SOCCER fans went on the rampage in Huddersfield town centre on Saturday afternoon.
But a massive police operation kept rival gangs apart.
Police believe gangs of Huddersfield Town and Stoke City fans had planned to confront each other before the match at the McAlpine Stadium.
Police were kept busy as the gangs of hooligans rampaged through the town centre.
In the worst incident, Stoke fans smashed up and set fire to the White Hart pub in Cloth Hall Street before the game and caused extensive damage.
Chief Insp Chris Hardern, in charge of the police operation, said officers managed to keep apart the gangs.
At the match, 50 officers - supported by 16 mounted police - kept the crowd of 16,041 fans in check.
Officers reported an unprecedented animosity between rival fans.
Chief Insp Hardern said: "A group of 120 Stoke fans turned up in the town centre at midday, causing some problems. It was quite obvious they were intent on disorder between themselves and Town fans.
"Although there may have been some scuffles, we managed to keep the two sides from meeting.
"But some shoppers were anxious as fans ran through the town centre."
Sean Lithgow, landlord of the White Hart, spoke of his terror as thugs began chanting: "Let's burn the pub down."
Mr Lithgow said: "We shouted last orders at 1.50 and they went berserk.
"Some of them were throwing bottles and glasses, and they then set fire to the snug area. They threw a chair on the gas fire and the chair set alight. We put it out with fire extinguishers and there was a lot of smoke.
"The police were outside, waiting for the fans to come out."
Mr Lithgow ushered his staff upstairs to safety once the rioting began.
He added: "We are never having away fans in here again. It has just spoiled it.
"It shook me up. I have been manager for 12 years and never seen anything like this before."
Furniture, glasses and bottles were damaged and the carpet in the snug will need to be replaced.
Police evacuated the pub and escorted the group of about 120 Stoke fans to the McAlpine Stadium.
They did not make any arrests at the pub.
Firefighters arrived just as the fire had been put out. They ventilated the pub, which was full of smoke.
They returned around 4.30pm, to deal with a chimney fire which was a result of the earlier incident.
Police marshalled a group of Stoke fans along the ring road to the stadium, to avoid confronting a group of Town fans near the Thirsty Scholar pub.
"My officers said they had never seen so much animosity between the two sides of fans," said Chief Insp Hardern.
"There could have been a lot more arrests, but we picked out the ringleaders. It was a very successful operation."
After the match, Stoke fans were taken to Huddersfield railway station and seen off on the 5.30pm train to Manchester.
Five Stoke fans and two Town supporters were arrested. All are due to appear before Huddersfield magistrates.