No crisis but Rolls making a big plea

George Rolls (right)
George Rolls (right)

GEORGE ROLLS insists there is “no crisis” at Kettering Town.

But the acting chairman has made another passionate plea for fans to purchase season tickets for the next campaign to help with cashflow over the next couple of months.

The Poppies are currently without a manager while it remains unclear what division they will play in next season.

Season tickets have been on sale for over a month but, after over 1,000 were sold at a cut price before the last campaign that ended in relegation, just 74 adult tickets have been sold since the season finished.

Rolls and Ritchie Jeune have been picking up the pieces after Imraan Ladak’s reign ended in crippling debts that nearly put the club out of business.

Rolls paid a sum to Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs to fend off a winding up order and already work has begun on the corporate facilities at Nene Park to help the club stay afloat.

And Rolls believes he and Jeune deserve the backing of the fans and he is hoping for an upsurge in sales after confirming earlier this week that “an insolvency act” remains a massive possibility for the club.

He said: “There is no crisis.

“The business and football club is viable, we know that is the case.

“The debts are now manageable but, like any club, this is a difficult time of the year when it comes to actual cashflow.

“We just want the supporters behind us.

“The number of tickets that have been sold so far is a bit insulting to me, Ritchie and my wife because we are the ones who have come in and saved the club. That’s the way it is.

“It may sound harsh but it is the truth.

“I realise we are asking people to dig deep but it’s what most clubs around the country are doing at the moment and I dare say most fans are obliging.

“We can make this work but we need to sell some more season tickets. If we can sell another 200 or so quickly then we will be in a good position.

“It is not a crisis but all I am asking is please come out and buy a season ticket and support your club.

“I believe a good fanbase is there but it needs to show itself now.”

A super April/May offer for season tickets still exists and they can be purchased from the club or by filling out the form at the website http://www.evolve-online.com/profiles/seasonticketaprildeal.pdf and returning it to the club.

Any adult purchasing a season ticket may also buy a junior one for the age of the child.

Prices 2012/13

Adult – super May: £270. Early bird (offer ends July 31): £310. Full price: £345.

Concession – super May: £210. Early bird: £230. Full price: £263.

Junior – super May: £55. Early bird: £60. Full price: £69.