Poppies game to be a tribute to tragic Ryan

IRTHLINGBOROUGH. KIRK'Players, fans & family members sign a book of condolence for Ryan Kirk at Kettering Town FC, who was killed in a car crash during the week.
IRTHLINGBOROUGH. KIRK'Players, fans & family members sign a book of condolence for Ryan Kirk at Kettering Town FC, who was killed in a car crash during the week.
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Poppies fans will delay their red-card protest towards chairman Imraan Ladak in order to pay tributes to a tragic fan at tonight’s match.

The demonstrations are being postponed until Saturday’s match against Lincoln City as tonight’s encounter with Southport will be used to celebrate the life of Ryan Kirk.

The 19-year-old Poppies fan was killed in a car crash near Grafton Underwood on January 10, and more than 200 family and friends attended his funeral on Friday.

A minute’s applause will be held before kick off at Nene Park tonight in his memory.

Then Saturday will be turned over to the protest, with fans waving placards saying Show Imraan Ladak The Red Card.

The protest was due to take place before the home game with Forest Green Rovers earlier this month, but the match was called off because of a frozen pitch.

Mr Ladak has faced growing calls from fans to sell up amid a financial crisis which has seen a winding-up order issued by the taxman and the players go without pay.

Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust chairman Mark Severn said: “We are going to do the protest on Saturday as there will be a bigger crowd, which will make a bigger statement to the chairman.

“If we use Tuesday night as a celebration of Ryan’s life, then Saturday we will start the protest if the need is still there.

“The goodwill for the football club seems to have disappeared around the town.”

The Wrexham Supporters Trust raised £1,417 for the Poppies with a bucket collection before last Saturday’s game.

Asked if the Poppies could follow the lead of Wrexham fans in making the club trust-owned, Mr Severn said: “We don’t know how deep the mire is. If we knew £200,000 would save the club and Imraan would move on, we would go hell for leather to raise it.

“But there is only one man who knows how much it would take and he has said everything but that.”