Kettering Town: Panic Averted

In the long lost days of election into the Football League, Kettering Town were regular unsuccessful applicants. Between 1900 and 1979, they applied for a place amongst the elite ninety-two on eighteen occasions and missed the cut on every single occasion. Since the introduction of automatic promotion and relegation in 1987, however, their chances to reach their holy grail have been few and far between. They knocked on the door of the Football Conference championship several times during the early 1990s and again in 1999, but have fallen upon more barren times over the last decade or so. Promotion from the Blue Square North last season seems to dramatically revitalised the Northamptonshire club. They had a run to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup and ran Fulham very close indeed before bowing out. In the Blue Square Premier, they are the highest placed of last years promoted teams and are doing better than either of last seasons relegated teams, Mansfield Town or Wrexham. At the time of writing, they are in eight place in the table, with games on hand on the teams immediately above them, and just five points behind fifth placed Kidderminster Harriers. So far, then, so good. The excitement of a tight run in for a play-off place awaits and, even if they fail to get promoted this season, they have a solid foundation upon...

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