Northampton Borough Council backs motion to help NTFC Supporters' Trust

2nd Nov 2015

We were absolutely delighted to see so many Cobblers fans turn out at the special meeting of Northampton Borough Council this evening at The Guildhall.

On what was a poignant day for us all following the sad death of Brian Lomax this morning, we know he would have been proud of so many supporters uniting together and showing the council how much this club means to the community.

At the meeting a motion was proposed that called on the authority to work in the best interests of the club, but also importantly this Trust.

The motion was worded as follows: 

 “This Council notes that Northampton Town Football Club owes this local authority £10.25 million and as yet has not repaid the debt. The club has missed three repayment deadlines and has been asked for the full amount to be repaid.  This has not been forthcoming.

This Council further notes that HMRC has issued a winding up petition against Northampton Town Football Club for unpaid taxes. This case will be heard in the High Court in London on November 16th 2015.

This Council resolves to:

1. Do whatever we can to help Northampton Town Football Club and the Supporters Trust.

2. Retrieve the £10.25 million of public money.

3. Ask Audit committee to review our policies and procedures and make recommendations necessary for implementation in business arrangements of this nature. The Audit Committee would then present any recommendations to Full Council."

The council backed this motion and we are pleased that the council has endorsed the Trust’s interests as a key stakeholder. We also welcome the non-political efforts of all councillors to find a way forward.

Thank you once again to all those fans who came tonight.