Former accountant denies £70k club theft charge

PHOTO : DAVID HURST'Chorley FC Accountant Phil Haslam says the club is experiencing record sales of tickets for the match with Chester

PHOTO : DAVID HURST'Chorley FC Accountant Phil Haslam says the club is experiencing record sales of tickets for the match with Chester

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A FORMER part-time accountant at Chorley FC has denied stealing more than £70,000 from the club,

Phil Haslam, 23, of Weldbank Lane, Chorley, appeared in court this week where he denied stealing over £40,000 from Chorley FC, £6,000 from the club’s Black and White Draw, and more than £22,000 from Chorley Sporting Club.

He also denied entering the club’s ground, at Victory Park, on two separate occasions last year and taking £300 and £1,000.

Haslam did not speak when he appeared at Chorley Magistrates’ Court on Monday, but his defence solicitor told the court he would indicate a plea of not guilty.

He will now face trial at Preston Crown Court later this year.

Haslam was arrested in September last year after the club reported concerns about alleged financial irregularities with the football club and Chorley Sporting Club, which deals with money from the social club on Victory Park.

The charges relate to incidents between February and September, 2011.

Haslam has been released on bail and will appear at Preston Crown Court on June 18 for a case management hearing.