Man admits part in Chorley vs Chester football clash

Police hold back fans at the match between Chorley FC and Chester City
Police hold back fans at the match between Chorley FC and Chester City

A man has admitted his part in the violence that followed a football match in Chorley.

Colin Dunn, 24, of Park Rd, Chorley, pleaded guilty to violent disorder in Bolton Street, Chorley on February 19 last year.

Trouble flared after the Chorley - Chester City match, which ended in a 1-0 win for Chester.

Ten men were charged in relation to the disorder after the Evo Stik first division clash.

They appeared side by side in the dock at Preston Crown Court, with Martin Lacey appearing by videolink.

Dunn admitted being in a group of three or more people using or threatening violence in Bolton Street.

However he denied a charge of violent disorder at Chorley FC’s Victory Park stadium the same day.

Lee Woodcock, 35, of Marian Drive, Great Broughton, Chester; Steven Kay, 39, of Longacre, Bamber Bridge; Anthony Kay, 42, of Lyon Road, Keighley; Carl Unsworth, 30, of Canal Walk, Chorley; Gareth Roberts, 30, of Draperfield, Chorley; Parris Blackburn, 24, of Bolton Road, Chorley and Martin Lacey, 24, of Lancaster Court, Chorley also denied violent disorder at Victory Park.

Woodcock, Samuel Hay, 23, of Circular Drive, Elwoe, Deeside; Anthony Farrell, 41, of Ardeen Walk, Manchester; Unsworth, Roberts, Kay, Kay and Blackburn also pleaded not guilty to violent disorder in Bolton Street.

The men have been granted bail but have been banned from attending paid for football matches until their trial date of June 11 when they will return to Preston Crown Court.

Dunn, who has also been banned from matches, will be sentenced at a later date, following the preparation of reports.

Judge Pamela Badley said all sentencing options would be available.