Poppies look ahead as petition is dismissed

Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune
Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune

Kettering Town say they can “look forward with confindence for the future” after ther winding up petition brought by Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd was dismissed in the Royal Courts of Justice.

The petition had threatened to bring an end to the club’s 141-year history but a mass fundraising effort supported by football fans across the world helped raise the shortfall needed to pay off the debt.

Poppies chairman Ritchie Jeune had previously confirmed that he believed this was the final issue to resolve for the club, who are now enjoying a decent run of form in the Calor League Division One Central.

As revealed by the Northamptonshire Telegraph last month, the amount agreed with Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd had already been paid soon after the court hearing.

But it was made official yesterday as the petition was officially dismissed.

A statement from the Poppies said: “The club has now had confirmation from the clerk of court at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, that the winding up petition originally brought by HMR&C and taken over by Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Limited, has been dismissed following full payment having been made.

“Once again the club directors would like to say a massive thank you to chairman Ritchie Jeune and his company Evolution and their shareholders, along with the Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust and football fans from all over the world who donated funds to help bring about this successful conclusion.

“In particular we are grateful to our own loyal supporters, who have stuck with us, and continue to support the club in their hundreds at our home matches.

“There is still work to do, both on and off the pitch, and the club can now look forward with confidence for the future.”