Petition to wind up Wakefield Wildcats dismissed by the High Court

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Chairman Michael Carter
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Chairman Michael Carter
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A petition to wind up the company behind Wakefield Wildcats has been dismissed by the High Court in London.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) filed a petition to wind up the Rugby League club’s company Spirit of 1873 as creditors of the firm.

The petition was brought during the summer, when the club faced a string of financial problems after its main sponsor Eric France went bust, leaving a six-figure hole in the Wildcats’ finances.

And in July it emerged that the club had been on the end of nine County Court Judgements and was subject to the winding up order from HMRC.

At the time, former Wildcats chairman Andrew Glover said the petition, which came about due to a legal battle with a supplier, would be paid before any action was taken against the Super League club.

Michael Carter has since replaced Mr Glover as chairman and Chris Brereton joined the Wildcats as a director.

Former Hull FC chairwoman Kath Hetherington has also been appointed at the Wildcats’ Rapid Solicitors Stadium as the club’s full-time consultant chief executive in a restructure of the management team.