Bigamist football coach faces jail

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A gambling addict trusted to coach football to young children has been convicted of bigamy and fraud in the space of just a few months.

This month Milton Keynes magistrates heard how former Lions Under 9s coach Simon Brown blew almost £2,000 he had collected from parents to take their children on a weekend football holiday.

He admitted he had never booked the trip for the Newport Pagnell club and spent the cash on himself.

Brown,40, will be sentenced next week. and could face jail.

Taken into account will be a 12-month conditional discharge he received just eight months ago - for bigamy.

In August last year the father-of-four wed 38-year-old shop assistant Tracey Johnson at Bletchley Register Office.

At the time he was still married to his second wife Bonita Woodward.

It is understood Brown produced a divorce certificate from his first marriage when he booked his third marriage.

Brown claimed it was a genuine mistake and he had failed to check his paperwork.

But a source said at the time: “He had never even got round to starting the legal procedures for a divorce.”

Brown, the former manager at CitySprint couriers, has now blamed the breakdown of his second marriage, together with his gambling addiction, for the football club fraud.

Meanwhile, as he awaits his fate, his ‘illegal’ wife Tracey is said to be standing by him and the pair are still living together at their Deanshanger home with Tracey’s children.