Talking of Celtic…. Dr. Gerry McCann worked for the club’s medical team.
Madeleine, from Rothley, Leicestershire, disappeared from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve.
Her father, Gerry, had worked for Celtic before moving to England
Relatives of missing Madeleine McCann have joined 60,000 fans at the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen to mark her fourth birthday.
Players from both clubs wore yellow wristbands during the game at Celtic Park in Glasgow.
Supporters also held up posters of Madeleine, who is believed to have been abducted in Portugal on 3 May.
Neil Lennon – Celtic It is important that it is highlighted to the family that they are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Celtic said Saturday’s gesture was intended to keep the focus on the search for the missing girl.
A Celtic spokesman said: “We were approached to wear the yellow armbands and naturally we were very happy to agree to this. Hopefully, this will keep the focus on the search for Madeleine.
“Clearly, the thoughts of everyone at the club are with Madeleine and her family at this extremely difficult time and, of course, we are pleased to be able to offer any kind of help or comfort that we possibly can.”
Celtic club captain Neil Lennon appealed for anyone with information about Madeleine’s disappearance to contact police during Friday’s weekly press conference.
Hearts players Jose Goncalves and Bruno Aguiar, who are both Portuguese, also issued a joint statement on behalf of their club urging anyone with information to come forward.
Fr O’Connell meets Prince Charles with the other members of the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Silver Jubilee Committee at the Opening of the Westerwood Youth Camp in 1978.
What is it folk say about boys or sports clubs being used as fronts for deviants…
3 years of articles on the Celtic scandal – but you won’t get any mention of it in the press now – it is toxic for some reason – maybe the people involved? Weird when you think of broken boys into men and lives ruined for what those boys and unknown must have suffered and yet no real justice or compensation akin to the Penn State scandal.
What could have went on in Kilsyth where you have Kelly, Saville, O’Brien, Jock Stein, O’Connell, Tam Paton n the Bay City Rollers etc all around the same time and Prince Charles himself....
Also one-time boxing champ Ken Buchanan pictured above there at the camp meeting Prince Charles – one with a very dodgy private life
James Torbett and Frank Cairney of Celtic boys club abused boys in Scotland, England, Norway, Spain and America amongst other places and it was well known at Celtic. Liam Brady manager at the time of the 1991 scandal involving Frank Cairney agreed not to go to the police – Liam Brady then went on to be the head of Arsenal Youth until this year.
What a coincidence that Kevin Kelly should be in photo above eh. Even more of a coincidence James Torbett being owner of the trophy centre at the time who had a deal with Celtic and had Kevin Kelly as a director too along with Jack McGinn of Celtic in another company.
Torbett was also a director of Fairbridge in Scotland for vulnerable kids that later became part of yes… The Princes Trust. His fellow directors at the time included none other than…
Sir David McNee – ex Met police commissioner
Sir William McAlpine – brother of Lord McAlpine
Lord McCluskey – judge
Partly because of his association with the BBC, Fr O’Connell was no stranger to celebrity which he used to good effect either for fund raising or for community events. Now, summer rock festivals are commonplace but there was a time when they were uncommon and one well remembered event set up by Fr O’Connell was the staging of a free open air concert in Kilsyth in 1976 by the Bay City Rollers, then at the height of their fame.
He vaguely knew Tam Paton their manager but his secretary wouldn’t let him in to his office after he had outlined why he was there – to get the Bay City Rollers to play Kilsyth – for free! But eventually she relented and he was allowed to make an audacious request which ultimately lead to another chapter of Kilsyth’s recent history being written! The Colzium was taken over and a free open air concert was staged with many supporting acts and headlined by The Bay City Rollers.
Sir Jimmy Savile OBE KCSG was a frequent visitor during the period when he had a hit TV show ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ or was in between presenting ‘Top of the Pops’ or hosting a show on Radio 1 and could often be seen at 10 O’clock Mass of a morning, sporting a kilt. You could always tell when he was in Kilsyth as his white jaguar car was parked outside the Parish House.
If the cover-ups took place, and did so without Britain’s top policeman knowing, and there is no evidence that casts doubt on Sir David’s testimony, who was responsible? The IPCC and the independent inquiry into historical VIP paedophile allegations launched by Home Secretary Theresa May last year have got their work cut out.
But with each passing week, it seems ever more likely that the pieces of an almighty Establishment scandal are starting to fit together.
Torbett was also a director of Fairbridge in Scotland for vulnerable kids that later became part of yes… The Princes Trust. His fellow directors at the time included none other than…
Sir David McNee – ex Met police commissioner
Sir William McAlpine – brother of Lord McAlpine
Lord McCluskey – judge
Lord McCluskey – Fettesgate
Retired judge Lord McCluskey was among those to write a glowing tribute to paedophile Robert Henderson QC of Magic Circle in the national Press.
My father was feted by legal establishment, but was really a monster who let his powerful friends rape me
Miss Henderson has told the Mail that she was raped as a young child by Sir Nicholas – and that she also suffered years of sexual assaults by her late father, prominent Scottish QC Robert Henderson, who was a friend of the MP.
Her life is still overshadowed by the monstrous actions of her father and his friends – a set of high-powered legal figures who, she says, ritually abused her as part of an organised paedophile ring in the early 1970s when she was between four and eight years old.
Sir David McNee rose to become the most powerful policeman in Britain.
As Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police between 1977 and the autumn of 1982, he wielded great influence and, by necessity, became privy to secrets which other, less robust men would have taken to their graves long ago. But on the eve of his tenth decade, and 33 years after his retirement from the top job, a cloud — or at least a question mark — has appeared over his time as boss at New Scotland Yard.
It concerns an alleged ‘cover-up’, and in this instance the circumstances are particularly disturbing, given that it would have involved turning a blind eye to the sexual abuse of minors.
A planned raid was called off at the last moment, allegedly on orders from senior Met command. Photographs and papers that could have been used as evidence then went missing, one officer who was part of the surveillance team has alleged.
The allegation is from the same era as the BBC’s story concerning Cyril Smith. If true, who could have ordered such scandalous and, indeed, criminal interventions? Not the then Met boss David McNee, according to the man himself.
The man in question, Joe Mounsey, was renowned for his detective work, not just in the North-West but nationally.
He had led the team that secured the conviction of Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.
Mr Laugharne told us this week that Mounsey had said to him that a very senior figure in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in London had asked their force to lie about past investigations into Cyril Smith…
If approached by a journalist asking about a file on Smith, which the force had sent to the DPP alleging the indecent assault of a boy at a Rochdale school, the official said they should deny it. Mr Laugharne told us he had seen a record of such a file being sent.
The interference in justice did not end there. As this newspaper reported on its front page yesterday, a former probationary police officer in Greater Manchester was also threatened with the Official Secrets Act by a paedophile police sergeant after the MP had been caught in 1988 at a drunken party with two underage boys.
Former Met Deputy Commissioner Laugharne said he has watched with horror the recent allegations of the deliberate failure to follow through with investigations against Smith and other alleged VIP paedophiles.
THE CELTIC SEX CASE
Celtic Chairman Kevin Kelly pictured with Jimmy Savile among others.
Of the four companies that Jim Torbett was involved in Celtic Chairman Kevin Kelly was involved with three of them.
- PLANROLE LIMITED Dissolved
- CENTENARY SCOTCH WHISKY LIMITED Dissolved
- THE TROPHY CENTRE LIMITED
More worryingly … a fourth company that Convicted Paedophile Jim Torbett was a director in
FAIRBRIDGE IN SCOTLAND Dissolved (Director Resigned 20/02/1997)
FAIRBRIDGE IN SCOTLAND a charity involved with helping young people.
DID Jim Torbett have access to young children there too?
I’d suggest he could well have. Usual MO – Savile style – great benefactor/charity/biz/celeb -targets impressionable/vulnerable/disadvantaged.
Gossip suggests a problem – it’s never followed up because of the £££££ – just like that old Max Clifford video – turning a blind ‘eye’ in exchange for donations……
They knew all about Bennell
FA director of coaching was asked about serial paedophilia in football 21 years ago… that he ignored a reporter’s questions spoke volumes
- Twenty-one years ago reporter Deborah Davies investigated allegations of systematic sexual abuse of young footballers by their coaches
- She stood outside FA headquarters at Lancaster Gate in order to speak with the governing body’s then-director of coaching, who ignored her
- Andy Woodward recently told his account of paedophilia within football
- Ex-Crewe player said he was victim of abuse by ex-coach Barry Bennell
- Eleven people have now come forward to say they were abused
- READ: Martin Samuel – ‘Revelations should send a chill through football’
- READ: The scandal that could be worse than Jimmy Savile
Twenty-one years ago I opened a large cardboard box and uncovered a horrific story. Teenage footballers, gifted and driven by dreams of a glittering future, had endured years of the most appalling sexual abuse by their coach.
A few months later I stood for hours outside the FA’s former headquarters in Lancaster Gate, waiting for their director of coaching to arrive. I asked him what rules the FA had in place for the protection of young players.
He ignored me, not even breaking stride as he walked inside. Unfortunately for him the building had a glass front door so we filmed him walking away down the corridor, with nothing to say. And that spoke volumes.
Crewe under fresh scrutiny after youth football ban on Barry Bennell emerges
• Bennell forcibly removed from at least one game on Crewe scouting duties
29 November 2016
Barry Bennell has served three prison sentences totalling 15 years in England and the US since
Crewe Alexandra’s handling of the Barry Bennell affair is under new scrutiny after it emerged their former youth-team coach was so notorious throughout the sport he had been banned from attending fixtures in one of Manchester’s leading junior leagues.
Bennell’s reputation was so tarnished he was forcibly removed from at least one game while on talent-spotting duties for Crewe, and so badly thought of that on another occasion it led to a fight on the sidelines.
Bennell’s behaviour was discussed at a meeting involving representatives of various junior teams, the Guardian has been told, and Andy Woodward, the former professional footballer whose interview began the escalating story of child sex abuse in the sport, has confirmed to this newspaper that he, too, witnessed his abuser being thrown out of junior games.
“If kids’ teams in Manchester knew about him, and Bennell’s reputation had stretched all the way to grassroots junior football 40 miles away from Crewe, it is strange, to say the least, that Crewe are saying they had heard absolutely nothing to trouble them about their own employee,” Woodward said.
