1. ITV Report

Up-for-sale football club given three-week extension from the High Court to settle unpaid tax bill

Notts County. Credit: PA

The world's oldest professional football club, Notts County has been given a three-week extension to the winding-up petition at the High Court today.

The club, relegated from the Football League, owe HMRC £800,000. Buyers have three weeks to settle the debt, otherwise, the club faces administration or liquidation.

The court was told the sale and purchase agreement drafted for takeover of club by a Danish consortium have approved them as “fit & proper” directors.

In a statement, owner and chairman Alan Hardy said:

While I hoped and expected a takeover to have been completed before today’s hearing, I am pleased to say I will be exchanging contracts with the new owners of the club in the coming days. I would like to thank all our supporters for their continued patience. I will provide a further update in due course.”

– Alan Hardy

Notts County supporter Simon Redgate was at the High Court hearing.

Notts County were relegated in May, in the first time in their 157-year history.

Notts County have been given a three-week extension to settle its tax bill Credit: PA