Ramsbottom United manager's dad suffers facial injuries after umbrella attack

Ramsbottom United manager's dad suffers facial injuries after umbrella attack

James Morley was beaten up at a football match in Radcliffe

A CCTV still from the incident

First published in News by , Reporter

THE Football Association has launched an investigation into a brawl which broke out among fans at a non-league football match.

James Morley, 54, whose son Bernard is the manager of Ramsbottom United, suffered facial and head injuries after he was attacked with a seat and an umbrella at the Radcliffe Borough match against Lancaster.

Two other men were left needing hospital treatment following the fight at the side of the pitch on Saturday.

The match had to be stopped for 10 minutes as fans were separated.

Police and paramedics were called but no arrests have been made.

Mr Morley, his wife, son and other Ramsbottom officials and supporters attended the match at Stainton Park after the Rams’ match was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.

Bernard, 29, said the team had a good relationship with Radcliffe and regularly supported them when their own team was not playing.

He said: “I was standing to the left of the entrance when it happened and I looked over and saw my dad covered in blood.

“Four or five people had attacked him. He was completely outnumbered.

“He’s been left with a broken nose, a fractured cheekbone, two black eyes and four wounds on his head.

“My mum, who’s 53, was also pushed to the floor. Both of them are really shaken up.

“It’s an absolute disgrace. I’m disgusted that someone would use weapons like this. It’s not acceptable at a match, or anywhere.”

Pleas were made over the PA system for the men to stop fighting.

In a video, an announcer can be heard saying: “Please stop it. You’re making a right spectacle of yourselves.

“It’s becoming embarrassing –grown men. The game is going to be abandoned if you carry on this behaviour."

Lancaster went on to win the Evo-Stik Premier League First Division North game 4-1 after the match resumed.

A spokesman for the FA said the association is investigating the incident.

Harry Williams, Ramsbottom chairman, said: “Obviously I’m not happy about what’s happened, but everything’s up in the air at the moment.”

Lancaster City declined to comment, and Radcliffe were unavailable.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “Officers were called to Stainton Park at about 4.40pm following an incident involving several people at the side of the pitch.

“No arrests were made. Inquiries are ongoing.”

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12:25pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Elsie C says...

The thugs that did this are absolute scum! Time & time again thugs prove that they are brainless idiots.

But it is another reason why football should be banned, this type of things will always happen in this thuggish so called sport.

I hope the man recovers well & the thugs get prosecuted.
The thugs that did this are absolute scum! Time & time again thugs prove that they are brainless idiots. But it is another reason why football should be banned, this type of things will always happen in this thuggish so called sport. I hope the man recovers well & the thugs get prosecuted. Elsie C
  • Score: -17

12:41pm Tue 25 Mar 14

GracesDad says...

Elsie C wrote:
The thugs that did this are absolute scum! Time & time again thugs prove that they are brainless idiots.

But it is another reason why football should be banned, this type of things will always happen in this thuggish so called sport.

I hope the man recovers well & the thugs get prosecuted.
Are you insane? Football should be banned because of a few mindless idiots? Get a hold of yourself Elsie, football is the greatest game on Earth!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Elsie C[/bold] wrote: The thugs that did this are absolute scum! Time & time again thugs prove that they are brainless idiots. But it is another reason why football should be banned, this type of things will always happen in this thuggish so called sport. I hope the man recovers well & the thugs get prosecuted.[/p][/quote]Are you insane? Football should be banned because of a few mindless idiots? Get a hold of yourself Elsie, football is the greatest game on Earth!!!!! GracesDad
  • Score: 11

2:07pm Tue 25 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

Football banned?
That means that every town centre should be locked down at night! Every park. Every pub. Every street. In fact why not have a curfew where violence has ever happened?
Football banned? That means that every town centre should be locked down at night! Every park. Every pub. Every street. In fact why not have a curfew where violence has ever happened? vicn1956
  • Score: 2

2:46pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Blackburn_End says...

Elsie C wrote:
The thugs that did this are absolute scum! Time & time again thugs prove that they are brainless idiots.

But it is another reason why football should be banned, this type of things will always happen in this thuggish so called sport.

I hope the man recovers well & the thugs get prosecuted.
What a complete empty head.
[quote][p][bold]Elsie C[/bold] wrote: The thugs that did this are absolute scum! Time & time again thugs prove that they are brainless idiots. But it is another reason why football should be banned, this type of things will always happen in this thuggish so called sport. I hope the man recovers well & the thugs get prosecuted.[/p][/quote]What a complete empty head. Blackburn_End
  • Score: 4

2:58pm Tue 25 Mar 14

bluewindow says...

