Kettering Town: Behind Closed Doors – Is The End Drawing Near?


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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4 Responses

  1. paul vaughan says:

    Its time for a reality check and to let the club die with whatever dignity it has left.

    Nobody is going to put any serious wedge into the club now and to pay the odd bill is just throwing good money after bad and not achieving anything

    If the club dies and starts again a la AFC Wimbledon – that will have the effect of being rid of the dreamer Mr Ladak and lowering the clubs overheads.

    To stand a fighting chance the Phoenix club will need a proven management team and to be properly funded.

  2. jertzee says:

    What Paul said.

  3. Nathan says:

    “Properly funded” doesn’t mean very much in non-League terms.

    Most lower league teams’ success is financed by individuals, often with dubious morals or intentions.

    If Kettering are liquidated will AFC Rushden & Diamonds get their daft over-sized home back?

  4. Gary Pettit says:

    As an insolvency practitioner who is currently handling the affairs of 2 football clubs (and having dealt with others in the past) the demise of Kettering Town is simply the next statistic in a long unsustainable field of trade.

    The football industry is suffering from lack of proper regulation, financial control and too many romantics at various levels that still see the game as one dads go to with their sons, wearing tweed jackets, flat caps and carrying wooden supporter rattles.

    Both the FA and football leagues have been criticised in the Government review of football governance (for which I was a contributor)over the way they handle clubs in financial difficulty and until they stop seeing the best treatment is to penalise (which only serves to increase the problems rather than assist) then likes of R & D and Kettering will simply be lost in the increasing number of failing club statistics. Glasgow Rangers is, of course, the latest. Can you imagine what it would be like if the Manchesters United/City or Chelsea went the same way? That is the equivalent of Scottish football right now.

    If Kettering go into administration they will lose 10 points, which is the least painful impact. However, they also fall under a section within the league rules known as “Appendix E” which could also see them receive automatic relegation. If relegated in the normal season then this means a double relegation and the cost consequences that follow.

    Without funding the administrator cannot trade the club (an FA requirement is the administrator trades rather than having a trade license with a third party, which would be more economincal)and he will also need to address the thorny issue of football creditors, normally before the AGM of the league the club plays in. Even if a sale of the club could be achieved, before the purchaser can complete the acquisition they must meet the FA fit and proper test in order that the “Golden share” can be transferred, which enables the new owners to continue. If the club goes into liquidation then it is automatically expelled and must re-apply for membership and start from the basement league.

    I appreciate this is not good news but unless there is someone willing to financially support a post administration scenario Kettering do appear to be following the R & D route, which cannot be a good advert for local football.

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