Poppies fans told they can pay what they like

George Rolls, Irthlingborough: Kettering Town Football Club. New Poppies backer 'George Rolls. Big Interview with Jon Dunham. 'Friday March 9th   February 2012
George Rolls, Irthlingborough: Kettering Town Football Club. New Poppies backer 'George Rolls. Big Interview with Jon Dunham. 'Friday March 9th February 2012

FANS of Kettering Town and AFC Telford United will be able to ‘pay what they want’ to get into tomorrow night’s clash between the two sides at Nene Park.

The initiative was announced by the Poppies in the wake of a poor display that saw them beaten 2-0 at home by Alfreton Town at the weekend.

Kettering remain in desperate trouble at the wrong end of the Blue Square Bet Premier as they remain seven points from safety ahead of tomorrow’s clash with another of the strugglers.

George Rolls, who is running the club ahead of a proposed takeover, said: “We, like the fans, were very disappointed with the performance at the weekend and would like to apologise for it.

“It was not what we expected from the playing squad and it was not acceptable.

“Therefore, tomorrow night, all fans can pay what they wish to come and watch the game. They can pay what they feel it is worth.”

Caretaker-manager Ashley Westwood, who handed debuts to new signings James Gray and Max York, was unhappy with his team’s display and he called them in for training yesterday.

“The performances we have had since I have been here have been better than that,” Westwood said.

“We can’t afford to dip that four, five, six per cent below the performance levels. We did that and it cost us.

“Now we have to counter it with a better performance against Telford tomorrow.”

The ‘pay what you want’ initiative is subject to approval from the Football Conference and the league’s minimum fee requirement, which are both expected to be confirmed today.