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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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Whitehaven coach gets abuse from York fans after court ‘victory’

Dave Woods blamed his former club York for verbal abuse he suffered from City Knights fans yesterday as Whitehaven earned a 20-4 win at Huntington Stadium.

Dave Woods photo
Dave Woods

The Haven boss, pictured right, was involved in a three-day legal battle at Leeds County Court last week over issues related to his dismissal from the York hot seat in 2011.

And it has saddled the City Knights with a legal bill of between £60,000 and £80,000, according to reports in York, putting a question mark over their future.

But Woods said: “Some of the abuse I’ve copped today and on forums is unjust. I don’t think people realise the real, true story.

“A few were yelling abuse, you cop that as an opposing team, I know. But it’s abuse for nothing, I’ve done nothing wrong.”

An account of the legal battle appeared on York’s website under the headline ‘Woods loses Knights claim’ though the coach has a radically different interpretation.

“I won the court case,” he said. “They’ve had to pay me two months’ holiday pay. I lost on the bonus that I asked for, but I won on everything else.

“They were denied some claims they made and all costs were awarded against York. It was nothing personal, I have some good friends at York, but when the club’s making statements that aren’t factually true, the supporters are believing what they are told.”

A judge decided the club must pay 80 per cent of Woods’ legal fees as well as their own, according to reports, though the coach had a “no win, no fee” agreement with his barrister, it is also claimed.

Haven skipper Lee Doran dedicated the victory to his coach.

“He came to me after the game and said, ‘that’s for you’. That made it special, definitely,” Woods added. “All four props were tremendous, Lee Paterson was outstanding, Rhys Clarke showed great footwork at the line and Scott McAvoy had probably the best game I’ve seen him play.

“I’m really proud of all of them, they all dug in. Cain Southernwood got a bad dead-leg and said he was in a lot of pain, but he played on. It was a great effort from the boys.”



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