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Pompey handed winding up order!!!

There was Mark Jacob talking to The Guardian this morning about things 'turning around' etc. and this afternoon both sky sports and the BBC have announced that Pompey have been issued, and on December 23rd, a winding up order from HM Revenue & Customs!

Pompey suffer new blow: sky sports - here.

Portsmouth faces wind up petition: BBC - here.

I do not really know what more I can say, this is a Happy New Year present isn't it...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 30 2009

Time: 2:07PM

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Now just watch the players leave the sinking ship in their droves...And who can blame them!
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30/12/2009 14:13:00

Nobody could blame them, Penton. And Avram Grant too I shouldn't wonder. This is the stuff that nightmares are made of. Why have these muppets taken over our club if all they can do is destroy it?
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30/12/2009 14:15:00

I think it was already destroyed before SAF and Al Mirage came along. PUP
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30/12/2009 14:19:00

spot on Norfolk, i think we DO have to be fair, maybe these guys are not doing what we would have hoped they had but the previous administration WERE the ones that got us into this ***** so lets be somewhat fair..
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30/12/2009 14:20:00

the premier league will jump in, they will not want 'the best league in the world' soiled like this but they WILL be desperate for us to go down - as i suspect they have been for some time...

certainly another nail in the coffin, only a couple more needed - happy new year guys!
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30/12/2009 14:20:00

Yes its true, it was Sacha that got us into this debt. I just don't understand why two lots of new owners have stepped in saying they were going to move the club forward, and yet this happens. And that's despite a whole summer of due diligence, so it can't be the case that nobody knew how bad things were.
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30/12/2009 14:23:00

I don't think that anyone will leave unless an offer comes in, as long as they are being paid ...
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30/12/2009 14:27:00

Don't panic dear, it's only an order
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30/12/2009 14:35:00

Sorry, just trying to lighten the mood
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30/12/2009 14:35:00

You can't mess with the tax man. Serious implications if can't sort this out. Hard to imagine the transfer embargo will be lifted but many players may choose to go elsewhere. Dark days indeed.
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30/12/2009 14:40:00

Too true Tony.. Some are speaking as if it was totally unexpected ! ... If you don't pay ya Tax .. the Tax man comes knocking... so he's knocked and knocked and got no response.. now he is seeking alternate ways to get his bill settled !
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30/12/2009 14:41:00

mark jacob said that we hadn't had the benefit of a transfer window. presumably by "benefit" he meant that it allowed us to raise yet more cash by even more asset stripping!
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30/12/2009 14:55:00

SAF took an age doing "due diligence", obviously Al Mirage did not....either way, both were hoodwinked at best by the biggest sheister to hit Pompey in years !!! Another Sad day, and don't think tonight will do much to lighten the mood......even more question marks tonight ?? ? ? ? ? ? ??
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30/12/2009 15:27:00

It's hard to know what the mood will be like tonight. Hopefully noisy, even if the chants are directed against the board.
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30/12/2009 15:34:00

Funny that Chix! The fans too have been knocking and knocking and getting no response, and I imagine tonight they too might just try to extract their payment as well...We shall see!
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30/12/2009 15:42:00

I suppose this court hearing in February gives a chance to asset strip the playing staff away, and hopefully pay this debt as well as the others that might sue, and save the existence of the club. I guess we have to accept that, and the consequence of relegation as the cost of keeping the club alive. Probably be left with a squad that won't be able to compete in the Champo either. We didn't know when Sol lifted the cup, what the true cost of that was, did we.
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30/12/2009 15:50:00

if a small club like Wimbledon can effectively reform with such a small support..then if the worst comes to the worst so will Pompey.... But here are my Thoughts... David Gold...a fantastic chairman...fials in his bid to purchase his beloved West Ham Utd, but gets Pompey on the cheap...thats my hope...and sorts out this complete nonsence that ALL the previous chairman have caused...Yes..all from Deacon to gregory to Mandaric to Gaydamak to abbott and costello who have had the club in the recent times...
plymouth graham
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30/12/2009 16:20:00

Should we apportion the blame or just try and work out how we get out of this mess. tracy is spot on Due Diligence took all summer surely these debts were indentified then? Income Tax or VAT is the primary debt of any business and should be paid first, other debts have been settled why not HMRC?
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30/12/2009 16:43:00

Statement by the Club PFC Statement Portsmouth Football Club has not been formally served with a winding up petition and is shocked and surprised this action has been taken in respect of VAT, PAYE and National Insurance Contributions which either have been, or are about to be paid, or are disputed. The club is disputing the VAT amount outstanding and has formally notified HMRC of this. We expect HMRC to withdraw their demands forthwith. Otherwise we anticipate a hearing being held in early January 2010 during which we will request that the High Court order HMRC to withdraw their demands. Since the takeover by Ali Al Faraj in October 2009, extreme efforts have been made to reach payment arrangements with HMRC to allow the owner time to deal with inherited debt. To date the new owner has injected a total of £9.7m of new funds to HMRC - £5.7m paid and security to the value of £4M. In such a tough economic environment the club finds it hard to understand this action by HMRC. It is well known that the business has been in a difficult position following former owners’ decisions and the current owner is committed to resolving this and moving forward. Don't know whether to believe this as we have beem misled so often. But perhaps all is not lost. Just in case it's the last time they play together, let's give the lads and the manager all our special support tonight - whatever we may think of the owners.
erithacus rubecula
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30/12/2009 17:18:00

Say what you want boys as a True Scummer I wouldn't wish your position on any club, Trust me I know we've been there and i'm sure most of you had a pop at us whilst we were going through it!!!, But I was really looking forward to getting the best local derby in the country back on next season and if you go out of business that won't happen. So heres to Pompey pulling through financially and the two of us meeting up in the championship next year and for many more to come.
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30/12/2009 17:25:00

Actually Tony it's only a petition, the judge might issue an order in Feb. Pompey can go to court to get it overturned if they can persuade a judge that they have made efforts to pay.
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30/12/2009 19:42:00


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