POLICE have released images of 13 men they are hunting in connection with the ‘mindless violence’ that marred Chester FC’s away match at Chorley.
The suspects are thought to have been involved in violent clashes in and around Victory Park on Saturday, February 19.
Trouble broke out before, during and after the game, which the Blues won 1-0, including a large fight outside the Eagle pub shortly after full-time.
Superintendent Richard Robertshaw, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: "The behaviour of a small minority of individuals, both during and after the match was appalling.
"Fans from both teams were involved and a significant policing operation has been ongoing since the match to identify those responsible for the mindless violence.
"I would urge anyone who knows the identity of any of the men in the photographs to contact Lancashire Constabulary."
There has been widespread criticism from Chester supporters of the police’s handling of the all-ticket fixture, which attracted 1,200 Blues followers in a crowd of 3,223.
Prior to kick-off, supporters from both sides tore down barriers which had been placed near the halfway line to segregate rival fans.
Police and stewards restored order but there were more problems at the final whistle when a group of about 100 fans from the Chorley section invaded the pitch and attempted to get to the away supporters.
However, the most serious incident occurred shortly after when innocent Chester fans, including women, children and pensioners, were the victims of a frenzied attack by a mob of Chorley supporters.
Blues fans were trying to make their way back to their cars and coaches when they were ambushed on a park adjacent to the stadium.