I'm printing this article earlier, as news emerges that 140 year old Kettering Town are to be wound up with debts of 58k.
The same day Gareth Bale swapped clubs for 85 million.
Which tells you all you need to know about football.
Let's hope the Kettering fans can sort something out of this mess and start a new club again. Great supporters who don't deserve this.
One minute you’re drawing against Leeds
in the FA Cup, the next you are losing to the villagers of Barton Rovers. At your
third ground in as many seasons on a Tuesday night four leagues below the
How the hell did it come to this Kettering Town
A brief look at their recent history would make for a great comedy sketch if,
as usual, it wasn’t the fans taking the can.
Their chairman sacked their assistant manager the night they
, run up debts of 1.4 million then
let George Rolls take over. A man so dodgy even the FA had to ban him from
running a football club. Paul Gascoigne was manager for about 24 seconds.
They’ve since played games with just 10 players and had to move from Rusden’s
ground to Corby’s cos they couldn’t afford the electricity bills at Nene Park
So when Slough
the other week, let’s just say both sets of fans had some serious empathizing
It wasn’t so long ago that we had some proper ding-dong
battles with Kettering
in the Conference. A pulsating 3-3 draw in front of a few thousand. Hanging on
for dear life for a point with our mental Aussie keeper Sean Lahiff keeping the
ball out of the net in the last minute with his face.
always seemed to me like a league club on the cusp – much more so than clubs
like Macclesfield, Rushden and Diamonds and Accrington Stanley.
But now they are homeless with their proper old school Rockingham Road
ground just pushing up the daisies (or the poppies in their case). They are in free
fall with a football team that would give headless chicken a run for their
money. But they still have great support and at least their new groundshare is
This support is something I
pondered on our supporters coach on the way home. Now I don’t want to rude to
our loyal fans but the coach reminded me of the OAP coaches that rack up in
Brighton at Christmas with everyone swapping tales of hospital food and the
lack of parking at Wexham Park. At least they have Sue to cheer them up and
flog them Slough Town
Being homeless and playing out of Slough
means our support is ever aging. The odd young ‘un can be seen at the ground,
bribed with chocolate by Sue the child snatcher. The club is run prudently, a
lot of people are helping behind the scenes and the building blocks for the
future like the Academy are in place but until we get to Arbour Vale this age
thing is going to be a problem.
When I was young (see, I’m sounding like an old git now,
that supporters coach is infectious) I used to cycle to games. You’d have to be
a nutter or Mark Bailey on a triathlon training suicide mission to attempt that
now up the Farnham Road.
So instead we are left with a diminishing number of people
willing to get behind the team and beginning to all sound, as Bishop Stortford
fans put it so well “a misery of Slough
supporters.” Waving our sticks at anyone who will listen, shouting ‘I remember
So where are the young vocal scallywags who don’t care that
we used to play in front of thousands, who couldn’t give a toss about Wycombe
Wanderers or that we once played at Wembley? Who just want to go along, get
behind their team, sing their songs and have a laugh.
As for Kettering,
well just when you think you have grabbed footballs shitty stick, take a
butcher at Farnborough. Hopelessly in debt for the second time in a decade, the
corporate brains at Paddy Power decided to bribe all their players and
hilariously rename them things like Pele, Messi and Maradona. How the
Conference laughed, refusing to let them play until they cough up 100k. Poppycock,
I say, just poppycock.