Bennell became so infamous in the junior football scene in Manchester, his home city, that he was ejected from a game involving Cheadle Town’s youth team when the manager saw him on the touchline.
The manager, who has asked not to be named, told the Guardian that at a 1990 meeting of the various teams from the now-defunct Manchester Youth Sunday Football League a senior official had told the clubs to be vigilant and not to allow Bennell to watch matches.
Bennell, who was running Crewe’s youth system at the time, subsequently turned up at Cheadle, a team that regularly attracted football scouts from professional clubs, and the game was temporarily halted.
“Everyone in junior football at that time knew the rumours about Barry Bennell,” the manager said. “As soon as I saw him I marched across the pitch with one of the boys’ parents and we told him we had an issue with him being there. I didn’t stop the match but the referee had to blow his whistle because we had gone straight across the pitch, rather than walking round the edge, and made a direct beeline for him.
“It had been made clear to us that if he came to watch a match we were to ask him to leave immediately and that, if he refused, the advice was that we should go to the police. He knew straight away he’d been rumbled. I got hold of him and walked him to the gate and slung him out. And if we hadn’t have done that,
Seems glaringly obvious that despite the Celtic scandal and FA so-called investigation – there are no safeguards for youngsters – then or now. Given that footie is a No 1 sport in UK – these revelations will either wake up more of the population to the extent of child abuse around them – or they will tune out – because of info overload.
A key subliminal emphasis tho is that people are now believing the testimonies from adults who were abused as children. By inference then it bolsters the credibility of care home children who waited years to speak out.
AND who is going to accuse a successful professional footballer of being a compensation seeker???? – which is what ex care home children are most often accused of.
Kevin Eaton – child protection officer/coach – relatively recent case
There are NO safeguards
Rocked by evil of abuse.
Football has been hit by several allegations of child sex abuse during the last 12 months.
Former Scotland star Alan Brazil claimed last year that he had been sexually abused when he was a young apprentice with Celtic Boys Club.
Following his allegations, other players came forward and two former Boys Club bosses Jim Torbett and Frank Cairney were charged in connection with their claims.
The claims against Torbett, 47, and Cairney, 56, date back several years and involve alleged assaults on two youths who went on to become Celtic first-teamers.
It is understood some charges relate to incidents on tours to England and North America.
Then in January former referee and youth club official Neil Strachan, 28, was jailed for three years for repeatedly molesting a young boy.
Strachan, a secretary at Edinburgh-based Celtic East Boys Club, abused the lad for two years before he was caught.
When he was jailed, it emerged that he had been convicted of a similar offence 12 years ago.
Sentencing Strachan, Sheriff Andrew Bell said: “This was particularly disgusting and disgraceful.”
Last month, Crystal Palace youth coach Martyn Cook was found guilty of serious sexual assaults against two young boys and indecently assaulting another six.
During his trial, it was revealed that 47-year-old Cook, a public school teacher, had a system of spending as much time as possible with “favourites” among his pupils.
He would take them to Crystal Palace matches, even turning trips to away games into weekend outings.
He also bought his favourite boys trendy clothes made by popular teenage fashion labels such as Ben Sherman and Ralph Lauren.
The sex beast put himself in further close contact with youngsters by gaining a position as one of Crystal Palace’s community youth training scheme coaches.
The father of one of his victims told the Sunday Mirror: “After Cook was arrested for sexually assaulting my two sons, I went round to the home of Ron Noades, the Palace chairman, to warn him. I spoke to Mrs Noades who was absolutely horrified. She telephoned Ron while I was there and he indicated he would stop Cook working with the young players.”
Palace’s reserve team coach Steve Kember stood by Cook, appearing at the Old Bailey as a character witness.
After the case, Kember said: “I now feel very badly let down. I trusted Martyn.”
Cook is to be sentenced on June 20.
In Ireland, Gaelic football has also been rocked by child-sex allegations.
Police launched an investigation after several young men and women claimed they had been the victims of sex assaults by an official attached to the game’s governing body, the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Stop calling the football child sex abuse scandal ‘bigger than Savile’
Eleven people have come forward to Cheshire Police since hearing Woodward’s story and the ex-footballer said others had contacted him directly.
Asked how many he thought had been involved, Woodward said: ‘[Reports] say a monster, that’s an understatement. I’m talking hundreds [of youths].’
Bennell was sentenced to nine years in prison in 1998 after admitting sexual offences against six boys.
He is currently out on licence after being jailed again in 2015 for a historical case involving a 12-year-old boy.
Not perhaps in the quantity of damaged lives and broken victims. We may never know how many people Savile or football coach Bennell violated, but it seems likely both have hundreds of victims.
Savile was never tried or convicted.
Not so with Bennell. He was convicted, not once but three times.
His first jail term came in the US but his victim was British.
In 1998 he was jailed for nine years here, and again in 2015. Anyone who cared to look at these convictions could see what he had done and where.
Yet the game did nothing to challenge those that might have known.
This indifference did not happen on the distant planet of the 1970s…
.. on the eve of the new millennium. Gazza’s tears and Euro 96 had revived football’s place in the national culture, the Premier League was up and running, Posh & Becks were an item and Tony Blair was in Downing Street.
