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Offline sbahnhof

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Notts County takeover
« on: January 04, 2017, 08:28:43 AM »
So, in 2016 Notts were delivered three winding-up orders, by those zany windup artists at HM Revenue & Customs.

Owner Ray Trew has been trying to sell the club, and it looks like he's found a buyer.

But this left Notts County Ladies in a very uncertain situation, even fearing for their future.

so will Notts County be around next season ?
Who will apply for their licence ?
What's the latest on that - I read that a deal has been agreed to buy Notts County but not whether it included the womens team. 

The East Mids needs some kind of representation at the top level so if not Notts I don't know if any of the other candidates would be in a position to take on a franchise.   Derby, Forest and Leics all have a stronger presence in female youth football than Notts anyway.   I know it's not the way it works but I prefer a system where the next side down gets promoted.

At the time of the third winding-up order in December, the women's team were told that the company Notts County Ladies Limited would be dissolved in mid-February. Questions unanswered, major doubts about the team's continued existence, and a game of Fantasy WSL Franchise Solitaire all round.


Notts' Cup final team in 2015 (fourthandfifteen)


But, in the last week of 2016, there was some news for the team and fans. Nothing official yet, but it looks like Notts Ladies will continue, according to a message from the prospective new owner, Bigalanh5.

What Bigalanh5 said was in this tweet: https://twitter.com/Bigalanh5/status/814123438294044672

His IRL alias is "Alan Hardy"... bit of a daft name.

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Businessman Alan Hardy says his takeover of Notts County could be completed within hours. [...] Mr Hardy has also given hope to fans of Notts County Ladies FC, saying the FA Women’s Super League side are “very much” part of his plans.

Remains to be seen how it'll pan out, of course. Regarding the new season/spring series, manager Rick Passmoor talked in depth about the squad and contracts in October. From MWFB's information, the team has only had 2 changes so far, Avi Luik and Sophie Walton leaving the club.

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Re: Notts County takeover
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2017, 07:48:59 AM »
More trouble for Notts Ladies:

http://www.nottinghampost.com/notts-county-face-fresh-winding-up-threat-over-claimed-debt-of-nearly-700-000/story-30114750-detail/story.html

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Just 25 names further down the same court list though Notts County Ladies appeared and they still remain on the taxman's hook. They are said to owe a tax bill of £90,000.

Hannah Thornley, for HMRC, told the judge that the major part of the amount owing by the ladies club had been outstanding for two years and that no money had been received from them for a year. She urged that the winding-up order should be made.


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Re: Notts County takeover
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2017, 12:14:57 PM »
Shame for them but what would happen if they fold, extra promotion? no relegation?  or would factors like finances, facilities, rtc/academy trump position in the pyramid?   

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Re: Notts County takeover
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2017, 07:38:22 PM »
FAWSL will doubtless be very quiet on this issue, unless Notts are wound up. Similar with Watford Ladies being unable to play their Cup tie at Doncaster last week. They are only too happy to publicise good news, but they have to take rough with the smooth if they are to be viewed as creditable.

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Re: Notts County takeover
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2017, 07:30:04 AM »
FAWSL will doubtless be very quiet on this issue, unless Notts are wound up. Similar with Watford Ladies being unable to play their Cup tie at Doncaster last week. They are only too happy to publicise good news, but they have to take rough with the smooth if they are to be viewed as creditable.

+1!

It would also help if more media were willing to ask the awkward questions, or even just ask the FA to comment. It all feels like wading through a mass of positive PR to get to anything substantial.

Hardy says he's paid off the debt in full... for the men's team. Not the ladies' team yet, even though their debt was a lot lower.

http://www.nottinghampost.com/notts-county-ladies-owner-alan-hardy-slams-hmrc-as-club-faces-being-dissolved-in-high-court/story-30114282-detail/story.html

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Re: Notts County takeover
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2017, 08:04:26 PM »
The comments and speculation which appear on social media when something is not "right" with WSL is something WSL seems unable (or unwilling?) to respond to if they notice it.