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Former Cambridge United football coach to face trial on historic sex abuse charges

A former youth football coach who worked at Cambridge United is due to stand trial accused of the historic sexual abuse of young boys.

The trial of Michael “Kit” Carson, 75, of St Bartholomews Court, Riverside, Cambridge, is due to begin on Monday (January 7) at Peterborough Crown Court.

He has been charged with 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The offences are alleged to have happened between 1978 and 2009 and involve 11 victims, all boys under the age of 16.

The former coach was arrested last year as part of the investigation into historical child sex abuse in football.

In April Carson pleaded not guilty to the charges and was originally bailed to appear at Peterborough Crown Court on May 15.

Michael "Kit" Carson denies the charges against him (Image: Joe Giddens/PA Wire)

Kit Carson's career in football

He has worked as a coach and scout at Cambridge United , Peterborough United and Norwich City.

According to his football consultancy's website, which has now been taken down, Carson has coached a host of leading players.

He worked at Norwich as a youth coach between 1983 and 1993, before moving to Peterborough to run their team's youth academy until 2001.

He then spent five years at Cambridge United as their head of talent development.

More recently, Carson has worked at non-league Histon in Cambridgeshire and been a football scout in Finland.

According to his LinkedIn page, he has also written two coaching manuals.