Deadline to pay off debts

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A FOOTBALL club faces an eight-week race to pay undisclosed debts.

Lawyers for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs requested a 56-day adjournment of the case against Billingham Town Football Club Ltd earlier this week in a bid to come to a settlement.

But the legal team for the club say the debts relate to the limited company which holds the Bedford Terrace ground - not the Northern League Division One team itself.

An adjournment of the case was granted until Monday, April 23.

While Billingham Town FC was formed in 1967, Billingham Town FC Ltd was formed in 1994 to hold and develop the ground. The two entities of the football team and limited company are run separately.

Registrar Nicholls adjourned the case against the company but it is believed that, if the debts are failed to be cleared by the fixed adjournment date without good excuse, it is likely to be wound up and its affairs effectively handed over to an Official Receiver.

Barrister Richard Bloomfield, acting on behalf of the company, said it was recognised that the original football team had never been part of the limited company and the football club would continue irrespective of the outcome of the petition.