Kettering Town F.C.

Kettering Town F.C.

Football club infobox
clubname = Kettering Town
fullname = Kettering Town Football Club

nickname = The Poppies
founded = 1872
ground = Rockingham Road, Kettering
capacity = 6,170 (1,800 seated)
chairman = flagicon|Kenya Imraan Ladak
mgrtitle = Manager
manager = flagicon|England Mark Cooper
league = Conference National
season = 2007–08
position = Conference North, 1st (promoted)
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Kettering Town Football Club is a football club based in Kettering. The club play in the Conference National after winning the Conference North in 2007–08.The nickname of the club is "The Poppies"

The team play their home fixtures at Rockingham Road. They usually play in red, white and black, and their main local rivals are Rushden & Diamonds, a rivalry which has existed since the latter first achieved Conference football in 1996. [ [ Club rivalries uncovered] (PDF) Football Fans Census. Retrieved 15 May 2008]


Kettering Town were originally formed in 1872, turning professional in 1891. The club graduated through twelve different leagues from 1892 until they became founder members of the Football Alliance in 1979. The club maintained its status in the top flight of semi-professional football throughout the Gola and Vauxhall sponsorships, until the 2000-01 season.

Many honours have found their way to Rockingham Road, winning the Midland Football League title in 1896 and 1900. The Southern League Championship was won on three occasions, in 1928 and 1957 under Tommy Lawton and in 1973 under the guidance of Ron Atkinson. In the 1930's the club won the East Midlands League and in 1948 the Poppies became Birmingham League Champions.

During the 1970s, Ketting Town sought election to the Football League, coming five votes short of election in 1974. []

In a Southern League game against Bath City on 24 January 1976, Kettering became the first British club to play with a sponsor's name emblazoned on their shirts; that of Kettering Tyres. The deal was brokered by chief executive and manager Derek Dougan. Four days later, The Football Association ordered the club to remove the new slogan, despite Dougan's claim that the ruling body's 1972 ban on sponsorship had not been put down in writing. Dougan changed the wording on the shirts to "Kettering T", which he claimed stood for "Town". For a couple of heady months, the team played on in the new shirts.

Eventually the FA ordered them to remove the words "Kettering T" from their strip. The threat of a £1,000 fine was too much and the words were reluctantly removed. Kettering didn't let the matter lie and, with Derby County and Bolton Wanderers, they put forward a proposal to the FA regarding shirt sponsorship. Even though the proposal was accepted on 3 June 1977, Kettering could not find a sponsor for the upcoming season. Meanwhile, Derby players began that season playing in Saab shirts and driving Saab cars. Kettering are also the first ever British team to have their initials on their ground's floodlights.

The club finished runners-up in the Football Conference in 1981, 1989, 1994 and 1998. The GMAC Cup, (the non-league, league Cup) was won in 1987 and the Poppies were runners-up in 1995, then known as the Bob Lord Trophy. County competitions have been won regularly by Kettering Town, with the Northants Senior Cup won on 28 occasions and the Maunsell Cup 13 times.

The FA Cup has brought success and publicity to Rockingham Road with the first round proper being reached on 41 occasions. In 1901 the club reached the last sixteen and in more modern times the Poppies reached the fourth round proper in the 1988/89 season and also the third round in 1991-92 only to lose to Kenny Dalglish's Blackburn Rovers. During the 1994-95 season the club made their debut live on Sky TV in a first round tie against Plymouth Argyle, soon followed by another appearance against Wrexham at Rockingham Road.

Wembley has been reached on two occasions before. The Poppies lost 2-0 to Stafford Rangers in the 1979 FA Trophy Final. More recently of course, the FA Trophy Final in 2000 saw the Poppies lose a closely fought final with Kingstonian 3-2. [ [ Poppies Miss out in Trophy Final] BBC Sport] Most recently, the club were narrowly relegated on the last day of the 2000-01 season which ended 30 years in the top flight of non-league football. The Poppies made a quick return to the Conference in the 2001/02 season winning the Southern Football League with a last-day victory at Tiverton Town under Carl Shutt – his first full season in charge.

The following season was a major disappointment and the club, rarely out of the bottom three, were again demoted - this time to the Isthmian League. Carl Shutt left the club in April 2003 and Dominic Genovese, after a short period as acting manager, took over the reins.

