Celtic face threat of multimillion pound compensation claim(The Times)

Grigo Yossarian

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It’s hard not to think / fear the worst with that shower of cuńts.
I know. Especially the more weve found out mate.
Just read there that the guy who highlighted the paedos Hugh Birt was told to resign, which I knew. You know who had the meeting with him ?
Bloody Cairney, Torbett & Kelly. Can’t help thinking he’s the one that shielded them FOR SOME REASON :mad:
 

Le Big Bear Bum

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  • 1976: Jock Stein ousts Jim Torbett as Boys’ Club general manager after allegations that boys were being sexually abused. Torbett is replaced by Frank Cairney. Hugh Birt (a photographer and Celtic associate) is made chairman.
  • 1978: Jock Stein leaves the club.
  • 1993: Torbett is asked back to the club to help them raise funds via memorabilia sales. He eventually also returns to the Boy’s Club.
Torbett was welcomed back into the fold after big Jock supposedly booted him out.
The same big Jock was comfortable enough to present Torbett with an award even though he was fully aware of his sordid past.

I don't see this in the above timeline.
The recent Mark Daly reports stated that Torbett left in 1974 but returned in 1978.
As pointed out above, 1978 was also the same year Stein left.
And the trophy award presentation photo (mentioned above) of Torbett, Stein and Birt all together, was in 1977.

If Daly's timeline is correct, it throws up many crucial questions which need answers.
 

Grigo Yossarian

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Have a look at Lawwells shenanigans at Mining Scotland...behind the scenes dealings with Labour energy minister Brian Wilson,and the tub of lard from Coatbridge. Fucking Monktonhall colliery with the loss of 500 jobs ,secret government bail outs,taxpayers footing the bill,and Lawwell,Wilson and Reid all walked away and reunited at the piggery. Not got all.the facts but something stinks
Sounds dodgy as hell SYD. That Wilson was a director at them yes ?
 

Parahandy65

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I'm sure we could split certain events over a period of days and all research and chip in?

For example, despite following all this since the 80's I never knew the following until half an hour ago.

  • 1989: Jim Torbett creates a new business – The Trophy Centre – alongside Honorary President of the Boy’s Club and Celtic board member, Kevin Kelly, plus Gerald McAleer, former youth player under Torbett, and Angus Yuile who was company secretary.
Gerry McAleer, a former youth player under Torbett, dismissed any allegations against Torbett. McAleer was accused by the prosection of being “paid off” as he was, by that point, appointed business partner of Torbett at The Trophy Club.
Good timeline of events here, an interesting part for me is 1989 The Trophy centre, I always wondered how the funds were raised to start that business. But it looks like it wasn't only Torbett who were in at the very start.


