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  1. Burnbank Derry

    Big Jock Knew

    A former celtic Boys Club chairman has been convicted of sexually abusing four boys and a girl in the 1980s. Gerald King, 66, was coaching football at a primary school in the north of Glasgow when he carried out the crimes. King was convicted of five charges of using lewd and libidinous practises towards the five victims between August 1984 and April 1989. The case comes just weeks after celtic Boys Club founder Jim Torbett was jailed for abusing three boys. After his trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court, King was told by sheriff Johanna Johnston QC: "You have been convicted of serious sexual offences against pupils when you were in a position of trust as a teacher and football coach." One victim, now a 43-year-old man, told how King exposed himself to him when he was getting changed before a football game. He told prosecutor Adele Macdonald: "I was really embarrassed and uncomfortable". He told the jury: "I felt as though it was something I couldn't escape from. " Indecent pictures He was also found guilty of taking indecent pictures of children in February 1987. King's victims were between nine and 13 years old at the time. In evidence he admitted taking two pictures, one of four boys in a shower with no clothes on which was later printed in the school magazine with 'censored' over their private parts. He also said he took a second picture of one of the boys with no clothes on, but claimed both were entirely innocent. King had denied the charges. Another victim, now 41, described King stripping off in front of him before a football game. Miss Macdonald asked: "How did you feel when you were standing there and he was in front of you in the same room naked?" He answered: "Embarrassed." Deferred sentence Sheriff Johnston deferred sentence until next year and continued King's bail. Defence counsel Gavin Anderson will give defence mitigation then. King had worked at Torbett's company, the Trophy Centre, but previously denied being close to him. During his trial, Torbett named King as one of the coaches at the boys club. Torbett was first put behind bars for two years in 1998 for abusing three former players. Torbett was said to have been sacked from the club in 1974 when allegations surfaced against him, but was later welcomed back in 1980 until 1996.
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    RSEA Badges 2017

    2007 has been selling for 60 and 70 quid on Ebay.
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    RSEA Badges 2017

    Found 3 badges from last year, anyone missing last years PM.
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    Disciplinary action

    We won a case in a court of law in 2012. The c*nts at the SFA ignored it and told us we had to accept their ruling or we wouldn't get a license to play.
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    Blantyre Vic's V Auchinleck

    Any Bears up for the game on Saturday, Stonefield Tavern before or after the game. Straight up from the ground past Asda.
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    Fans from our community who support them

    I know of 3 from East Belfast who support the scum, one by name and another was a taxi driver in the taxi office next to the Deeside. The third one left me speechless.
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    Rangers Official Gin Partner

    Should have been King Billy's Gin.
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    Anyone remember this?

    That would be some score on Scrabble.
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    The Rangers FC

    I have a polo shirt with that badge. Go to Sloganlite website. Polos, Harrington's & hoodies etc.
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    Well done Scott Arfield

    It's at £7.5k with Gift Aid.
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    Well done Scott Arfield

    Great gesture by Scott it is now at £6.675.
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    Match programme from bury friendly pre season

