Tag: Kettering Town

Scoreboard Protests & Scapegoating: Just Another Week For Kettering Town

A little gallows humour can go a long way. Kettering Town’s patchwork team played Gateshead in the Blue Square Premier in Tuesday night. Another crowd of under one thousand, another critical evening in a relegation battle that may yet prove to be highly important should the club somehow scrape through its current woes. The team managed to pull itself out of its recent torpor and win the match by two goals to one, but if this match is to be remembered for anything, it is likely that it will be for something quite unprecedented in the history of British football. Regardless of individual performances on the pitch, the only serious contender for any Man Of The Match award going could only be the controller of the electronic scoreboard at Nene Park, who made his feelings over the clubs recent mismanagement perfectly clear with a very personal message for the clubs chairman, Imraan Ladak, followed with a twist on the theme of a song that has become a crowd favourite in recent years. It may be the first time that “You’re Getting Sacked In The Morning” has ever been expressed in the first person. Such frustration is understandable considering recent events, and is a further sign the extent to which the rapid decline of this club has had the effect of radicalising the support base. Further protests are expected at...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 22/01/2012

We have five matches for you this evening, from the Blue Square Premier to Division One Central of the Southern League, and finishing off with the Premier Division of the Super League in Scotland. First up is a match that we have already mentioned on this site today, the Blue Square Premier match between Wrexham and Kettering Town. Next up, we’re staying in the Blue Square Premier with the match between AFC Telford United and Cambridge United. Following this is a match from the FA Vase, with Kent club Herne Bay facing an arduous trip north to play Newcastle Benfield. Our fourth match is from the Southern League, and is between Bedfont Town and Barton Rovers, and finally we’re off to Scotland for the match between Petershill and Clydebank. Our thanks, as ever, go to those that take the time to record, edit and upload these matches. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Top Versus Bottom In The Blue Square Premier

Two matches in the Blue Square Premier brought together four clubs from directly opposite ends of the football spectrum yesterday and, while the results of those matches were hardly unexpected, it was difficult not to feel at the end of this week that these were not as important as the fact that the matches had taken place in the first place. The matches were, of course, between Darlington and Fleetwood Town, and between Wrexham and Kettering Town. Darlington’s plight has been thoroughly documented on these pages over the last seven days. That they were playing at all yesterday afternoon was a testament to the hard work put in last week by many, many people. That they should have been playing against the financially-plumpened Fleetwood Town, who continue to agitate at the top of the table, is an irony that will not have been lost on many. Meanwhile, in north Wales, Kettering Town travelled to play Wrexham. Kettering Town found themselves in the dock last week over the non-payment of football-related debts. The supporters of Wrexham will be more than aware of this feeling of financial difficulties starting to spiral out of control. Wrexham battled to stay alive throughout most of last year before the club’s supporters trust took ownership of it in October. Somehow or other, player-manager Andy Morrell has managed to keep his side winning and they went...

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For How Much Longer Can Kettering Town Continue Like This?

While Darlington have grabbed most of the recent headlines in the race to the financial bottom that the bottom of the Blue Square Premier seems to consist of this season, Kettering Town remains in a critical condition itself.  On Saturday, their home match against Forest Green Rovers was called off at lunchtime, which is unlikely to have done the stricken clubs bank account a great deal of good, and this morning the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph, a local newspaper which has been criticised by some supporters as being too ready in the past to toe the Ladak party line, also stepped off the fence to deliver its viewpoint of the recent difficulties that the club has faced. The article, entitled “Time Is Almost Up So Do The Right Thing And Move Aside”, is unlikely to make comfortable reading for Imraan Ladak, the increasingly discredited and embattled owner of the club. It asks the question of, “why would Ladak want to remain in a mess that so many are blaming him for?”, and states that, “Imraan Ladak’s time would appear to be up”, drawing particular attention to the £3,000 that the club still owes to Essex Senior League club Southend Manor for gate receipts from their FA Cup match at Nene Park at the end of October. There can be no questioning the importance that this amount of money would have for a club...

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A Kettering New Year

Often, when push comes to shove in radicalising a group of football supporters, it will take one, symbolic moment to push those that might otherwise have merely got on with the job of watching their team to realise that the time  for action is now.  For those that follow the ailing Blue Square Premier club Kettering Town, that moment may have come at any of three or four different occasions over the last month or so, but the tipping point for many may have cone with twin five-goal defeats at the hands of Luton Town over Christmas and the New Year (results which plunged the club back into the thick of the relegation places at the bottom of the table), it with the release of an official club statement which sought, unsurprisingly enough, to place the blame for the club’s woes at the foot of everybody but those with the overall responsibility for managing its finances. The Luton matches were, perhaps, more symbolic in their effect than anything else. Luton Town have started to move into ominous form of late, and that they should hand out two thorough pastings to a team near the foot of the table was no great surprise in itself. The timing if the two defeats, however, was unfortunate for those clinging to the hope that Kettering’s problems are a mere flash in the pan....

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