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Accrington given Revenue deadline

Accrington Stanley

Accrington Stanley have been given eight weeks to pay back £308,000 to the Inland Revenue or face closure.

After being served with a winding up order in May for unpaid taxes, the club were under the impression that they had 12 months to find the money.

Chief executive Rob Heys told BBC Radio Lancashire: "Over the last few weeks the Revenue have become pushy and want their money back, which is fair enough.

"In the next 24 hours we will hold a meeting to discuss raising the money."

He added: "We've got one or two ideas which involves matches against significant opposition which could bring the money in one hit, or it could mean going around with buckets to various places collecting money that adds up over a period of time."

Heys continued: "It's forced our hand, which is perhaps a benefit as it means if we can raise the money earlier so we won't have it hanging over us for 12 months.

"In an ideal world, in that eight week period we can pay the full amount off, but we certainly hope to have paid off a significant amount.

"I don't mean tens of thousands, we're looking at ways of giving them around £200,000, pay off two-thirds of the debt and then they'll hopefully give us extra time to pay off any more we might have to find."

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