9:00am Tuesday 28th February 2012
By Chris Gee
CHORLEY Football Club’s former accountant has appeared in court charged with stealing more than £70,000.
Phillip Haslam, 23, of Weldbank Lane, Chorley faces five charges of theft after money allegedly went missing from the club over a period of months last year.
During an appearance at Chorley Magistrates Court, Haslam was charged that between March 1 and September 4, 2011 he stole £40,901 from Chorley FC.
Between the same dates he is also charged with the theft of £22,221 from Chorley Sporting Club and £6,000 from the club’s Black and White draw.
Additionally Haslam, who was described in court as “the club’s part-time accountant”, is also accused of two counts of theft from club premises between September 3 and 8, involving separate amounts of £300 and £1,000.
Haslam, who was arrested by police on suspicion of theft on September 8, 2011, did not enter a plea during the hearing.
Magistrates decided that the matter should be heard at Preston Crown Court.
He was released on unconditional bail and will appear before the same court on April 23 for a committal hearing.
Former Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City midfielder Garry Flitcroft, who is the current manager of Chorley, was in the public gallery accompanied by club chairman, Ken Wright.
The club, who currently lie third in the Evo-Stik Premier League, have in recent months been fundraising under the banner of a ‘Save The Magpies’ campaign.
As part of the campaign, dozens of Blackburn Rovers fans have attended matches at Victory Park. Former Rovers striker, Matt Jansen, is a player-coach at the club.
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