The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Katie Falk­ing­ham

NORTHAMP­TON Bor­ough Coun­cil have lodged a pe­ti­toon ask­ing for Northamp­ton Town to be put into ad­min­is­tra­tion – in a bid to save the club from liq­ui­da­tion.

The club, which owes £10.25m to the coun­cil for loans used to help with the re­de­vel­op­ment of Six­fields Sta­dium, is due in court tomorrow over an un­paid tax bill of £166,000.

And with ex-Ox­ford United chair­man Kelvin Thomas be­ing close to a takeover, the coun­cil has pledged to do ev­ery­thing within its pow­ers to pro­tect the club’s fu­ture.

Leader of Northamp­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil, Mary Markham, said:“The coun­cil, when it met on Novem­ber 2, was urged to take steps to op­pose the pe­ti­tion for liq­ui­da­tion from HMRC, and it is unan­i­mously com­mit­ted to do all it can to sup­port the Cob­blers and their fol­low­ers.

“This course of ac­tion would pre­vent the club be­ing put into liq­ui­da­tion and would give us time to con­tinue work­ing with other in­ter­ested par­ties, in­clud­ing the Supporters’ Trust, to put to­gether a res­cue plan for the club.”

The Foot­ball League have con­firmed the Cob­blers would not face los­ing points by the coun­cil lodg­ing the pe­ti­tion. Only if the club goes into ad­min­is­tra­tion will it in­cur a points’ de­duc­tion.

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