Supporters trust ‘thoroughly disappointed’ by petition to wind up Northampton Town

Members of Northampton Town Supporters Trust with their  'We Want Answers' banner outside Sixfields Stadium. This morning a trust spokesman said he is 'dissapointed' at news the HMRC is petitioning to wind up the club over an unpaid tax bill.
Members of Northampton Town Supporters Trust with their 'We Want Answers' banner outside Sixfields Stadium. This morning a trust spokesman said he is 'dissapointed' at news the HMRC is petitioning to wind up the club over an unpaid tax bill.

The chairman of Northampton Town has made a “series of promises that have not been kept” says the club’s supporters trust in light of a petition to cease Cobblers trading.

Further misery has been heaped on fans of the League Two side this morning with news Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a winding up petition against it to recover outstanding unpaid tax.

It is understood the club has missed one payment of its tax bill, and the amount owed is likely to be under £100,000.

Today also marks the end of the 21-day period given to Cobblers to repay the £10.25 million loan to Northampton Borough Council.

A club statement dismissed the tax debts as a “temporary issue due to the delays in completing the takeover.”

And chairman David Cardoza buoyantly added that he believed the club was “close to a conclusion on all matters that tidies up all of the issues surrounding the club and allows it to move forward to a much brighter future.”

But James Averill of the Northampton Town Football Club Supporters’ Trust today said fans are weary of unfulfilled promises from the chairman.

He said: “Reading the chairman’s statement it looks as if this isn’t even a problem.

“Cobblers fans are thinking, and quite rightly, why should we any notice of what he says now?

“The winding up petition is there, it’s a fact, anything the chairman says to dispute that is just conjecture.

“He has written so many things on the club’s website over the last two to three months, but everything he has said has not come off.”

But with the news the HMRC is petitioning to take Cobblers to the High Court on November 16 to wind up the company, Mr Averill said it is a worrying time for supporters.

“It’s not good reading for the club.

“We know it’s the latest in a series of unfortunate events.

“As a trust we are thoroughly disappointed that it has come to this.”

The supporters’ trust is set to meet tonight and is scheduled to meet with Northampton Borough Council tomorrow.