Noubissie: Kettering was the only club for my return

Pat Noubissie
Pat Noubissie

Patrick Noubissie insists he wouldn’t have returned to football for any other club apart from Kettering Town.

The French midfielder, who had been a regular member of the Poppies squad until the end of last season, made a triumphant comeback in Poppies colours as he helped Alan Doyle’s side record their first win of the season in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division on Sunday.

Noubissie left the club at the end of the last campaign and has watched from afar as the Poppies have hit more financial turmoil that has seen them having to play their home games at Corby Town’s Steel Park stadium with Nene Park currently unusable.

Doyle has been forced to build a whole new squad while the club is currently being run by volunteers, led by Ritchie Jeune who has revealed that a new offer to buy the club has been made by an unnamed potential owner.

Majority shareholder Imraan Ladak has, apparently, been in talks with potential new owners and investors with the latest being linked to a takeover being former Plymouth Argyle CEO Tony Campbell, who watched the 3-1 win over Chesham United at the weekend.

But the club continues to operate and Noubissie, who is studying for a degree in physiotherapy, was delighted to return and help the Poppies get back to winning ways.

“I have seen the problems the club has had and that was one of the reasons I agreed to come back,” the midfielder said.

“I had the opportunity to play for clubs higher up but I wanted a break from football for a while.

“The only club I would have ever though about playing for was Kettering. They needed some help, they asked me and I agreed to do it.

“I have only come back because it is Kettering. I have had some great times with them over the last few years.”

Kettering’s game at AFC Totton, which was due to take place last night, was called off due to a frozen pitch following a lunchtime inspection.

The Poppies are due to be back in action when they travel to Gosport Borough on Saturday.

Don’t miss more from Pat Noubissie and all the latest news in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph