Bankrupt ex-Doncaster Rovers star Michael McIndoe became ‘professional gambler’, court told

Doncaster's Michael McIndoe celebrates scoring opening goal against Aston Villa during the Carling Cup, fourth round match at Belle Vue, Doncaster, Tuesday November 29, 2005. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA.''THIS PICTURE CAN ONLY BE USED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF AN EDITORIAL FEATURE. NO WEBSITE/INTERNET USE UNLESS SITE IS REGISTERED WITH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION PREMIER LEAGUE.
Doncaster's Michael McIndoe celebrates scoring opening goal against Aston Villa during the Carling Cup, fourth round match at Belle Vue, Doncaster, Tuesday November 29, 2005. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA.''THIS PICTURE CAN ONLY BE USED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF AN EDITORIAL FEATURE. NO WEBSITE/INTERNET USE UNLESS SITE IS REGISTERED WITH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION PREMIER LEAGUE.

Bankrupt ex-Doncaster Rovers star Michael McIndoe has told a court that he does not know how much money he lost gambling.

Mr McIndoe, aged 35, who was regarded by fans as one of outstanding players at the club between 2003 and 2006, 35, said he had been a “professional gambler”.

He said he had gambled online, spent money in casinos and bet with bookmakers William Hill.

But he said he had not gambled for the last two years.

Mr McIndoe, who also played for Barnsley, was giving evidence at a bankruptcy hearing in London.

He asked: “How do we know how much we gamble?”

And he said he “could not honestly tell you” how much he had lost during his last year as a gambler.

Little detail about what led to Mr McIndoe being made bankrupt was revealed at the hearing.

Mr McIndoe indicated that he became bankrupt last year.

Lawyers employed to protect creditors’ interests and help gather money owed questioned Mr McIndoe.

They indicated that he had been loaned money to invest in companies.

One loan had been for £2.5 million - £1 million of which had been handed over in cash, the court heard.

The judge - Registrar Nicholas Briggs - said more inquiries were needed and indicated that another hearing would take place later in the year.

He said he was satisfied that Mr McIndoe was co-operating with inquiries.

Mr McIndoe told the court that there was a “media frenzy” surrounding his case.

Outside court he told the two reporters who attended the hearing that he did not wish to speak.

The judge analysed the case at a Bankruptcy Court hearing in the Royal Courts of Justice.