Remember the Newcastle United fan who squared up to a police horse before landing a cheap right hook on the poor animal’s head in clashes after the Tyne-Wear derby?
Well, Barry Rogerson’s boxing career appears to be over after the Geordie was sentenced to 12 months in jail for his antics in the wake of his side’s 3-0 defeat at home to Sunderland in April.
Despite Rogerson earlier expressing his desire to apologise to the horse – who escaped unscathed from the bout – Judge Paul Sloan QC saw it fit to hand down a custodial sentence at Newcastle Crown Court.
“I reacted stupidly. I did not go out to attack a horse,” Rogerson, who was caught on video hitting ‘Bud’, had said previously.
“I love animals – I’ve got three dogs, a fish pond out the back and I feed foxes across the road.
"I am on medication and had been drinking, but that does not excuse what happened.
“I had two pints before the match, two bottles of beer at the match and a pint when I left early.
"I had just come out of the Terrace bar at St James’, turned right and I was right in the middle of it.
"There was a loud bang and it spooked all the horses. This horse came towards me and I just reacted.
"The fire cracker went off, and it charged at me. That’s when I panicked and threw a punch.
“It made contact with the horse, I tried to get him away from me with my left hand and then punched him with my right. It was sheer panic.”
Six others were jailed alongside Rogerson on Thursday after almost 100 Newcastle fans were charged following clashes with police.
But anyone trembling at the thought of Rogerson causing havoc at football grounds in twelve months need not worry – the 45-year-old was also handed a six-year football banning order.