The Northern Football League
Published 28th February 2012
....adjourned for 56 days on Monday.
Barrister Richard Bloomfield, who acts on behalf of the company, said: “I can confirm that a winding up petition has been presented by HM Revenue & Customs against Billingham Town Football Club Limited. By agreement, this has been adjourned for 56 days. Billingham Town Football Club was formed in 1967 as Billingham Sporting and changed its name to Billingham Town in 1982. The club is run by committee.
"Billingham Town Football Club Limited was formed in 1994 to hold and develop the ground. It has one director.
"The football team in the STL Northern League and limited company are run separately.
"I have written to Mike Appleby, the FA's Leagues and Clubs Manager who – despite my invitation to do so - has not disputed that the recognised playing club is the original football team which has never been part of the limited company. Similarly, Mr Appleby has failed to produce any application for the limited company to be the recognised playing club instead of the limited company.
“Irrespective of the outcome of the petition, the football club will continue.”
“The ground is owned by Stockton Borough Council under a lease. Bloomfield continued: “The council has been kept aware of developments. The council claims there are rent arrears and is therefore entitled to forfeit the lease.
“The ground is an amenity provided for the residents and council tax payers of the Borough. It would obviously protect their position if the council acted now to retake the ground to ensure that it remains available for those residents and tax payers.”