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1Another mystery bidder revealed? Empty Another mystery bidder revealed? on Sat Jan 09 2016, 11:09

BoltonTillIDie

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
On the eve of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]' Third Round FA Cup tie with non-league Eastleigh, your very own Lion of Vienna Suite has had some information passed through by a third party, relating to our supposed on-going takeover, and to the identity of one of the mystery bidders.
The information is presented without comment and is reproduced as follows:
1) The rival takeover to that of Dean Holdsworth and his Sports Shield company is, in fact, backed by one Jonathan Disley. Mr Disley has been dubbed the '[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]', by some newspapers. 
This is contrary to initial reports that Holdsworth and Disley were working together on the same deal.
Whilst he might have something of a chequered past, the link to a slightly dubious past creates negative connotations from the off.
According to this [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] article, Disley and his group bought companies in trouble and used them to withdraw large sums of cash from the Royal Bank of Scotland just before cheques bounced.
From their office near Preston they electronically moved the cash to other accounts.
However, Mr Disley's conviction for fraud was overturned in the courts, upon appeal.

2) The rival bid to Sports Shield is intending, should their bid go through, to sell the club's land assets, including the Whites Hotel, the Euxton training ground, the Lostock training complex and great swathes of land across the Middlebrook estate.
It goes without saying that the disposal of key land assets such as these will bring in plenty of money in the short term, but leave Wanderers in a very unstable financial footing, in the the long term.
3) The previously unnamed people involved in Mr Disley's mysterious group include a Ronald Green and Dennis Rodgers. 
Mr Rodgers is allegedly being utilised as the face of the deal, as the probable negative fan reaction to Jonathan Disley's involvement has forced the consortium to put on a more acceptable public face.
We have limited information on the pair, but we understand they are working alongside Disley and his backers in an attempt to take over the club. We have been informed that their current company is company number 09702719, which is a Manchester-based business called Goldmann and Sons PLC. According to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], this is an active company which was incorporated in July 2015.
It would stand to reason, given what we know about Mr Disley and his past, that their interest in the club goes beyond wanting to actually put money into the club.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] article goes into more depth as to how Disley and his group once managed the finances of Hull based Riverside Recycling Waste Ltd in 2007. But concerns raised by environmental health officers about huge piles rubbish being stored outside the plant were ignored and the mountain of waste soared. Shortly after the company went bust in 2009 the illegal waste caught fire which took 60 firefighters four days to bring under control. The blaze was started deliberately but the arsonists were never found and Disley was given a suspended sentence for environmental offences.
A quote from the same article is very worrying, given Wanderers' own position, in that it says:
'Disley believed he was above the law. He portrayed himself as a legitimate multi-millionaire business man when in fact he was a bankrupt who made his living by asset stripping companies, which were in financial difficulty.
'It's not right that criminals like Disley should live beyond their means, essentially at the cost of law abiding members of the community.'
We have seen, lately, that the likes of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] have taken on major investment as a vehicle to getting the club into the Premier League with a view to taking the television riches on offer in the highest league.
It goes without saying, again, that for an asset-stripping bid to be successful it would mean that Bolton Wanderers may have a short-term future, but that the long-term prognosis is not good.
Wanderers are, of course, bottom of the Championship, with only two wins all season. We face Eastleigh without top dog [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] who was the subject of a £3m bid from Championship rivals Bristol City yesterday.
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2Another mystery bidder revealed? Empty Re: Another mystery bidder revealed? on Sat Jan 09 2016, 13:22

Boggersbelief

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
So I was right all along when I said that Disley wasn't connected to Holdsworth...

3Another mystery bidder revealed? Empty Re: Another mystery bidder revealed? on Sat Jan 09 2016, 13:40

luckyPeterpiper

luckyPeterpiper
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:So I was right all along when I said that Disley wasn't connected to Holdsworth...
I wouldn't take that to the bank boggers. This whole article is a conjecture, the LOV itself states the information came to them via a third party and everything after it is guesswork, a game of connect the dots. Basically the whole thing rests on the assumption that the LOV's 'source' gave them correct information to begin with. I'm not saying it's definitely wrong but right now I'd have to say it looks like another one of those rumours based on a conjecture that have been flying around for months because the club itself won't tell us anything concrete. 

Since Disley is about to go through an "asset recovery" hearing himself and is likely to lose most of what he "owns" because they're the result of criminal activity I'd be more than a little cautious about believing he could actually raise the funds even if the club was willing to deal with him and the FL were willing to call him a 'fit and proper person'.

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