Alan Doyle has paid tribute to Corby Town and the non-League family for their part in helping to get Kettering Town playing football again.
A new-look Poppies side were beaten 1-0 by Redditch United in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division on Saturday in their first game for over a month.
With the electricity still cut off at Nene Park, the game was played at Corby’s Steel Park stadium thanks to a one-off agreement between Steelmen chairman Kevin Ingram and Kettering’s Ritchie Jeune, who has been helping the club during their financial problems.
And manager Doyle placed his thanks to the Steelmen on record as well as praising other clubs for their parts in getting players available for the game, which marked Kettering’s 140th anniversary.
“The facilities at Corby are first class and the people were excellent to us,” Doyle said.
“All I can say is thank you to everyone associated with Corby Town. They made it our home away from home and it was fantastic.
“The week leading up to the game was a nightmare.
“Even on Friday, I took my first phone call at 7.30am and I was still on the phone at 10.50pm.
“Everything that could go wrong did go wrong with players not telling us they were still part of other clubs.
“But the one thing I love about non-League football is that people will always help.
“Bedford Town completed a transfer for us on Friday night and Evesham United did one at 8.30am on Saturday so that players could turn out for us.
“Stoke have helped us out with Adam Mitter, the skipper, and the goalkeeper as well. Some clubs have been fantastic to us.
“I think the only one who hasn’t appreciated it all is my wife!”
Doyle, meanwhile, insists his own position hasn’t been discussed as yet but he is determined to carry on as the Poppies now prepare for tomorrow night’s trip to Leamington.
Doyle added: “The people who are helping to run the club seem to be happy with me so I will carry on.
“We will take it game by game and I would love to be here in two or three years time because I believe I can help the club fight back in the long run.
“I have plenty of confidence in my own ability. If we play like we did on Saturday, I am sure more people will come through the gate.”