Eight men in court over football riots

Eight men charged with violence at the Chorley FC v Chester match have had their case sent to Preston Crown Court.

The defendants appeared before Chorley Magistrates on Thursday and were formally committed to Preston.

They have been bailed to appear before the court on November 28 for a plea and case management hearing and the men have been bailed on the condition that they do not attend a football match where payment is required.

All eight men were in court for the 11am hearing.

They are: Gareth Roberts, 29, of Draperfield, Chorley; Paris Blackburn, 23, of Bolton Road, Chorley; Colin Dunn, 23, of Park Road, Chorley; Stephen Kaye, 39, of Longacre, Clayton Brook; Lee Woodcock, 33, of Marian Drive, Great Boughton, Chester; Samuel Hay, 22, of New Laurence House, Shawheat Close, Hulme; Anthony Kay, 42, of Lyon Road, Keighley; and Anthony Farrell, of Manchester.

The eight men have yet to enter a plea and the allegations relate to the game held on February 19.

All, apart from Samuel Hay, are facing two counts of violent disorder. Mr Hay faces only one charge.