Elsie C wrote:
The thugs that did this are absolute scum! Time & time again thugs prove that they are brainless idiots.

But it is another reason why football should be banned, this type of things will always happen in this thuggish so called sport.

I hope the man recovers well & the thugs get prosecuted.
I think you should be banned from commenting on here.
[quote][p][bold]Elsie C[/bold] wrote: The thugs that did this are absolute scum! Time & time again thugs prove that they are brainless idiots. But it is another reason why football should be banned, this type of things will always happen in this thuggish so called sport. I hope the man recovers well & the thugs get prosecuted.[/p][/quote]I think you should be banned from commenting on here. bluewindow
  • Score: 2

3:42pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Elsie C wrote:
The thugs that did this are absolute scum! Time & time again thugs prove that they are brainless idiots.

But it is another reason why football should be banned, this type of things will always happen in this thuggish so called sport.

I hope the man recovers well & the thugs get prosecuted.
Time for your medication sweetheart.
[quote][p][bold]Elsie C[/bold] wrote: The thugs that did this are absolute scum! Time & time again thugs prove that they are brainless idiots. But it is another reason why football should be banned, this type of things will always happen in this thuggish so called sport. I hope the man recovers well & the thugs get prosecuted.[/p][/quote]Time for your medication sweetheart. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 0

5:46pm Tue 25 Mar 14

coates warder says...

Elsie C wrote:
The thugs that did this are absolute scum! Time & time again thugs prove that they are brainless idiots.

But it is another reason why football should be banned, this type of things will always happen in this thuggish so called sport.

I hope the man recovers well & the thugs get prosecuted.
come on lads a bit harsh you know where football is concerned women have no idea whatsoever. but you all are correct. lol
[quote][p][bold]Elsie C[/bold] wrote: The thugs that did this are absolute scum! Time & time again thugs prove that they are brainless idiots. But it is another reason why football should be banned, this type of things will always happen in this thuggish so called sport. I hope the man recovers well & the thugs get prosecuted.[/p][/quote]come on lads a bit harsh you know where football is concerned women have no idea whatsoever. but you all are correct. lol coates warder
  • Score: -1

6:03pm Tue 25 Mar 14

phil kernot says...

Some people need to grow up ,, people getting annoyed over a bag of wind Should find them and jail. Em ,,, some parents are as bad because there kid can't get the ball effing and blinding , right roll model thay are ,,,, delusional thinking there kids the next England star. Lol
Some people need to grow up ,, people getting annoyed over a bag of wind Should find them and jail. Em ,,, some parents are as bad because there kid can't get the ball effing and blinding , right roll model thay are ,,,, delusional thinking there kids the next England star. Lol phil kernot
  • Score: 2

6:30pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Legal Beagle says...

"come on lads a bit harsh you know where football is concerned women have no idea whatsoever."

Somebody phone the British Museum and tell them a living specimen of Stone Age man has been located.
"come on lads a bit harsh you know where football is concerned women have no idea whatsoever." Somebody phone the British Museum and tell them a living specimen of Stone Age man has been located. Legal Beagle
  • Score: 0

6:45pm Tue 25 Mar 14

mavrick says...

Words fail me, It was a game of football for most of the people, The mindless thugs who have obviously gone for a fight should be named shamed and jailed. It sounds like an organised gang were involved. I thought this nonsense had gone away.
Words fail me, It was a game of football for most of the people, The mindless thugs who have obviously gone for a fight should be named shamed and jailed. It sounds like an organised gang were involved. I thought this nonsense had gone away. mavrick
  • Score: -1

8:29pm Tue 25 Mar 14

happycyclist says...

I stopped going to AFC Darwen because of stuff like this.
I stopped going to AFC Darwen because of stuff like this. happycyclist
  • Score: 0

11:09pm Tue 25 Mar 14

DoctorA says...

Lancaster City have long had a problem with their fans causing trouble and this is just the latest incident they have been involved in. The club needs to get its head out of the sand and acknowledge it. Yobs running 50 yards around a pitch to attack this 54 yr old man need arresting and banning from ALL matches.
The club must be punished for failing to address the issue.
Lancaster City have long had a problem with their fans causing trouble and this is just the latest incident they have been involved in. The club needs to get its head out of the sand and acknowledge it. Yobs running 50 yards around a pitch to attack this 54 yr old man need arresting and banning from ALL matches. The club must be punished for failing to address the issue. DoctorA
  • Score: 1

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