Tag: Kettering Town

George Rolls, Kettering Town & The Morals Of Insolvency

One of the great conceits of recent years in terms of the way that football clubs are run has been that there is a greater degree of transparency in the way that football clubs are run. There are examples of transparency within the game which are extremely impressive – consider, for example, the decision of Lewes FC of the Ryman League Premier Division to publish their annual accounts online – but, on the whole, this new air of openness often feels like little more than a veneer of democracy in action while business carries on very much as usual otherwise. Clubs continue to live beyond their means, make bafflingly bad business decisions and then walk away from the all too predictable results of their mismanagement, whilst shaking their heads and muttering, “But what else could we do?”, as if their behaviour as businesses is as natural and inevitable as the passing of the four seasons. So it was that last night, for the second year in a row, the supporters of Kettering Town found themselves in a public meeting after the final whistle had blown on their season. Last year, Imraan Ladak was polling supporters over whether the club should leave its Rockingham Road home and decamp eight miles away to Nene Park, the former home of the late Rushden & Diamonds FC. The results of that evening became...

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The AGM cup 2012 – Mystic Rhys predicts

It’s the end of the season, and York City have won the final playoff game to secure their return football league. Now, the process of positioning teams in various leagues will begin in a process jokingly referred to as the AGM Cup. Always controversial, the Football Conference AGM decides who gets placed into various leagues in the Conference system (Conference Premier, North & South). With teams struggling to make ends meet, and the ever shifting North/South borderline, the AGM does throw up a few surprises now and again. Although teams technically could be affected by the AGM (Hereford, Macclesfield Town, Woking, Hyde, Chester amongst others) are nigh on guaranteed to be in the leagues they were promoted from or relegated to, this article will look into those teams that’s future is a lot less certain. In this article, I will look to my crystal ball and attempt to predict Steps 1 and 2 of the non-league system next year. Although step 1 itself is fairly secure, step 2 is a lot less predictable. I will look at the big players in their AGM Cup and will attempt to predict which league they will play in next year. Darlington Although now a little more financially secure than they were when previous owner Raj Singh placed them into administration, thanks to the DFC 1883 group, the club has appeared to have...

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George Rolls At Kettering: Advisor Or Shadow Director?

In the end, Kettering Town’s wretched season ended with a whimper rather than a bang. They finished the season with just thirty points, rooted to the bottom of the Blue Square Bet Premier, and under the same ownership with which they began the season – albeit under the apparent control of a new “acting chairman” – and with the future of the club hanging in the balance to the same extent as it has been for much of the last nine months. Yet the summer months can bring shark-infested waters for football clubs that have been flying by the seat of their pants throughout the season. Season ticket sales may provide some liquidity and many part-time clubs will at least have the relative breathing space of not having to pay any wages for a few weeks. Some financial liabilities, however, remain ongoing all year round and if season ticket sales prove sluggish, a critical source of income may be lost for another year. Much of this may be playing on the mind of George Rolls this week. Rolls is always careful with his words. As recently as the middle of February, he was telling the Dorset Echo that those concerned that he was set to leave Weymouth FC that “Unfortunately, some people make things up and put two and two together and don’t always come up with four”, the...

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George Rolls Unites Kettering And Weymouth In Suspicion

How are the supporters of a football club to judge a new owner? Perhaps the answer to that is the question of how desperate for a new owner they are, but even in the most extreme of circumstances, one common theme of recent years has been that supporters have been more prepared to carry out their own due diligence on those that turn up, out of the blue, promising to repair their clubs. And rightly so. Why should someone with no – or, at best, very little – prior interest in a football club turn up there intending to run it? What could their motives for doing so possibly be? This is an especially pertinent question when we are talking about the lower divisions and non-league football, where profits for even the most prudent of owners are likely to be minimal. In view of this, it is only fair to ask the question of why another serial football club owner, George Rolls, should have decided to quit Weymouth Football Club of the Southern League Premier Division to take over the ownership of troubled Blue Square Premier club Kettering Town, which, he confirmed this evening to BBC London’s Caroline Barker, should be completed by the end of this week. And perhaps even more pressingly than this, why is he taking ownership of this club and leaving Dorset barely a couple of...

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

It has, as many of you will already be aware, been a long few months for the supporters of Kettering Town Football Club. During this period, their club has been uprooted to the former home of their defunct former local rivals, they have been promised the earth and have seen only the delivery of unpaid bills and an uphill battle to avoid relegation from the Blue Square Bet Premier. Amid the accusations, counter-accusations and recriminations that have accompanied this story, however, there has, perhaps, been no single, defining moment to draw our attention to their plight, and still less has there been a moment which can only make the casual observer stop and think, “Wow, I really did not see that coming.” Not any more. A message posted to on the website of the Northamptonshire Police earlier today set the clubs recent problems into the starkest possible terms. Due to the non-payment of policing bills so far this season, the police have been forced to declare that this weekends league match against AFC Telford United will have to be played behind closed doors. It is a situation that is, to the best recall of memory, unprecedented in the recent run of smaller clubs finding themselves in serious financial difficulty, and it can only be regarded as an absolute, utter humiliation for those that have managed to run this one...

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