Supporters Trust asking for donations with Poppies ‘on the brink’

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This could be the last chance to help save the club.

That is the view of Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust chairman Mark Severn ahead of tonight’s friendly with Coventry City at Nene Park, which kicks off at 7pm.

The Evening Telegraph understands that the financial problems at the Poppies have deepened and that the club remains on the brink of extinction.

However, it is also believed that frantic talks with a view to a take-over from current chairman Imraan Ladak are continuing.

It is still not clear who the potential investor is but former Cambridge United chief George Rolls has been continually linked with coming in to help the club.

In the meantime, the Trust will stage this evening’s game and will be taking any donations from fans before they get to the turnstiles. Those donations will go straight into the ‘Save Kettering Town Football Club’ campaign fund.

And Severn, whose organisation described the club as “all but dead” after Northamptonshire Police withdrew their policing for last weekend’s clash with AFC Telford United which would have been played behind closed doors had the Nene Park pitch not been frozen, has called on all football fans to come to tonight’s game.

“It doesn’t matter who you support, no-one wants to see any club go to the wall,” he said.

“I don’t want to see any club struggling and on the brink but it is the case that is what is happening to the team I follow at the moment.

“We know there are talks still going on but we, as fans, have to do what we can.

“The Trust are doing everything we can to raise some funds and this game is a big part of that.

“Whether you support Kettering or someone else, we would ask you to come to Nene Park and help us survive.

“There is no pressure on anyone to donate a certain amount. Please come to the game and give what you can.

“The money donated goes straight into the Trust’s fund and we will look at it to see where we can help. But, as we have said before, we won’t be throwing it into a black hole.

“I have been treating every game recently as the last one I would see and tonight is no different.

“We are looking potentially at the last chance to save the club so we need all our fans and supporters of other clubs to help us.”

Debts at Nene Park have reportedly spiralled out of control and a winding-up petition from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs and a potential three-point deduction are still hanging over the club.

Donations of £7 for adults and £3 for under-16s will be welcomed before fans go to the turnstiles tonight.