The FA’s director of coaching, Charles Hughes, was able to blank Deborah Davies, the only journalist to show an interest, without fear of interrogation from his employer or a follow-up from Fleet Street.
Crewe Alexandra, who shuffled Bennell out of a side-door in 1992 without explanation, leaving him free to move on to other clubs, said nothing.
Scandalously, despite legally tested evidence, the game did not hold itself to account for harbouring a rampant paedophile who devastated hundreds of lives.
Barry Bennell victim David Lean told police of hundreds more but ‘no one listened’
29 Nov 2016
Speaking publicly for the first time, David Lean tells Sky News that when he warned the authorities “no one wanted to listen”.
Mr Lean, now 48, was just 11 when he met the coach in 1979 on a family trip to a holiday camp at Pwllheli, north Wales, where Bennell ran a football course.
^ Butlins holiday camp
In February 1998, Bennell appeared at Mold Crown Court in north Wales and pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent assault, buggery and attempted buggery dating back to the 1970s and 1980s through to 1992, against children aged between nine and 15, with offences alleged to have taken place in Derbyshire, the Crewe area and at Butlin’s in Pwllheli, north Wales.
FA to probe clubs over abuse hush money
Chelsea made secret payment to player in child sex abuse claim
Chelsea’s chief scout, Eddie Heath, from 1968 to 1979 and discovered some of the club’s greatest players, including Ray Wilkins.
The alleged victim was paid off after threatening to go public with claims he was sexually assaulted in the 1970s by Eddie Heath, Chelsea’s influential chief scout for more than a decade.
The payment, made in the past three years, was agreed on condition that the victim, his family and lawyers were banned from talking about the alleged abuse.
The confidentiality agreement is so stringent, the parties involved in the case are not even allowed to acknowledge its existence. But after being approached by The Telegraph, which first disclosed that a payment had been made by a Premier League side, Chelsea issued a statement on Tuesday night confirming it had “retained” an outside law firm to carry out a full investigation concerning an individual employed by the club in the 1970s, who is now deceased.
The club, owned by the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, did not deny the claim that they had paid Heath’s accuser and settled the case.
It is understood the club initially rebuffed the claim, but decided to make a payment when the victim threatened to make the allegations public
Eight forces – the Metropolitan Police, Greater Manchester Police, Cheshire Police, Staffordshire Police, Northumbria Police, Hampshire Police, Police Scotland – are examining claims of historic sex abuse in football.
No-one brought up problem of abuse in football when I was heading Blair’s football taskforce – I wish they had: David Mellor tells
Just like no one told Mellor about the meeting with Brittan & Dickens because surely Brittan would have wanted someone there!
There was no Home Office cover-up over Geoffrey Dickens’ dossier
Former FA chief executive Mark Palios has told ITV’s Good Morning Britain around 60 to 70 coaches were banned from football after a 2001 commission into abuse.
He said the commission was carried out in partnership with the Premier League and Football League.
Mr Palios said he was unaware if the information was passed on to police as the commission had preceded his arrival at the FA in 2003.
18 September 2005
Top football clubs hit by child abuse allegations
· Seventy banned over ‘threat to children’ fears
The commission, set up in 2001 by the FA, the Premiership and the Football League with support from ministers, gives no details of the child abuse investigations that it cites in its 60-page report, but they are thought to include inappropriate behaviour and bullying.
The report, compiled with the help of the NSPCC, makes 23 recommendations to strengthen child protection. It also lists a series of ways in which children involved in the game are placed at risk.
Steve Boocock, director of the NSPCC’s child protection in sport unit, conceded that youngsters remained vulnerable within football, but said that the safety of children had improved: ‘Football still has a way to go, but, if we were to look back five years, it has come a long way.’
The FA scrapped a flagship scheme in 2003 meant to protect children from sexual abuse
FA ‘pulled all funding’ from child protection project
Lord Pendry was appointed the President of the Football Foundation in February 2003 and he continues to serve in this position. A young Pendry learnt boxing at the hands of a Benedictine monk
Lord Pendry with convicted paedophile Stuart Hall and Jonathan Reyonds MP ( PPS to James Purnell)
Jonathan Reynolds MP worked for four years as a political assistant for the previous Stalybridge and Hyde MP James Purnell
Between May 1994 and October 1995 he was a Labour Councillor in Islington,
Child rape images on the chairman of Labour Freemason James Purnell’s computer.
DISGRACED parliamentary candidate Paul Diggett is facing expulsion from the Labour Party and a possible jail sentence after he used an MP’s computer to trawl the internet for under-age girls.
Diggett, who stood for Labour as a Parliamentary candidate for Cheadle in 1997, was a researcher to Labour MP James Purnell, 34, a close ally of Tony Blair.
Diggett pleaded guilty to four charges of making and distributing indecent pictures and pseudo photographs of children between February and October 2002.
Paul Diggett downloaded images of children being raped. Paul Diggett was not only a Labour man but worked as a School governor, the favourite job for PIE affiliates.
News from Sept 30 2016
Former Labour cabinet minister James Purnell will be unveiled as the BBC’s new £300,000 a year radio chief today.
With overall responsibility for BBC radio’s editorial output, Purnell’s elevation has triggered concerns among some Tory MPs about impartiality.
