Football boss, 39, charged with sexual assault hours after overseeing 2-2 draw

Former Chesterfield manager James Rowe has been charged with sexual assault.

The 39-year-old former West Ham academy coach is alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman in Chesterfield in November last year. He was in charge of Chesterfield FC at the time but left the National League club in February.

Rowe, who is currently manager of AFC Fylde in the National League North, will appear before a magistrates court in Chesterfield on November 7, according to a police statement released by Derbyshire Police on Wednesday (September 28).

It read: “A man has been charged with sexual assault. Officers received a report in January 2022 about an offence in Chesterfield which was alleged to have taken place in November 2021.

“James Rowe (39) of Breaston, Derby, is due to appear before magistrates in Chesterfield in November.”

Rowe came up through the youth ranks of Luton Town and Charlton Athletic in the 1990s. He spent three years at Charlton before a spell at Ilkeston Town.

The striker then plied his trade at several clubs in the lower tiers of English football. The manager's current side AFC Fylde drew 2-2 with Spennymoor Town on Tuesday (September 27), hours before police confirmed the charge.

Daily Star Sport have reached out to AFC Fylde for comment regarding their manager, with a statement yet to be released by the club.

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