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North East club saved


A TEESSIDE football club which was threatened with extinction following a legal dispute has been saved and its future now looks secure.

Billingham Town was embroiled in a legal battle with League 1 club,  Hartlepool United over a disputed £10,443.97 debt.

The row, arising from a deal that allowed League One club Hartlepool to use Town’s Bedford Terrace for reserve games, was set to be heard at Middlesbrough County Court last week

However the case did not go ahead and the winding up order against non-league club Town seems to have been dismissed after an anonymous third party settled the alleged debt.

Hartlepool United uses Town’s ground for some reserve games and issued the writ saying the club was owed money which was spent on maintenance and repairs.

But Billingham Town insisted that the agreement was made by a former regime and maintained there was no money to pay.

If the issue had gone to court and Billingham Town lost, the club would have been immediately wound up with the senior team having to be dissolved and their 13 junior sides rendered homeless.

The club has now said it is a “tremendous relief” that the issue has been resolved.


 

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