Essex

Southend United to foot legal bill after High Court case dismissed

Roots Hall, home of Southend United
Image caption The court heard Southend United's tax bill had been paid

A winding-up petition against Southend United Football Club has been dismissed at the High Court.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) issued the club with the petition last month over an unpaid tax bill.

The club's case was one of more than 100 listed on the Companies Court winding up list. It was the club's fifth petition in four years.

Southend, which declined to comment on the case, were ordered to pay the legal costs.

In February, club chairman Ron Martin said the undisclosed tax bill would be "dealt with in the normal order of business".

The League Two team last fought a winding-up petition from HMRC two years ago and staved off two other petitions in 2010.

The first was over an unpaid tax bill, while the other was from Charterhouse Commercial Finance Plc who were owed £140,000 - which the club paid.

The Shrimpers also avoided going into administration in November 2009 when they paid off £690,000 in arrears to HMRC.

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