    Go the club website click on tickets, then click buy online. Click on shop, matchday programmes. The Bury programme is still availble £4.50 including postage.
  13. celtic · Child Sexual Abuse · Sport · Uncategorized celtic’S SEEDY PAST December 5, 2016 Peg TIME FOR celtic TO GIVE UP IT’S SECRETS? Whilst updating my World of Sport Hall of Shame post I stumbled across a small mention of two men linked to celtic FC youth football team and allegations of abuse, so I decided to look in to it. What I’ve read makes me very uncomfortable in so far as it comes across as celtic attempted damage limitation and their PR screamed of an attempt to keep a lid on what seems to have been a hornet’s nest of abuse spanning decades. I believe that behind these initial trials hides a massive web of depravity that needs further investigation. The lack of convictions and proper sentences stinks. Feel free to take this info and build on it. The victims involved were denied any real justice and it’s time to right a wrong. Either celtic were extremely unlucky in regards to their staff’s sexual proclivities, or something more sinister was going on. The question is, who else was involved? celtic Boy’s Club Founded in 1966, the Boy’s Club was a separate entity to celtic FC but was allowed to affiliate via the name courtesy of Jock Stein. It went on to produce some good Scottish footballers. In 1998, Alan Brazil, James McGrory and David Gordon (three former members of celtic’s Boy’s Club), gave evidence against Jim Torbett (the Boy’s Club founder) during a trial where he was accused of abusing them between 1968-1974. Torbett was eventually found guilty of child sexual abuse at Glasgow Sheriff’s Court and was given a two year prison sentence. Jim Torbett Torbett was a successful businessman who founded the celtic Boy’s Club aged just 20. The court heard that he was a predatory paedophile who would prey on young boys that he coached and invited them to his flat in Sighthill, Glasgow. Torbett ran The Trophy Centre which supplied goods to celtic’s shop, had his own seat in the Parkhead director’s box and at one point looked set to become a director but plans fell through. Following his dismissal in 1972 following allegations of sexual abuse, Frank Cairney was asked to replace him. Two years later (and after Stein’s departure) Cairney organised for Torbett’s return to the club to act as a fundraiser but not to have any contact with children. However, new allegations quickly surfaced. Soon, more complaints were levelled against Torbett, including boys being taken to non-existent tournaments. One ex-boys’ club player said: “There was one in Spain when we never kicked a ball yet we were told to phone the sports desks of papers to say we won. “I can remember lying that we played Real Madrid and Tommy Burns scored.” Torbett’s companies: Centenary Scotch Whiskey Ltd The Trophy Centre Planrole Ltd Fairbridge in Scotland = this company is described as ‘social work activities without accommodation. Adventurous experiences to advance education and training of children, young persons, physical, mental and spiritual development and grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society, condition of need and hardship in United Kingdom. A registered charity, limited by guarantee‘. Included within the list of directors is Sir William McAlpine – brother of Alistair. Frank Cairney Cairney joined the club in 1970 as a general manager and part-time coach. He resigned in 1991 following allegations of abusing the celtic’s youth goalkeeper during a trip to New Jersey. Openly known as a molester in youth circles. The Trial – November 1998 The seven day trial was held at Glasgow Sheriff’s Court in front of Sheriff Margaret Gimblett in November 1998. As well as Brazil, Gordon and McGrory, a fourth former youth player, John McCluskey. John McCluskey... disclosed being abused by Torbett. Unfortunately the court could not hear his evidence as the abuse happened during a trip to Norway. McCluskey later said during an interview: “My guilt and shame now is not for what happened that night. My shame is that I waited 23 years to do anything about it. “Dunblane was the one thing that made me come forward. If some of the boys abused by Thomas Hamilton had spoken out, perhaps the massacre might not have happened.” Alan Brazil… told the court that following an assault at Torbett’s flat he never returned there. He then questioned whether his rebuff may have been the reason why he was never offered a contract with celtic FC despite scoring a record number of goals for them. (Brazil went on to play for Scotland). David Gordon… recounted how he was assaulted during his first visit to Torbett’s flat. It was following a second visit when Torbett made an indecent suggestion to him that Gordon decided to quit football for good. James McGrory… described how Torbett would abuse him while giving him lifts from training in his van. The abuse lasted for two years, during which time he was abused in cinemas, cafes and in Torbett’s flat. Torbett groomed McGrory, eventually persuading him to spend nights in bed with him. It was only after a newspaper expose on Torbett in 1996 that McGrory confided in his wife. He approached celtic FC, who told him to report the matter to the police. 