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Swindon Town Football Club faces court over law firm debt

A football club which faced a winding up order over unpaid tax will face a second High Court hearing in March.

Swindon Town Football Club told the court that debts to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs had been cleared.

But during the course of the hearing, legal firm St John Law said it was also owed money and applied for it to be part of the order.

The solicitor acting on behalf of Swindon said the debt was a personal one belonging to club owner Lee Power.

The case will be heard on 9 March.

The club told the court that the costs had arisen from an ownership battle which had seen Mr Power take over the running of the League One side.

Mr Power has previously said the issue arose because of the financial complications he inherited after his takeover of the club from former chairman Jed McCrory, which was legally approved in the summer.

Mr Power and his Swinton Reds 20 firm took control of the club in December.

Mr McCrory's consortium had bought a 99% shareholding in Swindon from Andrew Black in February 2013.

Mr Power came in as a director and part-owner two months later and invested £1.2m.

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