The widening investigations into historic child abuse in football has reached out to include a famous Newcastle Boys Club, Montagu and North Fenham and also involves Newcastle United– though there is no suggestion any personnel currently involved in either club are in anyway involved.

I would urge all of you to read the article below by highly respected Guardian journalist, David Conn, who I am honoured to say is a good friend of this fanzine.

I also believe Derek Bell’s decision to go public with details of his abuse is nothing short of heroic. I am sure every Newcastle United supporter admires him for his courage and wishes him all the very best for his future.

It is gratifying Newcastle United FC has committed to assisting the authorities with any investigations though those inderekbell1 positions of authority at the time the abuse was committed and when it was reported have serious questions to answer. It is excellent that from every level of United, Derek is receiving support and that should make us proud. Others associated with previous regimes at the club however might be viewed in a less flattering light.

Former Newcastle player on being abused: ‘It was horrific. He thought it was normal’ – David Conn, The Guardianclick here

BBC News Radio Interview with Derek Bellclick here

BBC2 TV Interview with Derek Bell with Victoria Derbyshireclick here

I would fully endorse the final statement made by Derek Bell in this interview:

“I would be amazed if nobody else was abused. If people were, I am trying to say: don’t be in silence, because they must be in absolute torment. Don’t be afraid or ashamed: come forward.”

  • The NSPCC’s hotline is 0800 023 2642 and ChildLine for children and young people can be contacted on 0800 1111.
  • The National Association for People Abused in Childhood can be contacted on 0808 801 0331.
  • In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14.

I would also recommend Paul Hayward’s excellent piece in The Telegraph as an accompaniment to the above.

How football responds to sex abuse case will show if there is real governance, or if the national game is still on one vast gravy train – Paul Hayward, The Telegraph

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