Tag: Kettering Town

Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Kettering?

Whilst the eyes of most of the football world were focussed upon the likes of Stamford Bridge and the Nou Camp last night, an altogether more prosaic battle was playing out at Nene Park in Irthlingborough. The Blue Square Premier has had something of a flustered look about its lower reaches all season, with newly-relegated Lincoln City and Stockport County both finding life below the Football League tougher than they might have expected, but for existence-threatening financial difficulties, Kettering Town and Darlington beat all others hands down. Following a 7-0 defeat at York City on Saturday afternoon, supporters of Kettering Town have had something of an air of unsurprising fatalism about them, with much of the talk amongst them being on the subject of what will happen when – rather than if – the club folds. Hit by a double-whammy of having to release players because they were unable to pay them and a transfer embargo which left them unable to bring in any replacements, the club could only take a squad of thirteen to York at the weekend, and there were only thirteen representing them again last night. Yet last night those that remain managed to pull upon their reserves of tenacity and pulled off a highly creditable goalless draw – not, perhaps, a result of great practical use to a team up to its neck in a...

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Kettering’s Season Goes From Bad To Worse

The last time we reported from Kettering Town, the club was at the point of being on its knees. With the whole team having been put on the transfer list, they lost five players on loan deadline day, only to see three replacements having their transfers to the club cancelled after the club was placed under a transfer embargo. A new low, however, was reached for the club this afternoon with a trip to York City that began with manager Mark Stimson only able to take two substitutes to Bootham Crescent and ended with a seven goal thrashing and the club sitting just one place above the relegation places, with the second worst goal difference in the Blue Square Premier. There is a definite fatalistic air around the club at present, with the club’s supporters forum now openly discussing what form a phoenix club should take whilst others, stuck rather more in the present, are wondering aloud whether they should cancel the direct debits that they have set for their season tickets. Some still chose to make the trip up to North Yorkshire, but it didn’t take long for the goals to start raining in. The first came after just seven minutes, and York were four to the good at half-time. To add insult to injury, York’s final goal of the day was scored with thirteen minutes to play...

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Are Kettering Town On The Brink?

Things seem to be escalating out of control very rapidly at Blue Square Premier club Kettering Town, where pre-season hopes of a fresh start at a new home have already evaporated, to be replaced by a sense of foreboding over so little as the short term security of the club. During the summer, Kettering’s move from its traditional Rockingham Road home to Nene Park, the former home of the club’s former rivals Rushden & Diamonds, eight miles from their home town, had provoked more than a few raised eyebrows. That Kettering are in financial trouble themselves just months after moving in there themselves will likely raise more still. Since the last time that we wrote on this subject, the club’s position has deteriorated still further. Owner Imraan Ladak has now stated that he will “listen to offers” for the club – although the question of who is going to be interested in buying a non-league football club that is losing money hand over fist and has just signed a twenty-five year lease in a new ground miles from its home town is not one that is easily answered – whilst the playing staff looks likely to be diminished by the departure of what has been suggested as up to eight to ten players and manager Mark Stimson has been unable to arrest the team’s slide on the pitch. The...

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Is History Repeating Itself At Nene Park?

We are only three months into the new season, but already it feels as if history is beginning to repeat itself. In July, the county of Northamptonshire lost Rushden & Diamonds after a season of spectacular mismanagement – a new club, AFC Rushden & Diamonds, has already started a youth team and is expected to begin again from the start of next season – and this time around there is now a sizeable body evidence which indicates that the club that took over their Nene Park home during the summer, Kettering Town, could well be set to follow them into serious difficulties. Kettering were due to be entering brave new world territory with their move to a ground eight miles from their home town, but the team has been struggling on the pitch and rumours are now beginning to grow of serious difficulties off the pitch as well. It wasn’t, of course, supposed to be like this. With 1,000 season tickets sold, supporters of the club had reason to believe that growth and success off the pitch would be the compensation for leaving its traditional Rockingham Road ground and into the home of their former rivals, under a twenty-five year lease. Rumours started to grow over the weekend that the club’s players had only been paid a percentage of their month’s wages and, with several of the club’s players...

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A Rocky Start For Kettering

There is something awry in Northamptonshire. The start of the new season was supposed to be the start of a new era for Kettering Town. Having moved from Rockingham Road to Nene Park, the former home of the late Rushden & Diamonds, perhaps the least that Kettering supporters might have expected would have been for the aura of soap opera that has hung over the club for the last few years to begin to dissipate, but Tuesday night’s home defeat in the Blue Square Premeier at the hands of Hayes & Yeading United saw the team, which has now shipped five goals at home this season twice already, end its evening in disgrace with two of its players contriving to get themselves sent off for fighting each other. It was a dismal end to a disheartening evening for the club’s supporters. Hayes & Yeading were amongst the pre-season favourites to be relegated this season, and Kettering had perhaps applied something of a sticking plaster to their evening by managing to close the gap to just two goals. In stoppage-time and with the game already more or less lost, Kettering were awarded a penalty which the Hayes goalkeeper Delroy Preddie saved. Kettering scored from the resulting corner, but before the game could be restarted two of Kettering’s players, Jean-Paul Marna and Moses Ashikodi were trading blows with each other in the...

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