A NEW dad is the latest football fan to be put behind bars over a notorious flare-up of violence
Scaffolder Matthew Rushton, who is the dad of a four-month-old baby girl, was today jailed for 10 months after he was captured on camera taking part in the ugly scenes which erupted after Sunderland beat Newcastle 3-0 in April.
Dozens of Newcastle fans threw bottles and smoke bombs at police in a bid to attack rival SAFC supporters who were being escorted out of the city at the end of the game at St James’s Park.
Rushton, of Hazel Terrace, Shotton Colliery, was one of seven men sent to jail.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Rushton had handed himself in after press appeals went out to catch the culprits involved in the trouble.
Jamie Adams, defending, said the 21-year-old, whose partner had a five-year-old child and has recently given birth to his daughter, is remorseful and embarrassed about his involvement that day and has avoided heavy drinking since.
Mr Adams said: “He has a four-month-old baby girl. He spends a lot of time with his family now.”
Judge James Goss QC said while Rushton did not throw any missiles himself, he was “enthusiastic” in his involvement in the trouble.
Season ticket holder James Hills, 18, of Sidlings Place, Lambton Lane, Durham, had watched the match at a bar rather than attending the game that day.
Nick Lane, defending, said the teenager “took leave of his senses” when he got involved in the trouble and put his dream of becoming a fitness trainer in jeopardy.
Hills was sentenced to eight months in a young offenders’ institution.
Tony Rooke, 18, of Heaton Park Road, Heaton, was sentenced to 12 months behind bars, Callum Graylish, 18, of Wilfred Street, Byker, was given 18 months,
Robert Brown, 29, of Vallum Court, Arthur’s Hill, Newcastle was jailed for 16 months, Andrew McCraith, 21, of Milburn Road, Ashington, was jailed for eight months.
All admitted violent disorder.
Dale Young, 21, of City Road, Newcastle was jailed for four years and nine months.
He admitted violent disorder and four charges of burglary.
Tony Hawks, defending, said: “It can be said on behalf of all the defendants there is no suggestion here that this has the sinister element of organised football violence.”