Poppies to return to court on October 7

Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune
Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune

Kettering Town will be back in court on Monday, October 7 after they lodged their appeal following the decision to wind the club up last week.

The Poppies were wound up in the High Court over a £58,000 debt to Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd relating to rent owed from the club’s time at Nene Park.

They immediately applied for a recission order and will now have their case heard at the beginning of next month where the winding up order could be overturned if they are successful.

Kettering have played their last two Calor League Division One Central matches after they were sanctioned by the Southern League and they recorded their first-ever win at Latimer Park at the weekend with a dramatic 4-2 success over Aylesbury United.

The club will now approach the Southern League and Football Association about continuing their matches until the court date with their next game due to be at home to Rugby Town a week tomorrow (September 17).

A mass fundraising effort has been taking place since news of the club’s plight came to light last week with over £13,500 being donated through a Just Giving site set up by Twitter and Facebook user Football Accumulators and the Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust.

Other donations have also come in and the club are playing Burton Park Wanderers in a friendly on Thursday this week in an attempt to raise more to go towards their court costs and the paying of the debt.

The game at Latimer Park kicks off at 7.45pm and tickets, of which there are 1,300 available, are priced at £10.

The club are selling tickets in the Newlands Centre in Kettering between 10am and 1pm tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday with any remaining being on sale at Latimer Park on the night.

Mosaic Print and Premier Roofing Systems Ltd have already stepped forward as sponsors for the game, although the club have confirmed that funds will be held by the Trust and will only be handed back to the club if they are successful in their appeal.

Any other local companies interested in sponsoring the game should contact Ken Samuel by email KEN.SAMUEL@BTINTERNET.COM