  • 1966: Celtic Boys’ Club is founded by Jim Torbett, who had previously been involved in Glasgow youth football.
  • 1968: Allegations of abuse begin.
  • 1970: Frank Cairney joins club.
  • 1976: Jock Stein ousts Jim Torbett as Boys’ Club general manager after allegations that boys were being sexually abused. Torbett is replaced by Frank Cairney. Hugh Birt (a photographer and Celtic associate) is made chairman.
  • 1978: Jock Stein leaves the club.
  • 1982: John Cullen joins the club as photographer.
  • 1985: Jock Stein dies.
  • 1989: Jim Torbett creates a new business – The Trophy Centre – alongside Honorary President of the Boy’s Club and Celtic board member, Kevin Kelly, plus Gerald McAleer, former youth player under Torbett, and Angus Yuile who was company secretary.
  • 1991: A youth team member raises allegations of abuse against Cairney that happened during a trip to New Jersey. His father takes him to Celtic Park to meet with new manager, Liam Brady, and chief scout, John Kelman. Brady approaches the board and demands Cairney leave the club. He resigns as general manager and part-time coach and the club announce this is due to ‘business commitments’. The boy is assured that his allegations would not affect his future career at the club. It was also agreed between Celtic, Brady, the boy and his parents that the police would not be informed. Signed statements were taken from four adults who were also on the New Jersey trip. They were all sworn to secrecy.
  • 1993: Torbett is asked back to the club to help them raise funds via memorabilia sales. He eventually also returns to the Boy’s Club.
  • 1994: Fergus McCann joins Celtic and immediately receives an anonymous letter detailing years of abuse at the club. Adamant the persistent rumours should no longer be brushed under the carpet, he calls in Torbett and asks him to meet with the club’s lawyers to sign an affidavit either admitting or denying claims of abuse which could then be passed to police. Torbett refuses.
  • 1994: Celtic fan, Gerry McSherry appears on a radio programme to question the transfer of a young player. Within days he received a number of calls making allegations of untoward behaviour at the Boy’s Club. McSherry began his own investigation.
  • 1994: New Celtic boss Tommy Burns attempts to bring Frank Cairney back to Parkstead. Fergus McCann refuses following outrage from fans in New Jersey.
  • Aug 1996: The Daily Record runs an expose on abuse at Celtic involving Torbett and Cairney. In the following days, former Scotland star Alan Brazil, David Gordon and John McClusky tell The Daily Record of abuse by Torbett when when they were members of the Celtic Boys’ Club. McSherry is contracted to The Daily Record. A further former player, Scott Sinclair, also comes forward claiming that Cairney would abuse boys in his van. Cairney refuted the allegations and denied knowing Sinclair. In response Sinclair handed a photograph to The Daily Record which was a picture of the whole team, including both Sinclair and Cairney.
  • Aug 1996: After the story broke, Burns rushed to Cairney’s home (a man he considered a close friend). He told waiting reporters “He has the whole of my backing and that of Celtic Football Club to a man“. The following day, an angry McCann issued a statement to the press stating: “While I sympathise with Tommy Burns’ personal position as a friend of Mr Cairney, the club cannot condone or defend or take sides in a matter which involves a criminal complaint“. In response, Burns said he had been misquoted and actually said: “He has my backing and I’m sure he will have the backing of several members of the first team who played for Frank at under-16 level“. Torbett went in to hiding at the home of two former youth players – William and Andrew Gilbert.
  • Aug 1996: A meeting between five men was held in Boston’s Airport where a secret deal was agreed allowing Cairney to resign immediately so as to avoid a police investigation. Celtic chairman, Jack McGinn, allowed Cairney’s written resignation to say it was for “business reasons”. The impromptu meeting consisted of Cairney, Jim McNally, Bill Gilfillan, John Gallacher and Willie Hampson.
  • Aug 1996: The Trophy Centre sponsors the Scottish Amateur Youth leagues.
  • Aug 1996: Brady agrees not to go to the police. He then went on to be head of the Arsenal youth team.
  • Oct 1996: Torbett charged with sex offences.
  • May 1997: Record team win Reporter of the Year award for investigations into sex abuse at Celtic Boys’ Club.
  • Aug 1997: The Court of Appeal lifted a gagging order that had banned the press from reporting on the court trial of Torbett and Cairney.
  • Nov 1998: Torbett stands trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court charged with molesting three youngsters in his care including Alan Brazil. He is found guilty and jailed for two years.
  • 2000: Torbett resigns as director of The Trophy Centre.
  • 2002: Cleaners find a bin bag full of obscene photographs of boys in a store room at Parkstead. John Cullen, club photographer, is immediately dismissed. He is subsequently found guilty of ‘lewd and libidinous’ behaviour. His lenient sentence causes outrage.
  • 2005: Kevin Kelly resigns as director of The Trophy Centre.
Further connections:

A number of photographs are freely available on the internet of Jimmy Savile and/or the Father O’Connell with different board members.



Celtic was also linked to the notorious St Joseph’s College Roman Catholic boarding school which was rocked by appalling allegations of abuse. It was run by the Marist Brother Order. Interestingly, the team Athletico Bilbao was started by former pupils of the college.



Reference:



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First time poster, usually read forum to keep up to date with all things Rangers. Back in late 80's - early 90's I worked for a whisky company in Glasgow who done business with The Trophy Centre and a company called Centenary Scotch Whisky Ltd. Turns out Torbett and Kevin Kelly were directors of both. Always found it strange that Septic branded whisky wasn't being produced by the club or their retail operation. Almost looks like the Septic brand was a cash cow to be milked by Kelly, Torbett, etc. The whole rancid set up stinks, I hope each and everyone of the perpetrators and those who choose to ignore it receive the punishment they deserve. The victims and their families deserve nothing less, they have my full support in ensuring all responsible are held to account.
 

