Sydney Hallworth 71, a former Manchester Football Coach has been jailed for sexually abusing young players in the 1980’s.

Four men contacted the Police about Hallworth following the Football Association Child Sex Abuse Inquiry.

The Court heard that Hallworth took boys from a team in Clayton in Manchester to a training complex in Blackley. He told the boys that it was for “one to one coaching”. He then “pretended to give them sports massages and sexually abused them.”

The training was offered to the boys who had “earned the man of the match award for the previous game.” Hallworth singled out the young players and invited them to train with the older boys as a prize for the award. He “would collect the boys in his Austin Princess car and take them to the training complex. He would encourage them to remove their clothes on the pretext of giving them a massage before the abuse began.”

Hallworth was sentenced at the Manchester Crown Court for five counts of indecent assault. Hallworth was made to sign the sex offenders register for life.

Detective Constable Joanne Tinsley has made the following statement:

“Hallworth had preyed on young boys’ aspirations.

The one-to-one coaching sessions were a cover for Hallworth’s deviancy. He engineered a situation where he could be alone with his victims and subject them to sexual abuse.

He has refused to admit his guilt throughout the court process, forcing his victims to recount their ordeals.

Their bravery means a dangerous and calculating sexual predator is now behind bars.”


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