FROM TV STAR TO JAILED BRUTE
Thug attacked with glass
A one- time promising footballer who was marked out for stardom in a TV show fronted by Wayne Rooney is currently serving a four-year jail sentence after attacking someone in an English pub.
The Reformer can reveal that Ryan Wilson, from Springhall, admitted a charge of wounding with intent and violent disorder.
Wilson was convicted alongside four other men, including Fraser Gemmell, 31, of Conan Court in Cambuslang.
The 27 year old was drinking in Cinnabar Cafe in Stevenage in July last year when he was thrown out by door staff. Violence broke out around 12.40am.
Wilson, of Strathmore Gardens, made off after striking his victim with a glass but cops traced him to a hotel.
In 2010, the Reformer revealed Wilson, a talented footballer, was set to star in the third series of Sky TV’s Wayne Rooney Coke Zero Street Striker.
At the time, Wilson was living in a homeless shelter. He said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me.”
Manchester United legend Rooney
heaped praise on the former Trinity pupil, saying: “I was really impressed by his technique and touch in the auditions.”
Wilson spent time on the books of Falkirk and Motherwell and represented Scotland at the Homeless World Cup in 2010 in Rio, Brazil.
Cambridge Crown Court heard that Wilson was working in Stevenage alongside Gemmell as well as David Donaldson 29, of, Tollcross, Glasgow, Adam Elder, 29, of Farm Road, Hamilton, and William Thomson, 31, of Castle Walk, Glasgow.
When the men were found by police, they were wearing just their underwear, having disposed of their clothing.
Officers carried out a thorough search of the High Street and a distinctive T-shirt Wilson had been wearing during the incident was retrieved from a bin.
All five pleaded guilty in court and, at Cambridge Crown Court, on Friday, February 19, they were sentenced.
Donaldson received 20 months for violent disorder while Gemmell, Elder and Thomson received 16 months each for violent disorder.
It is understood friends and family of the men believe they have been “made an example of.”
Detective Constable Hayden Coggins said: “At the time of the offence there had been a torrential downpour of rain and the High Street was flooded.
“It meant any forensic evidence was lost and washed away from the scene but the quick actions of officers meant vital evidence was secured and ensured that the offenders were located quickly.
“I hope these sentences send home a message that violence will not be tolerated and we will act to arrest offenders and bring them to justice.”
Caught Wilson’s mugshot after he was arrested by Hertfordshire Police
Going places Ryan Wilson with Wayne Rooney when he appeared on TV back in 2010
20 months Donaldson
16 months Thomson
16 months Gemmell
16 months Elder