Fans planning a new town club

FOOTBALL fans are launching a new club next season with the aim of bringing the sport back to Kettering.

Mark Bulley, Phil Coe, Bo Patrick and Nick Walden have all been involved with Kettering Town Football Club in the past, but were upset when ex-chairman Imraan Ladak moved the side to Nene Park in Irthlingborough.

Keen to have senior football played in Kettering, the four have set up a committee and are finalising plans to have Kettering Football Club playing competitively in the town next season.

And they have organised a meeting to appeal for help from members of the public with their new venture.

Mr Bulley, 45, of Cross Street, said: “We were all very against the move to Irthlingborough – the four of us strongly believe that senior football should be played in Kettering.

“We started meeting in August but this is the first time we’ve had a meeting open to the public.

“We are looking for people who might be interested in helping out, which can be anything from making the tea to hanging up the goal nets.”

The meeting is open to anybody who wants to help with the new club and will take place at the Midland Band Club in Hallwood Road at 12.30pm tomorrow.

Mr Bulley added: “We have made entries to the Northants Senior Youth League for next season and will be playing at Kettering Buccleuch Academy in Weekly Glebe Road.

“The aim is to get senior football with adults playing for the start of the following season.

“We had trials for youth players on Monday and there were about 20 people there.

“That was really exciting because we really felt the ball was rolling at last after a lot of meetings.

“We don’t feel we’re in competition with Kettering Town, we’ve not even played a game yet.”