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32 May 2019 Follow us on facebook: yourlocalindependent SPORT SUITES MADE TO YOUR OWN REQUIREMENTS MYRTLE GROVE, BACUP ROAD, RAWTENSTALL 01706 831630 RE-COVER & REPAIR SERVICES AVAILABLE • • OPEN 7 DAYS NO MIDDLEMAN • BUY DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER LARGE RANGE OF BEDS AT FACTORY PRICES Wanderers on brink of going into administration BOLTON Wanderers are set to go into administration after the club appeared in the High Court over a £1.2m unpaid tax bill. The case was adjourned until 22 May to allow the club enough time to appoint an administrator. Administration would result inWander- ers having a 12-point penalty imposed on them next season. The club will play in League One next season after they were relegated from the Championship this term. Former Watford owner Laurence Bassi- ni had made a takeover bid, but Wander- ers said that the deal was off. Bassini, who had been given 48 hours to prove to the English Football League he had the funds to take over, later claimed he had control of the club, but it was reported that his bid was on the brink of collapse. In a statement published while the club were awaiting their case to be heard in the High Court, owner Ken Anderson said administration was the only possible outcome following the collapse of Bassini’s takeover bid. “This has been a massive disappoint- ment to me as I understand the serious implications administration will bring to the businesses,” he said. On Bassini’s bid, Anderson added: “Re- grettably his continued time wasting and empty promises have caused a great deal of heartache and frustration for the staff and supporters alike and now leave the Vela’s exit JOSH Vela has confirmed he will leave Wanderers this summer af- ter 17 years at the club. The midfielder joined Wanderers as a seven-year-old and went on to make 182 appearances, scoring 13 goals. Vela announced his departure on his official Twitter account. “Hello guys, just a quick announce- ment I will be leaving Bolton Wan- derers when my contract expires,” he wrote. “I had 17 glorious years there, came all the through the academy and then eventually went on to play in the first team, was an absolute privilege to play for the club. “Loved every second of it, thank you to the fans for the support over the years through good and bad times. No matter what anybody says I always gave 100 per cent in that shirt in every game I played. “Just want to thank all the staff for all their effort that they have put in over the years, and I know how it feels to them when a lad from the academy goes on to play in the first team, I’ve made some friends for life at the club and will always be a sup- porter of that club.” Eddie Davies Trust and I with little or no choice other than for one of us to place the businesses into administration, as any likelihood of finding any resolution in the High Court hearing is not possible.” It was the sixth time in the past 18 months that Bolton have faced a wind- ing-up petition. Their latest case, origi- nally brought by HM Revenue & Customs in February, has now been adjourned by the High Court on three occasions, with Wednesday›s decision the latest in a string of off-field issues at the club this season. Players are still owed wages for March and April, while the club could face fur- ther sanctions from the English Football League after their final home match of the season against Brentford on 27 April was postponed when the playing staff went on strike. Bassini has told BBC Radio Manchester that he is still interested in purchasing the club and hopes to get the sale through be- fore Bolton return to court. Meanwhile, Bolton Whites Hotel, which adjoins the University of Bolton Stadium and is owned by the club, also appeared in the High Court over a separate wind- ing-up petition and was also given an ad- journment until 22 May. Celebrating sporting heroes and heroines THE Bury 2019 Sports Awards are on their way – and residents are invit- ed to submit their nomi- nations by 3 June. The awards will honour volunteers, community clubs or groups, communi- ty initiatives, schools, and young athletes who have made an impact through sport and physical activity. The categories are: Changing Lifestyle Recog- nition Award, Community Club / Group of the Year, Young Sports Achiever of the Year, Unsung Hero Award, Volunteer of the Year, School Commitment to PE and Sport Award, and ‘I Will If You Will’ Sporting Female of the Year, along with two new categories: Workforce Ad- vocate and Community Initiative Award. The awards are organ- ised by Bury Sport and Physical Activity Service and will take place at the Elizabethan Suite in Bury Town Hall on Friday 18 October. For more information, call Bury Sports and Phys- ical Activity Service on 0161 253 5893. To make a nomination, go to https://www.onecom - sports-awards ‘We did it my way’ RYAN Lowe has admitted his pride at not just lead- ing Bury to promotion but at “doing it my way”. After a turbulent month off the field, which threat- ened to scupper the team’s bid for an immediate re- turn to League One, the Shakers clinched promotion at Tranmere. A 1-1 draw was enough to ensure Lowe capped his first full season in management with a top-three finish, be- coming the first man to win promotion with Bury as a player and a manager. And they have done it by playing passing, fluid foot- ball, staying true to the style Lowe set out in the after- math of last season’s dismal relegation to League Two. Even after falling behind they have continued to play that way, repeatedly fight- ing back to earn positive re- sults and scoring 103 goals in all competitions. “It’s unbelievable,” said Lowe. “I’m glad I’ve done it my way and nobody else’s. Our goal was to do it our way and our way only. I wanted to play a good brand of football and even when we go a goal down you can see that we get back into it by playing football. “I wanted to do it my way, and my staff and players have been a credit. They’ve bought into everything I’ve asked them to do so I can’t thank them enough. “To score so many goals when we’re in League Two, it’s different class. We’ve got special players in there that have been a big part of this. They’ve been amazing.” Hopes are still alive THERE are hopes that a former nursery site in Bromley Cross could still be developed for lo- cal sport. Bromley Cross FC con- firmed that it is still work- ing with the receivers of the former Hollands garden centre to use the land as a sport facility. Club vice-chairman Da- vid Norris said: “We’ve been working towards that for a very long time and we’re still very much working to- wards it. “Hopefully something might be happening with it soon.” The site has been the target of increasing an- ti-social behaviour in the past month. More than 10 years ago it was suggested that football pitches could be formed on the huge swathe of green belt land at the back of the former nursery site, but the vision did not materialise. Some of last year’s Bury Sports Awards winners Jamie strikes judo gold JAMIE Death, a Y9 pupil at Bolton School Boys’ Division, has contin- ued to show his judo pedigree. In January he fought at the Mid- land Open where he won Gold in the U15 competition and passed the as- sessment onto the Regional England Development Squad for the follow- ing year. He suffered a knock-back in February, after being dropped on his head at training and injuring his neck which meant he had five weeks off and included missing the English Open. Returning to training two weeks ago, he then fought at the Merseyside Open, where hemovedup aweight cat- egory to U55Kg and won Gold again. As the number of entries was low, Ja- mie was asked to fight in the U60kg category where he also won both of his fights! He was then asked to fight in the U66Kg where there was only one other entrant who was also a British Championship medallist. In a close fight, he lost out giving away 13Kg. To advertise call 01204 478812