Updated: Tuesday, 31st March 2020 @ 7:34am

Salford City Reds' future hangs in balance as club issued with winding-up petition

Salford City Reds' future hangs in balance as club issued with winding-up petition

By Phil Jones

The future of Super League side Salford City Reds hangs in the balance as the club have been issued with a winding-up petition.

The club’s sponsors and management consultants, Steuer Gregsson Limited, presented the order to be heard in Manchester on October 29.

Throughout the year the club have been forced into denying claims of financial trouble and being on the brink of administration.

The Reds paid a five-figure tax bill to Revenue and Customs in April, but have still been trying to attract financial support since the move to the Salford City Stadium in early 2012.

Shortly before Salford paid their outstanding tax bill, they announced a ground share with Sale Sharks rugby union side.

Salford earlier claimed the matter was ‘over a small amount of money’, and claimed on their Facebook page: “It is being dealt with. The Club have brought people in to sort it out and it will be.”

However this message on Facebook appears to have been removed and instead their page is full of comments from angry Reds fans as the club have yet to issue a statement on their official website.

Facebook user David Frost said: “I think today is the time the club need to come out, grow a par, and tell it how it is… It’s the least we deserve!!”

However fans of Bradford Bulls, who faced their own financial problems earlier in the year, were showing their support.

Matt Ward said: “As a bulls fan I would like to wish Salford city reds luck I do hope u [sic] don’t go bust and I hope the rfl help u as they helped us.”

Upon the Reds’ move to their £26million new stadium, the club stated they would need to average crowds of 8000 over the season to break even, however they managed just 5,500.

In the Reds’ final programme of the season, chairman John Wilkinson stated his desire for the club to remain in Salford.

He said: "It is vitally important to the club and the city that it's only standard bearer has a solid base in Salford.

"We cannot become nomads, as this has fatally wounded other once great rugby league clubs.

"It will not happen to Salford City Reds, not on my watch. It is fair to say that this whole season has been something of a trial for staff, players and board alike.

"My promise is that we will be better, we will work smarter and we will bring reward and satisfaction to you all [the fans]. That process begins now. Not tomorrow, not next week - right now - and it will be relentless.

"Actions will speak louder than words here, and is our intent that our actions will grow to become deafening over the next few months and years."

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