Poppies agree short-term deal at Latimer Park

Kettering Town's fans are set to be watching their team at Latimer Park again next season
Kettering Town's fans are set to be watching their team at Latimer Park again next season

Kettering Town are set to remain at Latimer Park next season.

Poppies chairman Ritchie Jeune this morning (Tuesday) confirmed the club has agreed a short-term deal with the relevant parties to remain in Burton Latimer for at least one more season.

There had been fears that Kettering would be forced to relocate again after negotiations hit a stumbling block at the end of last season, which ended with the club earning promotion to the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

The new deal, which Jeune is hopeful will be signed and sealed at the end of this week, will also ensure Burton Park Wanderers remain at the Latimer Park site and both clubs have confirmed that further negotiations will continue with the land owners in the coming months in an attempt to find a more long-term solution.

Jeune said: “We have agreed a short-term deal at Latimer Park.

“We are hoping to have something finalised by the end of this week and then, during the next year, we will be able to negotiate with the land owner and see if we can come up with a long-term solution.

“The verbal agreement was made yesterday (Monday) and hopefully that will be on paper very soon so there is no misunderstanding of what has been agreed.

“In the short term, it’s good news for us and it’s good news for Burton Park Wanderers because it means football continues at Latimer Park.”

Burton Park Wanderers chairman Stewart Glendenning also confirmed the news and believes both clubs can overcome the “hurdles” to ensure a long-term solution can be found.

“There is an agreement in principle, which will ensure both Kettering Town and Burton Park Wanderers can continue playing at Latimer Park,” Glendenning said.

“It is a short-term solution and we are working towards a long-term answer, which while there are hurdles to overcome, we believe we can do.

“From my point of view, it means the youth teams, the ladies team and the senior team at Burton Park Wanderers can continue to flourish and grow as we would expect them to.

“The board and associates of Burton Park Wanderers have worked closely with Ritchie and we have a very good working relationship with him.

“We understand the importance of both clubs and it is important that people understand that we are doing this for the local community.”

In a joint press release from the two clubs that followed the interviews with the Northamptonshire Telegraph, the club said: “Kettering Town FC have reached an agreement with the head lease holder of Latimer Park which will secure football for KTFC and Burton Park Wanderers for the upcoming season

“This will allow for negotiations for a longer term solution to enable both clubs to remain at Latimer Park to continue.

“The Limited company setup by Burton Park to run and manage the club house will cease to trade on the May 31.

“This has no impact on any of the teams playing under the Burton Park Wanderers banner. It does however impact the management of the site.

“Kettering Town FC will take up the management of the facility enabling both clubs to focus on preparing for the upcoming season.

“There will be no change in the good relationship between the two clubs which has worked well over the last two years.

“All Burton Park Wanderers teams who play at Latimer Park will continue to do so.

“Anyone who has booked any events with the Burton Park Social club will also not be effected by this change in management.

“Both clubs hope that in the coming months, the long-term situation will be resolved to allow for additional planned ground improvements to begin.”

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