A professional footballer has gone on trial accused of raping a teenager after a night out in Cleethorpes.

Former Manchester City player George Glendon allegedly raped the young woman after meeting her at a nightclub in the resort.

Glendon, 22, now at Fleetwood Town, played against Leicester City in the FA Cup on Saturday before his trial started at Grimsby Crown Court today.

He appeared in the dock wearing a dark suit, white shirt and a light blue tie.

Footballer George Glendon leaves Grimsby Crown Court where he is on trial for rape

The opening to the trial heard the 19-year-old woman had been drinking heavily on the night of the incident and Glendon had helped her into a taxi before being driven to a friend’s house in Humberston.

Glendon, of Heald Green, Cheadle, near Stockport, Cheshire, denies he then raped the woman after the night out on February 21, 2016.

George Glendon, who went on trial at Grimsby Crown Court today charged with rape, appearing for Fleetwood Town during the FA Cup football match against Leicester City on Saturday

The court heard the woman could recall little about the incident except for being in a bedroom with a man she did not recognise and being kissed and touched intimately.

Michael Morley, prosecuting, said in police interviews Glendon claimed that the woman indicated that she did want to have sex and had initiated the encounter.

George Glendon and the young woman had met on a night out in Cleethorpes, the trial heard

But Mr Morley claimed, because of her condition and the amount she had drunk, the woman, now 21, was not in a position to choose whether to have sex or not.

Glendon was a youth player for Manchester City after joining the club in 2013 and becoming captain of their Elite Development Squad. He signed on loan for League One Lancashire club Fleetwood Town in 2016 before being signed on a permanent deal in January 2017. A midfielder, he has made 27 appearances for the club this season.

George Glendon when playing for Manchester City in 2015. Glendon has gone on trial charged with rape in Grimsby

He has made five appearances for the England youth team and was also called up for the Wales under-21 team.

The trial, before Judge Peter Kelson QC, continues.

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