Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Clacton: Cricket club pulls out of region’s top tier after settling £10,000 tax bill

10:06 18 February 2014

Archant

A well-known cricket club in north Essex has been forced to pull out of the region’s top league after paying a £10,000 tax bill.

Clacton-on-Sea Cricket Club says after settling its account with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) it can not afford to support a team in the East Anglian Premier Cricket League (EAPCL) for the forthcoming season, due to start on Saturday April 19.

The club, known as the Seasiders, says it has taken the decision to prevent it going into bankruptcy and hopes that its first team can be entered into the second tier of the region’s cricket competition - Division one of the Two Counties League - in 2015.

The East Anglian Premier League says it has accepted the resignation but that no decision has been taken on what will happen next.

Chairman of Clacton Cricket Club, Pierre Oxley, said: “If we had continued in the EAPCL we would not have been able to function financially as a club.

“It costs a lot of money and commitment to compete at that level - we spend around £15,000 per year to run the club – and it was a struggle.

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly and it was unanimous at the annual general meeting held last week.

“We were not prepared to make the cricket club bankrupt. We had fought the HMRC for as long as we could and have taken advice from chartered accountants Baker Tilly.

“If we didn’t settle now, there would have been significant penalties, week on week, and we don’t want to bankrupt the club.”

Mr Oxley said the total bill including costs was around £10,000. He said the tax debts related to a number of payments including those for hiring an overseas coach. He said an ongoing problem with vandalism at the club’s ground on Valance Way had caused around £15,000 worth of damage in recent years and put further strain on the finances.

He added: “HMRC is going after amateur sports clubs and once the taxman is onto you - you will have to settle at some point.

“We are hoping that the EAPCL, the Two Counties League and the ECB will support us in what we are doing – ensuring Clacton has a cricket club for the long term and decides to relegate us, so we can start the 2015/16 season in Division One.

“We hope they don’t take a decision to expel the team from the league, so we only have one senior team - as that would be another nail in the coffin of the club.”

Last night, secretary of the EAPCL, Andy Abbott, said he could not comment on what might happen until he had received feedback from the Two Counties League and before the management committee of the EAPCL meet on February 27 to discuss the issue.

“This has come out of the blue. We have accepted Clacton’s resignation and we are sad to hear the news,” he said.

“It is a salutary lesson to other sports clubs to pay as you earn and to meet your legal obligations.”

Currently Clacton Cricket Club has second senior team playing in Divison Four. Mr Oxley said he envisioned a number of first team players turning out for that team during the forthcoming season and that others would leave.

He added; “We finished fifth in the EAPCL last year but the majority of our players were from London or outside of Clacton.

“We want to consolidate the club in Clacton - have a competitive team in Division Four next season and come back with two teams.

“We have some great youth sides and a girls side and we want to build from there, so we have a stock of good Clacton-based players coming through.”

0 comments

Mick McCarthy communicates to his players at Ashton Gate

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy admits it has been ‘one step forwards, one step back’ for his side this season following today’s 2-0 defeat at Bristol City.

Luke Chambers reacts in disbelief as the referee awards Bristol City a first half penalty. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

Ipswich Town lost 2-0 at Bristol City for the second season in succession courtesy of a controversial first half penalty and a second half screamer.

Cole Skuse on the ball during the Ipswich Town v Burton Albion (Sky Bet Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 18 October 2016.    Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.com

It was the Blue’s biggest win of the season – but after defeating QPR Mick McCarthy’s men now have to show they can start putting together back-to-back wins in order to climb up the table.

Luke Varney congratulates Tom Lawrence after he had given Town a 3-0 lead in the Ipswich Town v Queens Park Rangers (Sky Bet Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 26 November 2016.    Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.com

Ipswich Town head to Ashton Gate this afternoon, aiming to record back-to-back wins in the Championship for the first time this season.

Cole Skuse beats Conor Coady to the ball at Wolves

Cole Skuse returns to Ashton Gate for the first time as an opposition player today, when his Ipswich Town side travel to Bristol City.

Luke Chambers celebrates Ipswich Town's recent win at Sheffield Wednesday

One goal either way could well prove decisive when Ipswich Town play at Ashton Gate, the home of Bristol City, tomorrow (3pm kick-off).

Town manager Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy will stick with his winning formula at Bristol City tomorrow, even if his team selection remains unpopular amongst some supporters.

Cole Skuse

Blues midfielder Cole Skuse will celebrate with relish, should he get on the scoresheet at former club Bristol City tomorrow.

Mick McCarthy

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy said he had never encountered any stories of child abuse in football until this week, and says the number of alleged victims is “appalling”.

Cole Skuse.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has taken the unusual step of naming his side for Saturday’s trip to Bristol City - the Blues set to be unchanged for the Championship game at Ashton Gate.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24