Bob Higgins, Former Southampton Youth coach has been charged with 65 counts of non-recent sexual abuse

Bob Higgins, a former youth coach at Southampton, has been charged with 65 counts of non-recent sexual abuse against boys and is due in court this month.

Higgins, 64, will appear at West Hampshire magistrates court in Southampton on 20 July to face allegations relating to 23 complainants. All the alleged offences are understood to be indecent assault.

What is known of Higgins?

1989 - Bob Higgins was dismissed by Southampton FC, where he worked as a youth coach, after several allegations were made against him.

1989 - He had set up The Bob Higgins Soccer Academy, but the Football League sent a letter to all football clubs warning that it was "opposed to the activities" of the group.

1992 - Higgins was charged with six indecent assault charges against boys but cleared on the direction of a judge.

1995 - Mr Higgins joined Peterborough United as a youth coach. He left in April 1996 by mutual consent.

1997 - The Police and Social Services sent a letter to schools and youth groups, “warning them that Mr Higgins poses a risk to children"

2001 - After spending some time working in Malta he was appointed manager of the non-league side Bashley FC, until he was sacked.

After Bashley he briefly worked at Winchester City where he operated in an "advisory role" for the senior team.

He later landed a coaching role with Fleet Town FC on an "informal, unpaid basis", but has since left. Fleet Town said his role did not involve working with children.

Verisona law have particular expertise in pursuing claims in respect of child abuse and have ongoing claims against the FA and football clubs.

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Below is a selection of organisations/instutions/bodies we are frequently instructed to pursue.

Schools

  • Private schools, boarding schools, local authority schools, closed schools, hospital schools.

Charities

  • The Scouts Association, St Johns Ambulance, MIND, the Children’s Society, Barnados.

Private companies

  • Football trainers, judo teachers, dance instructors, swimming instructors, holiday activity centres, nurseries, youth clubs.

Local Authorities/Ministry of Defence

  • County Councils, Borough Councils, City Councils, ILEA, cadets, navy/ army (forces).

National Health Service Trusts/Commissioning Boards/GPs

  • Hospitals, Disability care centres, children’s care providers.

Perpetrators

  • Convicted perpetrators, acquitted perpetrators.

Children’s Homes

  • Respite care, full time children’s home, part-time children’s homes.

Religious Institutions

  • Roman Catholic Church, United Synagogue, Sisters of Nazareth, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Brothers Order.

Foster Carers

  • Permanent carers, temporary carers

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