Footballer claims coach Barry Bennell abused him 100 times


Mr Unsworth, who was also coached by Bennell at Crewe Alexandra, said the only times he had spoken about the details of the alleged abuse was on the Victoria Derbyshire Show, to the police and today.

He said none of the boys spoke out about what was happening: "It was nearly like an untold rule, like "shut up".

Following a break for lunch the alleged victim was cross-examined while sitting behind a screen, with talkRADIO reporter Alex Dibble saying there was some "definite tension" between him and the defence.

Ex-football coach Barry Bennell sexually assaulted 11 and 12-year-old boys at a property which became known as the "haunted house", a court has heard.

Bennell, who is appearing in court via video-link due to illness, is being tried on 48 counts of historical child sex abuse between 1979 and 1990.

Read our live blog of today's proceedings below.

The player said he was abused "tens of tens if not 100" times by Bennell mainly in his fl at above a video shop.

Prosecutor Nicholas Johnson told a jury at Liverpool Crown Court that, who has since changed his name to Richard Jones, was a "predatory and determined pedophile" who targeted prepubescent boys.

On one occasion Unsworth said he and his team-mates were taken on tour to a place they called "the Haunted House" because of Bennell's habit of playing horror films before bedtime, allegedly to frighten them and make them more receptive to being comforted and abused. You was hoping he would not ask you'. "We didn't want to spoil our chances. he had a big power hold over us with that, which was pretty horrific".

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The alleged abuse escalated and eventually led to Mr Bennell raping him, Mr Unsworth told the jury.

"You sort of know when this isn't going to happen, I'm not going to be a pro-footballer".

He said: "I always said to myself one day I will do this but I didn't want to upset my parents".

According to Sky News, the jury was shown a television interview in which former footballer Andy Woodward spoke up about being abused.

The man told the court he then made contact with Woodward.

He said he remembered the complainant was "nice looking", but said he was not one of the boys he had abused.

Before the trial, he admitted seven charges of indecent assault committed between 1981 and 1991, relating to three boys aged between 11 and 14.

He also described a "grooming process" where he would play fight with the boys and give them "treats". After watching the programme, he sent his then partner a text message: "I've never told anyone this but he did rape me".

The trial, which is expected to last eight weeks, continues on Thursday.