Andy Woodward

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Football was Sadlier’s obsession as a boy. Then, after he was abused, the game became a much darker place. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Richie Sadlier pauses as he remembers the moment when, as a 40-year-old man, he told his father he had been sexually abused as a boy. “I told my dad t(...)

Abuse victims of former football coach Barry Bennell (left to right) Steve Walters, Micky Fallon and Chris Unsworth speak outside Liverpool Crown Court  after the sentencing of the former football coach. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/AFP/Getty Images

The former football coach Barry Bennell was branded a “monster” by one of his victims in court as he was sentenced to 31 years. The court was told tha(...)

A court artist sketch of Barry Bennell. Photograph: Elizabeth Cook/PA

Manchester City, one of the clubs most seriously implicated in the Barry Bennell sexual abuse scandal, have been accused of putting hundreds of boys i(...)

Former footballer Andy Woodward has said he is “still waiting” to provide police with information about the alleged sexual abuse he suffered as a junior player. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Former footballer Andy Woodward has said he is “still waiting” to provide police with information about the alleged sexual abuse he suffered as a juni(...)

Andy Woodward waived his right to anonymity to tell the Guardian that he had been a victim of sexual abuse.

Britain’s biggest police force has received 106 separate allegations of historical sexual abuse at clubs in London. The Metropolitan police said the (...)

Former football coach Barry Bennell: a diabolically clever operator who abused many of his charges.  Photograph: PA Wire

One of the great delights and follies of the internet age is that the Guardian newspaper, forever the rollie-smoking, Nick Drake-listening youth of th(...)

There are so many questions that need to be answered in relation to Bob Higgins that it is difficult to know where to start

Two things spring to mind when I think of Bob Higgins and Southampton. The first is that Higgins was an exceptional football coach. The second is that(...)

Former footballers and victims of abuse Steve Walters  and Andy Woodward who have helped to bring the topic of sexual abuse to the fore. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

Britain’s largest police force has launched an investigation into sex abuse claims involving London football clubs. The Metropolitan police said a te(...)

The English FA are investigating Dario Gradi over claims he tried to ‘smooth-over’ sexual abuse at Chelsea. Photograph: Getty/Catherine Ivill

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 Ch(...)

Former footballers (left to right) Mark Williams, Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, Jason Dunford and Matt Monaghan at the launch of the Offside Trust. Photograph: PA/Peter Byrne

Prominent figures from the football world, including a former manager described as still working “in the senior echelons” of the sport, have repeatedl(...)

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