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Shame spanned three decades.

1966: Celtic Boys' Club is founded by Jim Torbett, who had previously been involved in Glasgow youth football.

1970: Frank Cairney joins club.

1972: Jock Stein ousts Jim Torbett as Boys' Club general manager after allegations that boys were being sexually abused. He is replaced by Frank Cairney. Hugh Birt, a photographer and Celtic associate, is made chairman.

1970s: The Boys' Club prospers and produces some great talent including Tommy Burns, Paul McStay, Roy Aitken, Peter Grant. But during that era, rumours of abuse are rife.

1991: Frank Cairney resigns as general manager and part-time coach at Celtic Football Club following a trip to New Jersey where a young Celt was allegedly abused.

1994: New Celtic boss Tommy Burns attempts to bring Frank Cairney back to Parkhead. Fergus McCann refuses, following outrage from fans in New Jersey.

August 4, 1996: Former Scotland star Alan Brazil tells Record of abuse by Torbett when he was a member of the Celtic Boys' Club.

August 6, 1996: David Gordon contacts the Record to tell of his ordeal.

August 8, 1996: John McCluskey admits that he too was abused by Torbett.

October 25, 1996: Jim Torbett charged with sex offences.

May 31, 1997: Record team win Reporter of the Year award for our investigations into sex abuse at Celtic Boys' Club.

November 4, 1998: Torbett stands trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court charged with molesting three youngsters in his care including Alan Brazil.

November 12, 1998: Torbett is found guilty. Sentence is deferred for reports.
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