EX-TOWN striker Delroy Facey was arrested by armed police in Huddersfield town centre.
Facey and another man were detained by officers with Taser guns on John William Street.
The arrests came just minutes after a man with stab wounds appealed to drinkers outside the Head of Steam in St George’s Square to help him. Witnesses said the man, in his early 20s, had a lot of blood on his jacket.
He was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Facey, 29, and the other man, who is 22, were sitting in a red Audi parked outside Nando’s on John William Street when police moved in at 5.09pm on Friday.
Witnesses said police pointed Taser guns at the men and shouted for them to get out of the car and fall to their knees.
Facey was recognised by several people on the busy town centre street.
Chris Collins, of Deighton, said: “I’ve been following Town for the last 25 years and I’d know him a mile off. He’s a big guy, you can hardly miss him.
“He was there with another guy, there were two of them in the car and the cops pulled them both out and had them on the floor. There was a taser pointed at their faces.
“The police didn’t waste any time taking them away.”
Lee Gibson was smoking a cigarette outside Wetherspoon’s on John William Street when police moved in.
He said: “A few cops pulled up and were around the Audi car. They were shouting but I couldn’t make out what they were saying to start off with until I got closer.
“I thought I knew one of the blokes and when someone said it was Delroy I immediately recognised him, he’s quite distinctive.”
Facey and the other man were arrested on suspicion of wounding. They were questioned and released on unconditional police bail on Saturday.
Police cordoned off an alleyway at Byram Court off John William Street and part of Station Street after the arrests.
A third man, aged 30, was arrested on suspicion of wounding after walking in to Huddersfield Police Station at 6.30pm on Saturday. He is being questioned by police.
Officers are searching for two other suspects, black males aged 16 and 22.
Anyone with information can call 0845 60 60 606 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Facey grew up in Fartown and used to watch Town with his brother Des at the old Leeds Road ground.
The former pupil of Ashbrow Junior School and Fartown High School made his name playing local football for Stile Common Juniors and was taken on by Town as an apprentice.
He became the fifth youngest player in the club’s history when he made his debut against Portsmouth in March, 1997, aged just 16 years and 313 days.
Facey went on to play 75 times for his boyhood club, scoring 15 goals, before he was signed by Premiership Bolton Wanderers. After two years and 10 games for the Trotters, Facey had brief spells at West Bromwich Albion and Hull.
Tigers boss Peter Taylor loaned Facey back to Town in 2005. The striker played four times for the Terriers.
Facey has since turned out for Oldham, Tranmere, Rotherham and Gillingham. He has also appeared twice for Grenada.
The centre-forward currently plays for League II promotion-chasers Notts County. Fans named March 19 this year as Delroy Facey Day, in tribute to the player’s hard work for the club.
The striker had been due to be on the substitutes’ bench for Notts County’s game with Rotherham on Saturday.
Notts County were unavailable for comment yesterday about Facey’s arrest.