Football boss charged with arranging hooligan brawl

THE BOSS of Grays Athletic football club has been charged following a police investigation into alleged football hooligans linked to West Ham and Millwall.

Andy Swallow, 51, chief executive of the non-league side, is alleged to have been involved in a group who set up a brawl between West Ham and Millwall hooligans in January.

He has been charged with conspiracy to commit violent disorder alongside five other men.

Police stopped yobs clashing in Dagenham in January following a tip off that West Ham fans planned to ambush Millwall rivals.

An alleged affray occurred outside Dagenham East Tube Station on January 7 after the Dagenham & Redbridge v Millwall match.

The Conspiracy to commit Violent Disorder charges concern an incident outside a pub in Dagenham the same day.

Swallow, a businessman who lives in London’s Docklands, was bailed to appear at Thames Magistrates Court on October 15.

He took over at Ryman League Division One North club Grays in 2009.

The club has been groundless since 2010 when its Bridge Road ground was sold.

It currently plays at the West Ham training ground in Rush Green Road, Romford.

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