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Southend United face winding up notice 19 February 2013

Southend United Football Club is once again facing a winding up petition for unpaid taxes to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

It is the fifth time in four years that the club has faced calls to wind-up the club and the side must once again appear at the High Court on 18 March if it does not settle its debts or reach an agreement with HMRC in the interim period.

Npower League 2 side – known locally as The Shrimpers – currently stand just four places outside the play-off places for promotion to League 1, but would almost certainly face a points deduction if the side slips into administration.

When contacted by Insolvency News, the club said it ‘probably would not’ be issuing a statement on the matter.

This follows comments made by club chairman Ron Martin to BBC Essex saying that the unpaid taxes would be “dealt with in the normal order of business”.

Two years ago The Shrimpers were once again up in court over yet another unpaid tax bill, but the club managed to stave off administration after it reached a repayment deal with creditors.

The club has endured an agonising wait for a new stadium at the local Fossetts Farm site which has been planned in partnership with Sainsbury’s Supermarkets. However, the planning application was deferred once more in January.

Construction of the new stadium has been scheduled for Spring of this year, with a view to the club moving into the first phase of the new stadium for the start of the 2014 season.



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