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Ex-One True Voice singer Matt Johnson accused of making death threat to Flintshire football icon

A FORMER boyband singer appeared in court charged with threatening to kill ex-Wales football captain Kevin Ratcliffe.

Matt Johnson, a former member of reality TV group One True Voice, denied the charge at Mold Magistrates Court.

The 25-year-old gave his full name and address as Matthew Philip Johnson, of Ebony Court, Ewloe.

District Judge Andrew Shaw heard the alleged incident stemmed from a neighbours’ dispute.

The full allegation read that on September 8 this year: “At Deeside, Flintshire without lawful excuse made to Kevin Ratcliffe a threat to kill him intending that the said Kevin Ratcliffe would fear that the said threat would be carried out contrary to Section 16 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861.”

Dressed in black trousers and a dark shirt, Johnson pleaded not guilty.

After a short hearing he was bailed to reappear at the trial in January.

The case has now been adjourned until January 20 at Mold Magistrates for a trial.

Johnson had his first major taste of fame in 2002 when he made it through public votes to the final of ITV’s Popstars The Rivals – which also produced girl group Girls Aloud – to form One True Voice with four other young men.

Their debut single Sacred Trust/After You're Gone went head-to-head with Girls Aloud on December 16, 2002, for the Christmas number one spot.

One True Voice lost out to the girls and had to settle for the number two position.

But while Girls Aloud went from strength to strength and became a huge hit, One True Voice faded into obscurity.

Johnson continued his songwriting and performing career and is set to perform at a series of private functions lined up over the coming months.

Born in Mancot, Kevin Ratcliffe was capped nearly 60 times for Wales, often as captain.

Regarded as one of the best central defenders of his generation, he also captained Everton, making more than 460 appearances for the Toffees and capturing honours including the FA Cup, the Football League Championship and the European Cup Winners Cup.

At the end of his playing career. he managed Chester City