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Hereford United facing new battle to pay debts

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

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Hereford United supporters have been told that the Conference Premier club are again under threat of being wound up over an unpaid tax bill.

A fans' forum at Edgar Street heard that the Bulls need to find £78,000 in two weeks to pay their latest Revenue and Customs PAYE demand.

But, while the board have admitted they are considering administration and the club's auditors say there is "significant doubt" as to whether the Bulls can carry on, fans have been assured that nothing will happen this week.

Hereford will not be put into administration before tomorrow's deadline – thereby ensuring that the 10-point penalty for any club taking such a step would not be imposed until next season.

Hereford chairman David Keyte reported losses of £499,000 for the year ending April 2013 at last week's annual general meeting – and said they need £300,000 to see out the current season.

The Bulls evaded their last winding-up threat, over the non-payment of a £36,800 PAYE bill in late January

Since then, they have undertaken a string of cost-cutting measures, including the sale of their most marketable asset, Josh O'Keefe, to Kidderminster Harriers.

Hereford have taken just three points from their last 10 games, leading to last week's sacking of manager Martin Foyle and his number two Andy Porter. Youth team boss Peter Beadle is currently in charge.

United's directors have also put in a further £10,000 to meet some of the players wages. Midfielder Rob Purdie confirmed that the players had received some money which had been shared amongst them according to need.

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