Northampton Town confirms players and staff have not been paid today but says all squad members are ‘on the bus’ for Newport game

Cobblers manager Chris Wilder who, like the players and staff at the club, has not been paid today
Cobblers manager Chris Wilder who, like the players and staff at the club, has not been paid today

Players and staff at Northampton Town Football Club have not been paid today as feared after the club’s bank account was frozen last month.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Cobblers owed the HMRC £166,000 in unpaid taxes.

Northampton Town players have not received their wages today, a spokesman has confirmed.

Northampton Town players have not received their wages today, a spokesman has confirmed.

As a result, the taxman has lodged a petition to wind up the club at the High Court in London on November 16. In the interim, the club’s accounts have been frozen.

Fears players and back-room staff would not receive their pay packet this month were aired at Monday night’s public meeting at the Guildhall by chief executive James Whiting.

This morning, a spokesman for the club confirmed that no one had received their wages today, which is the usual payday.

Be said: “Players are prepared for the game at Newport County as normal tomorrow.

“Obviously these are difficult circumstances or everyone, but we all remain committed and determined to stick together.”

The spokesman said all the players selected for the game against Newport were “on the bus” to Rodney Parade today.

At this stage, it is not known when Cobblers staff and players are likely to be paid.

On Tuesday, Cobblers skipper Marc Richards said: “These are difficult times, but we will all stick together, we appreciate being told face to face, and we will help each other through.

“Clearly we are all hoping for confirmed news on the takeover as soon as possible but as players that is beyond our control.

“We will prepare for the Newport County game, and our full focus and commitment will be on that, this news doesn’t change that.”