A BLACKPOOL FC stalwart, who was installed in the club’s hall of fame, has lost a harassment battle against a former lover.
Mike Davies who played 310 times for the Seasiders and went on to be club coach and caretaker manager, started an affair with an older woman he met at a club dinner.
Father-of-two Davies met superfan Karen McGuinness at the Bloomfield Road function and they had sex that night at her hotel.
Blackpool magistrates were told the pair then had sex at various hotels and exchanged explicit texts and photos.
But after their affair ended, Davies claimed McGuinness, 51, a leading geophysicist in the offshore oil and gas industry, harassed him.
But Blackpool magistrates yesterday acquitted McGuinness of harassing the former-player and his wife after the affair ended when 46-year-old Davies told her he did not want to see her anymore at a pre-arranged meeting at a crematorium.
McGuiness admitted being near Davies’ home and work in the aftermath of the break-up but Blackpool magistrates decided what she had done did not constitute harassment.
Giving evidence McGuinness said that during the affair she and Davies had met at a number of hotels and passed explicit texts and pictures back and forth.
She went on to become one of the Seasiders’ fans of the year for travelling thousands of miles following the side from her £600,000 home in Pitcaple, Aberdeen.
She lives with her partner in Scotland, who was not aware of what was going on.
McGuiness -who earned £100,000 a year working offshore and now runs her own consultancy company- admitted making a rape complaint about Davies which police investigated but the former full-back was not prosecuted.
She told the court that in hindsight she believed Davies had only used her for sex.
She denied being fixated by the footballer and only wanted to know what was happening to their relationship and that she had been in an emotional state at the time.
The court heard that McGuinness had told Davies’ wife and his daughter about the affair.
Her lawyer Anthony Parkinson said: “This man had been playing with fire because of this affair and had got burned.
“He wanted this affair to carry on as long as his family did not find out.”
The court decided to make McGuinness the subject of a restraining order forbidding her from areas where Davies works and lives to avoid any future incidents.
After the hearing, McGuinness said: “This could have been sorted out months ago by two adults but has ended up in this mess which his family have now had to share.”