Supporters of Kettering Town Football Club stood defiant to roar on their beloved team, in what could well be the club’s final ever match.
More than 700 fans packed into Latimer Park, as chants rang out from the terraces that the club will not die.
The Poppies are facing another battle for survival, after being issued with a winding-up order at London’s High Court on Monday (September 2) over a £58,000 debt owed to Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd relating to rent that was due while their club were still playing at Nene Park.
The club is now process of applying for a recission order which, if successful, would see the order overturned.
The earliest the club will have its case heard is on Monday, September 16.
That could mean Saturday’s match, against Aylesbury United, could be the last in the club’s 140-year history, if their recission order is unsuccessful.
Since the news broke that the club were being wound up the local community, and the wider footballing community, have come together to show their support for the club and try to raise enough funds to save it.
The Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust have been taking donations while a Just Giving site was set up on Wednesday night at the request of Facebook and Twitter user Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums).
Dave Parker, 53, who has been supporting the club since he was four years old, said it was great to see the footballing community coming together to try and save the Poppies.
He said: “I have been supporting the club for about 50 years and the past week has been hard.
“But it’s great to see the community coming together to support the club, and not just the local community, but the wider footballing community as well. It’s been great to see.
“I just hope that this is not the last game for the club.”
Alistair Adams, 50, echoed the sentiments and thanked everybody that has donated money to try and keep the club alive, adding he was hopeful the club will be able to carry on its rich history.
He said: “I went to watch the first two games of the season, but the performances were that bad that I swore that I wouldn’t come back again.
“But I was that impressed with the support that the club have been given in the past week by the footballing community that I decided to come and give my support today.
“The donations are just fantastic, and they’re coming in from all over the country and not just the local community.
“I’m just thankful to every club, organisation, or person that has shown support for the club.”
He added: “I have supported the club through thick and thin, but this is about as thin as you can get.”
The fans who packed themselves into Latimer Park to show their support were not let down by their team, who treated them to an enthralling 4-3 victory over Aylesbury United.