Bar stock and football items returned to fans

Kettering, Kettering Town Football Club, Rockingham Road, 'All the locks have been changed and a Notice of Forfeiture been served. 'With Paul Starks who runs the bar of the supporters club trust 'Monday, 19 December 2011
Kettering, Kettering Town Football Club, Rockingham Road, 'All the locks have been changed and a Notice of Forfeiture been served. 'With Paul Starks who runs the bar of the supporters club trust 'Monday, 19 December 2011
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Kettering Town fans have been reunited with football memorabilia they lost when the social club where they were kept was repossessed.

The valued items were picked up along with hundreds of pounds of bar stock from the Tin Hat social club at the club’s former ground in Rockingham Road on Saturday.

The items had been impossible to reach for the supporters’ trust, which ran the bar, after the site was repossessed by bailiffs on behalf of landlord Ben Pickering.

The move was made after the club, which now plays at Nene Park in Irthingborough, had breached the conditions of its lease.

It triggered talks between the supporters’ trust and the landlord’s solicitors to retrieve the stock – talks which were successful and ended with the arrangements for collections.

Trust chairman Mark Severn said: “It is great to get all the memorabilia and bar stock back.

“We are very grateful to the solicitors for Pickering who have been very helpful and sympathetic.

“We got much of the bar stock such as soft drinks, alcohol and snacks along with the memorabilia out before the game at Wrexham on Saturday. Now we only have a pool table to get out.”

The memorabilia collected, including a signed photograph of the team’s victory over rivals Rushden & Diamonds in 1999, has all been given back to supporters who donated them.

A darts board and television were also picked up.

Much of the bar stock, which was mostly still in date, was sold off to Kennedy’s Bar in Finedon to raise more cash.

It followed the bucket donations of more than £1,000 from supporters of Wrexham on Saturday.

Mr Severn said: “The support shown for us has been very good.

“I think people see the difficult situation we are in and they try to help.”

Following the closure of the Tin Hat, the supporters’ trust is also considering moving its base to a pub in Kettering.

But rather than be permanently based at another venue, the trust says it is more likely to hire a night each week.

Mr Severn said: “We are looking into moving but to be honest right now we have much bigger fish to fry with what’s happening at the club.”