Poppies to challenge winding up order

Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune
Kettering Town chairman Ritchie Jeune
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Kettering Town have confirmed they will challenge the granting of a winding up order on the club.

Kettering Town FC Management Ltd was officially wound up in court in London today following a winding up order brought about by Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd.

However, the club have now revealed details of the situation as they see it and have confirmed they will look to challenge the order by making an application for a Rescission Order in the next week, which could overturn the winding up order.

In a lengthy statement released by the club, it confirmed that their next two Calor League Division One Central matches at Dunstable Town tomorrow night (Tuesday) and at home to Aylesbury United on Saturday will go ahead.

And they have also released details on how they believe the situation involving the winding up order has unfolded.

The full statement from the club said: “The club learned today that Kettering Town FC Management Limited was wound up in the Royal Courts of Justice by virtue of the Winding Up Order brought about by Rushden and Diamonds (2008) Limited.

“The Club’s lawyers had requested another adjournment of this case today.

“The facts of this matter as we see it are as follows:

“In April, prior to the takeover, the club was issued with a statutory demand by Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Limited. An amount of £58,000 was demanded. The then club owner did not take legal action against the order.

“Both prior to, and post take over, the new owner was in contact with Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Limited.

“The club disputed the amount owed as it had been prohibited from accessing Nene Park from mid December 2012.

“Despite this, we had verbally agreed a settlement figure of £50,000 with Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Limited.

“Legal paper work was drawn up and presented to Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Limited in July. From July 17 until August 31 Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Limited’s lawyers failed to respond to our lawyers request for information.

“Yesterday (Sunday) Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Limited requested that Kettering Town FC agree to cover the business rates for the period after Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Limited repossessed the stadium.

“A total amount of £70,000 was demanded. Kettering Town FC refused this demand.

“In the courts today the legality of what was, or was not due, was not debated.

“Kettering Town F C Management Limited has sought details of the statutory demand on several occasions, as it is the basis of the winding up petition. Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Limited have never provided these details.

“Kettering Town will look to challenge the order made by making an application for a Rescission Order in the next seven days which would overturn the winding up order.

“The current management team would like to thank our fans for their support and assure them that everything possible has been done, and will be done, to ensure the survival of this historic club.

“In the meantime, tomorrow’s game at Dunstable and Saturday’s home game against Aylesbury United have been sanctioned to go ahead by the Southern League, and the Team Management and players are preparing for these two games.”