As well as having been a member of a Labour government, Purnell has twice been an advisor to Tony Blair and is a former Labour councillor in Islington (where else?).
Lord Pendry takes penalty at Stalybridge Celtic opening
Lord Pendry and Garry Pearce, Club Chairman, mark the opening of the refurbished facilities
Lord Pendry opens refurbished changing rooms in Tameside
Football Foundation President, Lord Tom Pendry, officially opened Stalybridge Celtic Juniors’ refurbished changing rooms recently. The new state-of-the-art facility, located in Lord Pendry’s former constituency of Stalybridge and Hyde, was made possible thanks to a £90,844 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.
Lord Pendry, who lives in Stalybridge and who also has a stand named after him at Stalybridge Celtic’s Bower Fold home, was given a tour of the refurbished facility which now contains two large changing rooms and a club room which will allow the club to provide a safe and comfortable environment for players, coaches and parents. The club room will help to generate other revenue streams for the club and also allow for coach education to take place at the site.
The club worked in partnership with the Cheshire FA to secure a £90,844 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000 by the then Prime Minister Tony Blair and Lord Pendry, the Foundation has awarded around 13,000 grants worth more than £500m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £700m – over £1.2bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Gary Pearce, Chairman of Stalybridge Celtic Juniors, said “The Club would like to thank Lord Pendry for opening the new clubhouse and also the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. Without their generous funding we would not have been able to carry out this work. The new clubhouse will benefit all the children who play for Stalybridge Celtic Juniors and attend our Soccer School. It will also give us a base to develop the skills of our coaches and attract more volunteers who we depend on to make this club what it is.”
Lord Pendry, President of the Football Foundation, commented: “It was a privilege to officially open the refurbished clubhouse at Stalybridge Celtic Juniors. This facility will have a hugely positive effect on grassroots sport and the community in Stalybridge. I have seen first-hand just how much effort is put in by volunteers at the club all year round and I look forward to seeing the club go from strength to strength as a result of the funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.”
The FA scrapped a flagship scheme in 2003 meant to protect children from sexual abuse
FA ‘pulled all funding’ from child protection project
The Football Association scrapped a flagship project meant to ensure children were being protected from sexual abuse, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned.
In 2003, the FA pulled all funding from a major review of its child protection policies, three years early.
An evaluation of the project later suggested some FA staff had also been bullied into not talking.
The FA said it could not comment due to a new review into sex abuse.
It has instructed independent leading counsel Kate Gallafent QC to oversee an internal review, following allegations of sexual abuse in football.
It is understood the decision to pull funding for the project in 2003 will form part of this.
The five-year research study was commissioned by the FA in 2001 to map the state of child protection across all clubs, and to monitor the impact of a new strategy it had rolled out across England to protect under-18s.
It was thought to be the first sports body in the world to commission such detailed research into child protection.
In the first two years of the project, a team of academics behind the study interviewed 189 children and spoke to senior coaches, referees and administrators across all levels of the game.
The authors were effectively representatives of the FA – carrying FA badges and business cards.
But an evaluation of the project published in 2007 appears to show the project met some resistance from inside the Football Association itself.
It said the authors found some staff at the organisation had been bullied into not talking, and that information had not been provided on time or in enough detail.
Of the 13 members of FA staff contacted by the academics to give interviews and evidence for the project, only four responded.
Across the project as a whole, the authors were described as being “seen as the police” and subject to some verbal attacks.
The researchers were said to have found a “wall of silence” from some people they had tried to speak to.
‘Used to deflect attention’
It is understood that in April 2002 the scale of the project was significantly scaled back, with some internet survey work reduced and the number of interviews cut in half.
Then in 2003, after the sudden resignation of Adam Crozier as FA chief executive, all funding was pulled and the project was closed down three years before it was due to complete its work.
The authors were told the decision had been because of budget cuts at the FA.
The report’s lead author, Celia Brackenridge from Brunel University, said she had to threaten the organisation with legal action in the small claims court to pay its bills.
She wrote in her notes at the time: “The whole business has drained me and left me feeling even more cynical about their stated intentions to develop welfare initiatives.
“England have been warned that they will be kicked out of the European Cup if there is one more pitch invasion or racist incident at a game and that should at least keep the new equity strategy to the forefront but, as for child protection, who knows?”
She later wrote: “It left me asking myself whether some of the senior officers in the game might not be simply using child protection as a kind of ethical fig leaf, to cover their embarrassment at the many problems facing the game – doping, crowd control, bungs and fixes – among others.
“The more the FA could trumpet their work for children, the better they could deflect attention from the uglier side of the game.”
But Ms Brackenridge said some senior FA staff, directly responsible for child protection, were “exemplary” in their dealings with the research team.
At the time funding was removed, and the project ended, she said their work did show that the new measures introduced by the FA appeared to be working effectively.
MP Damian Collins, chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, said claims the FA scrapped the project were “extremely concerning”.
“It helps to feed the impression that many people will have, that people within football were aware that there was a problem with child protection – people at clubs, people at the FA.
“People will now look at this story and say ‘is this further evidence that there were some people at the Football Association who didn’t want to pursue this as properly as they should have done, which may have meant that stories of abuse went unreported and [were not] investigated?’.”
