Day: February 11, 2013

Notts County And The Phantom Winding Up Petition

It may have been one of the more curious winding up petitions that the High Court on The Strand will have dealt with today, at least. The petition against Notts County Football Club Ltd, which was brought, and there are no great surprises here, by HMRC, was reportedly dismissed in a matter of seconds this, but the fact that the club claims to have been unaware of any such proceedings even having been raised until they were tipped off by a supporter of Plymouth Argyle raises questions over the processes that are currently being used by the tax collectors in their apparently relentless pursuit of football clubs through the courts. That there was an issue at all was first flagged up Friday night, when a Plymouth supporter sent an email to the club confirming that they were listed at The High Court for a winding up petition to be heard this morning. The club hastily arranged legal representation and put up an angry statement denying not only that it owed any tax money but also that it had not previously been made aware of these proceedings. By law, of course the defendant in any such proceedings has to notified of them, but there were further complications to add to these mysterious proceedings that further clouded the issue. Not only were the proceedings not listed on the official journal of...

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That Was The Weekend That Was: Scuffs, Stumbles & The Decline Of Wolves

A goal from Danny Batth two minutes into stoppage time at the end of Saturday afternoon’s match at Molineux between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United was enough to rescue a critical point for the home side, one which kept them out of the relegation places, above Barnsley on goal difference alone. The decline of Wolverhampton Wanderers over the course of this season has been one of the under-reported stories of the Championship season so far, and their trip to Oakwell a week tomorrow now takes on the attributes of something that no Wolves supporter would have expected at the start of the season – a relegation six-pointer – and there seems to have been improved under Dean Saunders, who has now gone five games without a win since taking over at Molineux. None of the clubs relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season have exactly set the Championship alight this season, though, although the other two did at least win at the weekend. Bolton Wanderers eased their own relegation fears in coming from behind to beat Burnley, while Blackburn Rovers are now up to eighth place in the table after their third successive win, although this one was dependent on a scrappy own goal from the Ipswich Town goalkeeper Stephen Henderson to guarantee them all three points at Ewood Park. It was, in general terms,...

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