Jan 25 2013 by David Wren, Kilmarnock Standard
Kilmarnock Chairman Michael Johnston has insisted there is no crisis at the club.
He reassured fans after Craig Stevenson’s threat of a winding up order over unpaid bills from November and December.
And the chairman stressed that the club have no outstanding bills and everything has been paid.
He explained: “We are up to date with our payments to Braehead Foods.
“A payment was sent yesterday (Monday) of £4,000, which covered our bill for November.”
He admitted the payment was slightly overdue but blamed that on the large amount of trading that was done in December.
He said: “Due to the volume of orders that were placed in December November’s payments were slightly delayed whilst we looked over all of the invoices and accounts.
“The payment for December will be due at the end of January once we have looked over all of our accounts and will clear at the same time as the rest of the bills that are due at this time.”
And he played down the whole issue with Braehead Foods.
He said: “There was never a problem in the first place. It’s just disappointing.
“It’s also disappointing that Mr Stevenson felt he had to put this in the public domain and go to the media. He has become over-concerned.
“A lot of people owe Kilmarnock Football Club money but I would not publicly name them and embarrass them.”
Michael Johnston also revealed that he has been trading with Braehead Foods for all of his tenure as chairman and has spent a lot of money on supplies from the company.
“In the current (financial) year we have already paid £30,000 to Braehead Foods, as well as £40,000 last year, £40,000 in 2010 and £46,000 in 2009. We were staying supportive of another local business.”
Johnston added: “I don’t know why anyone believed there was a crisis. We are trading as normal.”