Aston Villa and Cardiff City football hooligans jailed for 13 years
11th December 2018

Aston Villa and Cardiff City football hooligans caught on CCTV in vicious glass-throwing brawl are jailed for total of 13 years

  • Aston Villa fans attacked Cardiff City supporters in Welsh capital in August 2017
  • They threw glasses at them before a melee broke out and was caught on CCTV
  • Thirteen brawlers have now been jailed for between nine months and three years
  • Many of the troublemakers were also banned from football for six years

Thirteen football hooligans have been jailed for a total of 13 years after a violent brawl outside a pub.

The fight between Aston Villa and Cardiff City fans was captured on CCTV and saw fans punch, kick and even throw bottles at each other.

It broke out after Cardiff defeated Villa 3-0 in August 2017 and began after fans of the Birmingham-based team jumped out of a minibus outside The Cornwall Pub in Grangetown, Cardiff.

They began throwing glasses and bottles at Cardiff supporters before exchanging punches with each other. 

Thirteen football hooligans have been jailed for a total of 13 years after a brawl broke out between Cardiff City and Aston Villa fans at a pub in Cardiff in August 2017. The brawl, caught on CCTV, also moved inside the pub in Cardiff, pictured, where hooligans were seen throwing punches at each other and throwing glasses

Pictured are some of the men fighting outside The Cornwall Pub in Cardiff with the brawl spilling out into the road

Others battled outside the Cardiff pub, pictured, and threw each other to the floor

The fight began when the Aston Villa fans got out of a minibus at The Cornwall pub in Grangetown, Cardiff, pictured, and began throwing glasses and bottles

Three men were pulled and kicked to the ground and then kicked further while on the floor.

Some of the troublemakers admitted violent disorder while other were found guilty at trials in October and November.

Three Cardiff fans and 10 Villa fans were jailed for between nine months and three years.


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Nine of those involved have also been banned from every football ground in the UK for six years.

At Cardiff Crown Court, Judge Neil Bidder condemned the ‘serious violent disorder’ where children and elderly people eating food.

He accepted the Cardiff City fans had not gone looking for violence, but in the face of ‘reprehensible behaviour by in the main Aston Villa supporters’, the Bluebirds supporters ‘didn’t need to get involved’.

Villa Paul Sweeney, pictured outside Cardiff Crown Court, was jailed for nine months after being found guilty of violent disorder


Cardiff City fan Nathan Pleace, left, and Aston Villa supporter Gary Tucker, right, both pictured outside Cardiff Crown Court, were found guilty of violent disorder but are yet to be sentenced

Three defendants who have been convicted will be sentenced at a later date.

Hayden Perryman, 25, an Aston Villa fan, of Sutton Coldfield, pleaded guilty to violent disorder and was given 12 months in prison

Richard Willmore, 27, an Aston Villa fan, of Birmingham, pleaded guilty to violent disorder and was jailed for 14 months

Darren Simms, 24, an Aston Villa fan of Wednesbury, West Midlands, was also jailed for 14 months after pleading guilty to violent disorder.

Ryan White, 21, an Aston Villa fan of Dudley.pleaded guilty to violent disorder and was jailed two years

Paul McMinn, 49, an Aston Villa fan of Solihull pleaded guilty to violent disorder and was sentenced to 12 months behind bars.


Aston Villa fans Brett Clarke, left, and Mark Baker, right, both pictured outside Cardiff Crown Court, were jailed for three years and nine months respectively for violent disorder

Terence Coughlan, 57, an Aston Villa fan of Birmingham pleaded guilty to violent disorder and was jailed for 16 months.

Mark Baker, 47, an Aston Villa fan of Birmingham, was found guilty of violent disorder and sentenced to nine months in prison.

David Cooper, 28, a Cardiff City fan of Caerphilly pleaded guilty to violent disorder and was jailed for 14 months

Brett Clarke, 40, an Aston Villa fan of Solihull, was found guilty of violent disorder and jailed for three years

Paul Sweeney, 32, an Aston Villa fan of Solihull was found guilty of violent disorder and given nine months in jail.

Nathan Pleace, 30, a Cardiff City fan of Llandaff North was found guilty of violent disorder and is still to be sentenced, alongside fellow Cardiff fan Vincent Richards, 32, of Llandough and Aston Villa fan Gary Tucker, 51, of Birmingham, who were both convicted of the same offence.  

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