Poppies boss Thomas reflects on a ‘weird day’

Kettering Town boss Dean Thomas
Kettering Town boss Dean Thomas

Dean Thomas was left to reflect on what he described as “a weird day” as Kettering Town’s hopes for survival off-the-field took a major step forward.

The Poppies saw the winding-up order on them from Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd rescinded in the Royal Courts of Justice and are now looking to close that chapter in the club’s history by paying off the amount agreed with the creditor, which will then see the winding-up petition dismissed.

With chairman Ritchie Jeune now hopeful there are no more “skeletons in the closet”, Thomas is aiming to make Kettering a force on the pitch.

They head to Romulus, who play at Sutton Coldfield Town, tonight (Tuesday) for an FA Trophy preliminary round replay after the two teams drew 1-1 at Latimer Park on Saturday.

And while Poppies boss Thomas is looking forward with Kettering, he admitted there were mixed emotions for him yesterday following the news that Hinckley United – a club he managed for 15 seasons – went out of business at Birmingham High Court because of debts of over £200,000.

“It was a weird day really,” the Kettering manager said.

“I don’t think anyone really knew what the outcome we be for us. There was always plenty of optimism but there was uncertainty as well.

“Thankfully things went our way, justice prevailed but it came at a price that the board felt was worth paying.

“I had mixed feelings yesterday, of course. I spent a lot of years of my life fighting and working for Hinckley United.

“It is a massive shame to see what has happened because we had some great times there.

“There are no winners in a situation like this. There are only losers. The supporters have lost their football club and it is devastating to see.

“But my life has changed now, I have moved on and my job is now to resurrect the fortunes of Kettering Town.

“Things went our way yesterday and from my point of view it is important we run with it now. It is up to myself and Thomas Baillie to make sure continue to improve things on the pitch.

“We will look at bringing in a couple of players and I have seven days in for a centre-forward at the moment.

“But our full focus is now on tonight. It hasn’t been an easy time for anyone but there are no excuses from my point of view.

“We want a good run in the FA Trophy because we missed out in the FA Cup. It is a big game tonight and we want to go and get the right result.”