BOLTON Wanderers are to be served with two new winding-up petitions as the financial problems at the football club deepen.

The Bolton News has seen court listings which confirm a petition was filed by HMRC on January 7, followed by a separate case filed 24 hours later by football agency, Stellar Ltd.

The club should receive written notice of the petitions – known in the legal profession as ‘winders’ - within the next few days.

After contacting the club for comment yesterday evening, a spokesperson replied: “If and when it is served, the club will vigorously defend the petition by Stellar Football Ltd. The HMRC petition will be dealt with if and when served.”

A second petition was also been lodged and served against the Wanderers-owned Whites Hotel earlier this week, with no court date yet confirmed.

Concern among supporters for the club’s financial position has grown steadily since it failed to pay players and coaching staff on time in November. A loan was sought by Anderson from the Professional Footballers’ Association which also helped meet the December salary run.

Anderson maintained in December that cashflow problems were to blame for the late payments – and the club is expecting to receive £1million-plus in distribution money from the EFL later this month.

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A six-figure fee, reported to be £195,000, is owed to Norwich City Football Club for the loans of goalkeeper Remi Matthews and winger Yanic Wildschut, and Wanderers have now confirmed that it will also be also repaid from the EFL money.

The winding-up petition is the fifth issued by HMRC in 15 months at Bolton Wanderers – although only two of them have fallen during Ken Anderson’s sole ownership of the club. The last was issued after a missed payment in September last year.

Stellar represent several big-name footballers, including Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard and Everton’s Jordan Pickford.

They also have among their clients ex-Bolton Wanderers players Gary Madine, Derik Osede and Tim Ream, and, until recently, David Wheater.

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The BWFC Supporters Trust wrote to the EFL on Tuesday expressing “grave concerns about the financial stability and sustainability of our club under the current ownership”, and fans groups are also planning protests before the televised game against West Brom on January 21.

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