9 DEC 2016
Torbett, who was convicted of abusing three boys while at Celtic Boys Club, was the managing director of charity Drake Fellowship.
Pervert Jim McCafferty worked for a vulnerable children’s charity with ties to notorious football abuser Jim Torbett.
McCafferty was employed by the Drake Fellowship – later Fairbridge Drake – where he took homeless boys on overnight trips.
Torbett, who was later convicted of abusing three boys at Celtic Boys Club, was the managing director of the charity, which eventually became Fairbridge in Scotland.
McCafferty told the Record he had a “footballing relationship” with paedophile Torbett.
Now other victims and co-workers have come forward to reveal the full extent of the links between the vile pair.
Iain Hamilton, who ran a Salvation Army hostel for vulnerable children, told us McCafferty used a Drake Fellowship minibus to take two or three kids at a time on overnight stays to London.
He has been horrified by McCafferty’s confession. He said: “I was so shocked when I saw his picture in the Record. I never had any idea what he was doing. Now I feel sick with guilt. I’m worried I was helping by delivering children to him.”
Dad-of-two Iain, 57, said he met McCafferty in 1984 while he was working at Salvation Army’s Raisdale hostel in Barrhead, near Glasgow.
The hostel housed homeless teens aged 15-18. McCafferty is believed to have been working for Drake Fellowship at the time.
Iain said: “The group concentrated on yacht trips. We would send the kids down near London with McCafferty. They would do team-building training and outdoor activities, things like that. We ran a hostel-type situation for school leavers, aged about 16. Because they were school leavers, there weren’t the same restrictions as in a children’s home. The kids had freedom of movement. We would take them along to their courses and pick them up later on. They would go away for the weekend with the Drake Fellowship. McCafferty had a lot of contact with the kids then. After what he has admitted, this period should be investigated.”
The Record’s original whistleblower on McCafferty – who we have not named – told how he was abused in a van used by McCafferty for Drake Fellowship activities.
The vehicle was also used by McCafferty to take kids on their trips to London. He said: “He ran this youth group that would take kids away to outdoor activities. I think the van had signage that mentioned Drake. He invited me to his office in the Sighthill area of Glasgow as well.”
Two other teenage boys also told us they fled a weekend trip organised by McCafferty in 1984.
Another victim, who revealed McCafferty’s links to Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell, who is at the centre of an abuse scandal in England, said he knew McCafferty when he worked for Fairbridge Drake.
The Drake Fellowship merged with the Fairbridge Society to become Fairbridge Drake in 1987. The organisation worked with vulnerable young people to help them into education and training. They became Fairbridge, named Fairbridge In Scotland north of the border, in 1992. Celtic Boys Club coach Jim Torbett was named as managing director in company accounts that year.
Torbett was later convicted of abusing three young boys while at Celtic Boys Club from 1968 to 1974. He was jailed for two-and-a-half years in 1998.
Yesterday, a former Celtic Boys Club player, who asked not to be named, told the Record that Torbett regularly organised matches against McCafferty’s Craigneuk Colts side in Wishaw in 1990.
The player, then 14, he was not abused by either man, but stated that McCafferty would often visit the Celtic youth side’s showers after the game.
McCafferty once took two women involved with Craigneuk Colts to visit Torbett’s Trophy Centre in Glasgow in the late 80s.
A former committee member said: “McCafferty told us he was friendly with the guy who owned that place. We met Mr Torbett there. McCafferty introduced us. He said, ‘This is a good friend of mine. He’ll give you a discount’.”
McCafferty this week insisted that he only ever had a “football relationship” with Torbett.
Torbett resigned his directorship of Fairbridge in Scotland later while awaiting trial for sex abuse.
Fairbridge were later dissolved and their activities came under the guidance of the Prince’s Trust in 2011.
A Prince’s Trust spokeswoman said: “We have checked and our HR records do not go as far back as the dates you have mentioned.”
There were no answer at Jim Torbett’s plush Glasgow flat last night when the Record tried to contact him regarding his relationship with McCafferty.
A witness has also told how McCafferty referred to Torbett as his “good friend” as they attempted to set up a new football team together. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/pervert-coach-kitman-jim-mccafferty-9420855 archive