New approach could bring Poppies back to Kettering, says councillor

The former Kettering Town FC football ground in Rockingham Road
The former Kettering Town FC football ground in Rockingham Road

A councillor believes Kettering Town Football Club can move back to the town if the council takes a new approach to leisure provision.

Cllr Michael Brown is set to discuss the club’s plight at the council’s research and development committee meeting tonight.

And he says the Poppies could take advantage of some of the facilities at Weekley Glebe in their quest to return home.

He said: “The football club is sorely missed in the town, it used to come alive on matchdays.

“I feel that some of the Weekley Glebe public pitches could move to the scrub land just to the north west of their home, and that the Poppies could move in there.

“It’s well documented that there is no free land to build on but that doesn’t have to mean the club can’t move back.

“The council need to be a bit more pro-active in their approach as there doesn’t seem to be any joined up thinking.”

The Poppies have been without a Kettering home since their ill-fated move to Nene Park in Irthlingborough in 2011.

The club was one of three sports teams to leave the town in recent years, with Kettering Swimming Club and Kettering Hockey Club also leaving, with the latter only just returning.

And Cllr Brown feels the council should be doing more to bring them back to the town.

He added: “The council have a lot of power and should be doing all they can to put their weight behind this.

“There are solutions there that just need a bit of research and if everyone worked in tandem we could get it to work.

“Whether this takes six months or four years I’m committed to the cause and will fight to bring them back.”