A group of Manchester United fans from Chesterfield were involved in a brawl with a Where’s Wally fancy-dress stag party.
Reds supporter John Eyre, his son Jack and two youths, who cannot be named for legal reasons, crossed paths with the revellers on their way home from a game, Manchester Crown Court recently heard.
The fracas was captured on CCTV footage which was released by the Crown Prosecution Service and can be seen on the Derbyshire Times’ website.
Both parties can be seen travelling on travelators at Piccadilly station platforms 13 and 14 as they started to taunt each other.
John Eyre got off the moving walkway and barged into one of the stag party before falling flat on his face, the court heard on September 17.
Jack Eyre attacked members of the stag party with a crutch as a brawl erupted, according to Paul Dobson, prosecuting, and the two 17 year-old youths joined the fray.
John Eyre, 46, Jack Eyre, 22, and the two youths, all of Chesterfield, admitted affray. Stephen Hargreaves, 54, of Strangford Street, Radcliffe, who was with the stag party, was found guilty of affray after a trial.
John Eyre received a six-month custodial sentence suspended for two years with 120 hours’ unpaid work and must pay £250 costs after the incident in March, 2013.
Jack Eyre was given a six-months suspended sentence for two years with £250 costs.
One of the youths was made subject to a youth rehabilitation order with 75 hours’ unpaid work and the other received the same sentence with £250 costs. Hargreaves was given nine months suspended for two years and £500 costs.
The Chesterfield group involved in a brawl with a Where’s Wally stag party had been watching Manchester United play Norwich while the stag party had been boozing all day on the Yorkshire Ale Trail.
Mr Recorder Williams, sentencing, said: “This was disgraceful – you consumed such a quantity of alcohol your judgement went out of the window.”
He added that he was persuaded the defendants would not offend again and that it was more important they keep their jobs and suffer financially.