Kevin Ingram has urged the people of Corby to heed the warning of what has happened in the world of Southern League football this week and ensure their own club survives.
The Corby Town chairman has issued a plea to football fans in the area to “prove” they want a club in the town by turning up in force to matches at Steel Park.
The Steelmen have a home huge game against Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division side Trafford in the FA Cup third qualifying round tomorrow (Saturday).
Joint-managers Andrew Wilson and Tommy Wright are looking to lead their team to a seventh successive home win, which would be rewarded with a place alongside the Skrill Premier teams in Monday’s fourth qualifying round draw.
And Ingram has made his point clear after a week that saw their Calor League Premier Division rivals Hinckley United go out of business after being wound up in Birmingham High Court while local rivals Kettering Town were given a late lifeline in the Royal Courts of Justice after the rescinding of a winding-up order ensured their off-field survival.
“We have seen a week where Hinckley United have gone out of business, I live in Leicestershire and it is a devastating situation for the area,” Ingram said.
“And then we have seen Kettering have just survived. I am glad they have because their chairman Ritchie Jeune is a personal friend.
“But what has happened with those two clubs is a sound warning to everyone.
“We have got to survive and we won’t survive unless we have these big matches more often, good cup runs and better crowds coming in on a regular basis.
“We desperately need the people of Corby behind us. If they want a football club then it is time to start proving it to us.
“We have started to play some very tasty football at home and it is worth paying not that much money to watch.”
Ingram, meanwhile, has confirmed the club will donate some of their profits, determined by the size of the attendance, to their chosen charity Lakelands Hospice, who will also receive 10 per cent of the winning purse of £7,500 should Corby win on Saturday.
The Steelmen go into tomorrow’s clash on the back of a 3-1 league defeat at Stourbridge on Tuesday night after they had claimed a 1-1 draw at Bideford last weekend.