at an industrial tribunal has opened the door for creditors to sue the former members of
Coventry Rugby Club to recover outstanding debts.
A group of workers who were axed by the club when financial difficulties arose last
year, yesterday took their claims of unfair dismissal to a Birmingham tribunal.
Five former employees alleged unfair dismissal, with two of them - Sharon Daniels a
former catering manager, and Keith Williams who was a steward and licensee - winning
There was also a decision in favour of Richard Blundell (21) the club's former
commercial manager, who lost his claim for unfair dismissal, but won a breach of contract
His unfair dismissal claim fell down due to not being employed by the Coundon Road club
for two years, but he was awarded nearly £7,000 for breach of contract, which he now
believes opens the door for other creditors.
"Three members Mr Gerry Sugrue, Mr Peter Jackson, and Mr Mike Price were named by
the Chairman of our tribunal as respondents to my claim, but it does not isolate them for
other claims, it has shown that any member can be liable.
"This obviously leaves the door open for other people who are owed money by the
club but have previously not known where they can recover the money from, because they can
now target any member who they feel is responsible for their loss."
The two other claimants Kerry Murphy and Gareth Raeyer did not attend the hearing, and
both lost their claims for unfair dismissal.