Poppies are saved from extinction

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Kettering Town Football Club has been saved from likely extinction.

Businessman George Rolls, who is running the Poppies ahead of a full takeover, has told the Evening Telegraph that a winding-up petition imposed on the club by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs has been dismissed after the full amount owed was paid off.

The club was due in court for a hearing on the matter on Monday.

Instead, the immediate threat of extinction has been thwarted and Mr Rolls is asking fans to celebrate the news by attending Saturday’s home game against Stockport County and help create a party atmosphere.

Mr Rolls arrived at the club to take over from chairman Imraan Ladak and found it had debts of more than £400,000.

However, he believes the Poppies can now look forward to a bright future and has urged people to turn out in force for a celebration of the club’s survival at Nene Park on Saturday.

Mr Rolls said: “We have managed to sort out this problem and that means the club’s 140-year history continues, and let’s hope it will be here in another 140 years.

“But just because this immediate problem has been resolved, it does not mean the club is completely out of the mire.

“It still needs the community of Kettering and the surrounding areas and the club’s fans to come out and support us. Not just us but mainly the team because they need their support more than ever.

“We need to win five out of our next six games to avoid relegation.

“It is a huge game for us on Saturday and this should now be a massive celebration of the club’s survival.

“I think people can see the differences we have tried to make.

“We have some big nights of events coming up and there will be more plans put in action next week as we start to look forward.

“Over the four or five weeks I have been here, I have had some tremendous support from the people within the club and the fans.

“Now that we have saved the club, I want the people of Kettering to come out and see us and ensure this great club gets the support it deserves.”

Kettering Town are six points from safety and realistically need to win almost all their remaining games this season to avoid relegation.

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