FIVE football fans accused of brawling in a Huddersfield club have appeared in court – months after a judge dropped their case.
The men face charges of affray following an incident at the Gas Club after the Huddersfield Town v Preston North End game on October 22.
Huddersfield Town supporters Nathan Wilson, 35, of Tofts Grove in Brighouse, and Robert Whitehead, 46, of Dean Street in Oakes appeared before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.
They were joined in court by Preston fans Andrew Riley, 43, of Higher Walton, Mark Wilkinson, 30, of Penwortham and David Hough, 36, of Longley Bridge.
The group had appeared before District Judge Marie Mallon in February.
The Crown Prosecution Service asked for the case to be adjourned to allow video evidence to be provided by police.
However the judge refused the application and discharged the case.
Yesterday magistrates were told that the case had been resurrected, with all of the relevant paperwork now ready for the matter to progress.
Carole Lawford, prosecuting, told magistrates that on the day of the incident the match at the Galpharm Stadium had passed without incident.
However a brawl later erupted at the nearby club in Gasworks Street.
Ms Lawford said: “Huddersfield Town supporters were in that club and the Preston fans were supposed to go somewhere else.
“But there was a mix-up and staff let some of the opposing fans in.
“Things were thrown including furniture and there was large scale disorder, which was caught on CCTV.
“Last time because of technicalities the CCTV was not ready and the case was discharged.
“All of the CCTV has now been served, the papers have been served and we are ready to commit the matter.”
At a previous hearing it was determined that the case would be dealt with by a crown court.
Whitehead and Wilson’s solicitors said that their clients will plead guilty on an agreed basis.
The other men deny the charge and face trial at Leeds Crown Court.
All will appear there together for an initial hearing on July 23.
The men were granted unconditional bail until that date.