Three Lincoln football fans banned after fight outside pub

Three men from the Lincoln area are among 22 males to be banned from attending football matches for a total of 84 years after a fight outside a city pub.

The men were involved in a fight outside of the Anchor pub on Lincoln High Street on October 26, 2019.

Lincoln City were meant to be playing against Bolton Wanderers on that day, but the match was postponed and trouble ensued in the city and several pub windows were damaged.

Football spotting units at Lincolnshire Police and Greater Manchester Police later identified the men, who appeared before Lincoln Magistrates Court between July 2019 and September 1.

All pleaded guilty to the charges, with one man from Bolton jailed for 14 weeks and the rest given suspended sentences in addition to their bans.

The Lincoln men sentenced are

  • Jordan Munks, 26, of Princess Square in Billinghay, Lincoln, pleaded guilty to fear or provocation of violence. He received a four year football banning order, a six-week sentence suspended for 12 months and 100 hours of unpaid work
  • Jamie Nickell, 28, of Addison Drive in Lincoln, pleaded guilty to fear or provocation of violence. He received a three year football banning order, a six-week sentence suspended for 12 months and 80 hours of unpaid work
  • Stephen Ralph Griffin, 47, of St Catherines in Lincoln, pleaded guilty to fear or provocation of violence. He received a three year football banning order, a six-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and unpaid work

The other sentences

  • Craig Duncan, 31, of Rushey Fold Lane, Bolton pleaded guilty to affray. He received a 4 year football banning order, a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and 200 hours of unpaid work
  • Chris Ainsworth, 42, of Tetbury Drive, Bolton pleaded guilty to affray. He received a 4 year football banning order, a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and 120 hours of unpaid work
  • Kieran Briscoe, 35, of Greenroyd Avenue, Bolton pleaded guilty to affray. He received a 4 year football banning order, a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and 160 hours unpaid work
  • Adam Handley, 32, of Cramond Walk, Bolton pleaded guilty to affray. He received a 4 year football banning order and a 14-week prison sentence.
  • Gary Larkman, 52, of Highfield Road, Bolton pleaded guilty to affray. He received a 4 year banning order, a 14-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and 120 hours of unpaid work
  • James Malik, 21, of Moores Lane, Wigan, pleaded guilty to affray. He received a 4 year banning order, a 14-week sentence suspended for a year and 120 hours of unpaid work
  • Ashley Morris, 32, of Bar Lane, Bolton pleaded guilty to affray. He received a 4 year banning order, a 14-week sentence suspended for a year and 120 hours of unpaid work
  • Christopher Denis Riordan, 40, of Mars Avenue, Bolton pleaded guilty to affray. He received a 4 year banning order, a 14-week sentence suspended for a year and 120 hours unpaid work
  • Luke Steggles, 19, of Leinster Street, Bolton pleaded guilty to fear or provocation of violence. He received a 4 year banning order and a 14-week sentence suspended for a year.
  • Martin Walker, 43, of Ascot Road, Bolton pleaded guilty to affray. He received a 4 year banning order and a 14-week sentence suspended for a year
  • Marlon Hibbert, 43, of Plodder Lane, Bolton pleaded guilty to affray. He received a 4 year banning order and a 14-week sentence suspended for a year
  • Kirk Hilton, 33, of Grove Street, Bolton pleaded guilty to fear or provocation of violence. He received a 5 year banning order and a 14-week sentence suspended for a year
  • Jordan Lee Johnson, 27 of Jethro Street Bolton pleaded guilty to affray. He received a 5 year banning order and a 14-week sentence suspended for a year
  • William Bowling, 41, of Haseley Close, Manchester pleaded guilty to fear or provocation of violence. He received a 3 year banning order, a 14-week sentence suspended for a year and 120 hours of unpaid work
  • Phillip Hales,46, of Devon Close, Bolton, pleaded guilty to fear or provocation of violence. He received a 5 year banning order, a 14-week sentence suspended for a year and 120 hours of unpaid work.

Three 17-year-old men and one 16-year-old man, who  are all from Bolton but cannot be named, each received three year bans and were referred to Youth Offending Services.

The men were also ordered to each pay a proportion of the court costs which amounted to £4,500 and compensation to the pub of £5,500.

A Bolton Wanderers Football Club spokesperson said: “We do not tolerate anti-social behaviour and violent conduct whatsoever and, as such, we welcome the banning orders and sentencing imposed on those involved.”

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