Robins issued with winding up petition

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The future of Ilkeston FC is again in doubt after a winding up petition was issued against them on Tuesday.

A company called Hire Intellligence International Limited, based in London and claiming to be creditors of Ilkeston FC, have enforced the petition which will be heard at a court in Liverpool next Friday (June 2).

The news is another blow to Robins fans who have been waiting for an apparent takeover of the club to be completed but which has been drawn out while, according to club owner Nigel Harrop, various formalities are completed that will ensure the deal can go ahead.

Harrop has been approached by the Advertiser for comment on both the takeover progress and the winding up petition but was unavailable at the time of going to press.

Failure by Ilkeston FC to pay the outstanding debt, or to convince the court that they will be able to do so, could result in the club being dissolved. It would be the second time Ilkeston’s main football club will have suffered that fate with Ilkeston Town having been liquidated after a two-minute hearing in 2010.

Hire Intelligence International Ltd are listed as being based in London and their business includes providing short-term computer and IT rentals, although it is unclear as to how they have been involved with Ilkeston FC.

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Meanwhile, the Ilkeston Football Club Supporters Group will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, May 24.

It will be held in the clubhouse at the New Manor Ground and will commence at 8pm.

All members are invited to attend and any newcomers wishing to join the group will be welcome.