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.
Former Crewe Alexandra youth football coach Barry Bennell pleads not guilty to eight offences of sexual assault against a boy aged under 13.
Most of the hearing was taken up with administrative matters until Bennell was remanded into custody until March 20 for a further hearing to take place.
Owen Edwards, prosecuting, told the court: "I have had an opportunity to speak to the complainant; at the moment he preserves his anonymity."
Judge Roger Dutton reminded the press and members of the public in court that any identification of the alleged complainant "will be treated very seriously" by the courts.
Bennell worked as a coach for Crewe Alexandra, Manchester City, Stoke and junior teams in north-west England and the Midlands during his career in football.
Crewe manager Steve Davis looks ahead to the club's crucial final game of the season at home to Bradford on Sunday. Alex need to win to guarantee their League One survival.
Footballer Robbie Savage, who recently cut his long blonde hair, has donated the off-cuts to the National Football Museum in Manchester.
Savage, who spent time at Blackburn Rovers and Crewe Alexandra, revealed he had the chop after picking up his wife's passport, and mistaking it for his own.
Tranmere's caretaker manager John McMahon says it's a 'massive' game for his team as they battle for survival in League One.
Rovers face Bradford while a win for Crewe against Preston will guarantee their safety.
In the Championship Blackpool should be safe but a point from their game with Charlton will make certain they don't go down.
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A group of Crewe Alexandra footballers have been released on bail over a sexual assault.
The League One club were on a pre-season training camp in Cornwall when the alleged incident took place in Redruth.
Seven men, including at least three players from League One football club Crewe Alexandra, have been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault in Cornwall.
The club had been at a training camp when the alleged incident took place against a woman in her early twenties at a property in Redruth.
Francesca Carpenter reports:-
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Crewe Alexandra beat Southend 2-0 at Wembley to win the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
It's their second win at the stadium in less than 12 months, after gaining promotion there last season.