Fans chip in to pay for Poppies coach

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WIN or lose today – Kettering Town supporters say they will continue to back the troubled football club

More than 200 fans are expected to make the two-and-a-half hour journey to north Wales to see the Poppies take on Wrexham.

They include about 20 supporters who are paying for a shared coach with the squad to make sure the unpaid players make it there.

A patched together team of no more than 14 players is expected to go.

Supporters’ trust chairman Mark Severn said: “Realistically I expect us to get a tonking, however I hope with the fans’ support the players show some fight.

“We will always be there, supporting the playing side no matter what happens at the game.

“It is the chairman we are unhappy about and will not continue to support.”

Chairman Imraan Ladak has been on the end of severe criticism this week following months of uncertainty surrounding the club’s finances.

Despite receiving a £3,000 fine and points deduction for the team after failing to pay creditors, Mr Ladak claims the club is ‘in good shape’.

But unhappy fans are unconvinced and, along with the Evening Telegraph, have called for him to leave.

An online petition asking Mr Ladak to go had attracted more than 470 signatures last night from fans all around the world.

Wrexham fans have also shown support and are organising a bucket collection for the supporters’ trust at today’s game.

Mr Severn said: “We’re grateful for all the support we are getting.

“It helps to know we are not alone.”

Club administrator Bob Brown organised the coach for team players with Hamiltons.

The company has provided a discounted rate which will be paid for by the fans who get on board.