McCafferty has confessed to committing sexual acts with several young footballers in the 80s & 90s

More than 100 Scottish football abuse referrals – BBC News

10th Dec 2016


Terrified youth player says he locked himself in hotel bathroo Daily Record

9th Dec 2016

Extend Scottish child abuse inquiry to cover football, demand Labour Herald Scotland



London Police investigates sex abuse in clubs 

Britain’s largest police force has launched an investigation into sex abuse claims involving clubs in London.

The Metropolitan Police said a team of specialist officers from its sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command would probe allegations of non- recent crimes – but refused to say which clubs it was investigating.

It comes as clubs across the country have been implicated in a growing child sex abuse scandal gripping the sport, with Southampton facing the prospect of potential legal action by former youth players.

A former Youth Celtics coach Jim McCafferty, 70, originally from Scotland but currently living in Belfast, was remanded in custody until January 5, charged with sexual activity with a boy under 16 in Belfast, some time between 2011 and 2014.

He was arrested and charged on Thursday after presenting himself to a police station accompanied by a solicitor.

McCafferty was a kit man and youth coach with Glasgow Celtic more than 20 years ago and was involved with other Scottish clubs including Falkirk and Hibernian.

McCafferty, who arrived in court using a walking frame, had not been named by police before Thursday’s court appearance. He spoke only to confirm he understood the charge against him.

Scotland Yard said its team would work with Operation Hydrant, the over-arching nationwide investigation into historical child sex abuse.

Detective Chief Superintendent Ivan Balhatchet said: ‘We take all the allegations we receive very seriously and they will be dealt with sensitively.

‘Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, whatever the circumstances, or has any relevant information should contact their local police or the NSPCC.’

There are 13 London-based clubs in the four professional English football leagues.

One of them, QPR, was drawn into the controversy on Tuesday.

The Championship club said it was aware of historical child abuse allegations involving former chief scout Chris Gieler, who died in 2004, and would co- operate with any investigations.

At the weekend Chelsea ‘apologised profusely’ to former striker Gary Johnson, who was sexually abused while a youth-team player in the 1970s.

One man has formally instructed a law firm after alleging that he was abused when he was a teenager training with Southampton’s youth set-up.

It is understood others who were part of the south-coast club’s youth system in the mid-1980s are also talking to Southampton-based BL Claims Solicitors about possibly representing them.

The unnamed man who has formally instructed the firm claims the first incident of abuse he suffered took place during a youth tournament in Sweden.

The man, who remained at Southampton for two years after signing a youth-team training contract, now suffers from severe mental health problems, lawyers said.

The disclosure of potential legal action came in the week that ex-Saints and England forward Matt Le Tissier told the BBC he was given a ‘very, very wrong’ naked massage by a coach at Southampton.

Southampton have previously said they are ‘committed to working together’ with Hampshire Police to investigate any historical child sex abuse allegations.

Solicitor Malcolm Johnson, of BL Claims, said: ‘The problem in the sports world is that child abusers thrive in an environment where children are scared to speak up for fear that they will lose their place in a team.

‘At the time when these incidents are alleged to have occurred, child safeguarding regulations were also less stringent than they are today, making it easier for abuse to go undetected.’ Source

8th Dec 

7th Dec 2016

Former Celtic, Hibs and Falkirk kitman Jim McCafferty admitsMcCafferty.pngHerald Scotland


Ex-Celtic, Hibs and Falkirk kitman Jim McCafferty admits abusing footie kids over TWO DECADES.. but claims it was ‘just a bit of fun’ 7th Dec 2016

THE 71-year-old confesses he preyed on teenagers in the 80s and 90s while coaching boys teams in West Lothian

Jim McCafferty, 71, admitted preying on teenagers in the 80s and 90s while coaching boys teams in West Lothian.

He also claims he abused young players at Celtic between 1990 and 1996.

McCafferty, who now lives in Belfast, could now face a police investigation and possible prosecution, according to the Irish Mirror.

He said: “I understand it was wrong. I was wrong and I did wrong and I am sorry. I have remorse. I know if I’m found guilty I will have to serve time, and I’ve said to myself that’s what I’ll have to pay back for what I’ve done. I’m OK with that. I hope that will cleanse my soul.”

McCafferty said he ‘had remorse’ and was ready to face any consequences for his actions. McCafferty admitted regular sexual contact with “about a dozen” victims – two from Celtic. But  he claimed he was “not going the whole way, but going some of the way”.

Jim McCafferty with the Celtic Youth Football Team line-up in 1995-96Jim McCafferty with the Celtic Youth Football Team line-up in 1995-96

He told how after matches he would strip off and join boys in the showers to take part in “horseplay”.

Jim McCafferty filmed as part of a Hibs documentaryMcCafferty pretends to pull down his shorts while he’s filmed during his time as a kitman at Hibs for a behind-the-scenes Easter Road documentary

{L} Jim McCafferty filmed as part of a Hibs documentary,  {R} McCafferty pretends to pull down his shorts while he’s filmed during his time as a kitman at Hibs for a behind-the-scenes Easter Road documentary

He said: “I was getting a bit of fun and I suppose as much enjoyment. I feel bad that I was involved in it. But at the time I was thinking to myself, if they didn’t want to be involved in it, nobody forced them.”

He claimed he preyed on one victim to “toughen him up” because he was “a very mummy’s boy, a soft boy”.

He said: “I took advantage of one boy. He needed a bit of life about him. It was sexual at that time. There was a lot of fondling and fun. I loved being with the boys. I had deep fondness for them all.”

One of his victims – now aged 47 – told the Mirror how 33 years ago McCafferty would take him in a minibus to a secluded spot then abuse him.

And he also forced a pal to strip him naked before rubbing boot polish on his private parts.

The former Celtic U18s player, who first met McCafferty in 1983 while playing for a boys’ team in Motherwell, said: “He would say, ‘I’m not doing any harm – I just want to touch you a wee bit’. I’m just playing, having a bit of fun. Don’t be scared.”

He added: “It happened over and over again. I hit the bottle when I was 15 because of what happened to me. I couldn’t sleep at night without a drink. I hid this from everybody, even my family. They all knew something was wrong but they didn’t know what.”

Meanwhile the family of father of two John Gaffney, who killed himself in 2013, have told how they believe his ordeal at the hands of McCafferty when he was a boy is directly linked to his death.

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McCafferty – a friend of John’s family in the 80s – admitted abusing him while John played for Fauldhouse Boys Club in 1982.

McCafferty was involved with Armadale Thistle and several youth teams at the time, according to the Mirror.

John went on to wed but ex-wife Linda said he was haunted by the abuse inflicted on him by McCafferty.

She said: “I am in no doubt the abuse is what lay behind it. Even when John stopped drinking, he started abusing himself, cutting his arms. He had never done anything like that. I think he spiralled out of control and didn’t have the proper tools or resources to cope with what happened to him.”

Meanwhile we told how a victim of footie pervert Gordon Neely claims he played a Simon and Garfunkel song as he molested himThe man, in his 40s, said he heard Keep The Customer Satisfied during assaults in the talent scout’s car as a kid in Edinburgh.

He said: “Neely was a monster.” THE SUN

Former Irish youth footballer reveals how sickening sex abuse by  Irish Mirror



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