Men Found Guilty of Violent Attack on Football Fan


A group of men have today (14 July 2017) been found guilty for their part in a violent attack which left football fan Simon Dobbin with life changing injuries.

The men were part of a gang which set out to ambush Cambridge Utd football supporters following a match in Southend in March 2015.

Douglas Mackay for the Crown Prosecution Service said: "These men set out on that Saturday with the intention of getting involved in the most horrific violence. Their victims were chosen at random and were entirely innocent.

"The jury agreed with the prosecution that each of these men played an active part in planning or carrying out this shocking attack.

"Mr Dobbin and his family have been through an unimaginable ordeal. I can only hope these verdicts bring some sense of justice for them."

During the trial at Basildon Crown Court, the jury heard that the attackers scouted out locations as they planned the attack in revenge for a fight earlier in the day in which Mr Dobbin, 44, had no involvement.

They ambushed a small group of Cambridge United supporters and during the violence Mr Dobbin was kicked and stamped on repeatedly. His brain injuries were so severe he spent almost a year in hospital and is now unable to walk or talk.

All the men have been remanded in custody to face sentence on Monday, 17 July 2017 at Basildon Crown Court.


Notes for Editors

  • Douglas Mackay is Head of the CPS East of England Complex Casework Unit.
  • The defendants and verdicts are as follows:
    • Eight men were found guilty of violent disorder, alongside Rhys Pullen, 21, of Wickford, who had already admitted the charge:
      • Ryan Carter, 21; Jamie Chambers, 24; Lewis Courtnell, 34; Scott Nicholls, 40; Matthew Petchey, 26; Thomas Randall, 22; Alexander Woods, 25; James Woods, 25.
    • Three men were found guilty of conspiracy to commit violent disorder:
      • Greg Allen, 29; Phil McGill, 32; Michael Shawyer, 31.
    • Ian Young, 41; was found guilty of assisting an offender by hiding the group while police were conducting a search.