Coop52

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Agree with you Virgil. That’s why I’m glad that the English FA are also involved. British justice will be served on them. It’s absolutely criminal that the SNP have basically done nothing. A two year secret internal inquiry says it all imo. They are digging themselves a bigger hole.
The SNP won’t do a thing as they know they will lose far too many votes and probably kiss any shitty Indy hopes goodbye

There needs to be punishment from the UK government
We need to be getting MPs speaking about this in Westminster
 

Grigo Yossarian

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It can't get any worse...can it? So many glaring appointments.

Torbett replaced by Cairney as General manager, Cairney is replaced by Torbett on his release and then Gerald King replaces Torbett. But at one point they are all there at the same time under different roles.

It really is a mindfuck how they have done all this with no one doing anything about it.
It looks like the Trophy Centre payments started in 1999 from the article I just read mate. If that’s right it looks like they stopped around the time Lawwell returned.
 

Hillheadbear

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Good timeline of events here, an interesting part for me is 1989 The Trophy centre, I always wondered how the funds were raised to start that business. But it looks like it wasn't only Torbett who were in at the very start.


  • 1966: Celtic Boys’ Club is founded by Jim Torbett, who had previously been involved in Glasgow youth football.
  • 1968: Allegations of abuse begin.
  • 1970: Frank Cairney joins club.
  • 1976: Jock Stein ousts Jim Torbett as Boys’ Club general manager after allegations that boys were being sexually abused. Torbett is replaced by Frank Cairney. Hugh Birt (a photographer and Celtic associate) is made chairman.
  • 1978: Jock Stein leaves the club.
  • 1982: John Cullen joins the club as photographer.
  • 1985: Jock Stein dies.
  • 1989: Jim Torbett creates a new business – The Trophy Centre – alongside Honorary President of the Boy’s Club and Celtic board member, Kevin Kelly, plus Gerald McAleer, former youth player under Torbett, and Angus Yuile who was company secretary.
  • 1991: A youth team member raises allegations of abuse against Cairney that happened during a trip to New Jersey. His father takes him to Celtic Park to meet with new manager, Liam Brady, and chief scout, John Kelman. Brady approaches the board and demands Cairney leave the club. He resigns as general manager and part-time coach and the club announce this is due to ‘business commitments’. The boy is assured that his allegations would not affect his future career at the club. It was also agreed between Celtic, Brady, the boy and his parents that the police would not be informed. Signed statements were taken from four adults who were also on the New Jersey trip. They were all sworn to secrecy.
  • 1993: Torbett is asked back to the club to help them raise funds via memorabilia sales. He eventually also returns to the Boy’s Club.
  • 1994: Fergus McCann joins Celtic and immediately receives an anonymous letter detailing years of abuse at the club. Adamant the persistent rumours should no longer be brushed under the carpet, he calls in Torbett and asks him to meet with the club’s lawyers to sign an affidavit either admitting or denying claims of abuse which could then be passed to police. Torbett refuses.
  • 1994: Celtic fan, Gerry McSherry appears on a radio programme to question the transfer of a young player. Within days he received a number of calls making allegations of untoward behaviour at the Boy’s Club. McSherry began his own investigation.
  • 1994: New Celtic boss Tommy Burns attempts to bring Frank Cairney back to Parkstead. Fergus McCann refuses following outrage from fans in New Jersey.
  • Aug 1996: The Daily Record runs an expose on abuse at Celtic involving Torbett and Cairney. In the following days, former Scotland star Alan Brazil, David Gordon and John McClusky tell The Daily Record of abuse by Torbett when when they were members of the Celtic Boys’ Club. McSherry is contracted to The Daily Record. A further former player, Scott Sinclair, also comes forward claiming that Cairney would abuse boys in his van. Cairney refuted the allegations and denied knowing Sinclair. In response Sinclair handed a photograph to The Daily Record which was a picture of the whole team, including both Sinclair and Cairney.
  • Aug 1996: After the story broke, Burns rushed to Cairney’s home (a man he considered a close friend). He told waiting reporters “He has the whole of my backing and that of Celtic Football Club to a man“. The following day, an angry McCann issued a statement to the press stating: “While I sympathise with Tommy Burns’ personal position as a friend of Mr Cairney, the club cannot condone or defend or take sides in a matter which involves a criminal complaint“. In response, Burns said he had been misquoted and actually said: “He has my backing and I’m sure he will have the backing of several members of the first team who played for Frank at under-16 level“. Torbett went in to hiding at the home of two former youth players – William and Andrew Gilbert.
  • Aug 1996: A meeting between five men was held in Boston’s Airport where a secret deal was agreed allowing Cairney to resign immediately so as to avoid a police investigation. Celtic chairman, Jack McGinn, allowed Cairney’s written resignation to say it was for “business reasons”. The impromptu meeting consisted of Cairney, Jim McNally, Bill Gilfillan, John Gallacher and Willie Hampson.
  • Aug 1996: The Trophy Centre sponsors the Scottish Amateur Youth leagues.
  • Aug 1996: Brady agrees not to go to the police. He then went on to be head of the Arsenal youth team.
  • Oct 1996: Torbett charged with sex offences.
  • May 1997: Record team win Reporter of the Year award for investigations into sex abuse at Celtic Boys’ Club.
  • Aug 1997: The Court of Appeal lifted a gagging order that had banned the press from reporting on the court trial of Torbett and Cairney.
  • Nov 1998: Torbett stands trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court charged with molesting three youngsters in his care including Alan Brazil. He is found guilty and jailed for two years.
  • 2000: Torbett resigns as director of The Trophy Centre.
  • 2002: Cleaners find a bin bag full of obscene photographs of boys in a store room at Parkstead. John Cullen, club photographer, is immediately dismissed. He is subsequently found guilty of ‘lewd and libidinous’ behaviour. His lenient sentence causes outrage.
  • 2005: Kevin Kelly resigns as director of The Trophy Centre.
Further connections:

