Building foundations for Poppies is Jeune’s main aim

Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune
Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune

Ritchie Jeune insists the main aim for everyone at Kettering Town is to continue to “build the foundations for the seasons ahead”.

The Poppies’ off-field problems were finally put to bed this week as the winding-up petition taken on by Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd was dismissed in the Royal Courts of Justice on Monday.

Kettering were able to pay off their last main debt and officially end their association with Nene Park after a mass fundraising effort from football fans across the world helped make up a shortfall that threatened to end the club’s 141-year history.

The Poppies are now preparing for their next assignment on the pitch as Dean Thomas’ side look to maintain their good run of form when they take on Egham Town in the Calor League Division One Central at Latimer Park on Saturday.

And while there are already murmurings from supporters about a potential push for the play-offs, Jeune insists the club remain in a “rebuilding phase”.

“With the club having gone through so much, I think there were a few people who wouldn’t believe it until they saw it,” the Poppies chairman said.

“We knew that Monday would be a formality but it is nice to put it to bed.

“Obviously, there is still the CVA to deal with and it means there is still a bit of historic debt but that is manageable.

“We have had some promising results on the pitch in recent weeks but we still need to improve the squad and the management team are doing everything they can to get that sorted.

“It is a rebuilding phase for us. Promotion is not out of our reach but the most important thing is making sure we build the foundations for the seasons ahead.”

The Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust are holding a race night at Latimer Park tomorrow (Friday) evening.

All money raised will go towards the costs of running and rebuilding the club. Admission on the door is £5 for adults and £2 for under-16s with food included.