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. Torbett denied all the allegations, even calling the men “liars” in court. His counsel, William McVicar, described how Torbett had had a difficult childhood, blighted by alcoholism in the family, the breakdown of his parents’ marriage but that he was now “a changed man“. John Taylor, a former youth player, alleged in court that Cairney abused him a number of times when he was 16 years old. Cairney was also facing a further charges in relation to three further former youth players. Cairney denied all allegations. During the trial it was also alleged that celtic’s Jock Stein had been accused of leading a cover up of the abuse following Torbett’s dismissal in 1972. This was vehemently denied by the club. Former Boy’s Club chairman, Hugh Birt, claimed that Torbett was literally kicked out of Parkstead by Stein when the photographs were found. Stein physically lifted him out of the chair and threw him out of the room. However, Birt claims that when allegations surfaced, Stein and directors at celtic FC were anxious to keep the image of the club clean, and the reason for Torbett’s dismissal was kept quiet and nothing more was done. Instead they asked Cairney to replace Torbett. Birt also explained that when allegations surfaced he didn’t have enough evidence to approach the police himself but he did alert the board, Stein and vice-chairman, Kevin Kelly. Kelly then alerted manager David Hay. Kelly, Cairney and Torbett subsequently asked Birt to resign. When he refused, celtic withdrew his ticket to the director’s box and he was forced out of the club. Torbett later asked Kelly to become a director of The Trophy Club. Cairney walked away from court a free man after he was acquitted of all charges due to lack of evidence. Following the trial… Following the guilty verdict a number of comments lacking any compassion or empathy were made by the club. celtic Boy’s Club boss, Tony McGuiness, said: I am very disappointed that the greatest Celt of all time, Jock Stein, had to be dragged into this case unnecessarily. McGuinness quit his job at celtic shortly before the trial. celtic’s CEO, Fergus McCann, said: It is a good thing for all concerned that this matter has been brought to a conclusion. Following sentencing, the club confirmed that it was reviewing its links with Torbett’s business, The Trophy Centre, which supplied goods and memorabilia for the celtic FC shop. It also boasted two former celtic directors on its board. (See below) DECEMBER 1995 celtic PARK – GLASGOW Managing director Fergus McCann with a model of the new celtic Park Stand. The Trophy Centre (TTC) In March 1999 the Daily Record then reported that celtic were continuing to pay Torbett by awarding his business – The Trophy Centre – lucrative contracts. (Torbett was still a director and principal shareholder at the time). Staff at TTC provided supporting statements for Torbett during his trial and Sheriff Gimblett stated that it was only because of the testimonials that Torbett did not receive a longer sentence. Two former celtic board directors, Kevin Kelly and James Farrell, said they never heard of any rumours concerning the accused. Kelly also denied any conversation took place between himself and Birt regarding Torbett. David Smith, James Farrell, Jack McGinn, Kevin Kelly, Chris White, Michael Kelly & Tom Grant. Two former celtic directors were members on the TTC board. They were Jack McGinn and Kevin Kelly. Jack McGinn Kevin Kelly Kelly was an Honorary President of the Boy’s Club as well as a board member at celtic when he became director of Torbett’s The Trophy Centre. A check of company records also show that Kelly was director of the following companies: Glasgow celtic Promotions Ltd, 1988- celtic Development Pools Ltd, 1988-1996 celtic PLC, 1988-1994 The Scottish Football Association, 1989-1994 *Centenary Scotch Whiskey Ltd, 1989- *The Trophy Centre, 1989-2005 celtic Centenary Ltd, 1990 celtic Improvement Trust Ltd, 1990 celtic Paradise Pools Ltd, 1990 celtic FC Development Fund, 1990-1996 *Planrole Ltd, 1991 JGP Ltd, 1992 (* = Torbett company) Jim McCafferty – 1980s-1990s On 7 December 2016, a former celtic kit man has admitted to decades of abuse after learning that a whistleblower has come forward. Jim McCafferty said he had so many victims he doesn’t know an exact number. He wanted to “unburden himself” and “cleanse his soul”. Now aged 71 and living in South Belfast, McCafferty coached youth clubs at East Lothian, and later celtic. Clubs also associated with McCafferty include Fauldhouse Utd, Falkirk, Armadale Thistle and Hibernian. Link to Daily Mirror article & interview John Cullen – March 2004 In March 2004, John Cullen, a photographer who worked for celtic FC’s official magazine The celtic View, was found guilty of ‘lewd and libidinous conduct’ following the discovery of a black bag full of 250 photographs by cleaners inside a storeroom where Cullen kept his camera equipment at Parkstead Stadium. The photographs featured boys in various stages of undress and Cullen had been taking the photos at his home in Pollockshaws, Glasgow, for over 20 years. Cullen admitted in court that he had invited boys between the ages of 10-13 in to his home and then photographed them between 1982-2002, when the photographs were discovered by the cleaners. When bosses at celtic were alerted to the find, Cullen was dismissed. Cullen was subsequently sentenced to three years probation and walked free from court. Despite Scotland Yard’s best efforts, many of the boys in the photographs were never identified. Torbett Timeline 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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    Candeias Red Card

