The Northamptonshire Triangle

Since 200% opened its doors, the county of Northamptonshire has had a tough time of it. Rushden & Diamonds fell out of the Football League and eventually folded, Kettering Town lost their ground and nearly went the same way, whilst Northampton Town ended up on the wrong end of a curious story which has legal ramifications that continue to this day.

Kettering Town: Poppies At The Gates Of A New Dawn

There are some familiar faces at the top of the Southern League Premier Division this season, all of whom have had their brushes with extinction in recent years. Leading the way at the moment are Slough Town, with King's Lynn Town, Weymouth, Kettering Town...

Northampton Town: The Chinese Are Coming

It was two years ago that a curious story started to emerge from the lower reaches of the Football League of a stand that never got built and an amount of money that seemed to have vanished into thin air. Northampton Town had been lent a considerable amount of...

The Pitfalls of Travelling From Northampton Town To Charlton

There probably couldn't have been two more contrasting ways to experience the end of this Football League season than those of the supporters of Charlton Athletic and those of the supporters of Northampton Town last weekend. Charlton's season has been one of abject...

Northampton Town: David Cardoza Helps The Police With Their Inquiries

When Northampton Town threatened to tumble into insolvency in the latter stages of last year, what occurred was neither sudden nor particularly unexpected. It had been apparent to supporters for some considerable time that something was not going according to what...

Twelve Million Holes At Sixfields, Northamptonshire

It's been quite a while since a Football League club has been witnessed in full-on crisis mode. Salary cap legislation to limit the amount of money that owners could throw after bad in the pursuit of trinkets has been reasonably successful, and the number of football...

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...

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 09-12-2012

This evening, we have six matches from yesterday (including two from the weekend's FA Vase Third Round matches), as well  as a little treat from last week's midweek matches. We start off with the match from the Blue Square South between Dover Athletic and Eastleigh,...

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...

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...

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 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...

Kettering Towns Torment Continues

Their brave new world wasn't meant to turn out like this. When Kettering Town moved out of their Rockingham Road ground to the then recently vacated Nene Park, the former home of near rivals Rushden & Diamonds, the aim was surely for a place in the Football...

George Rolls Out Of Kettering Town

Farewell for now, then, George. At six o'clock this evening, the Football Association issued a statement confirming that George Rolls, the former chairman of Cambridge United and Weymouth, latterly of Kettering Town, had been found guilty of over 3,000 charges of...

Last Rolls Of The Dice? The FA Charge Kettering’s “Saviour”

Quietly and without comment from the club concerned, a message appeared on the Football Associations website earlier today which confirmed a most curious piece of news. George Rolls, the acting chairman of Kettering Town FC - and the phrase "acting chairman" is one...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

A Right Of Reply For Supporters Direct

Last weekend, SJ Maskell wrote on the matter of questions that she felt should be answered by Supporters Direct. They asked for a right of reply and we were glad to agree to it, so here's their Communications Manager, Kevin Rye, with some responses to the points...

The Noose Tightens Around Rushden

There was always something faintly ridiculous about the decision of Rushden & Diamonds FC try and appeal against their expulsion from the Football Conference. Leagues have their rules and, if clubs don't abide by them, they are likely to run into problems and,...

A Deeply Flawed Solution: Rushden Out And Kettering In At Nene Park

It is the Annual General Meeting of the Southern Football League today, at which the ratification of the constitution of the league for next season will take place. One of the teams that is supposed to be starting the new season, however, Rushden & Diamonds, is...

Rushden Expelled From The Football Conference

The non-league football AGM cup had been eagerly awaited, but the early results have still come as a bit of a shock. Rushden & Diamonds were expelled from the Football Conference this morning, a decision that will have ramifications throughout the non-league game....

Diamonds Aren’t Forever? Rushden In A Critical Condition

Non-league football is often described as a family, and one of its more recurring themes is that certain names have a tendency to turn up over and over again, like half-forgotten uncles at a reunion. Take, for example, Gary Calder. Calder was the chairman of...