Lions business just days from winding up order

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MK LIONS are just a handful of days away from a date in the High Court of Justice in London after so far failing to pay £12,000 owed to creditors.

A petition to wind up MK Lions Sports Foundation LTD – the charitable arm of the MK Lions organisation which helps to promote basketball in Milton Keynes – is being brought by City Renovations over an ongoing dispute regarding building and renovation works carried out at the Lions Arena in Winterhill earlier this year.

On August 18 the Milton Keynes County Court made an order by consent that MK Lions Sports Foundation was to pay the sum of £8,500 by August 31.

However, that was not paid and the Sports Foundation now has until November 28 to pay the amount, plus costs incurred which totals £12,000.

MK Lions chief executive Vince Macaulay recently said the club will pay the £12,000 owed to City Renovations, and insisted the Sports Foundation business will continue to trade.

He said: “This came about due to City Renovations reneging on an agreed three year sponsorship which we fully expected to receive from them. It’s sad that they pulled out and then want to sue a charity.”

Ken Stangoe, the solicitor representing City Renovations, said: “As a longstanding supporter, my client very much regrets having had to take this action.

“My client has still not been paid and if that remains the case my client intends to ask the Court to wind up the company at the hearing.”

Before the club’s date in Court on Monday, Lions welcome Glasgow Rocks to town on Friday night for their first British Basketball League home match for three weeks, and then entertain the Worcester Wolves in front of Sky Sports cameras on Tuesday night.

And Mike New’s men will be defending a 100 per cent home record this season after sealing a comfortable win against Guildford Heat in their last Lions Arena outing, and seeing off Leicester Riders and the London Leopards in BBL Trophy group games.

It’s Lions’ away form that continues to let them down though – last Wednesday’s defeat away at Plymouth Raiders was their fifth loss on the road in all competitions this season, leaving the city outfit sat eighth in the Championship table.

One of those away defeats came at Rocks where they were humbled 118-88, so revenge will be on Lions minds when they take to the court at Winterhill at 7.30pm. The Scottish side are in good form though and have two away wins already to their name this season, so it should make for an interesting night.