They are gentlemen, scholars and “relationship-minded” (been there, played that, ready for the next phase). She even tries to set me up with a third fellow, who (due to my travel schedule) makes a date with me two weeks in advance, but texts me the day before: “Julia, hey, this is [redacted]. I’m sorry to get back to you on such short notice, but I am not going to be able to meet tomorrow. I’ve had actual boyfriends who haven’t been that conscientious.Basically, I went out on a date with someone late last week, and saw her again this week. At the end of my dates, I ask Amy if the guys had any feedback.Allegations were also made against a former Newcastle United youth coach George Ormond (imprisoned in 2002 for offences against young footballers in the area) and a former scout, Eddie Heath, at Chelsea, together with allegations that both clubs tried to cover up the abuse.
In this case, my external force has a name; three names, actually: Amy, Janis and Lisa—all professional matchmakers.In early December 2016, allegations about former youth coaches and scouts in Northern Ireland and Scotland also started to emerge (with some individuals, including three associated with Celtic Boys Club, charged with new offences in 2017).By mid December, in response to allegations from 350 individuals, the Football Association, the Scottish Football Association, several football clubs and over 20 UK police forces had established various inquiries and investigations.While the idea originally seemed prohibitively expensive, most matchmakers don’t charge ladies a penny.And after sampling three, I discovered that the men who use these services are incredibly eligible bachelors.