A former trainee alleges he was sexually assaulted by a former goalkeeper at Premier League club Stoke City in 1980's
A landmark civil trial against Premier League club Stoke City and a former first team goalkeeper at the club, in relation to alleged sexual assaults as part of an initiation ceremony for young footballers, has begun at Preston County Court.
George Blackstock, 44, a former trainee at Stoke City is taking the legal action against the club for a breach of duty.
He was scouted by the then Second Division side when he was just short of 16 and allegedly subjected to "The Glove" by then goalkeeper Peter Fox between 1986 and 1988.
He claims that he was left with post-traumatic stress after Peter Fox, allegedly penetrated him with a goalkeeper's glove smeared in Ralgex - a deep heat treatment - in the first-team dressing room.
Mr Fox is accused of twice using "The Glove" or "The Finger" on Mr Blackstock.
Emma Jones from law firm Leigh Day is representing other alleged victims of sexual assault at the club.
Peter Fox denies the allegations. The club also denies Blackstock's claims.
He told the Court today (6 July 2015): "I feel, to be honest with you, it has destroyed me as a person over the last years having to deal with him (Fox). It all came back to the forefront, it's been very difficult mentally and psychologically."
When asked what he hoped to achieve in pursuing the case, he said: "What am I hoping to achieve? I want these people who inflicted this on me to be held accountable for their actions."