Sites identified as Poppies aim for return to Kettering

Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune
Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune
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Kettering Town have identified three sites that could potentially house a new ground for them in the future.

And Poppies chairman Ritchie Jeune has revealed he would like to have an area of land on the fringes of the town in place for the club by the end of this year.

Kettering are currently suffering a period of inactivity on the pitch as they look to secure a play-off place in the Calor League Division One Central.

Their Latimer Park home, which they share with landlords Burton Park Wanderers, has suffered badly with flooding during the recent downpours while Tuesday’s county derby at Daventry Town was wiped out, a fate that is likely to be repeated for tomorrow’s (Saturday) trip to Chertsey Town.

Jeune, who led the rescue mission for the Poppies earlier in the season when they came to within a few minutes of going out of business, has once again expressed his gratitude to the Burton Latimer-based club for their help in giving his club a home.

But he insists his main priority is to get the Poppies back into their home town, although he ruled out any lingering hopes of a return to Rockingham Road.

“I don’t think we will ever get back into the heart of Kettering,” Jeune said.

“We have identified three sites, which could have some potential for us. All three sites would bring us back into the town but on the fringes of it.

“Obviously that requires a willing land seller and assistance from the council when it comes to planning and possible land zone issues.

“It is something we would like to resolve by the end of 2014, to have a piece of land in place.

“That has to be our number one priority. We are very grateful to Burton Park Wanderers and we are enjoying ourselves at Latimer Park.

“But if we want to have our own stadium then it is unlikely that we would invest in what I would describe as ‘non transferable infrastructure’.”