Brilliant point for the lads and now 7 unbeaten.
Brilliant point for the lads and now 7 unbeaten.
A football fan has been jailed for 16 weeks after he admitted attacking a goalkeeper during a televised football match.
Aaron Cawley, 21, from Cheltenham, pleaded guilty to assault and invading the pitch during Sheffield Wednesday’s home match against Leeds United on Friday night.
Cawley, who appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court, was arrested after Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland was pushed in the face during the game at Hillsborough stadium. The incident was one of a number of ugly scenes at the Yorkshire derby, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Kirkland, who has played for England, was shoved to the ground moments after conceding an equaliser in the 76th minute. A man was clearly seen running from the Leeds fans on to the pitch and pushing Kirkland in the face before running back into the crowd. The incident was caught on camera by Sky Sports, which was broadcasting the game.
Unemployed labourer Cawley stood in the glass-fronted dock wearing a blue T-shirt which left an “LUFC” tattoo clearly visible on his neck and a Leeds United club crest on his right arm. The court heard that he had been the subject of two football banning orders in the past, which he had breached four times. Despite living with his mother in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, he had supported Leeds United all his life and went to every game – home and away, the court heard.
Prosecutor Paul Macaulay said Cawley told police he was so drunk he could not remember the incident, which has been seen by millions of TV viewers. Mr Macaulay said Cawley told officers he had drunk a number of cans of lager on Friday morning, followed by three-quarters of a litre of vodka – all before he got to Sheffield by train. Once in Sheffield, he had a further seven to 10 pints of cider, the court heard.
District Judge Naomi Redhouse heard that Cawley, of Blenheim Square, Cheltenham, only realised what he had done when other people told him and then he saw himself clearly on TV. He emailed the police to say sorry and also emailed Sky Sports in the hope that his apology would be passed on to the two clubs and Kirkland.
District Judge Redhouse said she had no choice but to impose an immediate custodial sentence. She said a huge effort had been made to tackle hooliganism in football and “make football an event where there’s no violence and where families are happy to attend with children”.
She said footballers were at matches as part of their employment and everyone has the right to be “protected from being assaulted by a stranger” at work. The district judge also noted that, while she had heard all the evidence about how much Cawley had to drink, she did not see any evidence of his drunkenness on the TV footage she had been shown.
Later, Cawley returned to court where he was formally given a six-year football banning order. One of the conditions is for him to stay at least a mile away from football stadiums where Leeds United are playing on match days. He was handcuffed before being led from the dock.
So out in 2 months with good behaviour!…are penal system is a joke.
A Tom Pope brace ensured Port Vale came back from 1-0 down to defeat Wycombe.
Joel Grant’s penalty put the Chairboys ahead after Bruno Andrade was felled by John McCombe but they saw Jo Kuffour sent off for a second bookable offence.
Vale equalised when Ben Williamson slotted home, before League Two top scorer Pope powered home a header from Jennison Myrie-Williams’s delivery.
Pope then grabbed his 15th of the season when he headed in and Ashley Vincent fired home their fourth.
Vale could have scored even more against a tiring Wycombe defence, including when Williamson fired wide despite being allowed time and space in the box.
Vale’s victory extends their unbeaten run to six games and cements their second place in League Two, seven points clear of Fleetwood in third.
We are Vale and we score when we want VTID.
Traveling Leeds fans are pricks,nearly every ground they visit they force most catering facilities to shut up early at half time as they abuse staff and smash facilities up.I can’t believe the scum haven’t been banned from away games,as for the prick who slapped the keeper – get him arrested and put a london riot style sentance on him lets say 3 years..perhaps then dickheads like him will think twice about childish behaviour.
Port Vale Supporters’ Club has given a cautious welcome to today’s confirmation that Paul Wildes and his business partner Norman Smurthwaite are the new preferred bidders for the club.
Supporters’ Club representatives had a private meeting with Mr Wildes and the administrators before this afternoon’s press conference at which Mr Wildes outlined his vision for the club.
During the half hour meeting, Mr Wildes outlined his background in business, explained why the opportunity to buy Port Vale had appealed to him and stressed his commitment to having an ongoing dialogue with the Supporters’ Club and the fanbase as a whole.
The new preferred bidder would be paying £1.25m in cash, not installments, for Port Vale
He was attracted to Port Vale because it presents a great business opportunity, is a club with ‘massive potential’ and ‘no financial baggage’ allows him to mix his passion for competitive sport with the challenge of improving the business
His key priority was to make Port Vale sustainable in the long-term
His business does ‘not have to make a profit from Port Vale in the short-term’ and has no cash-flow issues – like those which have dogged previous boards and bidders
He had wanted to buy the club outright before today’s press conference but is waiting on Football League approval
He had ‘never previously committed to a deal and then not completed it’
He was aware of the fact that the fans had ‘been through the mill’ and asked to be judged on what he does in the coming weeks, months and years
He is keen to meet with Supporters’ Club representatives again and hold a fans’ forum event… once the takeover is complete
He regards Port Vale as a ‘sleeping giant’ and says the club clearly has the potential to be in the Championship
Mr Wildes’ bid was the last to come to the table and, according to the administrators, he had ‘done everything asked of him and very quickly’. This included paying a £100,000, non-refundable deposit yesterday to give himself a period of exclusivity to complete the deal.
Mr Wildes gave a personal undertaking to help the Supporters’ Club make the unveiling of the Roy Sproson statue on November 17 a day to remember for all Port Vale supporters
Mr Wildes is a Sheffield Wednesday fan and is already having good banter with Blades fan Micky Adams
Well his partners name sounds like something out of a 70’s sitcom hahaha,and after the sham of the last investor going belly up ill make judgment after the deals been done.
Once again the Sneyd Green hitman pounced and took his tally to 13!,sneyd green born and bred and vale through and through,early days yet but sitting pretty in second place and new owner soon to be signed sealed and delivered.Its a good time to be a Vale fan at the moment and makes a change from the years of shit we have had to put up with :-(.