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Crewe excluded from regional awards for handling of Barry Bennell scandal

• League Two club to be barred from Northwest Football Awards• Crewe council prepares to pass motion against AlexandraCrewe Alexandra are to be banished from the Northwest Football Awards because of their handling of the Barry Bennell sex-abuse scandal…

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Crewe reject calls for inquiry into Barry Bennell sexual abuse

Victims of football coach left ‘bitterly disappointed’ after club says it will not hold investigationVictims of Barry Bennell have said they are “bitterly disappointed” after Crewe Alexandra rejected calls for an independent inquiry into child sexual a…

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Crewe ignored police advice in late 1980s to ‘move on’ Barry Bennell

• Club warned it may be employing a paedophile• FA inquiry heard one board member ‘not surprised’Crewe Alexandra were advised by the police to sever their ties with Barry Bennell but continued to employ him for a number of years despite being warn…

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I was a Crewe obsessive. Now I’m so ashamed of my club I’ve divorced them | Adam Breeze

Since the crimes committed by Barry Bennell at Crewe came to light, the seeming lack of empathy and common decency shown by the people in charge has been incomprehensibleLast year I divorced my football team. After 38 years of (a few) ups and (mostly) …

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Crewe Alexandra fans quiz chairman on Barry Bennell scandal at forum

• John Bowler refuses to answer claims the club were given warnings• Heightened security as supporters arrive for Gresty Road meetingThe Crewe Alexandra chairman, John Bowler, declined to comment on accusations the club’s board were aware of concerns s…

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Crewe fans’ forum a chance to put chairman on spot over Barry Bennell

Monday night’s event is called ‘Let’s Talk About Football’ but some Crewe fans will demand answers from the chairman, John Bowler, no matter whatThey are holding a fans’ forum at Crewe Alexandra on Monday. The title is “Let’s Talk About Football” and t…

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‘It isn’t easy admitting you were one of Barry Bennell’s boys’

Micky Fallon, one of the former players Bennell has been convicted of abusing, reveals the horrors he endured and asks how Crewe did not realise the coach was a risk when opponents called them ‘The paedophile lads’There is a scar on my cheek that will …

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Barry Bennell: the predatory Pied Piper who made stars and shattered lives

The former Manchester City and Crewe coach exploited his status to abuse potentially hundreds of boys, employing gifts, a sheep’s head and haunted houses to subject his victims to unspeakable horrorsAndy Woodward, one of the boys lost and brutalised du…

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Football League: 10-man Bristol City back on track with win over QPR

Robins win 2-0 despite Nathan Baker’s first-half red cardChriss Powell wins first match as Southend manager Continue reading…

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League One and League Two: a fan from each club previews the 2017–18 season

If the fans who spoke to us are right, Bradford City, Bristol Rovers, Bury, Charlton and Southend United – and a few other clubs – will be in the play-offs

• Championship: fans preview the season

It would be nice to stay clear of relegation and have a comfortable season with a few big wins to keep us going. I’d like a number of our younger players to establish themselves here rather than being bought by Premier League clubs.

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Former Crewe youth coach suspended by Football Association

• Suspension follows that of Crewe director of football Dario Gradi
• Paul McCann worked for Crewe in the 1980s and 90s

Another former coach from Crewe Alexandra, described as a “long-standing club stalwart” because of his work with their youth-team players, has been suspended by the Football Association.

Paul McCann worked for Crewe in the 1980s and 90s and at one stage was the assistant coach in charge of the club’s youth team.

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Dario Gradi offers to help in football child abuse investigation

Former Chelsea assistant coach and Crewe manager denies any wrongdoing after claim he ‘smoothed over’ a complaint

Dario Gradi, the former manager of Crewe Alexandra who has been suspended from football amid an investigation into his links to alleged child abuse, has said he will do all in his power to help the authorities.

Gradi, who was also the club’s director of football, reiterated his denial of any wrongdoing on Monday. The club, which he joined in 1983, has been at the centre of allegations of child abuse but it is understood that the Football Association’s investigation into Gradi relates to his time at Chelsea, when it is alleged he “smoothed over” a complaint against a colleague in the 1970s.

