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Ex-Bolton, Newcastle, Reading, Blackburn player now bankrupt over £120k gambling debt

Ex-Bolton, Newcastle, Reading, Blackburn player Danny Guthrie has now been made bankrupt over racking up a £120k gambling debt.

In May 2019, the 35-year-old, borrowed £75,000 from a friend to pay his expenses, promising to repay the loan after selling a home.

But before that, he ran up the gambling debts, and when he sold the property in 2020 for £160,000, he chose to repay those debts ahead of other creditors.

Guthrie, whose last-known address had been listed as Damac Towers in Dubai, agreed a six-year bankruptcy order until May 2028 at Stoke County Court.

It means he is under a number of restrictions, including not being able to borrow more than £500 without disclosing his bankrupt status, and he cannot act as a company director without the court’s permission.

A statement from The Insolvency Service said: “In May 2019, Danny Guthrie borrowed £75,000 from a friend to help him pay his household expenses, promising to repay the loan with funds raised from selling a property.

“However, prior to selling the property Guthrie racked up gambling debts of £120,000.

“When he eventually sold the property in August 2020, receiving just over £160,000 in equity, he chose to repay his gambling debts ahead of other creditors by making several cash withdrawals despite knowing he was insolvent.”

The statement added: “Danny Guthrie accepted a six-year bankruptcy undertaking, which runs until May 2028.

“As a result, he is under a number of restrictions, including not being able to borrow more than £500 without disclosing his bankrupt status, and he cannot act as a company director without the court’s permission.”

Kevin Read, official receiver at The Insolvency Service, said: “Danny Guthrie’s actions were deliberate in dissipating assets, at a time he was already insolvent, and to the loss of his creditors.

“This extension of bankruptcy restrictions should serve as a warning that the Insolvency Service will take action to tackle such financial wrongdoing.”


Youth career
2000–2002 – Manchester United
2002–2005 – Liverpool

Senior career
2005–2008 – Liverpool – 3 games (0 goals)
2007 → Southampton (loan) – 10 games (0 goals)
2007–2008 → Bolton Wanderers (loan) – 25 games (0 goals)
2008–2012 – Newcastle United – 92 games (7 goals)
2012–2015 – Reading – 62 games (5 goals)
2015 → Fulham (loan) – 6 games (0 goals)
2015–2017 – Blackburn Rovers – 40 games (1 goal)
2017–2018 – Oakengates Athletic
2018 – Mitra Kukar – 29 games (2 goals)
2019–2021 – Walsall – 39 games (1 goal)
2021– Fram – 16 games (0 goals)

National team
2002–2003 – England U16 – 4 games (0 goals)

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Ex-Bolton, Newcastle, Reading, Blackburn player now bankrupt over £120k gambling debt



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