‘We’re after you’

Carl Unsworth from Chorley who was jailed for 12 months for trouble at Chorley FC

Carl Unsworth from Chorley who was jailed for 12 months for trouble at Chorley FC

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Football hooligans who ‘brought shame on’ Chorley FC after a football match erupted into chaos have been warned they are still being hunted by police.

On Thursday, Carl Unsworth, 30, of Canal Walk, Chorley, and Colin Dunn, 24, of Park Road, Chorley, were both handed 12-month jail sentences after a league game between Chorley FC and Chester City last year erupted into ‘widespread public disorder’.

Since that game, more than £8,000 has been spent by the club on improving security, and more than 100 hours of CCTV have been scoured through by police to bring 10 men to court – but police have warned there are still more to be found. It was on February 19, 2011, when tensions flared in a league game between Chorley FC and Chester City, and a metal fence separating the rivals was ripped down during the game.

When Chester City won 1-0, fans invaded the pitch, many clashing with police, who were drafted in from Chorley, Leyland and

Preston.

As they were led out of Victory Park the trouble continued, with Chorley FC fans, who were in The Eagle pub on Bolton Road, clashing with Chester City fans outside.

In the fights that followed, one man was kicked unconscious.

DS Jon Roy, of Chorley CID, said: “The people who have been dealt with are the ones that have been identified thus far. There are still a number of outstanding individuals yet to be

identified.”

Blasting the men, chairman of Chorley FC Ken Wright described them as ‘lunatics’, who took advantage of a much- anticipated league game against Chester City in February last year.

He said: “We don’t want people like that associated with the club. I don’t class them as Chorley fans.

“We have worked hard to establish ourselves as a family club, and since that day we have had no further problems whatsoever.”

For the full story, see this week’s Chorley Guardian