Preparations under way as Poppies fight for survival

Kettering Town director Ken Samuel
Kettering Town director Ken Samuel

Kettering Town expect to learn their ultimate fate in under two weeks after they were wound up in London’s High Court this week.

The Poppies are currently in the process of challenging the winding up order placed on them by Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd by applying for a recission order, which would overturn the order.

The club’s plight has caught the hearts of the wider football community with offers of helping flooding in through social media.

But the reality is that the club are likely to get their chance to overturn Monday’s decision in a court hearing on Monday, September 16, according to director Ken Samuel.

In the meantime, the Southern League have sanctioned Kettering’s next two matches at Dunstable tonight (Tuesday) and at home to Aylesbury United on Saturday.

The Poppies’ next scheduled game after that is against Rugby Town at Latimer Park on September 17, a day after when they expect to have their case heard.

Samuel admitted he and his fellow directors were “shocked” by what happened in the capital on Monday and he confirmed the club are now in the process of gathering all the relevant information for when they present their case.

“We didn’t really expect to be wound up in the High Court on Monday,” Samuel, who has helped the club through their recent struggles as a volunteer, said.

“It seemed to be a surprising judgment given that we had some form of agreement in place with Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd. It was a shock to all of us.

“Since then, the world seems to have gone made over our plight and, as we stand at this time, we are wound up so we are expecting to receive information from the appointed receivers to see what happens next.

“The appeal process to get the recission order requires a lot of information and that is what we are focusing on now. But we understand it probably won’t be heard until September 16.

“It is up to us to get our appeal in and then hopefully we can go and prove our case and get the winding up order overturned.”

Samuel, meanwhile, said the club had been overwhelmed by the offers of help that have flooded in during the last 24 hours, including from their next two opponents in the Calor League Division One Central.

“We have had a very positive reaction from the football community and, in particular on Twitter where we have had one user, who has over 100,000 followers, offering to help raise funds,” Samuel said.

“Dunstable have offered to give us some of the takings from the match tonight, which is a remarkable thing to do.

“And the chairman of Aylesbury United, Graham Reid, has has offered his professional advice on insolvency matters for nothing.

“It is times like these that you realise how close the football community is and we we really appreciate all the support we have received.”

Read more from Ken Samuel in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph