I warned club about sex abuser, says club boss

A former board member at British football club Crewe Alexandra says opportunities to stop further sexual abuse of youth players could have been missed.

Crewe is understood to be the club most implicated in allegations that a number of players suffered sexual abuse at the hands of coach Barry Bennell, who has already served three jail terms for paedophilia. However, a board member has revealed that the twisted coach was allowed to stay at the club for a number of years despite mounting concern.

The coach was discussed at a meeting at the top level of the club in the late 1980s with the then chairman Norman Rowlinson saying he should be sacked because of increasing worries about his behaviour. However, despite that he was allowed to keep his job.


Judith is a qualified journalist who has worked in both the UK and the US, specialising in writing about politics, education and health.