Are Kettering Town On The Brink?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Simon Cope says:

    Morell Maison? As in “the” Morell Maison of Halesowen Town infamy, who got arrested on suspicion of fraud whilst at the helm there? The same Morell Maison who was lurking in the shadows as Chester City was going through its death throes? And he was manager at Kettering Town you say, who now find themselves bereft of cash?


  2. Ian says:

    I don’t believe that there are two, Simon!

  3. Paul says:

    Maison was previously manager at KTFC when they were playing full-time in the Blue Square North but was sacked by IL.
    The main problem is the stadium which is a superb facility for a non-league club, however, it’s a very expensive place to maintain and run. Difficult to see a way forward and I understand that a transfer embargo has now been placed on the club and it will be interesting to see their line up for tomorrow’s game against Grimsby Town. There could be a cricket score for the Mariners who are now odds on to win this game, despite their poor away form, with the book makers.

  4. GTFC says:

    @Paul – as a Mariners fan I have a really bad feeling about this & can see Kettering somehow managing a win

  5. Alan Jenkins says:

    Whilst no true supporter of lower league football (I refuse to call it “Non League”, after all, what do people think our teams play in – a long succession of friendlies?) would want to see any Club go to the wall, especially one with a history as long as Kettering Town FC (1872, isn’t it?), the way their more vocal supporters reacted to the demise of the former occupants of Nene Park means they aren’t likely to get much sympathy from former R&DFC fans like myself as they go through what appears to be exactly the same process!
    We’ll see them bext year in the UCL, perhaps? AFC R&D v 1872 Kettering, perchance?

  6. Jertzee says:

    Alan, this will be the same Rushden and Diamonds fans that sang plenty of MK songs when we visited plus flashing up the MK score on the scoreboard for an unusually long time and then the club official who made comments pro MK in the programme against us?

  7. James Anker says:

    I think you’ll find that the vast majority of Diamonds fans despise MK Dons as much as anyone else and i certainly don’t ever remember there being any pro MK songs sang, on KTFC i will shed as many tears for them as their fans dis for us

  8. James says:

    I don’t recall that Jertzee, but as a Diamonds fan I’d say I’ve never personally been pro MK Dons, far from it ! In fact it IS the ONLY football club I would like to see go bust, alas it looks as though that is a forelorn hope !! I dislike KTFC, and I wish them no success on the field whatsoever, what rival would do that? However, I truly hope they get through their off-field troubles. Our demise was greeted with glee by many of their fans so there will be no tears shed if they do go belly-up, but it would be sad to see another Northants club go to the wall so quickly. Questions need to be asked as to how this has happened, we never got any full answers as to how everything was hunky dory in Dec 2010, only to be told a few months later we were shutting up shop with in excess of £1m of debt !! We’ve proved that getting a phoenix side up and running can be done if fans pull together, and as Alan says, it’ll be interesting to see if Kettering fans have the passion of their so called “plastic” rivals and be able to do likewise – they have time to organise this, unlike ourselves, but it would be great to lock horns again with them in the UCL next season.

  9. Alan Jenkins says:

    No Diamonds fan I know has ever sung songs about MK Dons (or “Dongs” as they were known on the Peter de Banke) which were anything less than utterly insulting and dismissive. In fact, most of us said that, should we have ever met them in a League or Cup game, we wouldn’t watch, even at Nene Park. In fact, I seem to recall a but of an uproar when one of our managers arranged a behind closed doors friendly against them… We all despised Franchise FC, and still do. Kettering we merely loathe, in a good, honest, healthy way!!

  10. Coops says:

    I am so shocked by this. I mean that paragon of virtue Imraan Ladak in charge of a team playing in the stadium of their hated ivals and managed by the non-league legend that is Morrell Maison, I thouht to myself, “Just what could go wrong?”.

  11. Jertzee says:

    I have to say that the likelihood of any R&D fan htat reads this website being one of the mongs that sanf MK songs is highly unlikey.

    I think the attitude of the club officials grated more so as they spoke about how great Winkelman was and gladly arranged pre-season friendlies against MK at a time when we opposed any club doing so (we don’t do that anymore).

    then they gladly tagged onto the back of Winkies coattails when they bid for the 2018 world cup.

    Sorry if that tarred you…any decent fan who reads here should know I don’t mean them, unfortunatley the decent fan is the one who suffers from the decisions of the owners.

  12. Halesowen fan says:

    Transfer embargo – check
    unpaid bills and wages – check
    players leaving in droves – check
    supporters trust organising bucket collections – check
    supporters transporting players to games – check
    supporters preparing the pitch – check
    owners in denial – check

    This post was brought to you by the Morrell Maison non-league playbook.

    The only surprise is that the crook that is Morrell Maison seems to have already gone.

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