But after impressing at Crewe, he was scouted for one of Man City's junior teams.
It was there he met his abuser, who joined as coach a few months later.
Recording a narrative verdict, Mr Rheinberg gave the cause of death as hanging but said 'the evidence does not sufficiently determine whether this was intentional or accidental'.Gary Cliffe, now 47, yesterday waived his right to anonymity to speak out about the horrendous abuse he suffered at the hands of Barry Bennell.In 1981 he was 11 and a huge Manchester United fan.Asked how many times he fell victim to Bennell's abuse, he told The Guardian: 'It would be impossible.'But over a four-year period, virtually every weekend, every school holiday – and I'd even miss school on some occasions – we'd be talking about hundreds of times. At a conservative estimate.'Cliffe, now a detective constable after a change of career, is determined there are more victims yet to come forward.He told the newspaper: 'It's documented that he's been abusing since the 1970s all the way through until he was arrested in the 1990s.'It straddles three decades and he's been involved in football all that time.
The former Wales manager committed suicide in 2011.