In an interview with the BBC on Tuesday, FA chairman Greg Clarke described how he had talked to all 43 English county Football Associations about their safeguarding procedures which were “front of mind” in the FA.
“We have a lot of people working on it,” he said. “We have 8,500 safeguarding officers, 55,000 criminal record checks done on people every year and we have 35000 people trained every year in child safe guarding.
“I don’t think we can ever say things are clean,” he added.
“Because our job is to be paranoid about the safety of children in our game, every year we need to assume bad things are happening, and make sure our process, and our training, and our investment is as good as it can be and we do that every year overseen by the NSPCC and you will never see complacency at the FA.”
Convicted paedophile Stuart Hall:
‘When I played (he was once offered terms by Crystal Palace), Joe Mercer called me a fanny merchant because all I wanted to do was beat people. I would not mind being known for that.’
Shankly, Paisley, Clough, Revie and Best. I knew George personally. He was a drinking pal of mine, roistering at Slack Alice and various low dives in Manchester.
Centre stage: Stuart Hall introduces a young fan to Manchester City’s Colin Bell
Lord Pendry and Stuart Hall
Stuart Hall was a director of Oyston Estate Agency LTDhttps://opencorporates.com/companies/gb/05141913 …
Lord Tom Pendry & Owen Oystonhttp://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199899/cmhansrd/vo991021/text/91021w11.htm …
Lord Tom Pendry, President and shareholder of Oyston Steel Estates.
Owen Oyston was convicted and jailed for the rape of a 16 year old girl who worked for a modelling agency connected to his friend Peter Martin
Lord Tom Pendry President of the Football Foundation Ltd
Lord Pendry – Sports Advisor to Tameside District Council Sports Trust
Lord Tom Pendry from Broadstairs, Kent.
Ted Heath was a member of Broadstairs Sailing Club.
Lord Pendry’s good friend convicted paedophile Stuart Hall:
Stuart Hall – Major collector of Antique Clocks – GCHQ Freemason paedophile PIE ember Keith Harding . Did he visit Keith Harding’s shop?
MUSIC box collector and clock maker Keith Harding, whose staff restored antiques for royalty, played a vital role in Britain’s biggest child sex ring.
He is understood to have kept hidden a list of more than 1,000 PIE members with prominent names including top politicians from the Thatcher era.
Harding was given the Freedom of the City of London and made a member of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.
Super rich Chelsea Football Cub – Hush money -Eddie Heath
Dec 2 2016
After 40 years of torment, Gary Johnson hoped he would get justice for the abuse he says he suffered as a Chelsea FC youth player.
Yet the ex-forward, who said he was sexually assaulted by chief scout Eddie Heath hundreds of times in three years, said he had no success with the police and that the Professional Footballers Association did not return his calls.
He felt he had no other option but to approach his super-rich former club, which refused to accept any blame but last year paid him £50,000 to keep quiet.
Now, in an exclusive interview, Gary, 57, bravely waives his right to anonymity to share his experiences to support other victims of the soccer abuse scandal.
Gary, part of Chelsea’s first team from 1978 to 81, said Heath groomed him and sexually assaulted from the age of 13.
He said: “I felt shame, I felt my childhood had been taken away. I spent my late teens in turmoil, absolute turmoil.”
And speaking of the payment from his old club, he said: “I think that they were paying me to keep a lid on this.
“Millions of fans around the world watch Chelsea. They are one of the biggest and richest clubs in the world.
They asked me to sign a gagging order and how many others are there out there?
“They may have paid others for their silence. I hope and pray no clubs are allowed to cover this up – no one should escape justice. We need total transparency now…”
This week Chelsea waived the clause in Gary’s settlement banning him from speaking about abuse after details of his claim were leaked to the media.
Last night it was suggested the club – ranked the seventh most valuable in the world at £1.35billion – may have broken Premier League rules by -sanctioning a secret payment to Gary.
Under the regulations, teams are obliged to notify the league and the Football Association of any evidence they obtain of child abuse.
It is not known if the club made any attempt to contact authorities about his allegations or if any other former players have approached with similar claims.
Paedophile football coach Barry Bennell is rushed to hospital after being found unconscious at a hotel
- Barry Bennell is under investigation as part of the football abuse scandal
- He was moved out of his home as a series of players made allegations
- It has now emerged he was found unconscious at a hotel on Friday
- He is understood to be receiving treatment at a nearby hospital
Football sex abuse claims: What’s happened so far?
More than 20 former footballers have so far come forward with allegations of historical child sex abuse in football, with five police forces investigating.
The Football Association has announced an internal review, an NSPCC hotline has received more than 100 calls and individual clubs are conducting their own inquiries.
Ex-Crewe defender Andy Woodward waived his right to anonymity to reveal his ordeal and several other former professionals have done the same.
One of the players who spoke out, former Tottenham and Liverpool midfielder Paul Stewart, said the sport could face allegations on the scale of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
After his death, former DJ and television presenter Savile was found to be one of the UK’s most prolific sexual predators.
Here’s what has happened so far.
Who has spoken out?
16 November: Former Bury and Sheffield United player Andy Woodward, 43, tells the Guardian he was sexually abused by convicted paedophile and former football coach Barry Bennell while at Crewe Alexandra between the ages of 11 and 15.
