Poppies debts are paid as Jeune focuses on football

Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune
Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune

Kettering Town have paid the money owed to Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd to clear themselves of what is hope will be the last remaining threat to the club’s future.

Poppies chairman Ritchie Jeune revealed at a fans forum earlier this week the first half of what was owed had already been paid and now the rest of the settlement was completed Wednesday.

A figure of just under £70,000 was agreed with the creditors after the winding-up order on the Poppies was rescinded in the Royal Courts of Justice last week.

With Jeune believing that is the fine issue to be resolved to safeguard the club’s future, he is now hoping the focus will stay on football as Kettering prepare to play their first home game since their positive result in court.

The Poppies take on Calor League Division One Central rivals St Ives Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup at Latimer Park on Saturday.

And Jeune said: “To be honest, the support we have received at home this season has been fantastic anyway.

“And I am sure the fans will be out in force again, hopefully they are pleased with what has happened over the last week or so.

“We hoped the full focus would be on football from the start of the season. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be the case but now it can be.

“The fans forum was very useful as an information giving evening.

“We’re awaiting the official confirmation but the second part of the payment has gone in and that will be the end of it.

“We had to draw forward some funds from our five-year budget to help out with that.

“But it shouldn’t affect what happens in the short-term.

“It needed to happen for the good of the club and we have worked hard to ensure there is a future within the borough of the town.

“Now we want to start enjoying the football side of things.”

The Poppies are due to return to court on November 6 when it is expected, as the funds have been paid, that the winding-up petition will be officially dismissed.