Court date clashes with soccer tie

A footballer could miss the curtain raiser to his club's season because he is due in court on a driving offence.

Magistrates have refused to postpone the trial of Championship star Grant Holt on Friday, which clashes with Norwich City's opening fixture with Watford, which will be screened on television.

He is due in Market Drayton Magistrates' Court in north Shropshire and denies failing to supply the identity of a vehicle's driver.

After the case is complete he will face a journey of more than 200 miles to Norwich in order to make the 7.45pm kick off.

The 29-year-old, who has also played for Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Shrewsbury Town, is alleged to have failed to provide West Mercia Police with information relating to a Peugeot 307 in May 2009.

Magistrates were asked earlier this week to postpone the case in order to allow Holt, originally from Cumbria, to play against Watford, but rejected the request.

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