EIGHT Newcastle United fans have appeared at crown court over mob violence after April’s derby against Sunderland.
Barry Rogerson, 45, of Bedlington, Northumberland has admitted he punched the police horse, named Bud, and will be sentenced at a later date after he admitted violent disorder.
Jason Daw, 26, of John Williamson Street, South Shields, Reece Gillon, 21, of Stanley Road, Prudhoe, Gary Boyd, 20, of Clavering Road, Swalwell and Byron Ford, 27, of Milburn Road, Ashington, all admitted violent disorder.
Daw was seen at the front of the group confronting the police horses and their riders and was caught on cctv throwing three or four bottles he had picked up from an upturned bin.
Daw was jailed for 16 months, Gillon for 21 months, Boyd for 15 months and Ford for 12 months.
Jamie Adams, defending all four men, said: “It was not a planned event that they came prepared for.
“Reports say each of them is showing remorse, they have shown themselves to be ashamed of what they have done.”
Daniel Wood, 22, of May Close, Hebburn, also admitted violent disorder and was jailed for 12 months.
The court heard the former season ticket holder “made the dreadful mistake” of spending £70 on vodkas while watching the match in a bar before the trouble.
Rachel Hedworth, defending, said Wood accepts his behaviour, which involved throwing bottles and lashing out at a police van, was “despicable”.
Miss Hedworth said Wood comes from a respectable family, is doing well on an apprenticeship and is “done with football”.
Liam Gray, 18, of The Crescent, Dunston, and Nathan Murphy, 18, from Grange Crescent, Leam Lane, admitted violent disorder.
Gray was jailed for 18 months and Murphy for 10 months.
All seven men were given football banning orders to keep them away from matches and stadiums for six years.
More defendants who were involved in the trouble will be dealt with by the courts in the coming weeks.