22 November: Steve Walters, 44, also claims he was sexually abused by Bennell while at Crewe. Walters, who in 1988 became the club’s youngest debutant, also made the allegations to the Guardian.
23 November: Former England and Tottenham footballer Paul Stewart, 52, tells the Mirror he was sexually abused as a youth player. Stewart, who began his professional career with Blackpool and also played for Manchester City and Liverpool, claims an unnamed coach – not Bennell – abused him daily for four years.
23 November: Ex-Manchester City striker David White, 49, alleges he was also sexually abused by Bennell in the late 1970s and early 1980s, while playing for Whitehill FC junior team in Manchester.
24 November: According to the Guardian, an anonymous ex-footballer has contacted police to say he was a victim of George Ormond – a former Newcastle United youth coach who was jailed in 2002 for offences against young footballers in the area. Police are investigating an allegation of “historical sexual offences in Newcastle”.
25 November: Two other men speak on Friday’s edition of the Victoria Derbyshire programme. Jason Dunford and Chris Unsworth say they were abused by Bennell as youth players.
27 November: Anthony Hughes told the Sunday Mirror that Bennell abused him on a sofa while he was at Crewe Alexandra’s centre of excellence.
27 November: As the FA announced an internal review of what it knew, former trainee footballer Ian Ackley told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek about his abuse by Bennell.
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All those named above have waived their right to lifelong anonymity to speak out to the media.
What did the ex-footballers say?
Andy Woodward: “It was his way of finding out which players were the weaker ones or the softer ones. It started within a few weeks. Initially it was sexually touching but it rapidly got worse and he raped me. I don’t want to put a number on how many times it happened, but it was over a four-year period.”
Steve Walters: “I just had to pretend it never happened and block it out. I knew it could never come out and I was absolutely petrified because I thought that if it did ever come out that would be it for my career – finished. All these years, I’ve had this secret inside me. It’s been unbearable but, just from reading the article from Andy, it already feels like a massive burden off my shoulders. I have to do this, and I just hope it will help bring more people forward, too.”
Paul Stewart: “One day, travelling in the car, he started to touch me. It frightened me to death, I did not know what to do. It progressed to sexually abusing me. He said he would kill my mother, my father, my two brothers if I breathed a word about it. The mental scars led me into other problems with drink and drugs. The level of abuse got worse and worse. I was always under threat, if I was not playing well, he would threaten me with violence as well as sexual abuse. He was a monster.”
David White: “While I believe throughout my football career I have come to terms with what had happened, I now realise the effects of Bennell’s actions were much more far-reaching than I knew then. I have come to terms with the fact Bennell’s actions influenced almost every event and relationship in my life.”
Ian Ackley: “Once it finished it was a case of pretending it did not happen. It was almost like a double life. I was trapped in that dream of wanting to make it as a footballer. It was habitual – every weekend, school holiday, football trips.”
Anthony Hughes: “As adults we now understand what was going on was just so terribly wrong. I cannot praise [Andy Woodward] Woody enough for his bravery in speaking out.”
Who is Barry Bennell?
Barry Bennell has been taken to hospital after police responded to a “fear for welfare incident” at an address in Stevenage on Friday.
A statement from Thames Valley Police said: “Police officers attended an address in Knebworth Park, Stevenage just before 11pm on Friday, November 25 in connection with a fear for welfare incident.
“A 62-year-old man was located and was taken to hospital in order to receive medical treatment, where he remains.”
Woodward, Walters, White and Ackley all say they were abused by Bennell.
He was sentenced to nine years in prison in 1998 after admitting sexual offences against six boys.
- Bennell was a youth coach at Crewe Alexandra in the 1980s and 1990s and also had a close association with Stoke City and Manchester City.
- He has been jailed three times for child sex abuse – including once in America.
- He was jailed most recently in 2015 for two years – with a minimum term of 12 months – for a historical sexual offence committed against a 12-year-old boy on a football pitch in Macclesfield.
- Florida Police said he had an “insatiable appetite” for young boys.
- His crimes were, at one point, the subject of a Channel 4 Dispatches programme.
- He described himself as a “monster” while giving evidence in court in 2015.
- He remains permanently suspended from football.
What have the clubs said?
On Thursday, Manchester City released a statement saying: “The club is aware of allegations that Barry Bennell had an association with Manchester City Football Club in the 1980s. As a result the club is currently undertaking a thorough investigation of any past links he might have had with the organisation.”
Newcastle said they had not received any complaint, but would “cooperate fully with the police and relevant authorities”.
On Saturday, Crewe announced they would hold an independent internal review into the way it handled historical child sex abuse allegations about their former coach Bennell.
On Sunday, PFA chairman Gordon Taylor said there were at least “six or seven clubs” including Blackpool, Leeds and Stoke connected with “particular individuals”
Blackpool and Leeds released statements saying neither club had received any information.
Have there been any arrests?
No, but five police forces are investigating so far – Cheshire, Hampshire, Northumbria, the Metropolitan Police and Greater Manchester.
Across the sporting industry, Operation Hydrant, the national police hub coordinating historical sex abuse claims, has said it is investigating 17 sports people and allegations of abuse at 24 sporting venues.
The Premier League said it was concerned by the allegations and urged those with information to come forward.
What has been the reaction?
Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said the former players had shown “incredible bravery” to speak out.
Former England striker Gary Lineker posted on Twitter after Stewart’s story was published: “Wish my former Spurs team-mate Paul Stewart all the very best. Extremely courageous in telling his appalling story. Really hope his speaking out helps him and others. Utterly sickening.”
Former England rugby union player Brian Moore – who was abused as a child – tweeted: “Football isn’t to blame for recent sex abuse revelations but it does now have a responsibility to find out the extent of what happened.”
Former England midfielder Danny Murphy, who came through the ranks at Crewe when Bennell was at the club, described the coach as “charismatic”, but a “bit of a tyrant”.
Murphy added the football environment is “a perfect breeding ground for anybody who wants to do things to children”.
Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney, an NSPCC ambassador, said: “It’s awful that some of my colleagues have suffered this way whilst playing the sport that I and they love. It’s important that people know that it’s OK to speak out, there is help available and that they don’t need to suffer in silence.”
The head of equality and safeguarding at the Football Association (FA), Sue Ravenlaw, said the “courage and dignity” shown by the four former footballers was “immense”.
The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) said it hoped other people affected will “have the confidence” to come forward as a result of the players’ “bravery”.
“I am expecting there will be more,” PFA chief Gordon Taylor told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek, adding he did not believe it would just be confined to north east and north west clubs.
“I am mindful it could be throughout the country where children are there; church, schools and other areas we are well acquainted with over the past few years.”
What have Crewe said?
On Saturday, Crewe said they were determined a thorough investigation took place at the earliest opportunity.
In a statement the club said it “believes an independent review, to be conducted via the appointment of external legal counsel, is the correct way forward in the circumstances”.
Last week, Crewe chairman John Bowler told BBC sports editor Dan Roan he was “infuriated and very disappointed” about Bennell’s crimes.
Bowler, who was chairman at the time of Bennell’s offences, was asked whether more could have been done. He replied: “When we’ve done our inquiries and looked at the detail of the various accusations, then I’ll be in a position to answer that kind of question.”
Crewe director of football Dario Gradi, who has been associated with the club for more than 30 years and was manager from 1983 to 2007, said he “knew nothing” about Bennell’s abuse of young footballers until his arrest in the US in 1994.
Woodward said it was “scandalous” Crewe had taken so long to address the case and said no-one at the club has ever apologised to him.
What about football’s authorities?
Senior FA officials met Woodward on Thursday to discuss the allegations in more detail.
And on Sunday it instructed independent leading counsel Kate Gallafent QC to oversee its internal review, saying it would look into “what information the FA was aware of at the relevant times, what clubs were aware of, and what action was or should have been taken”.
The FA said it was working closely with police, adding it “must ensure we do not do anything to interfere with or jeopardise the criminal process”.
Ravenlaw, meanwhile, reiterated the FA’s safeguards:
- Criminal record checks are required for those in regulated activity with children.
- More than 35,000 people go through the FA’s safeguarding children awareness workshop, or tailored training every season.
- The FA requires every club or league with affiliated teams who are under 18, to have a named, trained designated safeguarding officer, who has been criminal record checked.
Conservative MP Damian Collins told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday that The FA has been too slow in reacting to allegations of sexual abuse in football and must launch a “much wider” inquiry.
The culture, media and sport committee chairman told the BBC the FA review into claims ex-players were abused as children needed to establish if there was a cultural problem in the sport.
- The FA is also supporting a hotline set up by the NSPCC. It is available 24 hours a day on 0800 0232642
How widespread could abuse be?
Woodward told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme he believed his experience was “the tip of the iceberg”.
Stewart, meanwhile, said “hundreds” of children may have been sexually abused by figures within football.
Asked if he feared the allegations football is facing could be as big as the Savile scandal, he told the BBC: “Yes, I do, for sure. I would almost guarantee it as long as the victims are willing to come forward.”
The NSPCC’s John Cameron said it could be “reminiscent of Operation Yewtree”, a police investigation set up in 2012 to examine allegations of sexual abuse by Savile, which subsequently dealt with cases involving other celebrities.
“This is going to have an enormous impact,” he told BBC Radio 5 live. “There are more players out there that both the NSPCC and FA strongly suspect have been victims of sexual abuse.
“It is an absolute disgrace and misuse of authority, and hopefully a number of people will be brought to account.”
PFA chief Gordon Taylor said: “Because of Andy Woodward’s bravery, many other ex-players and apprentices are now contacting us – it is double figures now – and that is a timely warning for everybody in football about our duty of care to these youngsters.”
Could abuse still be happening?
Former Chelsea and Scotland winger Pat Nevin says he “wouldn’t be surprised” to discover young footballers are still being sexually abused.
Nevin told BBC Radio 5 live he is “surprised” but not “shocked” by the recent allegations because he believes youth football provides a “ripe” environment for paedophiles to operate.
Former FA chief executive Mark Palios, now executive chairman at Tranmere Rovers, said he thought football was in a “better position today than 20 or 30 years ago”.
“You can never be complacent you have got rid of it in the game, you have to be constantly vigilant,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.
“This is a timely reminder, all clubs should test what happens in practice, they all have regulations and what is required these regulations are honoured. It is a wake up call to clubs to check these things.”
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