Jon Dunham - Will the Poppies survive their latest setback?

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.

For the want of a better phrase, it has been a hell of a week.

All seemed normal on Monday morning and then the bombshell dropped into my email inbox that Kettering Town had been wound up in London’s High Court.

It was unexpected. We knew they were due back in court over the winding up order from Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd but I was under the impression that another adjournment would be sought as negotiations to get a deal done between the two parties continued.

Clearly something dramatic changed and a trail of destruction has followed, leaving the Poppies literally clinging on for dear life.

There seems to be no doubt from the club’s point of view that there is case for them to fight and that is why they released details of their side of the story in a lengthy statement on Monday evening as well as confirming they are applying for a recission order.

They will, it seems, get one more date in court where they will need to present their evidence and hope that the judge on the day sides with them. If that happens, the money owed will need to be paid and the club may able to move on.

If they fail, well, I think we all know what that will mean.

It wasn’t until yesterday that us on the sportsdesk were able to truly digest and discuss the week’s events.

And one of my colleagues suggested that at least once every week for the past 18 months or so, I have declared that this could be the end for the Poppies.

A slight exaggeration perhaps but I genuinely believed, like so many (the attendances at Latimer Park would suggest happier times), that the worst had passed.

Instead, the club are facing perhaps their biggest battle and know that their fate could well be decided within the next couple of weeks.

But one thing has been proven this week and that is that the football community is alive and well.

Maybe it was fate that the Poppies’ world came crashing down around them on transfer deadline day.

Football fans across the nation were gripped to social media sites and it didn’t take long for the Kettering story to attract some interest.

The work done by the people running the Football Accumulators pages on Facebook and Twitter has been astonishing while the support of their 100,000-plus followers has already resulted in a significant amount of money being raised, even though I don’t recall anyone from the Poppies asking for it.

I don’t believe for a second that anyone, regardless of who you follow, wants another team to go under and the vast majority of football fans clearly want to see the Poppies survive.

Can they dodge one more bullet? Time will tell and, ultimately, it will come down to whether the club can convince a judge to overturn a decision made by another.

In the meantime, they have another game at Latimer Park this weekend and then a fundraiser against Burton Park Wanderers on Thursday night. Let’s hope there are more to follow.