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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 [3] although the Horsfall stadium has 1800 seats and a capacity of 5,000).

Any informed insight from readers would be much appreciated.

BRADFORD PARK AVENUE UPDATE – 6 July 2010

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! 😉

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3 Responses to “HMRC v. Bradford Park Avenue”

  1. Nick said

    The same Bradford Park Avenue that faked a pre-season tour to Spain a couple of seasons back? Take a look at this excellent post on Two Hundred Per Cent (http://www.twohundredpercent.net/?p=1015). Those Spanish tours must be expensive. Excellent blog John.

  2. Keith Long said

    Bradford are another example of what you have identified as a club solely dependent on a benefactor; in this case, millionaire builder Bob Blackburn. He has been subsidising them for the past few years, with a wages bill far higher than most if not all of their rivals (and presumably more than can be sustained on average attendances of 400-500.)

    BB’s most recent comment regarding the new ground at Thornbury was that it was only ever designed initially to be a capacity of 6000, with the scope to be increased to 20,000 as and when……..

    With the current state of the economy, though, it seems unlikely that anything will be happening in the short to medium term.

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