A well-known London rugby club is going out of business next week after it confirmed it will seek voluntary liquidation.
London Welsh Rugby Football Club, founded in 1885, plans to come back as a semi-professional side next year. They intend to stay at their stadium, Old Deer Park in Richmond.
“London Welsh has reached a difficult point in its illustrious history,” said boss Gareth Hawkins. “The debts accrued from trading in this way have left the Club with no alternative but to seek liquidation.
“Having to break that news to 40 staff members yesterday was extremely difficult.
“In the New Year, it is the hope and intention of the Board that London Welsh will be able to return to playing at Old Deer Park.
“However, it will first be necessary to change the Club’s business model to a semi-professional set-up and form a new company.”
Turnout at games has been as low of 400, adding to the woes.
This weekend’s planned game against Doncaster will not go ahead.
“London Welsh can confirm that the Club’s British and Irish Cup fixture with Doncaster Knights at Old Deer Park on Saturday (December 10) will not go ahead,” the club said.