at least 10 police cars and four police vans in and around the ground half an hour after the final whistle.

Rovers had offered Halifax supporters segregated parking and ground admission in an attempt to boost the attendance.

Halifax Hall of Fame star Garfield Owen will be signing copies of his biography “A Welshman in Halifax” tomorrow morning, from 11am until noon, at Wade’s bookshop, Rawson Street.