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Winding up order against Bolton Wanderers suspended

A winding-up petition brought against Bolton has been suspended after the club was placed into administration. Credit: PA

A winding-up petition brought against Bolton has been suspended after the club was placed into administration.

At a hearing on Wednesday, the Insolvency and Companies Court in London was told that administrators were appointed on May 13, leading Judge Sally Barber to formally suspend the petition.

No date was fixed for a further hearing.

Bolton chairman Ken Anderson withdrew funding for the club several weeks ago, while a proposed takeover from Laurence Bassini collapsed, forcing the club into administration after their relegation from the Championship had already been confirmed.

Players have not been paid since February, leading to them receiving support from the Professional Footballers' Association, while non-football staff are yet to receive their April salaries. A food bank has been set up at the club to help those affected.

On Tuesday, non-playing staff were told they would be paid this week but only from the date the club entered administration.

Bolton, who will start next season in League One with a 12-point deduction, still owe more than £1million to HMRC.

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Bolton Wanderers enter administration

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Bolton have announced the appointment of Paul Appleton and Asher Miller of David Rubin and Partners as the club's joint administrators.

Wanderers filed their notice of intention to appoint administrators last week after a recent winding-up order was adjourned at an Insolvency and Companies Court hearing in London.

"The decision was finally made for the appointments which it is hoped will ensure the continued existence of the club, one of the founding members of the Football League," read a club statement on their official website.

"It has got to the stage where the Trust could not sit back and allow the club to go into liquidation. Decisive action had to be taken and the Trust believes the decision is in the best interests of Bolton Wanderers."

Bolton chairman Anderson says he will be forced to put club into administration

Bolton chairman Ken Anderson has announced he will be forced to place the club in administration. Credit: PA

Bolton chairman Ken Anderson has announced he will be forced to place the club in administration.

Wanderers had hoped to complete a takeover deal with Laurence Bassini, but the former Watford owner has failed to provide proof of funding, while the club will face a High Court winding-up order later on Wednesday.

"Mr Bassini, regrettably his continued time wasting and empty promises have caused a great deal of heartache and frustration for the staff and supporters alike and now leave the Eddie Davies Trust and I with little or no choice other than for one of us to place the businesses into administration, as any likelihood of finding any resolution (in) the High Court hearing (is) not possible," Anderson said in a statement on the club's official website.

"This had been a massive disappointment to me as I understand the serious implications administration will bring to the businesses. But I have been left with no alternative, as this course of action will preserve the football club and all of its proud history."

Brentford fixture with Bolton not to be played

Brentford have announced their away fixture against Bolton will not be played and that they have been awarded three points Credit: PA

Brentford have announced their away fixture against Bolton will not be played and that they have been awarded three points.

The match, originally scheduled for last Saturday, was postponed as unpaid Bolton players went on strike, and then rearranged for next Tuesday.

But Brentford tweeted on Friday: "Our game against @OfficialBWFC will not be played and we have been awarded the three points on the basis of a 1-0 victory."

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