A number of photographs are freely available on the internet of Jimmy Savile and/or the Father O’Connell with different board members.



Celtic was also linked to the notorious St Joseph’s College Roman Catholic boarding school which was rocked by appalling allegations of abuse. It was run by the Marist Brother Order. Interestingly, the team Athletico Bilbao was started by former pupils of the college.



Reference:



Related



T
This is incredibly useful. Thanks for doing the work to put it all together.
 

AbronhillBear

Well-Known Member
First time poster, usually read forum to keep up to date with all things Rangers. Back in late 80's - early 90's I worked for a whisky company in Glasgow who done business with The Trophy Centre and a company called Centenary Scotch Whisky Ltd. Turns out Torbett and Kevin Kelly were directors of both. Always found it strange that Septic branded whisky wasn't being produced by the club or their retail operation. Almost looks like the Septic brand was a cash cow to be milked by Kelly, Torbett, etc. The whole rancid set up stinks, I hope each and everyone of the perpetrators and those who choose to ignore it receive the punishment they deserve. The victims and their families deserve nothing less, they have my full support in ensuring all responsible are held to account.
So was Thomas Grant, who according to company house is still a director of Celtic plc
 

The Ranger

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The trophy centre was laden with shite.
They didn't supply kits. First and foremost it was predominantly trophies and medals.

Calendars, cheap watches, clocks, mugs and other assorted shite.
In a nutshell, it was cheap guff.

What we are also dismissing is £1m back then is the equivalent of £2.2m today.(I looked it up).

Back then Celtc wouldn't pay £1m for their entire forward line never mind the stock for two shops full of coffee mugs, key rings and posters of Anton Rogan.

Dodgy as f uck.



P.S. The trophy centre also sold Rangers tat.

