Football chiefs appear in court over transfer deal

Sammy Lee
Sammy Lee

Two Chorley men have appeared in court alongside Liverpool legend Sammy Lee to face perjury charges relating to a legal battle over a £1 million transfer deal.

Agent Tony McGill, 56, is bringing a private prosecution against football agent Stephen Horner, 49, from Brindle, and Bolton Wanderers club secretary Simon Marland,55, from Chorley, over the transfer of Gavin McCann.

Horner faces two counts of perjury and Marland faces five counts of perjury and one of fraud by false representation.

McCann joined Bolton Wanderers from Aston Villa in 2007 and Mr McGill claims he was cut out of the deal.

Wanderers’ chairman Phil Gartside and top agent Jerome Anderson, who runs agency firm SEM, also appeared at court to face perjury charges.

Mr Gartside, faces five counts of perjury and one of fraud by false representation and Mr Anderson faces four counts of perjury and one of fraud by false representation.

A number of others from SEM also appeared in court while McCann was granted permission not to attend.

Lee, 55, from Liverpool, and now a coach at high-flying Southampton, was manager of Bolton Wanderers at the time and he faces four counts of perjury.

The private prosecution came before district judge Stephen Earl, sitting at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court, for its first hearing.

No pleas were entered and the case was sent to Newcastle Crown Court where it will be heard again in a fortnight.

Lisa Judge, representing the defendants from Bolton Wanderers, said: “There will be an application to dismiss forthwith.”

Also appearing at court was, lawyer Chris Farnell, 45, from Hale, Cheshire, who faces two counts of perjury, agent David Sheron, 62, from Rossett, near Wrexham, North Wales, who faces four counts of perjury, agent Jeffrey Weston, 61, from Mill Hill, north London, who faces five counts of perjury and one of fraud by false representation and Frank McParland, 55, from Warrington, and who is currently Brentford director of football, who faces four counts of perjury.