In January 1980, the Cambridge Evening News reported that the club was a client of C and G Intersport, which had been set up in 1968 by Carson and Alan Gowling, at the time a striker at Manchester United. The pair had met while studying economics in Manchester but by 1980 Gowling had not been involved for many years.
C and G, based in Newmarket, organised package tours abroad for clubs, staged international youth tournaments and ran 'soccer colleges’.
United was one of the clubs for which the company organised tours. Others included Newmarket Valley, Soham Tigers, Girton Eagles, Sawston Village College and Cambridge Crusaders.
Carson, whose website (now offline) noted that he was a soccer school pioneer, surfaced in another capacity at the Abbey in the mid-1980s.
In the mid-1970s he had set up PGL Soccer Schools, which took over the running and finance of United’s youth system in the 1985/86 season, saving the club £15,000 a year.
‘We could have gone in with some very big First Division clubs, but Cambridge United are just what we have been looking for,’ Carson told the press at the time.
Carson, who was Irish but had lived in the UK for many years, was arrested in January 2017 and originally accused of 12 indecent assaults and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He denied the offences, which were alleged to have taken place between 1978 and 2009. The alleged victims were all under 16 at the time.
The Guardian newspaper, which first exposed the scandal of abuse in youth football in late 2016, reported that the first alleged indecent assault took place at a hotel in the north of England. Most of the others took place in and around Peterborough.
The incitement offence allegedly took place between February 2008 and February 2009 in Cambridge.
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