Local student jailed for football violence

A KNARESBOROUGH man has been jailed for a year for his part in football violence in York.

Accountancy student and bank employee Geoff Alastair Clapham, 22, was one of the ringleaders as a large group of York fans hurled glasses and ashtrays at a similar group of Doncaster fans in the Golden Lion pub, in Church Street, York, on November 15, York Crown Court heard.

Clapham has been banned from all professional football matches for six years as well as receiving the jail sentence.

"It was a terrifying experience for people in that public house," Judge Gavin Barr Young said.

Clapham denied affray, but was convicted by a jury. In addition to the 12-month jail term and six-year football ban, he was banned from the Golden Lion for a year.

His barrister, Glenn Parsons, said Clapham was a football fan, not a hooligan, and that his behaviour was out of character. He was devoted to his club and had been about to start his third year of accountancy studies with bright prospects.