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Southend United on the brink once more 24 May 2013

Southend United Football Club has been issued with another winding up petition by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

The hearing over an unpaid tax bill will be heard on Monday 24 June at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

The wind up petition is the club’s sixth in the last four years. The League Two club was taken to court in March 2013 by HMRC – Southend United subsequently settled the debt and the case was dismissed.

In 2011, the Essex club was issued with a similar order from Charterhouse Commercial Finance Plc, who were owed £140,000, which the club subsequently paid.

Southend United were served with two petitions by HMRC in 2010, as well as one in 2009 over an unpaid tax bill.

The club currently plays at the Roots Hall stadium but was granted planning permission for a 22,000 seat-stadium at Fossett’s Farm by Southend Council in April.

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is believed to be financing the move in order to fulfil its plans to build a new supermarket at the Roots Hall site.

Southend United finished the 2012-2013 season in 11th place and were runners-up in the Johnstones Paint Trophy final, losing to Crewe Alexandria.



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