Memories of Tiverton still so fresh for Piercewright

Brad Piercewright, pictured left with Shaun Murray and Wayne Diuk following Kettering Town's title success at Tiverton in 2002, wants to help the club create new memories this season
Brad Piercewright, pictured left with Shaun Murray and Wayne Diuk following Kettering Town's title success at Tiverton in 2002, wants to help the club create new memories this season

Brad Piercewright will never get bored of talking about Kettering Town’s famous title success during his first spell with the club.

But the defender knows the same might not be said for his current team-mates after he admitted they are probably already “bored to tears” of hearing about it.

The defender has returned to the Poppies 11 years after being part of Carl Shutt’s squad that pipped Tamworth to the Southern League Premier Division title.

That was achieved thanks to a 2-1 last-day victory at Tiverton Town, witness by an army of over 1,000 Poppies supporters in 2002.

And, as Piercewright prepares for the next chapter with the club which begins with a trip to Potters Bar Town in the Calor League Division One Central on Saturday, the emotions from that day remain firmly embedded in his memory.

And he would love nothing more than to create new memories as part of Dean Thomas’ squad this season.

“Honestly, I have bored the lads to tears with the story of that year during pre-season,” Piercewright said.

“Without question, it was the best footballing year of my life and I know that is a feeling shared by the other lads who were part of it.

“It is hard to explain how I felt that day at Tiverton. But I remember clear as anything the words Carl Shutt said to us afterwards.

“He sat us down and told us to be quiet for two minutes and look each other in the eye because it was a moment and an achievement that we would remember for the rest of our lives.

“He wasn’t wrong and I still speak to the likes of Shaun Murray, Wayne Diuk and Ian Bowling about it.

“It was an incredible year for us and the club and I would love to be part of something like that again.

“I think the fans here will always expect their team to do well, even though it has been a tough few years for the club.

“The manager (Dean Thomas) has had to start from scratch and if pulls off a promotion and a winning team then it will be an amazing achievement.

“The squad here is together and we are all keen to do well for the club. Hopefully we can back that up by getting results on the pitch.”

Piercewright is set to be fit for the first game of the season this weekend after playing in the 3-1 win at Stamford last Saturday following a foot injury.