August 2019

Pervert ex-Motherwell youth coach jailed for sick sex assaults on young boys

A paedophile SPL youth coach is behind bars after being found guilty of sickening historical sex attacks on young boys.

It comes more than 20 years after the Daily Record first published detailed allegations of child abuse carried out by Bob Allan.

Former Motherwell FC youth development officer Allan, 69, pled not guilty to the charges at Glasgow Sheriff Court, forcing his victims to go through the ordeal of giving evidence against him.

A jury found him guilty of the sickening offences after a two-day trial.

As a judge ordered Allan to be remanded in custody awaiting sentence, one of his victims last night called on others to come forward.

The victim told the Daily Record: “I’m absolutely convinced that there are numerous other victims out there.

“Seeing the story may encourage them to come forward and exorcise their demons.”

Allan sexually assaulted one youngster – aged between 13 and 16 – on an occasion between May 21, 1984 and May 20, 1986, at an address in Cambuslang, near Glasgow.

And on April 7, 1993, at the same address, he carried out another sex attack on a boy of 15.

The former self-employed driver will be sentenced at Glasgow Sheriff Court on August 28.

Allan, who is believed to have started his role with Motherwell in the early 90s, was cleared of unrelated sex offence allegations in the US, which were reported in the Record at the time.

The pervert ran a company – Inter-Global Sports Travel – which organised football trips for youngsters. He was charged in 1997 with committing a lewd and lascivious act upon a child, after a 15-year-old called police in Florida claiming he had been indecently assaulted.

Allan was away with three boys, aged 14, 15 and 16, on a two-week coaching trip.

But just three days into the trip, the boys were sent home and Allan flew back after paying a bail bond of about £1700, and then went into hiding.

Allan and the three teenagers were sharing one room in the US.

Deputy sheriff Brian Adams said the boy who made the complaint about him was “upset and shaking”.

Allan spent two days in a tiny cell in Osceola County jail.

Days after the arrest in the US, Glasgow detectives raided his home and removed items.

But when he returned to Florida to face trial, Allan denied the charges and a jury took less than an hour to reach a unanimous “not guilty” verdict.

The accuser and his two pals looked dumbfounded at the court’s decision.

Two of their mothers wept as a court-appointed therapist comforted the group.

A spokesman for Motherwell Football Club said: “We are appalled to learn of the news that a former employee of Motherwell Football Club has been convicted of historic child sexual abuse.

“The first time anyone currently at Motherwell Football Club became aware of this matter was when we were approached for comment on Friday.

“Neither the club, nor any of its current officers or management, were asked to provide information by any of the parties involved in the case.

“As a result, we have already started to seek further information from as many sources as possible, before deciding what action to take.”