Baillie aware of what a move home would mean to Poppies fans

Rockingham Road
Rockingham Road

Thomas Baillie knows how much it would mean to the Kettering Town supporters if the club were to secure a return to Rockingham Road.

It has been an interesting, and ultimately, positive week both on and off the pitch for the Poppies after joint-boss Baillie saw his team move five points clear at the top of the Southern League Division One Central after a fine 4-0 success at Bedford Town on Tuesday night.

Kettering take on Uxbridge at Latimer Park on Saturday as they look to maintain their lead at their summit but the main talking point has been the news that the club are set to launch a bid to buy their former home in the town after it was placed on the market last week.

Poppies director Ken Samuel is set to visit the site next week before any bid is made by chairman Ritchie Jeune and the board as they continue their bid to bring the club back to their hometown.

But while Baillie believes it would “fantastic” for the fans if a move back to their spiritual home could be done, he knows Jeune and the directors will be taking everything into account.

“You have to look at both sides of it in a situation like this.

“There is a lot of sentimentality surrounding Rockingham Road and to get the club back there would be just fantastic for the supporters.

“But clubs these days survive more on what happens off the pitch rather than on it and I am sure Ritchie and the board will be looking at how they can generate revenue from a site while football isn’t being played there.

“People have to remember that football is only played on a home ground on 25 to 30 days each year so clubs have to find another way to generate their income.

“But I had a spell at Kettering when they were at Rockingham Road and I know just how much that stadium means to people at the club.

“As a fanbase, it would mean everything to go back there. But I am sure Ritchie and the board will be thinking very hard about it all.”