Former football coach Barry Bennell has denied eight child abuse offences.
Bennell, 63, wearing a blue polo neck shirt and appearing via videolink at Chester Crown Court from HMP Woodhill, answered "not guilty" to all the charges as they were put to him.
The former Crewe Alexandra coach denies seven counts of indecent assault on a boy and one count of attempted buggery.
All the offences are alleged to have happened between 1981 and 1986, when the victim was under the age of 16.
Around 30 members of the media sat in the press benches for the brief hearing.
A Premier League club made secret payments to a former footballer, preventing him from going public with allegations of rape at the hands of a youth team coach, it has emerged as the Football Association set up an independent internal inquiry into allegations of child sex abuse.
Over the last few days I have been looking through some of the yellowed newspaper cuttings of the Barry Bennell case, snipped out from the pages of the Crewe Chronicle, and there is one in particular to which I keep returning, from June 13, 1998, with the headline: "We could not believe Bennell guilty - Gradi".