Thirteen Derby County and Nottingham Forest fans banned from matches after organising mass punch-up which scared villagers

The Festival Inn, Ilkeston Road, Trowell.
The Festival Inn, Ilkeston Road, Trowell.

Football hooligans, including four teenagers from Ilkeston, have been banned from attending matches for planning a punch-up which scared villagers in Trowell.

Residents were intimidated by the sight of rival gangs clashing in the streets after a match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that many Rams fans met at a pub in Ilkeston Market Place before taking a bus to Trowell. They met Forest fans who had arrived in four taxis, close to the Festival Inn pub.

Thirteen people admitted conspiracy to commit unlawful violence and another was found guilty after a trial. They included Jack Jowett, 19, of Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay who was handed a 12 month prison term, suspended for a year, 180 hours work, three-year ban and £200 prosecution costs.

Rams fan Lewis Walton, 23, from Derby was jailed for a year over the violence on September 28, 2013. He was banned from attending football matches for six years.

The judge, the most senior in Nottingham, imposed football banning orders on all the offenders.

He imposed a suspended prison term on a man who cares for two young children and who threatened to tear Derby County fans “limb from limb.”

Jobless Mark McKendrick, 41, from Nottingham made the comment in a text message found among a million bits of data on 58 phones seized by police probing the punch-up.

The judge, said McKendrick also used the phrase “keeping it alive,” a reference to the tradition of violence between some fans from the two clubs.

McKendrick was given a 16-month prison sentence, suspended for a year. He must obey a curfew for six months and was banned from attending all football matches for five years with £200 prosecution costs.

Stephen Kemp, defending, said: “These are words rather than action.” He said McKendrick cared for children aged three and five.

Miss Sarah Knight, prosecuting, said villagers faced men chanting and walking up streets, with hoods up and scarves over their faces. Several witnesses felt intimidated.

“One motorist was forced to stop his car as there were groups of males zigzagging across the road, antagonising each other and throwing bottles. He described them as acting like animals.

“Another witness and his girlfriend were faced with broken glass which they had to drive around to avoid puncturing their tyres and a large group of men all walking with purpose.

“Moments later, a couple of them were grappling in the road,” said Miss Knight. A neighbour was startled to be asked by a man for permission to hide in his garage because he feared “getting his head kicked in.”

The others sentenced were:

A 17-year-old Ilkeston boy, who is too young to be named, was given a one-year youth rehabilitation order and a three-year ban from attending football matches

Leon Brown, 18, Margaret Avenue, Ilkeston; 10 months detention, suspended for a year, 180 hours work, three-year ban and £200 prosecution costs

Ryan Slater, 18, of Barclay Court, Ilkeston; one-year youth rehabilitation, 200 hours work, a four year ban and £200 prosecution costs.

Rory McColgan, 18, of High Lane Central, West Hallam; 10 months detention, suspended for a year, 180 hours work, a three-year ban and £200 prosecution costs

Callum Harvey, 18, of Wyvern Avenue, Long Eaton; one year detention, suspended for a year, 200 hours work, a four year ban and £200 prosecution costs

Daniel Johnson, 21, of Bennett Street, Long Eaton; 10 months prison, suspended for a year, 180 hours community work, a four-year football ban and £200 prosecution costs

Alex May, 18, Calderdale Drive, Long Eaton; one-year youth rehabilitation order, 180 hours work, three-year ban and £200 prosecution costs

Joseph Turton, 24, Cloudside Road, Sandiacre; 12 months prison, suspended for a year, 180 hours work, three-year football ban and £250 prosecution costs

Aiden Yates, 19, of Worrall Avenue, Long Eaton; 12 months prison, suspended for a year, 180 hours work, three-year ban and £250 prosecution costs

Liam Brookes, 25, of Standish Drive, Boston; nine months prison, suspended for a year, 150 hours work, three-year football ban and £200 prosecution costs

Forest season ticket holder Ian Litman, 49, a youth worker of Western Boulevard, Nottingham; 18 months prison, suspended for a year, a three-month curfew, a four-year football ban and £500 prosecution costs