Highland Football League side Rothes FC have been served with a winding up order over an unpaid HMRC tax bill, reportedly around £30,000.
HM Revenue and Customs applied for the winding up order at Elgin Sheriff Court and if the bill remains unpaid and the application is then supported then the Mackessack Park side could be put into liquidation and assets sold off to clear the debts.
Despite the winding up order, Rothes Chairman Robbie Thomson was adamant that the money would be found to pay the tax bill.
Thomson, speaking to the Press and Journal, said: “It’s currently a tax issue, but at the moment we have no figures, and we are working on it. We are not panicking. We don’t know how much we are having to pay and how long we will have to pay it back. We have to go back to speak to the solicitors again because we are at a very early stage.”
With Rothes kicking off the new season against Fort William in the opening round of the North of Scotland cup on 18th July, Thomson added: “We will be there. Not just for the first game either, we will be there for the whole season. We will manage to raise the money. We have been in a situation like this before, and the Thomson family itself has put a lot of money into the club before.
“We fight every single day for this football club. We will ensure the club’s future again. We own our own ground and there is a lot of clubs in a worse state than we are.”
Former Rothes chief executive Brian Cameron was stunned to hear the news, he commented: “I don’t know much money Rothes owe HMRC, but when I heard about this I was absolutely shocked and upset that the first anybody in the community had heard about the situation was by rumour.
“It looks very much as if heads have been buried in the sand. I am concerned as to how far this situation has been allowed to progress, hopefully it hasn’t been allowed to got too far.”