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Dario Gradi suspended by FA pending investigation into sexual abuse scandal

• Gradi claimed to have ‘smoothed over’ assault claim while at Chelsea
• Scotland deputy minister calls on SFA to set up inquiry

Dario Gradi, the director of football at Crewe – the club at the centre of the football sexual abuse scandal – has been suspended by the FA.

Gradi, who spent more than 30 years in senior roles at Crewe, has been ordered to step down pending an investigation by the football authorities after claims that he visited the parents of a Chelsea youth-team player to “smooth over” a complaint of sexual assault against Eddie Heath, the chief scout who has been identified as a repeat offender in the 1970s.

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FA to question Dario Gradi over claims he ‘smoothed over’ sex abuse at Chelsea

• Gradi said to have told victim the abuser ‘overstepped mark in fondness’
• Former Chelsea assistant, now at Crewe Alexandra, has denied wrongdoing

Dario Gradi is to be quizzed by a team of investigators working on behalf of the Football Association after claims that he visited the parents of a Chelsea youth-team player to “smooth over” a complaint of sexual assault against Eddie Heath, the chief scout who has been identified as a repeat offender in the 1970s.

Gradi, currently the director of football at Crewe Alexandra after more than 30 years in senior roles with the club, will be asked for his version of events after being identified as the man Chelsea sent to deal with a complaint that Heath had indecently assaulted the boy, then 15.

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Leeds and Blackpool named by Gordon Taylor in child sex abuse in football scandal

• Chief executive of players union says 20 players have come forward
• Leeds and Blackpool yet to comment on claims

The chief executive of the Professional Players’ Association, Gordon Taylor, has revealed the number of players making allegations of child sexual abuse in football is now more than 20, and he has alleged that Leeds United and Blackpool can be added to Crewe Alexandra, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Stoke on the list of clubs connected to the claims.

Related: When I started talking to Barry Bennell’s victims, I had no idea how deep abuse ran in football

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FA sets up review into child sex abuse in football after Barry Bennell claims

• Governing body will investigate what information clubs were aware of at time
• FA will also investigate what it knew at time of alleged offences

The Football Association has set up an internal review into what Crewe and Manchester City knew about Barry Bennell and allegations of child sexual abuse in football. The governing body will also investigate what information it was aware of at the time of the alleged offences.

Four players have so far made public allegations against the former Crewe Alexandra youth coach Bennell, who was also involved with Manchester City and Stoke, including Andy Woodward whose account in The Guardian has prompted a string of other footballers to come forward with claims.

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Crewe to launch independent review into handling of child abuse allegations

• Review into historical allegations will be conducted by external legal counsel
• Club statement says this is ‘the correct way forward in the circumstances’

Crewe have announced they will conduct an independent review into the way they dealt with historical child abuse allegations.

The League Two club released a statement on Saturday evening explaining they will appoint an external legal counsel to carry out an investigation.

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Crewe were warned about Barry Bennell but he stayed on, says former board member

• Hamilton Smith says he asked for a meeting to discuss Bennell
• In 2001, he asked the FA to investigate the youth set-up at Crewe

Crewe Alexandra, the club most heavily implicated in the Barry Bennell case, were warned he had sexually abused one of his junior footballers but allowed the man who turned out to be a serial paedophile to stay at the club for a number of years, the Guardian has been told.

Bennell was the subject of a top-level meeting in the late 1980s but was kept in his job despite the chairman at the time, Norman Rowlinson, recommending at one point that the club “get him out” because of growing suspicions about his behaviour.

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Crewe Alexandra: how a football talent factory has been thrown into turmoil | Owen Gibson

Crewe Alexandra are famed for developing talented youngsters but are now tainted after former players spoke of the abuse they suffered at the hands of the coach Barry Bennell at the club in the 1980s

Once best known for its railway junction and now defunct Rolls Royce engineering works, Crewe’s unusually named and unashamedly progressive football club once gave this railway town something to be proud of.

Now, the opposite is true, as the staff and fans of Crewe Alexandra find themselves under the microscope after revelations from their former players Andy Woodward and Steve Walters, who have waived their right to anonymity to speak of the abuse they suffered at the hands of the serial paedophile Barry Bennell while with the club in the 1980s.

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The best goals of the week: Ángel Di María, Marco Reus and Jon Toral

Featuring a counterattack from Crewe, a drive from Dover, a backheel from Benfica and an immaculate overhead from Israel and a passing move from Paris Continue reading…