Player murder bid case for trial
Dec 13 2007 by Neil Atkinson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A GYM trainer will go on trial today accused of the attempted murder of Town star Ronnie Wallwork.
Robert Rimmer, 21, is alleged to have stabbed the 30-year-old West Bromwich Albion and former Manchester United defensive midfielder in a Manchester city centre bar.
Wallwork, who is on loan to Huddersfield Town, suffered seven wounds to his back, stomach and hand.
He had been enjoying a night out with his girlfriend at the Sugar Lounge bar in Whitworth Street on November 30 last year when the attack happened.
Bar staff gave first aid before he was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary for treatment. He was released from hospital the following month and made his playing comeback in February this year.
Wallwork worked his way up through the youth ranks at Old Trafford before being sent to Carlisle United, Stockport County and Royal Antwerp on loan.
He joined West Brom on a free transfer in 2002 and has also since played on loan for Bradford City and Barnsley. He joined Town in September and has played in 14 league and cup games.
Rimmer, of Abbey Hey Lane, Gorton, Manchester, denies attempted murder.
The trial at Manchester Crown Court is listed for three days.