Former football coach Barry Bennell pleads not guilty to sexual assault of boy

Bennell was remanded in custody until March.
Bennell was remanded in custody until March.

A former football coach with links to Derbyshire has appeared in court to face sexual assault charges.

Barry Bennell pleaded not guilty by video link from Woodhill prison to eight charges of sexual assault against a boy under 16.

The former youth coach at Crewe Alexandra, who lives in Milton Keynes, denied the eight counts when he appeared at Chester Crown Court.

The abuse is alleged to have taken place between 1981 and 1986.

Bennell, who is 63, also worked at Manchester City and Stoke City as well as junior teams all over the country.

He was remanded into custody until March 20.

He was once employed at a children's home in Derbyshire.