Hucknall Town FC will play on, but social club to close down
BOSSES at a beleaguered football club have vowed to fight on until at least the weekend – but its social club is to close.
Bailiffs were called in to struggling Hucknall Town FC on Friday after the club failed to pay a large tax bill.
The club has been beset by financial problems for several months, but, following an emergency committee meeting last night, the club's chief executive said it would continue.
In a statement, Steve Peat said: "The football club still exists and will fulfil its Saturday away fixture at Coalville."
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But Mr Peat could not give any assurances about the club's future beyond that date.
He said: "We have to remain positive.
"We are going to play from day to day. We are fighting to keep going for the rest of the season."
Interim first team manager Darren Kelk, said: "In the shorter term, the plan is to get this season out of the way and achieve stability within the team."
The Post has previously reported that the club owed around £87,000 to the taxman.
Last night, Mr Peat said the debt was "not anywhere as bad as that" but said he could not say how big it was.
He said the club's books would be sent off to a financial adviser to help find a solution.
Among those waiting for news outside last night's meeting at the clubhouse were representatives of Hucknall Town Harriers, who play at Hucknall Town's ground.
A spokesman for the club said: "We have about 60 kids play for us and we can't give them any assurance that they'll have somewhere to play beyond the weekend."
In his statement, Mr Peat also said the Talk of the Town social club on the site would cease to operate from today.
The news was met with disappointment from a group of former miners from the former Linby Colliery who were meant to be holding a reunion there in March.
Terry Werle , 76, of Addison Drive, Hucknall, said: "We were due to hold our reunion on March 22, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the pit closure.
"We've already sold more than 60 tickets."
The Post has reported that the financial problems meant the club has been unable to pay players.
It is at the bottom of the Evo-stik First Division South and hit a new low on New Year's Day, fielding only eight players and losing 13-0 to Loughborough Dynamo.
Five managers have left the club in the past year.