Wonder if we gave Torby a million notes?
Was feeling a bit shite, then I read this made me laugh out loud. Welldone done Shengus
 

Craigie

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How unlucky can Celtic be? You force out your club photographer (Hugh birt) who came to you with allegations of child abuse at Celtic boys club and replace him with another photographer, John Cullen who was found with hundreds of indecent images of children.[/QUOTE
Not that it makes it more or less sordid but was it ever revealed who the images were of?

What if there were boys from CBC?
 

Hillheadbear

Goooooooooaaaaaaaaaaallllllllll
I'd say its definitely a west of Scotland problem, it doesnt help when they get together collectively in these schools. Remember a few months ago in the herald private school singing about the IRA. (rugby team as well) these are going to be future doctors and lawyers.
In fairness, when we (Glasgow Academy) played St. Aloysius and St. Mungo at rugby we sang the Sash and Derrys Walls in the baths after.
 

Paisleyprod

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Here is the 'complicit celtc cover up crew'. You would imagine celtc interviewed them all (still living of course) as part of their investigation?

So far the definitive list of those that knew about the existence of this peadophile ring and assisted in a 40 year cover up are:

Lawell.
Kelly.
Stein.
McCann.
Desmond.
Billy McNeil.
Macari.
Brady.
McGinn .
DORNAN
David Hay.
Tom Grant.
Hugh Burt.
Gerry McSherry.


Any more?


Oh and @ShawsyBear who's to say that it wasn't any of the above that signed NDA's????????

Now there's a thought eh?
Burns
 

Coop52

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Agree Fraser.

Just read in the last 20 minutes that when Hugh Birt was told to resign that Kelly accompanied the two paedos to the meeting to tell him.
This entire affair needs laid bare and when it is I think you will find that it will all make Jimmy Saville and Gary Glitter look like a couple of pussycats

I would bet that nearly everyone at that club over the past 40 years knew that something was going on and their silence makes them all guilty in a way

Their disgusting fans will never accept that they have done anything wrong no matter the outcome

They will always try and make out they are the victims
 

Grigo Yossarian

Well-Known Member
This is incredibly useful. Thanks for doing the work to put it all together.
The Cairney timings are a bit weird HB.

The Boston Airport meeting was 1991, not 1996.
Also I don’t understand those comments being in 1996 about him leaving when he had to resign in 1991 over the New Jersey incident. In simple terms, a couple of Wobblies in there.
 

Hillheadbear

Goooooooooaaaaaaaaaaallllllllll
The Cairney timings are a bit weird HB.

The Boston Airport meeting was 1991, not 1996.
Also I don’t understand those comments being in 1996 about him leaving when he had to resign in 1991 over the New Jersey incident. In simple terms, a couple of Wobblies in there.
Humbug has gone to the trouble of doing the legwork. If there are a few glitches then we can help him/her refine it.
 

ShootYouDown

Well-Known Member
The Cairney timings are a bit weird HB.

The Boston Airport meeting was 1991, not 1996.
Also I don’t understand those comments being in 1996 about him leaving when he had to resign in 1991 over the New Jersey incident. In simple terms, a couple of Wobblies in there.
I think there's been an error mate. I'm sure the 1996 mentioned is when the story of the 1991 US tour first came to light.
 

Arkanoid

Well-Known Member
Kelly has too many links to be innocent in my opinion
He was in the perfect position to protect others as well
How far above Kelly do you go to get the Puppet Master? It has seemingly spread like a disease and people turned a blind eye to the disease, prolonged it, and ensured it's existence and acceptance. How high did it go? Which scum started it!
Far too easy to lay the blame at the door of Religion, names and convictions posthumously or not. Couldn't give a %^*& about Celtic and the 'Gers fans in it for themselves argument' The victims deserve names and convictions, retribution and compensation
 

Grigo Yossarian

Well-Known Member
This entire affair needs laid bare and when it is I think you will find that it will all make Jimmy Saville and Gary Glitter look like a couple of pussycats

I would bet that nearly everyone at that club over the past 40 years knew that something was going on and their silence makes them all guilty in a way

Their disgusting fans will never accept that they have done anything wrong no matter the outcome

They will always try and make out they are the victims
It’s bloody amazing mate. A lot of bears have said this for years, but it’s so sinister when you get into it.
As for their fans, they just hate us & our club. No matter what our club does they’ll always find a new narrative to justify their unhealthy attitudes.
 

