Bad year for many county sports fans

Fans of Kettering Town FC had a terrible season, says Gregg
Fans of Kettering Town FC had a terrible season, says Gregg

Last Saturday I hosted the final sports show of the season on Connect FM and reflected on what, for a rather large percentage of the county, has been a year to forget.

Let’s touch on the good news first – Cobblers are doing incredibly well.

I’m writing this literally hours after their stunning victory over Cheltenham in the League Two Semi-Final.

By the time you read it they could have beaten or been beaten by Bradford – either way it’s been a remarkable year for Northampton Town.

We should also mention AFC Rushden and Diamonds who in their first proper season have secured promotion from the United Counties League Division One.

It’s quite an achievement. When I was growing up I lived yards away from Nene Park and I followed the Diamonds through thick and thin.

It was devastating for me when the club folded two summers ago but this remarkable success from the phoenix team is enough to keep me positive for better days to come.

Poppies fans need to take heed of that advice, I think.

As much as I am Diamond through and through, I have a love for all of our local footy teams and it’s been a terrible ordeal that Kettering have had to go through.

First they move to Irthlingborough, then lodge at Corby, then have to cope with dropping three divisions in two seasons.

I really hope that things are on the up at wherever the Poppies play next year.

As for Corby, what a heart-breaking final day of the season.

In a year of Welsh wizardry across the divisions it was a remarkable last few games from Colwyn Bay that led to the Steelmen’s last gasp relegation.

The Steelmen, like the Poppies, will bounce back soon enough.

One of the great things about hosting a sports show is that I can sit there and be genuinely passionate about something that really does put a smile on my face.

I can’t wait for next season already!