VIDEO: Diggers start to tear up Rockingham Road ground

Demolition work has begun at Kettering Town FC's old Rockingham Road stadium.

Friday, 3rd November 2017, 9:39 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 9:30 am
Rockingham Road earlier this week

The ground, which has been empty since the Poppies left in 2011, was bought by a developer for housing in September.

Work to cut down trees behind the old away end took place shortly afterwards, followed by a notice of intent to demolish the stadium which was placed on safety barriers.

It read: “Harpur Developments Limited hereby give notice of intent to demolish associated stands, terraces and floodlights at former Kettering Town football ground, Rockingham Road, Kettering, NN16 9AW, after November 1, 2017.”

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Rockingham Road earlier this week

Last month the Poppies revealed that they believe they’ve found a viable site for a new purpose-built stadium in the town.

A formal request has been made to Kettering Council for commercial details for a new ground – but the location has not yet been revealed.

The Poppies have not played in Kettering since they left their old Rockingham Road stadium in 2011.

After a brief spell at Nene Park in Irthlingborough, they returned to the borough at Burton Latimer’s Latimer Park where they have been ever since.

Rockingham Road earlier this week