George Rolls pays off Kettering Town’s tax bill

Mar 31st, 2012

George RollsGeorge Rolls has said the winding-up petition brought against Kettering Town will be dismissed after paying the club’s debt to HM Revenue and Customs. The former Cambridge United chairman Rolls is effectively in charge of the Poppies but has yet to acquire the club from owner Imraan Ladak. “The money was paid on Wednesday,” he told BBC Radio Northampton of the £42,000 tax arrears. “The winding-up petition will still get heard on Monday but will be dismissed.”

Kettering have a 25-year lease at Nene Park and Rolls hopes to run a profitable hospitality and conferencing business at the ground. But, with the club six points adrift of safety following a three-point deduction for failing to pay players’ wages, he admits survival in the Blue Square Bet Premier this season is unlikely. “I don’t think anyone expects anything but relegation to be fair,” he said. “If we get placed in the Conference North we’ll have a top-six budget.”