Bailiffs are sent in to seize assets at troubled Hucknall Town Football Club
THE future of Hucknall Town Football Club is shrouded in uncertainty after bailiffs seized its assets.
Club bosses are set to debate its prospects at a meeting tonight in the face of a large tax debt.
HM Revenue and Customs sent in the bailiffs on Friday afternoon.
They took machinery including mowing equipment as well as items from the club bar.
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It was the latest blow for the club, which has been struggling financially for several years.
Chief executive Steve Peat said: "These are difficult times at the moment. The bailiffs have come in and taken anything which was of value.
"They came with a big van and took the stuff away. These included some essentials, for example we can't cut the grass at the moment."
The Watnall Road club has been struggling to pay back a tax bill of tens of thousands of pounds.
It has been unable to pay players and is currently at the bottom of the Evo-stik First Division South. On New Year's Day they only had eight players, losing 13-0 to Loughborough Dynamo.
Meanwhile five managers have left the club in the last year, with Darren Kelk currently in temporary charge.
The trouble comes less than eight years since the club reached the FA Trophy Final against Grays Athletic at Aston Villa's Villa Park stadium.
Mr Kelk was unable to comment on whether his side would be able to fulfil its fixture list.
He said: "I was made aware on Friday of the bailiffs being at the club. They stripped the bar and took machinery. It's a very tough and sad time for the club."
Mr Kelk said one solution they had discussed to resolve the problem of player numbers was to draft in some of Mansfield Town's youth side.
He said: "We are waiting until after the meeting to see if we can take this forward."
Supporter Alan Morris, 47, of Hucknall, was sad to hear of the bailiffs' visit.
He said: "It's distressing but it's been coming really. Everyone knows the club is in trouble. It's a very sad time when things like this are happening to local football teams."
Other fans have taken to message boards and Twitter to express their dismay.
On the Hucknall Town FC fans' forum a user called Yellow Mellow said: "Such a shame it has come to this. I do hope something can be salvaged, but wouldn't count on it."
A supporter on Twitter said: "Horrible to hear about Hucknall Town."
Eric Graves said: "Very sad to hear what has happened at Hucknall Town. I hope my old club survive. Good set of core fans."