Port Vale “fans” banned after “worst disorder for nine years”

A number of so-called Port Vale supporters have received banning orders after what one policeman described as the “worst disorder for nine years.”

On a shameful day for Port Vale FC, sentences were passed for violence which erupted at Blundell Park in March 2018 after Grimsby scored an equaliser in the final minute of the game and Port Vale fans spilled on to the pitch.

According to Humberside Police, some Port Vale fans then entered an area separating the two sets of supporters, before spilling on to the street outside the ground, where a number of altercations took place.

Superintendent Dave Hall, from the Humberside Police force, said: “One of the safety officers in the ground that day described it as the worst disorder he had seen in nine years and terrified families were calling 999 from the stands.”


  • Simon Fowler, of Birks Street, Stoke-on-Trent, jailed for 12 months for affray and given a six-year banning order
  • Richard Brownsword, 46, of Moorland View, Stoke-on-Trent, was found guilty of affray following a trial, given a 10 month prison sentence suspended for 12 months

The following were all given a 10 month prison sentence suspended for 12 months after admitting violent disorder

  • Jack Ratcliffe, 23, of Albemarie Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Matthew Mangham, 22, of Crossley Road, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Nathan Billings, 33, of Argyll Road, Stoke-on-Trent
  • John Smith, 29, of Stanier Street, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Jack Heeks, 26, of Leonard Street, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Ryan Rafferty, 25, of Walley Street, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Andrew Johnson, 45, of Fegg Hayes Road, Stoke-on-Trent

The following were all given an eight month prison sentence suspended for 12 months after admitting affray

  • Tyreese Williams, 18, of King William Street, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Michael Colley, 45, of Pensford Grove, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Jack Robertson, 26, of Maryhill Close, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Connor Heath, 24, of Lyndhurst Street, Stoke-on-Trent
  • James Moss, 20, Clandon Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Andrew Shingler, 37, of Wenger Crescent, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Richard Whitehead, 52, of Smithyfield Road, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Robert Mace, 51, of Fell Street, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Thomas Otter, 23, of Riley Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent

The following were all given a two month prison sentence suspended for 12 months after admitting using threatening words or behaviour

  • Darren Underhill, 53, of Carlton Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Gareth Jones, 49, of Federation Road, Stoke-on-Trent
  • David Coupe, 30, of Albert Terrace, Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Thomas Robertson, 32, of Weston Street, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Steve Taylor, 33, of Kutton Lane, Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Daniel Bryant, 44, of Hawkins Grove, Grimsby
  • Liam Barley, 23, of Haven Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent
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