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Commentary on the management of over 160 English football clubs by Dr John Beech, winner of the FSF Writer of the Year Award 2009/10 Twitter: @JohnBeech Curator of! Football Finance

HMRC’s increasingly active season

Posted by John Beech on July 15, 2009

Taking the season as beginning on 1 August 2008, HMRC have petitioned courts for winding up orders against the following clubs (dates refer to publication in The London Gazette):

7 August – Merthyr Tydfil

17 September – Margate

8 January – Fisher Athletic

15 January – Northwich Victoria

23 April – Merthyr Tydfil

7 May – Hyde United

28 May – Accrington Stanley

18 June – Margate

6 July – Harlow Town

9 July – King’s Lynn

Of these, Harlow Town is a bit of mystery to me. The case is due to be heard next Wednesday, but I can find no reports of what lies behind it, the size of the debt in particular. The club’s website (1) produces a ‘Server not found’ error message. Does anyone know what is going on?

While the numbers are small, it is difficult to resist the view that HMRC is starting to get tough, notwithstanding their granting Bournemouth further time to pay (see previous posting).

To put these in a broader context, other petitioners have been:

7 August – Leyton (NOT Leyton Orient) – Collyer Bristow LLP

3 December – Merthyr Tydfil – Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

9 December – Bournemouth – Portner

30 January – Darwen – ING Lease (UK)

13 February – Burscough – Hurlston Brooke

9 March – Hinckley United – 1st Class Hygiene

23 March – Hinckley United – EON

30 March – Northwich Victoris – DWF LLP

15 April – Hornchurch FC (2005) – Portakabin


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