Grey-haired football hooligan gang jailed for violent pub brawl on away-day

A gang of grey-haired hooligans have been jailed following a violent pub brawl that police branded "totally unacceptable"..

The group of men, including seven over the age of 50 with many either grey-haired or balding, caused carnage during Newcastle United's trip to Burnley in December 2019 according to Northumbria Police.

Two of them entered the Turf Hotel near Burnley's Turf Moor stadium and were thrown out after singing Newcastle United songs.

Minutes later a larger group of male supporters burst in and clashed with locals, with one brandishing a pool cue and bar stools to use as dangerous weapons.

A police spokesman said: "While the overwhelming majority of fans who travelled down to Burnley behaved impeccably, the actions of a minority were totally unacceptable.

"We hope this outcome acts as a lesson to any supporter who intends to cause trouble on match days."

A total of nine men were jailed after pleading guilty to violent disorder at Preston Crown Court last week.

Peter Wakenshaw, 51, was jailed for 27 months, Michael O'Brien, 55, was caged for two years, and Nicholas Henderson, 52, was jailed for 28 months.

Douglas Waugh, 53, and Michael Maylia, 54, were given 19-month sentences, and Anthony Smith was jailed for 24 months.

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Brian Hindmarch, 52, was jailed for 25 months, Darren Wade, 49, was jailed for 18 months, and Craig Heward, 39, was jailed for 18 months.

As well as those jailed Luke Smith, 20, was given an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years, and Thomas Young, 53, is due to be sentenced in January.

The hooligans were also given football banning orders of between six and eight years.

Burnley won the match on December 14, 2019, 1-0 thanks to a goal from Chris Wood.

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