Semi-professional footballer from Neasden targeted woman in drunken ‘N-word’ rant

PUBLISHED: 13:28 22 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:41 25 January 2016

Wealdstone midfielder Michael Corcoran

Wealdstone midfielder Michael Corcoran


A semi-professional footballer from Neasden was pulled from a match after his club learned he chanted racist abuse at a woman in a kebab shop before assaulting a police officer on a drunken “lads night out”.

Wealdstone FC midfielder Michael Corcoran, 28, from Lynton Close, drank almost a gallon of beer before launching the abusive tirade at Michelle Kwarteng at Kebab Zero in Shoreditch at about 11pm on April 22 last year. When police were called, he shoved a female officer.

He was convicted of racially aggravated harrassment and assaulting a police officer at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

On Monday, Wealdstone FC said they have suspended Corcoran and are now considering “what longer term action is appropriate” after the Brent&Kilburn Times contacted them for comment on their player’s behaviour. The club’s spokesman said: “Wealdstone FC abhors racism and is taking this matter very seriously.”

The former Cardiff player and Northern Ireland Under-21s captain, stared into Ms Kwarteng’s eyes while singing a song using the N-word along with three friends at the kebab shop. Ms Kwarteng was shocked by the incident and called police. She pointed the former Oxford United player out to Pc Tracey Chapman, but when she tried to arrest him he shoved her aside and sprinted away along the pavement.

As he ran from police, Corcoran hit a car and had to be treated for minor injuries. He denied a charge of using racial abuse but was found guilty.

Sentencing him to 220 hours unpaid work and ordering him to pay £1,085 in fines and costs at Thames Magistrates’ Court, Judge Sonia Sims said: “When the drink is in, the wit is out.” She added: “It was loutish and offensive behaviour.”

Corcoran must pay £150 compensation to Pc Chapman and £100 to Ms Kwarteng.

In January last year, Corcoran spoke to the Times when he first joined Wealdstone FC.

He told reporter Jon Batham that he was “naturally vocal” and was chatty by nature.

A spokesman for Wealdstone FC said: “Following confirmation of the verdict, the player was withdrawn from this weekend’s match against Eastbourne Borough.

“The Wealdstone Football Club is now considering what longer term action is appropriate.”

Related articles

Latest Kilburn & Brent News Stories


A “predatory” private hire driver from Brent has been jailed for two years over a series of sexual assaults on lone women in his car.


A front page from the Kilburn Times dating back to the Second World War brought together a pair of long-lost cousins – who didn’t even know of each other’s existence.

The community living on a Stonebridge estate have expressed fears over their “once in a life time” opportunity to be balloted on redevelopment proposals where they live.

Yesterday, 10:16

A gun, £20,000 in cash and Class A drugs were seized from a travellers’ site in Neasden during a police raid yesterday.

Wed, 13:25

Armed police raided a travellers’ site in Neasden in the early hours of the morning.

Wed, 09:06

A Brondesbury childminder whose health is deteriorating in her damp-ridden flat is pleading with the council to sort the problem out.

Wed, 07:58

A community gathered in Dollis Hill to scrub out Nazi graffiti that had appeared in Gladstone Park.

Tue, 14:49

Police in Brent have London’s second worst average response time to 999 calls, new figures reveal.


A new community centre, The Yellow, opens in Wembley Park in the heart of the Brent community. From October 1, the hub will offer a selection of arts and fitness classes, many of which will be free.

The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Kilburn Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most Read Kilburn News

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now