NINE men have been banned from attending England and York City matches after admitting being part of large scale violence in York city centre.

The brawl in the beer garden of Judge's Lodgings in Lendal took part shortly before York City played Chester City at Bootham Crescent on October 22, 2016. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Eight men pleaded guilty to violent disorder at a plea and trial preparation hearing before York Crown Court. A ninth pleaded guilty to the same offence at an earlier hearing before York Magistrates Court.

Six of the men have addresses in Chester or North Wales, three have York addresses.

The Honorary Recorder of York, Judge Paul Batty QC, adjourned their case while probation officers prepare pre-sentence reports on them.

He gave all nine bail on conditions that ban them from going within a certain distance of football stadiums where either team is playing for a period of at least four hours before and after the match.

The nine who admitted being part of a group of three or more people who engaged in unlawful violence are: Darren Leslie Cummings, 44, of Lindsey Avenue, Acomb; James Michael Windass, 52, of Tennant Road, Acomb; David Michael Ellis, 34, of Pottery Lane, York; Kyle O'Gorman, 25, of Tennyson Walk, Chester; Tom Melia, 21, of Hope Farm Road, Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port; Neil Hughes, 63, of Cable Court, High Street, Connahs Quay, Flintshire; Lewis Griffiths, 18, of Wellington Road, Broughton, Flintshire; Ben Wilcox, 19, of Crown Estate, Holywell, Flintshire; and Daniel Sharples, 22, of Aston Hill, Ewloe, Deeside near Chester, who pleaded guilty before the magistrates court.

Jordan Stephen Willoughby, 24, of Broad Street, South Bank, York, denied the charge of violent disorder, and his case was adjourned for trial on May 29 at York Crown Court. He was also released on bail.