Trial date set for Reds owner

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THE owner of Barnsley Football Club is among four senior directors of an IT firm due to stand trial next April accused of misleading investors about the financial state of the company.

Patrick Cryne, aged 59, denies a charge under the Financial Services and Markets Act.

He will go on trial at Southwark Crown Court alongside Stephen Graham, 46, Timothy Whiston, 42, and John Whelan, 43.

All four were concerned with healthcare technology firm iSoft which was involved in the upgrade of the National Health Service’s IT systems – which was one of the biggest computer projects in the world.

Cryne, of Town Lane, Charlesworth, Glossop, denies one count of conspiracy to make misleading statements promises or forecasts, contrary to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and section 1 of the Criminal Law Act.