“I love animals – I’ve got three dogs, a fish pond out the back and I feed foxes across the road.
“I am on medication and had been drinking, but that does not excuse what happened.
“I had two pints before the match, two bottles of beer at the match and a pint when I left early.
“I had just come out of the Terrace bar at St James’, turned right and I was right in the middle of it.
“There was a loud bang and it spooked all the horses. This horse came towards me and I just reacted.
“The fire cracker went off, and it charged at me. That’s when I panicked and threw a punch.
“It made contact with the horse, I tried to get him away from me with my left hand and then punched him with my right. It was sheer panic.”
Six others were jailed alongside Rogerson on Thursday after almost 100 Newcastle fans were charged following clashes with police.
But anyone trembling at the thought of Rogerson causing havoc at football grounds in twelve months need not worry – the 45-year-old was also handed a six-year football banning order.