Football fan attack victim relives ordeal

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A SHEFFIELD man beaten up after Wednesday beat Hartlepool United 5-0 earlier this season said the gang which attacked him was spoiling for a fight

Stanley Ryman, aged 47, was left with a broken nose and split lip after the attack in Hartlepool in August.

Another Owls fan, Kevin Taylor, from Swinton, Rotherham, was knocked unconscious in the brawl after getting caught in “no man’s land” between two sets of rival fans.

Mr Ryman was initially attacked by Hartlepool man Paul Bennett, 24, of St Oswald’s Street. Bennett is one of six men who admitted their part in the disorder.

Dean Carroll, 28, and John Welsh, 22, are also accused of taking part in the attack on Mr Ryman and went on trial at Teesside Crown Court this week.

Mr Ryman said he saw a group of men near the rail station as he walked down the road after the match.

He said: “They shouted something over at me like ‘fatty’ or ‘come on Wednesday’.”

Mr Ryman said he was thought they may have been away fans he had travelled to Hartlepool with on a train earlier in the day.

He added: “I went over and said ‘What did you say?’ and they said ‘Go home Wednesday’.

“I could see they were spoiling for a fight.”

Mr Ryman said he could not remember anything about being assaulted apart from feeling someone behind him.

He denied a suggestion by Robin Denny, defending Welsh, that he had been involved in disorder in the lead-up to the violence.

The court heard that Mr Ryman had drunk around 12 pints of cider that day and left the match early in the second half. He said he was not a Sheffield Wednesday supporter but a football fan and had been given a ticket for the game by a friend.

Carroll, of Banff Grove and Welsh, of Stanmore Grove, both deny unlawful wounding against Mr Ryman and affray.

The trial continues.