Former Tiger Colley sacked for confronting fan

Belper Town v. Sheffield FC  Sheffield's Shaquille McKenzie battles for possession with former Club defender Karl Colley
Belper Town v. Sheffield FC Sheffield's Shaquille McKenzie battles for possession with former Club defender Karl Colley

A former Worksop Town player has hit the national headlines, after being sacked by Goole for confronting fans following his sending off.

Imposing defender Karl Colley, who featured briefly for Tigers in 2008, was given his marching orders for a challenge during his side’s game against Coalville on Saturday.

Chaotic scenes followed, all captured in a video that has attracted well over 200,000 views on YouTube.

The 6ft 4ins player, Goole’s captain, reacted to taunting from the stands and although he was initially held back by club officials, broke free to charge into the supporters enclosure and take a swing at a fan.

In a twist of fate, the incident came 19 years to the day since Eric Cantona’s infamous Kung-fu kick at a Crystal Palace supporter.

Colley has played for a number of non league clubs in the region, including Sheffield FC, Retford, and Worksop Parramore.

When he was signed for Worksop Town in 2008, there was confusion over his eligibility after a sending off while playing for Hallam.

Speaking to the Guardian in November 2008, Sheffield Star football writer Paul Webster gave an insight into the defender’s temperament.

“He said: “He’s an uncomprimising centre-half, a big lad, very strong and physical and he takes no prisoners.”

“The weaker side to his game is that every so often the red mist comes down, he’s been sent off a few times for violent conduct.”

The 30-year-old was sacked by Goole, an Evo-Stik NPL First Division South side, following Saturday’s game.

Last season he was released by Belper after a violent confrontation with a team-mate on the training pitch.

Goole are managed by David Holdsworth and his assistant Curtis Woodhouse, the professional boxer.

They’ve recently signed striker Shaq McKenzie from Worksop, who made a number of appearances from the bench for Tigers this season but failed to break into the starting 11.

Click here to see Colley’s confrontation with fans on Saturday