Mason Boyne

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Is that actually the case though, legally? I know someone told him that but as far as I know it wasn't anyone with any legal qualifications.
That’s what I meant by what a dilema.
You’re just an ordinary guy, ok , one of a few, probably none of you have any experience of foreign laws and you find out that there is the possibility of 2 kids under your care being detained under protective custody.
I know I’d shit myself and get them all all to feck out of there and back home to their parents.
However, this is no excuse for he subsequent cover up. None at all. I don’t think all the staff were scummy bastards, all complicit in covering up a crime yes.
But then look at the list of those who must have known. We got all dewy eyed and applauded one a few weeks ago. FS , even Kenny Dalglish was at Celtic during the Torbett era. He probably knew also.
This whole feckin sick episode needs a thorough and proper investigation .
The way that lack of interest being shown in this up until now, suggests to me there were some high ranking people also involved.
Is it still going on?
 

Zander73

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The SNP won’t do a thing as they know they will lose far too many votes and probably kiss any shitty Indy hopes goodbye

There needs to be punishment from the UK government
We need to be getting MPs speaking about this in Westminster
Agreed Fraser. I’ve said it in previous threads. SNP taking no action in my eyes is purely for voting purposes. If they get their way with this independence shite then Scotland is going down a dangerous path purely because we have the poison of Irish republicanism in our country.
 

ShootYouDown

Well-Known Member
Remember watching that Oliver stone JFK movie?,when Costner is sat on the bench in the park and Donald Sutherland launches into his spiel? This is exactly what this is getting like. I'm ready to believe anything is possible here. Whether we ever find out how high this reaches is another matter. But someone or maybe a few people are going to take the hit for others here.
 

Grigo Yossarian

Well-Known Member
That’s what I meant by what a dilema.
You’re just an ordinary guy, ok , one of a few, probably none of you have any experience of foreign laws and you find out that there is the possibility of 2 kids under your care being detained under protective custody.
I know I’d shit myself and get them all all to feck out of there and back home to their parents.
However, this is no excuse for he subsequent cover up. None at all. I don’t think all the staff were scummy bastards, all complicit in covering up a crime yes.
But then look at the list of those who must have known. We got all dewy eyed and applauded one a few weeks ago. FS , even Kenny Dalglish was at Celtic during the Torbett era. He probably knew also.
This whole feckin sick episode needs a thorough and proper investigation .
The way that lack of interest being shown in this up until now, suggests to me there were some high ranking people also involved.
Is it still going on?
Great post mate.

When you think of this Thai Tims stuff, who would bring 30/40 kids to another continent for a football game ? Seems really weird & I really hope these wee babies haven’t been abused.
 

jf1960

Well-Known Member
Good timeline of events here, an interesting part for me is 1989 The Trophy centre, I always wondered how the funds were raised to start that business. But it looks like it wasn't only Torbett who were in at the very start.


