16 September 2020 16:38
Macclesfield Town Football Club have been wound up after a judge was told they owed half a million pounds to creditors. A supporter's group say they putting together a rescue bid after the "devastating" ruling earlier today. Judge Sebastian Prentis made a winding up order at a virtual hearing of the specialist Insolvency and Companies Court on Wednesday morning. He was told the club owe nearly £190,000 in tax and more than £170,000 to two other creditors. Lawyers representing HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) had applied for a winding up order.
The club's owner Amar Alkadhi had asked for a further eight week adjournment to allow a sale of the club to go through. But judge, overseeing the latest in a series of hearings, said he could see nothing which gave him "any comfort" that the club can pay the debts. Macclesfield, known as the Silkmen, were beginning life back in non-league after being relegated from the fourth tier of league football following the conclusion of last season. They were relegated after being docked points for breaches of regulations relating to non-payment of wages which dropped them to the bottom of League Two. (Image: Getty Images) Having been founded as 'Macclesfield' in 1874, the club were reformed in their current guise in 1946 following the end of the Second World War. Twice FA Trophy winners, they were promoted back into the league for the first time in 1997 and spent a season in the third tier in 1998-99, where they twice played Manchester City. They spent 15 years in the football league before being relegated in 2012. They earned promotion again in 2018 but their latest stint was short lived after financial problems saw them deducted points by the EFL and subsequently relegated in August. The club have so far made no comment following today's decision. The Silkmen Supporter's Trust (SST) said in a statement issued this afternoon they were "devastated" by the decision. "We are currently looking into what actions we can take to save the club and as such will be seeking a meeting with the receiver as soon as possible. "In the meantime the SST will attempt to put together a rescue bid. "We ask all our fans to unite and get behind the SST. "We ask any fan with specialist knowledge to conatct us asap." There was sadness from fans and locals who took to social media to express their upset at the club's plight. Trevor Priestman said on Twitter: "Sad news about Macclesfield Town. I spent 9 years running the away end as the steward supervisor and it was such a lovely atmosphere each home game. The club being wound up will be a massive blow to local area and its many fans." Julie Saunders, also a former steward, said: "Absolutely heartbreaking what has happened to Macclesfield town football club it should never have happened i had some fantastic times working there and worked with some lovely people and fantastic fans." Will O'Donnell said: "RIP Macclesfield Town. Hopefully the fans can pick up and form a Phoenix side. Can't even begin to imagine what the loyal fans who watch them every week must be feeling right now." Silkmen Army said: "This is not news to Macclesfield Town fans. Mentally we've been dead for 6 months. What a club. What a ride. All my love." The Football Supporters Federation said: "Awful news today that Macclesfield Town have been wound up. We want the Government to kickstart a fan led review of football governance as it promised in its manifesto."