Jeune: Poppies are ready

Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune
Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune
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Ritchie Jeune insists Kettering Town are “as prepared as they can be” for what is set to be their judgement day next week.

The Poppies will be back in the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Monday as they appeal the decision to wind the club up over a £58,000 debt to Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd relating to rent owed during their doomed spell at Nene Park.

The original decision was made on September 2 but the club have been allowed to continue playing matches since then.

Dean Thomas’ side take on Romulus in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy at Latimer Park tomorrow (Saturday) in what could be the last-ever game in the club’s 141-year history should their appeal be rejected early next week.

Indeed, the club have advertised the game on their own website with the question – ‘Will this be the last ever Poppies game?’

And they have also stopped short of advertising any other matches beyond Monday, despite them being scheduled to travel to Leighton Town in the Calor League Division One Central next Tuesday.

The court date comes almost a year to the day that Kettering were beaten 7-0 by Bashley in what many feared was their last match after they were only able to field 10 players at the height of their financial problems.

Since then, chairman Jeune has completed a takeover from Imraan Ladak and also managed to get the club back into the town’s borough following a stint at Steel Park in Corby during last season.

Jeune will be in London in person on Monday to see what the outcome is as the club hope to get the chance to present their evidence in a bid to get the decision overturned.

He conceded there is little he can say ahead of the hearing but insisted: “We are as prepared as we can be.

“We have done everything we can to get the information we need together and we are ready.

“Obviously there will be representatives from the club, including myself, down there as well as our lawyers.”

The decision to wind the club up sparked a mass fundraising campaign over the past month with a Just Giving site set up by the Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Club and Twitter and Facebook user Footy Accumulators seeing £20,000 donated by football fans around the world.

Funds were also raised to help with the costs of putting the appeal in thanks to a charity match against Latimer Park landlords Burton Park Wanderers, which also included an auction of sporting memorabilia.

Get all the latest news on the Poppies’ court hearing on www.northantstelegraph.co.uk.