HALIFAX Town Supporters’ Society has been ordered to pay out more than £1,000 after admitting failing to submit its annual returns.
Calderdale magistrates heard the Financial Services Authority had received no documents from the club since 2004 and wrote to it in April this year requesting the paperwork.
Board member Martin Reddy replied, saying he had not been aware of the society’s obligation to do so and agreed to submit it by May.
But only documents for between 2005 and 2008 were completed in time.
The prosecution said: “It is not simply the case that they have missed one return. They have missed returns since 2004.
“The purpose is public accountability, so that the society’s records can be checked to see what’s going on and to make sure there is no misappropriation of any of funds.
“These provisions are there for the protection of creditors and the public.
“It seems the society has taken an attitude for a number of years now that’s very blase.”
Nobody from the club attended the hearing but chairman Roger Taylor wrote a letter of mitigation, apologising for the oversight.
He explained the society had not been aware of its obligations because of membership restructuring and the fact the FSA had never issued reminders.
He wrote: “We did endeavour to submit these to the best of our ability with the limited information available.
“We’ve found it extremely difficult to piece together the information required.”
Magistrates fined the society £640 and ordered it to pay £400 costs.