Ex-player loses claim against Bedford Town

David Howell, chairman of Bedford Town Football Club.
David Howell, chairman of Bedford Town Football Club.

Bedford Town have won a crucial legal tussle which could otherwise marked the end of the club.

Bosses had feared that the club might have been forced into administration because of the drawn-out legal battle.

The Eagles would have had to pay up to £250,000 in legal costs and damages if the decision had gone against them as a result of a challenge made by Eagles player Nick Beasant on Weymouth FC forward Jamie Skinner in April 2013.

The trial was heard in Exeter on March 9-10, and the decision has been made today.

Bedford Town chairman David Howell said: “I am pleased and greatly relieved to announce that the judge has dismissed Mr Jamie Skinner’s player-to-player damages claim against Bedford Town FC.

“I wish to thank our barrister, Jonathan Bellamy, our solicitor, Richard Rowe of DAC Beachcroft, our expert witness, Gary Mabbutt, and also the support of Nick Beasant and Steve Kinniburgh, who, like myself, attended the trial and gave witness evidence.”