    The Sheep successfully appealed a yellow back in 2016: Aberdeen-successfully-appeal-yellow-card-shown-to-james-maddison-for-diving/
  15. The secret deal which protected a sex pervert for five years was struck in an American airport cafe. Hours before celtic Boys' Club were due to fly home, five men sat around a table at bustling Boston airport. There they sealed the shameful pact that has haunted them since. Frank Cairney - the man who WAS celtic Boys' Club - agreed to resign and a dingy chapter in celtic's history was born. A young player had claimed he had been touched sexually by Cairney while in bed. Now the other four men who were part of that airport deal, former chairman Jim McNally and officials Bill Gilfillan, John Gallacher and Willie Hampson, have decided to speak about it for the first time. They talked to the Daily Record which last week lifted the lid off the sex abuse scandal at the boys club. Jim McNally, speaking for all four, said: "Apart from sworn statements to celtic and the police, none of us has ever spoken about what happened. "It has been painful and has taken a great toll on all of our lives." Players had been staying in the homes of ex-pat celtic fans in Kearney, New Jersey, in 1991 for a showpiece tournament. Two were living with exiled Scot, Pat Brannigan. Jim said: "Pat Brannigan told me that a boy had made a serious allegation against Frank Cairney. I interviewed the boy after Pat Brannigan came for me very early in the morning. "Pat and his wife Diane were there. I asked a second boy who was also staying at Pat's house to leave the room. "The first lad was very distraught. He repeated the allegation of a sexual nature against Frank Cairney. "He said it happened in Pat Brannigan's basement where the boys were sleeping. "Frank had been staying at a hotel nearby. But it wouldn't have been unusual for him to be in the house because he always went around to where the boys were staying, to make sure they were all right. "Initially I found the whole thing hard to believe. I had never experienced anything like that before in my life. "I honestly thought and hoped it was horseplay that had got out of hand a wee bit. Immediately I talked to the other three officials. "I told them what had happened. We were visiting a theme park that day and I got the senior players together and told them what had happened. They already knew. "I asked them if they would keep their eye on this lad until we got things sorted out." He continued: "We decided that we would talk to Frank Cairney and we did. He very forcibly, strenuously denied the allegation. He was very angry. He said nothing happened. "While we were talking about it, Pat Brannigan arrived and said he had spoken to his lawyer and the police. "I also spoke to Pat's lawyer about the procedure and what we would do. "I asked him what would happen if the boy made a formal complaint. And what he told me was the real shocker of the whole thing. "He said that Frank Cairney would be charged and that the boy, and the other boy who was staying in the house, would be put in protective custody." Distraught Jim and the officials were terrified to bring in police in case the boys were taken away from them. He said:"I was absolutely shattered about that. There was no way I could have landed at Glasgow Airport and told two sets of parents that their boys weren't there. "After that meeting I immediately contacted celtic, but it was the Glasgow Fair and I had a terrible job trying to get a hold of people. "I tried Jack McGinn, Jimmy Farrell (celtic directors), but could not get them. I then phoned Sean McMullen and Bobby Creilly, two other boys' club officials. "I told them what had happened and I told them of my fear that the boys would be taken into protective custody and that this wasn't for me or even the boy to decide what they should do. I felt his parents should make that decision. "This was the Thursday and we were due home on the Sunday. "We also booked three tickets to be held just in case the