Ex-Manchester United star Ronnie Wallwork is warned he faces jail

Ex-Manchester United star Ronnie Wallwork, 43, is warned he faces jail after he admitted ‘fracturing man’s eye socket in pub brawl’

  • Ronnie Wallwork & co-defendant David Gardner admitted grievous bodily harm
  • Ex-Premier League midfielder who got a title medal in 2001 faces prison term 
  • The pair were both bailed and will return for sentencing on Tuesday, March 23.

Ex-Manchester United footballer Ronnie Wallwork could face a prison term after admitting fracturing a man’s eye socket during a night out.

The 43-year-old, who played in the 1995 FA Youth Cup with the likes of Phil Neville, has pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on Alan Mulholland on December 22, 2019.

Co-defendant David Gardner, 43, from Newton Heath, Manchester, admitted the same charge.

Former footballer Ronnie Wallwork faces prison after admitting a charge of grievous bodily harm in December 2019

Alex Langhorn, representing both men, said there would be a suggestion that a comment was made by the complainant that may have provoked or caused the incident, which is said to have taken place in a pub.

Earlier in the trial it was said the former Premier League midfielder, who also played for West Brom during his career, and Gardner attacked the victim whilst he was talking to them.

Mulholland claimed he was headbutted in the alleged incident at a bar in Tameside, Greater Manchester, and needed three stitches as well as suffering swelling and a bloodshot eye.

No further details of the assault were disclosed in today’s brief hearing at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

Wallwork made his debut under Sir Alex Ferguson and played with the likes of Ryan Giggs and David Beckham

Addressing both defendants in the dock, Judge Tina Landale said: “Your guilty pleas will be taken into account in your favour but it is important that I have as much information as possible before I sentence you both so I am ordering a pre-sentence report.

“All sentencing options are open including custodial. I have not ruled anything in or out.”

Both men were bailed as sentencing was fixed for March 23.

Wallwork, who played with the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Peter Schmeichel, was jailed in December 2011 for 15 months after he was caught selling on parts from stolen high-performance cars.

Police stumbled upon the illegal vehicle-breaking operation in Newton Heath while investigating a string of unconnected armed robberies across Lancashire.

Preston Crown Court heard his “promising career” as a professional footballer was “tragically cut short” when he was the victim of a serious assault in a bar stabbing.

The midfielder, who represented England at under-20 level, joined United as a trainee in 1993 but struggled to command a first-team place and was loaned to a number of clubs.

Loan periods at Bradford City, Barnsley and Huddersfield followed before he moved to Sheffield Wednesday in 2008 where he made just seven appearances.

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