Long Melford are active again

NEW life was breathed into Long Melford Football Club this week with the news their holding company had become active again after being dissolved for 12 months, writes Russell Claydon.

Just before last night’s big cup final appearance at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, Companies House accepted an application for Administrative Restoration of Long Melford Football Club 2002 Ltd after receiving backdated accounts and returns.

It followed what vice-chairman Simon Garden had declared an ‘admin mix-up’ after Companies House said the club had been dissolved for ‘consistent non-compliance with returning tax returns and annual accounts’ over a three-year period.

Chairman Alf Woodhouse said of the re-activation of the club’s company, who former Melford chairman and now Braintree Town’s chairman Lee Harding is the 100 per cent shareholder: “It is what we expected to happen.

“The accounts have now been submitted and they have reinstated the ones overdue. The next year’s accounts are due in the next four weeks.”

Accountant Andrew Stopps, of Seago & Stopps in Sudbury, used to play for the club as a goalkeeper in the youth section and stepped in to help out after reading about the situation aften the Free Press broke the story last month, with Garden previously claiming the paperwork had become lost in the post.

The Villagers were due to be in action in the Suffolk Senior Cup final against Whitton United at Portman Road last night, but Ipswich Town made the decision to postpone the game due to a waterlogged pitch.