CORBY Town fans have praised the new regime at their club, which is promising to bring it closer to the community.
The Evening Telegraph reported yesterday on Kevin Ingram’s first press conference as owner of the Steelmen, where he talked about his plans to make the club more community-focused.
The Leicestershire-based businessman also revealed he would be dropping all ticket prices and under-16s would be allowed into all games for free.
He said ultimately he wants the club to become a Community Interest Company – a social enterprise which uses its profits for the good of the public.
Fan and club shop volunteer Dale Campbell, 38, of Willow Brook Road, said: “It is fantastic news. The whole ethos of trying to get out into the community has got me excited. All the doom and gloom has gone.
“Kids in for free – that’s fantastic. And there are still a few things to come out I think.
“I was up there yesterday cleaning the club shop and thought ‘I’ll sell some more of this stuff next year’.
“My phone was red hot. I can’t remember the last time we appointed a ‘name’ manager as well. I’ve not heard one bad comment, even from the doom and gloom merchants.”
At the press conference, Mr Ingram also spoke about maintaining the working relationship with Corby Council, and plans to introduce junior teams, from under-8s upwards, a ladies team and a team for disadvantaged people.
He said: “I would like to make this a real community football club. I just see myself as a guardian of the football club, looking after it for the community, for the town. It’s not for personal gain for me or my family. I am really looking forward to the challenge.”
Also at the press conference, former Northampton Town manager Ian Sampson was unveiled as the new boss with assistant Chris Plummer.
A Corby Town Supporters’ Trust spokesman said: “We would like to welcome Ian and Chris to Steel Park and wish them the best of luck in their new roles. The Corby fans and the trust will be behind you 100 per cent.”