AFC Fylde manager James Rowe, 39, charged with sexual assault | The Sun
28th September 2022

AFC FYLDE manager James Rowe has been charged with sexual assault.

Rowe, 39, is alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman in Chesterfield in November last year.

The former West Ham academy coach was in charge of Chesterfield at the time and left the club in February by "mutual consent" following a suspension and an investigation around "allegations of misconduct".

During his time at West Ham Rowe was also disciplined for misconduct, though not relating to abuse.

The Hammers took action following complaints about Rowe from parents of players at the academy, stating he was "found to have demonstrated poor practice".

West Ham sent the coach on an awareness course before he left the club.


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Rowe is due to appear in court next month.

In a statement Derbyshire Constabulary: “A man has been charged with sexual assault.

“In January this year, officers received a report of a man having sexually assaulted a woman in Chesterfield, with the offence alleged to have taken place in November 2021.

“James Rowe, 39, of Breaston, in Derby, has now been charged and is due to appear before magistrates at Chesterfield Justice Centre on Monday 7 November."

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Rowe left West Ham in 2015 to join Aldershot as assistant manager.

He spent three years at the Shots before landing his first managerial role in charge at Gloucester, where he earned a switch to Chesterfield.

Rowe has been manager of National League North side Fylde since March and has won 15 of his 26 games in charge.

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