Llanelli AFC hit with fresh winding up order blow
LLANELLI AFC is facing another winding up order.
The Reds have hit the headlines over the past year following a series of such actions, and the latest appearance will come just a week after the social club was repossessed by the town council.
Fans of the Reds have described the recent news as very sad.
In September, the club were saved from a possible final whistle after paying off debts, but just two months later, in November, they faced another petition.
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Again, the club avoided closure when the petition was dismissed in London's High Court, following a request by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs lawyers after payments were received.
In January, chairman Nitin Parekh stood down, and the club appointed Ken Francis to take over, just days after another winding up order was issued. It is not known what the conclusion of that order was.
Town clerk Mel Edwards confirmed the town council had taken over the running of the social club.
"We're now looking at options for the best way forward regarding the social club," he said.
He said the move to take over followed a decision made by council on March 6, because Llanelli AFC had no lease to occupy the club, adding: "Our solicitors were involved, there was due process and it's unfortunate, but that's the position."
He added that the amount outstanding owed to the town council was in the region of £9,500.
Club general manager Nigel Richards confirmed Llanelli AFC was facing a further winding up order in the High Court on Monday.
Last summer, he warned that the club could fold if game attendance levels did not improve.
Howard Thomas, who has followed the Reds for 25 years, said the loss of the club would be devastating for the town.
"I hope someone will come in and take it on, cut the costs accordingly," he said. "As long as the council are prepared for them to use the ground to play, that's the most important thing."
The 67-year-old said he felt the players were battling on, despite all the financial drama.