FENLAND: Former Wisbech Town manager must pay £1,000 after assault at Chatteris working man's club

PUBLISHED: 15:42 24 November 2008 | UPDATED: 08:45 02 June 2010

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FORMER Wisbech Town FC manager Steve Taylor quit the Fenmen blaming personal abuse from fans just three days before his appearance in court for assault. Taylor quit the Fenmen on November 9 claiming the abuse from fans had been completely out of order .

FORMER Wisbech Town FC manager Steve Taylor quit the Fenmen blaming personal abuse from fans just three days before his appearance in court for assault.

Taylor quit the Fenmen on November 9 claiming the abuse from fans "had been completely out of order".

However it has now come to light that on November 12 he appeared at Cambridge Crown Court and ordered to pay, compensation, fines and costs totalling more than £1,000 for assault.

Taylor, 41, of Burnsfield Estate, Chatteris, admitted assaulting Alex Salter on March 22 at the Chatteris Working Men's Club. He was fined £315 and ordered to pay £500 compensation and £250 costs.

Some fans have been vocal in their criticism of the club this week for allowing Taylor to remain in charge knowing there was a court case pending.

"I am surprised that the physical abuse by a member of our club did not receive the due justice by our board, the press and the FA," wrote one disgruntled fan. "All have been fully aware of this charge since March. Justice has now been done but I wonder at what damage to the reputation and performance of our club and playing staff."

Another claimed Taylor had "left an unacceptable indictment" on the club who employed him knowing the court case was pending.

Another fan, however, claimed it was wrong to make too much of it and "for heaven's sake the man has gone, and is no longer involved in the club. If you can't find anything else to gripe about then buy a jigsaw puzzle." The same fan admitted to having been in prison for 15 months for two counts of GBH with intent, one of ABH and three of affray.

Some insiders at the club reveal a different story claiming details of Taylor's court appearance was not known until the day before.

n Former Wisbech Town FC Tom Gosling who was banned after a racial abuse claim, has been cleared to play rugby for Spalding RFC. The club says his behaviour in the short time he has been with them has been exemplary. The club claim he has "already been punished both by the courts and by the FA.


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