HMRC v. Bradford Park Avenue
Posted by John Beech on July 5, 2010
Latest club (joining Grays Athletic, Ilkeston Town, Preston North End and Southend United) to receiving a winding-up petition from HMRC is Northern Premier League club Bradford Park Avenue (1). The club is a resurrection club, having been formed in 1977 following the demise of the eponymous erstwhile Football League club in 1974. At the time of writing, there has been no acknowledgement, let alone comment, on the club website (2).
I have to admit that my file on ‘The Avenue’ is a pretty thin one. Certainly over recent years they have had a distinct lack of continuity in their managers, which suggests at least some tensions. In 2008 Chief Executive announced plans for a new stadium with a capacity of 20,000 (see The trouble with new stadiums – recent attendances have generally been below the 500 mark  although the Horsfall stadium has 1800 seats and a capacity of 5,000).
Any informed insight from readers would be much appreciated.
The debt in question is a four-figure sum (A). Director Kevin Hainsworth says “Somebody told [HMRC] in all good faith that the tax bill would be paid by a certain date and it went beyond that. Even though I had spoken to HMRC and told them it would be delayed by a couple of weeks, they just went ahead with this petition.” Whatever next! 😉