At least 11 are arrested as Stoke City fans pelt police with bottles

‘It was like the 80s’: At least 12 are arrested as more than 4,000 Stoke City fans turn up to watch their Under-21s play local rivals Port Vale before pelting police with bottles, flares and ripped-out seats

  • Febrile atmosphere at the Checkatrade Trophy clash erupted into violence as objects rained onto the pitch
  • At least 12 people were arrested, while one steward was led away injured, apparently after being hit by chair 
  • Police condemned people who were ‘intent’ on causing violence and said they were looking for the culprits  

There were shocking scenes of hooliganism last night as Stoke City fans trashed Port Vale’s stadium, attacked police and pelted the pitch with bottles and flares.

More than 4,000 tickets had been sold to Stoke fans for the first Potteries derby in 16 years, even though it featured their Under-21 side. 

A febrile atmosphere at the Checkatrade Trophy clash erupted into violence as away fans ripped seats from the stands and launched them at police, along with coins and cigarette lighters.

At least 12 people were arrested, while one steward was seen being led away injured, apparently after being hit by a chair. 

Police said more arrests are expected in the coming days after they have scoured through CCTV footage to identity the yobs.

A febrile atmosphere at the Checkatrade Trophy clash erupted into violence as Stoke City fans ripped seats from the stands and launched them at police, along with coins and cigarette lighters. Stoke’s under-21’s Academy team were playing local rivals Port Vale in the first Potteries derby clash for 16 years 

At least 12 people were arrested, while one steward was seen being led away injured, apparently after being hit by a chair. Pictured: Police pull a man away 

Police said more arrests are expected in the coming days after they have scoured through CCTV footage to identity the yobs. Pictured: Stoke City fans held back by police 

The atmosphere turned ugly at half time when Stoke fans trashed facilities in the away enclosure, ripping out toilet seats and smashing windows. Pictured: The debris after the game 


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At least 200 officers were deployed to control the crowd in the contest that ended in a 4-0 victory for the home side. 

The atmosphere turned ugly at half time when Stoke fans trashed facilities in the away enclosure, ripping out toilet seats and smashing windows, according to Stoke-on-Trent Live.

Flares were tossed onto the pitch during play while Port Vale goalscorer Luke Hannant was pelted with a beer bottle after celebrating near the away fans. He picked this up and tossed it away. 

Images showed a line of police clad in riot gear holding the boundary of the pitch after the final whistle, as Stoke fans were held back to prevent a repeat of the fights between rival fans that took place before the game.

Clashes inside the stadium followed, with some officers having to use truncheons to hold the hooligans back. A nearby pub was also trashed.

At least 200 officers were deployed to control the crowd of 8,000 – half of them Stoke fans – in the U21s Academy contest that ended in a 4-0 victory for the home side. Pictured: A man is arrested 

Flares were tossed onto the pitch during play while Port Vale goalscorer Luke Hannant (pictured) was pelted with a beer bottle after celebrating near the away fans

Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones, of Staffordshire Police, said: ‘The behaviour of a significant section of those in the away stand was unacceptable’. Pictured A flare on the pitch 

Stoke fans in the away end confront police. Port Vale Supporters’ Club chairman Mark Porter, who was inside the ground, said: ‘It was absolutely appalling’

These were clashes inside the stadium, with some officers having to use truncheons to hold the fans back. A nearby pub was also trashed

A man taunts police after they were forced to hold the away fans back to avoid clashes with their Port Vale rivals 

Stoke fans condemned the appalling scenes on Twitter, with Rich Riley posting: ‘A lot of our Stoke fans need to give their heads a wobble… embarrassing… yet they’ll think it’s all great stuff… very unsavoury’

Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones, of Staffordshire Police, said: ‘The behaviour of a significant section of those in the away stand was unacceptable and I would like to reassure the local community that we will do all we can to bring those responsible to justice.’

Port Vale Supporters’ Club chairman Mark Porter, who was inside the ground, said: ‘It was absolutely appalling.

‘Some of the away ‘fans’ clearly came simply to cause trouble. They were throwing bottles, lighters, coins, seats – you name it.

‘Dozens of seats have been wrecked. They are an absolute disgrace to their club and should be banned.’

Stoke fans condemned the appalling scenes on Twitter, with Rich Riley posting: ‘A lot of our Stoke fans need to give their heads a wobble… embarrassing… yet they’ll think it’s all great stuff… very unsavoury.’ 

Another tweeted: ‘No need for half of what I witnessed. Banter is one thing the rest should stay in the 80s.’ 

An office wields a baton in front of Stoke City fans who were held back following the final whistle in the Checkatrade Trophy game 

Images showed a line of police clad in riot gear holding the boundary of the pitch after the final whistle, as Stoke fans were held back to prevent a repeat of the fights between rival fans that took place before the game

A supporter walks past a broken chair in the away end – which was in a ramshackle condition after the violent scenes 

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