‘We just had to help the Poppies’

Kettering Town's fans have been getting a helping hand from supporters across the country as their club battles for survival
Kettering Town's fans have been getting a helping hand from supporters across the country as their club battles for survival

One of the people behind a social media user which has launched a bid to help Kettering Town in their fight for survival says they felt it was only right to do something to assist the crisis-stricken club.

Matt Timms, who is one of three people who run the Football Accumulators (@FootyAccums) Twitter and Facebook pages in Manchester, was already aware of the Poppies’ plight given that he is a Northampton Town fan and his family still live in the County.

And when the news broke that Kettering had been wound up in the High Court on Monday over a £58,000 debt owed to Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd, Football Accumulators moved quickly to help.

The Poppies are launching an appeal to gain a recission order, which could overturn the winding up order. But the debt will still have to be settled if the appeal is successful.

In conjunction with the Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust, Football Accumulators has now set up a Just Giving site for their 100,000-plus followers to donate to with the target being £20,000.

After being launched on Wednesday night, a total of £3,700 had already been donated in the first few hours of the page being live.

And Timms said: “We are based in Manchester but I am a big Cobblers fan and my family are from Northampton so I already knew of the problems Kettering were having from reading the local news.

“We were just watching the madness of transfer deadline day on Monday and then the news about Kettering came through and it just doesn’t seem right that what someone like Gareth Bale earns in a day or two could save the club.

“We have got over 100,000 followers on Twitter and if every one of those put £1 in then we will have helped to give them a chance to survive.

“The response has been great and 99 per cent of the feedback has been very positive.

“Football fans from all over the country have already donated and I am sure more will follow. We have had a great start with £3,700 coming in so far and hopefully that will grow within the next week.

“The club seem quite positive about their chances with the appeal. I have been speaking to the Trust chairman Mark Severn and they are very grateful for what we have done. We just believe in football and it’s not right to see a club go out of business for a figure that could be raised.

“Hopefully there will be a happy ending and should that be the case, we look forward to coming to a game very soon.”

The Poppies play Aylesbury United in the Calor League Division One Central at Latimer Park on Saturday in what could be their last ever game should their legal challenge prove unsuccessful.

If they were to fail then the money donated will be passed on to local charities.

The club are also accepting direct donations and have organised a fundraising match against landlords Burton Park Wanderers at Latimer Park next Thursday, September 12 where a total of 1,300 tickets will be available for a £10 donation for each.

Anyone who wants to donate to the Poppies’ cause can do so by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/local/project/savekettering or direct to the Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust with the bank details being – Sort Code 30-94-68 and Account number 00306003.