In response to a follow-up article which appeared online in the Daily Telegraph this evening, the Club has issued a further statement in response to questions raised within the article...
“It has been brought to our attention by the Daily Telegraph that in the process of them investigating historic governance issues at the Club under Richard Goatley’s tenure as Chief Executive Officer, they allege that the practice of the Club purchasing cricket balls on behalf of the Middlesex County Cricket League and not paying VAT on those purchases was a common practice.
“In 2021, after the former CEO Richard Goatley had left the Club, this practice was raised and brought to an immediate stop, and it has not occurred since.
“The Club has no evidence that this practice occurred previously, as this had never been raised to us by the auditors who were responsible for auditing the Club’s accounts every year. If this practice were to have taken place historically, Richard Goatley would have been the only individual able to approve it.
“In light of this matter now being raised by the Daily Telegraph, the Club are currently looking into whether this occurred historically under Richard Goatley’s tenure, and we will establish whether there is any evidence that support these claims.
“If the allegations prove to be true, this is yet another disappointing example of the poor financial governance that existed at the Club under the tenure of its former CEO.”