Willesden man wins appeal against West Ham United ban

Court order had prevented Ciaran Doyle from being within a mile of any of the team’s matches

A trio banned from within a mile of West Ham United matches after causing mayhem on a train to Reading has had the ruling overturned by top judges today (Wednesday).

Ciaran Doyle, 22, of Robson Avenue, Willesden, was hit with the six-year ban last August alongside Darren David Wise, 30, from Reading, and Ryan Robert Wise, 28, from Newbury, after all three were convicted of affray.

The court orders barred all three from straying within a mile of any West Ham United game.

The trio were on a train between Paddington and Reading in February 2010 when they rounded on George Rawlins, who was travelling home to Wales with his two children.


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They were amongst a group travelling home after watching West Ham United beat Hull City 3-0 at Upton Park.

Mr Rawlins, who remonstrated with the trio due to their foul language, said he was hounded through the train, and had to take refuge in a cabin near the driver.

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He was struck on the head during the incident.

However, lawyers for the three men went to London’s Appeal Court challenging the six-year football banning orders.

They disputed that the offence occurred in the strict context of a football match, which is a necessary foundation for such an order to be made.

After intense legal debate, Lord Justice Hughes, sitting with Mr Justice Cooke and Mr Justice Burnett, said he was “satisfied that these orders should be quashed”.

The Appeal Court will give reasons for its decision at a later date.

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