Football ban after mass pub brawl

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FOUR football fans have been banned from matches after a mass pub brawl between Seasiders and Bolton Wanderers supporters.

Damage totalling more than £1,000 was caused when chairs, glasses and bottles were thrown during the fight at The Leigh Arms and Station Hotel, in Chorley.

Windows were also smashed and a plasma television hurled through a window just hours before the two teams were due to play at the Reebok Stadium.

It is thought Blackpool fans had stopped off at the pub on their way to Bolton to watch the game.

Four Bolton Wanderers fans have now been given banning orders after Greater Manchester Police made an application at Bolton Magistrates Court to restrict their movements and activities on days when Wanderers or England play matches.

The court heard Bolton fans leaving the pub to confront the Blackpool supporters outside put up hoods and tied scarves over their faces in an attempt not to be identified.

The incident happened on November 27 last year.

Kirk Hilton, of Grove Street, Halliwell, Ashley Burton, of Second Avenue, Heaton, Christopher Haslam, of Tonge Moor Road, Bolton, and Michael Kirkman, of The Meade, Great Lever, decided not to contest the banning order.

Magistrates banned 22-year-old Burton for three years, the same length of ban they also gave to Kirkman, 58, and 24-year-old Haslam.

Hilton, who is 24, was given a five year ban.

Chairman of the bench, James Mitchinson told them: “It is totally unacceptable. You were looking for trouble by anybody’s criteria.”

After the incident, landlord David Hamer, 59, who was injured in the scuffle, said around 100 fans were involved in the fight.

He said: “We are a football friendly pub, the Blackpool fans have visited us for years. We’re disappointed by what happened.

“The damage has been horrendous.”