Three Northampton men banned from Cobblers for three years after a pre-match fight with Mansfield fans

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Three football fans have been banned from Northampton Town Football club and England fixtures after being involved in a fight with rival fans.

Matthew Ward, 40, of Norfolk Terrace, Northampton, Danny Dickson, 23, of Broadmead Avenue, Northampton and Ryan Lee, 23, of Aintree Road, Northampton, all pleaded guilty to public order offences at Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday).

They were all given a three-year football banning order, preventing them from attending regulated football fixtures involving Northampton Town Football Club and from attending England national team matches.

They were also fined and ordered to pay costs.

The offences took place in Northampton on Saturday, August 9 last year, before the Northampton Town vs Mansfield Town football match at Sixfields stadium.

Northamptonshire Police football intelligence officer, Nick Price, said: “These offences happened on the opening day of the League Two football season and involved two groups of men, one from Northampton and one from Mansfield.

“Officers dealt with a public disorder incident before the match, preventing it escalating to more serious disorder. The incident was recorded by officers on body worn video cameras and, following a post-match investigation, we were able to identify the main offenders.

“We work hard to ensure those who attend football matches in our county can do so safely. We are very pleased with this result and hope it serves as a reminder that we will crack down on those who get involved in violence and cause disruption and disorder in our town.”

A spokesman for Northampton Town Football Club said: “We work closely with Northamptonshire Police and both the police and our stewards dealt well with some challenging situations on that particular afternoon. We hope this sends out a message to anyone thinking of causing trouble at our games that such behaviour will not be tolerated. We have a proud reputation as a welcoming, family club and we have no place for such behaviour.”