Jeune hails ‘immense’ support for Poppies

Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune
Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune

Ritchie Jeune has hailed the “immense” support Kettering Town have received from the football community in the past two weeks or so.

The Poppies were wound up in the High Court last week over a £58,000 debt owed to Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd.

The club have now lodged an appeal against the ruling and that will be heard on Monday, October 7.

Kettering will continue to play their Calor League Division One Central matches, the next of which is against Rugby Town at Latimer Park on Tuesday, despite there being fresh uncertainty over the club’s future.

Chairman Jeune, who completed a takeover from Imraan Ladak in the summer as well as bringing the club back to the town’s borough, has been taken aback by a mass fundraising effort by football fans around the globe since the club was wound up.

Facebook and Twitter user, Football Accumulators and the Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust set up a Just Giving site, which has seen over £15,000 donated in the quest of a £20,000 target.

A crowd of over 700 were on hand for last weekend’s 4-3 win over Aylesbury United and a fundraising match against landlords Burton Park Wanderers is taking place at Latimer Park on Thursday night.

And Jeune believes the way people have got behind the club justifies his decision to help them when they were heading for financial oblivion this time last year.

The Poppies chairman said: “The support we have had on a local scale and all around the country and the world has been immense.

“I doubt the club would have got this sort of help a year ago but the desire for that number of people to see a club they have no real affiliation with survive is amazing.

“It reverts back to those who were asking why we got involved. We always felt that 140 years of history was something worth saving. The support the general football public have shown proves we were right to try to help.

“This could have happened at a worse time and it could have happened at a better time.

“The foundations of the club have improved in recent months and we can see that the local community is really rallying around the club.

“Whether their donations have been £5, £50 or £500, people are showing that they want to help save this club and that is something they can always say if we do come through this.”

Tomorrow’s fundraiser at Latimer Park kicks off at 7.45pm with tickets priced at £10 and an auction is due to take place in the clubhouse before and after the game.

Premier Roofing Systems Ltd, Knights of Old and Mosaic Print have all agreed to offer sponsorship for the match.

Read more from Ritchie Jeune in tomorrow’s Northamptonshire Telegraph