Poppies boss Cox ‘amazed’ by Latimer Park’s transformation

Paul Cox says he was “amazed” with the transformation of Kettering Town’s Latimer Park home on a recent visit to the ground.

Thursday, 4th June 2020, 7:30 am
The fencing outside Latimer Park has now been painted in Kettering Towns red and black colours. Picture by Peter Short

Work has resumed on upgrades to the Poppies’ ground in Burton Latimer as they bring it up to the appropriate grading for the National League North.

New turnstiles have now been installed, a new 250-seater stand is due to be installed shortly, new steps of terracing have been added an extension of the ‘Tin Hat End’ is due to happen with a new terrace, which the Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust have helped pay for folowing a big fundraising campaign.

Other general maintenance has also been taking place to ensure the ground will look a lot different whenever the new season gets under way.

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Cox, his assistant John Ramshaw and coach Ben Marvin paid a visit to Latimer Park recently and the Poppies boss was impressed with what he saw.

“I was amazed by the transformation when I went down there,” he said.

“There’s a lot of good people putting a lot of hard work in and I was really surprised by how much has gone on.

“There are new stands to go in behind both goals and the new turnstiles are in so it’s looking good.

“I think we just have to be thankful to all the people who are working hard on it.

“Me, John and Ben, when we were down there, likened it to the set-up at Solihull Moors.

“When they first went to their new ground there seemed to be a lot of open space around it but little by little they have filled it in and created a nice stadium.

“It’s just nice to see what’s happening. We are all building and that goes for the ground as well.

“I am sure there is loads more that can and will be done but strong foundations are being laid for the future and it’s pleasing to see how it’s coming along."