  • 1966: Celtic Boys’ Club is founded by Jim Torbett, who had previously been involved in Glasgow youth football.
  • 1968: Allegations of abuse begin.
  • 1970: Frank Cairney joins club.
  • 1976: Jock Stein ousts Jim Torbett as Boys’ Club general manager after allegations that boys were being sexually abused. Torbett is replaced by Frank Cairney. Hugh Birt (a photographer and Celtic associate) is made chairman.
  • 1978: Jock Stein leaves the club.
  • 1982: John Cullen joins the club as photographer.
  • 1985: Jock Stein dies.
  • 1989: Jim Torbett creates a new business – The Trophy Centre – alongside Honorary President of the Boy’s Club and Celtic board member, Kevin Kelly, plus Gerald McAleer, former youth player under Torbett, and Angus Yuile who was company secretary.
  • 1991: A youth team member raises allegations of abuse against Cairney that happened during a trip to New Jersey. His father takes him to Celtic Park to meet with new manager, Liam Brady, and chief scout, John Kelman. Brady approaches the board and demands Cairney leave the club. He resigns as general manager and part-time coach and the club announce this is due to ‘business commitments’. The boy is assured that his allegations would not affect his future career at the club. It was also agreed between Celtic, Brady, the boy and his parents that the police would not be informed. Signed statements were taken from four adults who were also on the New Jersey trip. They were all sworn to secrecy.
  • 1993: Torbett is asked back to the club to help them raise funds via memorabilia sales. He eventually also returns to the Boy’s Club.
  • 1994: Fergus McCann joins Celtic and immediately receives an anonymous letter detailing years of abuse at the club. Adamant the persistent rumours should no longer be brushed under the carpet, he calls in Torbett and asks him to meet with the club’s lawyers to sign an affidavit either admitting or denying claims of abuse which could then be passed to police. Torbett refuses.
  • 1994: Celtic fan, Gerry McSherry appears on a radio programme to question the transfer of a young player. Within days he received a number of calls making allegations of untoward behaviour at the Boy’s Club. McSherry began his own investigation.
  • 1994: New Celtic boss Tommy Burns attempts to bring Frank Cairney back to Parkstead. Fergus McCann refuses following outrage from fans in New Jersey.
  • Aug 1996: The Daily Record runs an expose on abuse at Celtic involving Torbett and Cairney. In the following days, former Scotland star Alan Brazil, David Gordon and John McClusky tell The Daily Record of abuse by Torbett when when they were members of the Celtic Boys’ Club. McSherry is contracted to The Daily Record. A further former player, Scott Sinclair, also comes forward claiming that Cairney would abuse boys in his van. Cairney refuted the allegations and denied knowing Sinclair. In response Sinclair handed a photograph to The Daily Record which was a picture of the whole team, including both Sinclair and Cairney.
  • Aug 1996: After the story broke, Burns rushed to Cairney’s home (a man he considered a close friend). He told waiting reporters “He has the whole of my backing and that of Celtic Football Club to a man“. The following day, an angry McCann issued a statement to the press stating: “While I sympathise with Tommy Burns’ personal position as a friend of Mr Cairney, the club cannot condone or defend or take sides in a matter which involves a criminal complaint“. In response, Burns said he had been misquoted and actually said: “He has my backing and I’m sure he will have the backing of several members of the first team who played for Frank at under-16 level“. Torbett went in to hiding at the home of two former youth players – William and Andrew Gilbert.
  • Aug 1996: A meeting between five men was held in Boston’s Airport where a secret deal was agreed allowing Cairney to resign immediately so as to avoid a police investigation. Celtic chairman, Jack McGinn, allowed Cairney’s written resignation to say it was for “business reasons”. The impromptu meeting consisted of Cairney, Jim McNally, Bill Gilfillan, John Gallacher and Willie Hampson.
  • Aug 1996: The Trophy Centre sponsors the Scottish Amateur Youth leagues.
  • Aug 1996: Brady agrees not to go to the police. He then went on to be head of the Arsenal youth team.
  • Oct 1996: Torbett charged with sex offences.
  • May 1997: Record team win Reporter of the Year award for investigations into sex abuse at Celtic Boys’ Club.
  • Aug 1997: The Court of Appeal lifted a gagging order that had banned the press from reporting on the court trial of Torbett and Cairney.
  • Nov 1998: Torbett stands trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court charged with molesting three youngsters in his care including Alan Brazil. He is found guilty and jailed for two years.
  • 2000: Torbett resigns as director of The Trophy Centre.
  • 2002: Cleaners find a bin bag full of obscene photographs of boys in a store room at Parkstead. John Cullen, club photographer, is immediately dismissed. He is subsequently found guilty of ‘lewd and libidinous’ behaviour. His lenient sentence causes outrage.
  • 2005: Kevin Kelly resigns as director of The Trophy Centre.
Further connections:

A number of photographs are freely available on the internet of Jimmy Savile and/or the Father O’Connell with different board members.



Celtic was also linked to the notorious St Joseph’s College Roman Catholic boarding school which was rocked by appalling allegations of abuse. It was run by the Marist Brother Order. Interestingly, the team Athletico Bilbao was started by former pupils of the college.



Reference:



Related



T
Well Done mate tremendous
 
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