Football thug, 38, jailed for train rampage
A FOOTBALL hooligan from Ashford was among a gang of thugs who have been jailed for ambushing terrified Charlton FC supporters and passengers on a packed train.
Railway worker Andrew Spicer, 38, of Hurst Road, Kennington, was among a 30-strong mob of Crystal Palace fans who boarded the train at Sydenham station on September 1, last year, intent on attacking their rivals.
Women, children and pensioners were caught up in the violence as the yobs went on the rampage.
Spicer was one of five men jailed at Southwark Crown Court on Friday for their part in the violence.
He was sentenced to two-anda-half years, having admitted violent disorder at an earlier hearing.
The court heard how parents tried to protect their children and pensioners cowered in fear as train passengers were punched, kicked and head-butted.
British Transport Police Det Insp Keith Bennett said the train contained Charlton Athletic supporters travelling to a game at Crystal Palace as well as members of the public.
He said: “The violence that ordinary members of the public were subjected to on the day in question was utterly appalling.
“Those who perpetrated and were convicted of causing that violence, some of whom are family men themselves, should be utterly ashamed of themselves.”
Passing sentence, Judge Stephen Robbins said: “This was mob conduct at its worst.
“This was sickening behaviour, thuggery, violence on a train, with members of the public who were visibly distressed.”
In total, 16 Crystal Palace supporters have now been convicted of their involvement in the disorder.
Soccer thug Andrew Spicer