“It is all we ever wanted, to be able to have days like this”.
That is the view of chairman Ritchie Jeune as Kettering Town get ready to take on Slough Town in the Calor League Division One Central play-off final at Latimer Park tomorrow (Monday).
By the end of the bank holiday, one of the clubs will be in the Premier Division and should it be the Poppies, it will complete an incredible turnaround in fortunes.
Jeune has led the club out of the financial misery of the past two years as it culminated in a day of survival in the High Court back in October.
A bumper crowd is expected tomorrow after over 1,400 watched the semi-final success against Daventry Town on Tuesday night.
And while fans will be hoping for elevation at the end of the day, Jeune also believes it is an opportunity for everyone to “celebrate the season”.
The Poppies chairman said: “I have no doubt the fans will be coming out in force to watch the team again.
“And as long as they all walk away knowing that Kettering Town have given their all I will be happy whatever the outcome is.
“I just want people to come out and enjoy the day. This is a community club and it is their club. This is an opportunity celebrate the season we have had.
“It’s not about celebrating the fact the club survived. That time has been and gone.
“This is a big day for football reasons and that is all we ever wanted, to be able to have days like this.”
Jeune has also revealed that the target set by the club has been achieved by securing a play-off place.
But he also made it clear that he sees Kettering’s future in a higher division.
“I have made no secret of the fact that we don’t want to be in this division,” he added.
“We have a budget that was aimed at getting us into the play-offs so from that point of view, we have achieved our target.
“The expectation was never to go and win the league. But we we now have an opportunity to gain promotion, it is going to be a big day.”
Fans are reminded that tomorrow’s game, which kicks off at 3pm, is an ‘all pay’ fixture with season tickets not being valid.
Supporters are also being encouraged to arrive early to avoid parking problems and queues at the turnstiles.
The first stand nearest to the turnstiles will again be fully reserved with no seats being available for supporters.
Stay tuned to this website for more build-up to the Poppies’ play-off final