Town fan fined over chanting

FC Halifax Town v Chester at The Shay Stadium, Halifax.
FC Halifax Town v Chester at The Shay Stadium, Halifax.

A football fan banned from going within a mile of the Shay Stadium on match days appeared in court after abusive chants to Chester supporters.

Dennis Farrell, 28, of Mixenden Road, Mixenden, Halifax, was arrested and given a three-year match ban under the Football Spectators Act after invading a football pitch in a Chester v Halifax match on October 6, 2012.

Prosecuting Lisa Evans, told the court in a later Halifax v Chester match, on September 28, 2013, Farrell was in Halifax town centre and was seen and involved in incidents outside The Courtyard, Wards End, at 2pm and at The Piece Hall - involved in disorder - chanting at Chester fans - but fled when he saw police.

Farrell pleaded guilty to the charge of breach of the football ban.

CCTV identified the defendant and he was arrested on October 12 after attending an English Defence League meeting in Bradford.

Mitigation Sam Jackson said: “The biggest irony is the defendant isn’t particularly into football, he’s only been to a handful of games.”

He said the October game was the first away game his client had attended.

Magistrates’ imposed £100 fine for breach of the football banning order and was ordered to pay £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.