boy wanted home early. "I spoke to the lad at regular intervals and he opted to stay at Brannigan's. He seemed to be coping. "He continued to play in the tournament. I've always admired the boy and how he coped with all of this. "He was only 16 at the time. He actually started officially playing for celtic on the Monday after he returned home." Jim McNally didn't call in the police, but Pat Brannigan may have brought them in. Jim said: "If the police interviewed the boy I wasn't aware of it. I think Pat Brannigan felt we weren't handling it correctly. But the reason we handled it the way we did was because I didn't believe it was up to me to decide what to do. "Eventually there was a meeting with the boy's parents which Creilly and McMullen had been trying to arrange . "We left Kennedy airport, New York, on Sunday, but still there was no word. We stopped over at Boston and this is where it all happened. "There was a message at Boston for me to phone home. "I was told the meeting had concluded and the outcome was that the boy's parents were quite happy to leave the matter in celtic's hands, provided Frank Cairney resigned from the boys' club on returning. "Myself, Willie Hampson, Bill Gilfillan and John Gallacher, the four officials, met in the cafe at Boston airport and we told Frank Cairney what we had been advised. "He agreed to resign when he went home. We arrived at Glasgow and went straight to the park. "Jack McGinn organised a meeting at 11am with Frank Cairney and a meeting with me at 2pm. "At that meeting, he gave me a copy of Frank Cairney's resignation which said he had resigned because he had got promotion in his company and the pressure of work. "We were still concerned that we weren't quite covered, so we individually consulted lawyers and collectively spoke to a QC for advice. "He asked if we could produce any more boys who could quote incidents from anywhere at any time. But we knew we couldn't do that." The deal they had to be part of has left them sad, jaundiced men. All have since left celtic Boys' Club. Jim added: "The boy told me what happened. I cannot say what happened. "But the parents wanted the boy to get on with his career and get on with his life, once they had been given assurances he was coping." He added: "We were never sworn to secrecy. The boy asked us not to talk about it and we respected his wishes." Club hotline for victims celtic last night set up a counselling service to provide support for families struggling to cope with the trauma of the Boys' Club revelations. Announcing the hotline, chairman Fergus McCann said: "celtic Football Club has been receiving many calls from people and families in distress over the alleged incidents. "In addition to asking people to report allegations to the police, it is obvious many need advice of trained specialists." The support and advice Hotline opens today and will run for a week between noon and midnight. It is costing celtic pounds 5000. McCann also offered his support to current officials of the Boys Club. He added: "It is a great pity their good work should be tarnished by these alleged incidents." Boys' Club chairman Tony McGuinness said: "The hotline is a very welcome gesture." Lorraine Rochford of Network Scotland, who have selected the specialists, added: "celtic Football Club have to be commended for providing this service." HOW WE EXPOSED SCANDAL The Daily Record exclusively revealed the celtic Boys' Club sex abuse scandal a week ago. In a series of exclusive stories, Scotland's No 1 newspaper unmasked Jim Torbett and Frank Cairney. We exposed how frightened young players were fondled by the club bosses they trusted. We revealed how Cairney lied to a local newspaper with claims he didn't know one of his victims. And we told how pervert Torbett was booted out of the club - only to be allowed to return years later. After the Record's sensational reports, Torbett was again kicked out by the boys' club. And detectives have confirmed that they plan to quiz the wealthy businessman.