Tag: Kettering Town

Non-League Week: A Bankruptcy To Shame All Of English Football

This weekend sees the coming of this year’s Non-League Day, so over the course of the next five days we’ll be taking a look at the state of the non-league game at the start of this season. We start with a bad news story from the Southern League which involves a somewhat familiar name. You can find out more about Non-League Day by clicking here. It is, of course, mere coincidence that the winding up of Kettering Town Football Club of the Southern League should have occurred on the most obscene day of the entire football calendar, transfer deadline day, but the fact remains that the closure of a club with a history of more than 140 years of history over the matter of a £58,000 debt on a day that the biggest clubs in our field of view are throwing money around like confetti does say something quite profound about the state of the game in the twenty-first century. The Poppies had been in a state of financial distress for some considerable time, following the ruinous decision to relocate the club to Nene Park, the former home of Rushden and Diamonds FC, in 2011. Having signed a rental deal there which was always going to be crippling without significant amounts of money being made from off the field activities, continuing struggle, relegation from the Conference National to the...

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Kettering Town Face The Gallows Pole

Such is the extent to which it has become a horror story over the last twelve months or so, it seems somewhat appropriate that the next day of reckoning for Kettering Town Football Club should be Halloween. Last Wednesday, the Southern Football League adjourned without reaching a final decision over whether to expel the club from its league and allowed the club a further seven days to “satisfy certain conditions” and keep its place in the league. Considering that the last trickle of cash-flow into the club would cease for the the foreseeable future should the club be expelled from the league, it seems in no way an overstatement to suggest that this club, in its one hundred and fortieth year, is now hearing the sound of the bell ringing for time at the last chance saloon. Rumour and counter-rumour have continued apace since then. There has been talk of new investors considering buying into the club, but it has been suggested over the last few days that the likelihood of anybody stepping in and paying the vast amounts of money required to keep this club afloat has started to dissipate again. Ultimately, it is difficult to avoid the fact that the club remains burdened with ongoing liabilities which render it a dubious investment. The club is understood to be paying in the region of £150,000 per year for...

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The Lights Go Out At Nene Park

The twitching corpse of the club remains with us for now, but death rattle is now clearly audible. Kettering Town were due to travel to Leamington this evening in the Southern League Premier Division, with the club having apparently given assurances that they can raise a team for this fixture. We found out this morning whether such assurances were worth as much as the paper that they are written on. At half past ten this morning,the match was postponed. It is doubtful that it will ever be played. It would, however, have been something of an overstatement to consider so much as the fulfillment of this fixture as being some sort of “victory” for the club. To turn up for a match with eleven players and complete ninety minutes of football is the absolute bare minimum that any club should be able to manage in order to justify its existence. As frequently happens in situations such as these, Kettering Town Football Club is now involved in a fire-fighting exercise, but the blaze that has been caused by not turning up at Leamington tonight wont quickly fade from memory as another uphill battle rears it head on the horizon almost immediately. Failing to fulfil a fixture is at the upper end of disciplinary offences that a club can commit, and Ketterings dismal admission that they have only had six players...

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The End Is Nigh For Kettering Town

At Nene Park this afternoon, the fat lady cleared her throat. After all of the drama of the last fifteen months, it will be this afternoons Southern League Premier Division match against Bashley that will be remembered as the match at which the bells began to toll for Kettering Town Football Club. After one hundred and forty years, only a miracle can save them now. We spoke last week of the absurd scenario that played out when several of the clubs players sought to get their wages from the clubs owners, only to find that they didn’t seem particularly interested in meeting them to pay them what they were due or even discuss the non-payment. An exodus of players was to be expected, but more optimistic supporters might have at least predicted that they would be able to field a team of some description for their forthcoming matches. This afternoon, they couldn’t even manage that. The team sheet listed only eleven players including two goalkeepers, but after one of those goalkeepers decided that he could probably think of a better way to pass his Saturday afternoon than by getting humiliated on a football pitch in front of several hundred spectators, they were forced to start their match against Bashley with just ten players. This might, under any other circumstances, have been a match that Kettering Town might have expected...

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Kettering Towns Problems Continue To Mount

At what point does it become right and proper to start reading the last rites for a football club? We have written extensively about the travails facing Kettering Town over the last few weeks or so, but the last seven days or so have seen a succession of misadventures which can lead us to only negative conclusions – that time is up, and that it has been proven that whatever on earth it was hoped would be achieved by moving the club eight miles from its home town to Irthlingborough to play at Nene Park has failed to materialised and that after one hundred and forty years it is now only a matter of time for this club ceases to exist as we understand it today. It is a startling indictment of owners who can only be described as utterly incompetent or working towards an end game that is corrupt to its core. We don’t know which of the aforementioned is closer to the truth. We do know that this is the only way that any sane person could regard the last twelve months of the history of this once proud club before this club becomes history itself. Yesterday afternoons FA Trophy qualifying match against Concord Rangers would not have been particularly expected to be a crowd-pleaser, but further problems manifested themselves for the club during the week, before...

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