Former football coach Barry Bennell was branded "the devil incarnate" as he was jailed for 30 years for sexually abusing young boys.
The serial paedophile, who had worked for Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra, shook his head as he was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court for 50 child sex offences against 12 boys between 1979 and 1991.
There could be more than 100 victims in total as an additional 86 complainants have come forward to say they too were abused by him.
Judge Clement Goldstone told him: "Your behaviour towards these boys in grooming and seducing them before subjecting them to, in some cases, the most, most serious, degrading and humiliating abuse was sheer evil."
The judge said Bennell had appeared to his victims as a God but added: "In reality, you were the devil incarnate. You stole their childhoods and their innocence to satisfy your own perversion."
He added that the 64-year-old had been "hell bent" on abusing boys he coached and left a "trail of psychological devastation" in his wake.
"Alcoholism, suicidal thoughts and depression" were just some of the issues that his victims had suffered, Judge Goldstone said.
Some members of the public began to applaud as Bennell was sentenced to 31 years, which includes one year released on licence.
During the hearing, victims described the devastating effect of the abuse they suffered at the hands of Bennell in a series of impact statements.
There were cries of "yes" in the packed courtroom as he was jailed, after one victim had confronted Bennell in the dock and had to be escorted away.
Gary Cliffe, who was abused while he was a Manchester City youth player, approached Bennell in the dock and asked: "Barry, Barry, why?" He was then escorted back to the public gallery by a court official.
One victim branded Bennell a "monster who thought it was fun to use me as a sex toy", while another complainant revealed he had contemplated suicide.
"Not a day goes by without thinking of the abuse I suffered," he said.
"I've often thought of ending my life. It was like hell on earth trying to deal with this."
Former Manchester City youth player Chris Unsworth said he had been left confused about his sexuality after being abused by Bennell.
"I gave up my chance to have children of my own because of the fear of not being able to protect them," he said.
Bennell remained impassive with his arms folded in the dock as he listened to the victims' statements.
He was described by prosecutors during his trial as a "child molester on an industrial scale" and had previously received three jail sentences for abusing boys.
The court heard Bennell was treated like "God" at Manchester City's former ground, Maine Road, and he was compared to the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as he invited boys to his house.
One victim, who he had admitted abusing in 1998, said he knew of four men who had been coached by Bennell, including former Wales manager Gary Speed, who had gone on to take their own lives.
Eleanor Laws QC, mitigating, said Bennell had suffered from cancer in the past and had operations to remove tumours from his tongue in 2004 and 2016. She said he was also on anti-anxiety medication.
But after the hearing, police and survivors of Bennell's abuse said he had shown no remorse.
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One victim, Micky Fallon said: "Today we have looked evil in the face and smiled because Barry Bennell – we have won."
Detective Inspector Sarah Oliver from Cheshire Police added: "I hope this sentence will serve as a beacon of light to other victims."