Club’s future hope

A PHOENIX club formed to bring football back to Kettering wants to embrace the heritage of the town’s former ground.

Kettering Football Club was created by a committee consisting of former Poppies fans Mark Bulley, Phil Coe, Bo Patrick and Nick Walden, who were disappointed when the side moved to Nene Park in Irthlingborough.

But the new club has announced it is interested in using facilities currently based at the Poppies’ old ground, Rockingham Road.

Mr Bulley, 45, of Cross Street, said: “We are certainly interested in the facilities at Rockingham Road.

“There’s no chance of us being able to buy the ground as it stands but we are looking at things like floodlights, seating and turnstiles.

“It’s probably not practical to move the whole Main Stand but we won’t rule it out.

“Although we’re not technically linked to Kettering Town Football Club we still feel Rockingham Road is part of our heritage.

“A brand new stadium is obviously out of our price bracket but as there are old facilities being demolished, it would be good to see them going to a good home.”

The club’s first public meeting was held on Saturday, with the aim of recruiting people to help out with its running.

Discussion was held over the possible involvement with local schools in designing the club’s badge and kit and the organising of regular fundraising events.

A bucket collection on the night raised £110, which has been put towards league fees.

Mr Bulley added: “We thought the meeting was really positive, it was pretty much what we had hoped for with 30 or 40 people turning up.”