Nottingham Forest supporters jailed after Newark station football brawl

CCTV of Newark fight
Image caption One Doncaster supporter was cut in the face during the fight

Four Nottinghamshire men have been jailed after a fight between football fans last April described as "disgraceful" by a judge.

The brawl between the Nottingham Forest and Doncaster Rover supporters broke out in Newark Northgate rail station.

The judge at Nottingham Crown Court said Forest supporters bore the brunt of responsibility for the violence.

All fifteen fans involved were given football banning orders of either three or six years.

Judge Andrew Hamilton said the fight was "disgraceful violence".

Broken bottle

"It is clear it happened as a result of Forest fans and they bear the brunt of the responsibility", Judge Hamilton said.

"You go and get drink inside you and mention football and you're like hooligans."

The Forest fans were returning from a match against Millwall in London and the Doncaster supporters were returning from a match against Brentford.

One Doncaster fan was left with serious facial injuries after he was stabbed with a broken bottle during the fight.

Ringleaders Steven Marsden, 54, of New Balderton and Christopher Cox, 48, of Coddington were both jailed for a year and given six-year football banning orders.

Two other Forest fans, Danny Smalley, 25, and Jamie Johnson, 31, both of Newark, were also given the same sentences.

Three other Nottingham Forest fans were convicted of affray and given suspended sentences and 180 hours of community service.

One Nottingham Forest fan was ordered to undertake 140 hours community service.

Six Doncaster fans were ordered to serve 140 hours of community service after being convicted of threatening behaviour, with three of them also receiving four-month suspended sentences.

Ashley Allen, 20, of Thurnscoe, who was stabbed in the face, was given a conditional discharge.