After a poor run of home results and a disappointing defeat to Boreham Wood in the FA Cup Dominic Genovese was replaced by former Northampton Town manager, Kevin Wilson. Changes to the team were made and the club finished the season on a 12 game unbeaten run. Ninth place was enough for the club to return to the Conference albeit in one of the two new feeder leagues – the Conference North.

Wilson nearly led his charges to promotion in the first season of the new North division. A late spurt saw the Poppies into the play-offs, but an own goal from club legend Martin Matthews meant that Altrincham prevailed 3-2 in the regional final.

Season 2005-06 was to be one of massive change at Rockingham Road. In October 2005 it was announced that long-serving chairman Peter Mallinger was to hand over the reins to a consortium consisting of Imraan Ladak, Mick Leech and England legend Paul Gascoigne. Gascoigne was installed as manager, replacing Kevin Wilson, and ex-Arsenal stalwart Paul Davis was recruited as assistant manager.

The eyes of the world were on Gascoigne and the Poppies, and media interest was massive. However, for a variety of reasons, Gascoigne was only to remain in the job for thirty-nine days. Kevin Wilson was given his old job back, but only held onto it for two months as a run of one win in twelve games saw the Poppies slump into the bottom half of Conference North.

In February 2006, Morell Maison was appointed Kettering Town manager, and led the team to 6th place in Conference North, after a run of seven wins in the last eight games. An announcement was made in May 2006 that the playing staff for 2006-07 would be full-time, and that six new signings had been made. These included Darren Caskey from neighbours Rushden & Diamonds. The ambition was there for all to see, but after a roller coaster of a season, saw the Poppies fall behind eventual champions Droylsden, with Maison sacked with just two games to go.

Caretaker manager Graham Westley was brought in to oversee the final conclusion of the season, that saw defeat via penalties to Farsley Celtic in the play-off semi-final. Westley left the club.

Chairman Imraan Ladak installed former Tamworth manager Mark Cooper as the new Kettering Town manager for the 2007-08 campaign [ [ Mark Cooper made Kettering boss] Kettering Town FC] . The club finished the season as Conference North champions, breaking several records along the way (including seven consecuctive wins at the start of the season, 30 wins overall, and a divisional record of 97 points). As a result, the club was promoted to the Conference National.

Current squad

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Notable former players

*flagicon|Ireland Derek Dougan
*flagicon|England Lee Hudson
*flagicon|England Darren Collins
*flagicon|England Richard Butcher
*flagicon|England Craig Westcarr
*flagicon|England Rene Howe
*flagicon|England Paul Raynor
*flagicon|England Kevin Blackwell
*flagicon|Jamaica Nathan Koo-Boothe
*flagicon|Guyana Cohen Griffith
*flagicon|England Ben Wright
*flagicon|England Zema Abbey
*flagicon|England Liam Dolman
*flagicon|England Paul Musselwhite
*flagicon|England Lee Howey
*flagicon|England Gary Setchell
*flagicon|England Keith Alexander
*flagicon|England Mark Bunn
*flagicon|England Carl Shutt
*flagicon|Northern Ireland Richard Graham
*flagicon|England Ian Bowling
*flagicon|England Peter Fear
*flagicon|England Roger Ashby
*flagicon|England Tommy Lawton
*flagicon|England Graham Atkinson
*flagicon|England Jack Froggatt
*flagicon|England Anthony Elding
*flagicon|Ivory Coast Stephane Seanla
*flagicon|England Tarkan Mustafa
*flagicon|England Darren Caskey
*flagicon|England Phil Brown
*flagicon|England Ron Atkinson
*flagicon|England Carl Alford

Coaching staff

Former managers

*flagicon|England Roger Ashby
*flagicon|England Ron Atkinson
*flagicon|England Graham Carr
*flagicon|England Mark Cooper
*flagicon|England Paul Gascoigne
*flagicon|England Mick Jones
*flagicon|England Gary Johnson
*flagicon|England Tommy Lawton
*flagicon|England Peter Morris
*flagicon|England Carl Shutt
*flagicon|Northern Ireland Kevin Wilson

Club records

*Most League Appearances: Roger Ashby (662)
*Most League goals in TotalL Roy Clayton (171)
*Record Attendance - 11,526 vs. Peterborough United 1947-48 FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
**Record league attendance: 8,717 vs Bedford Town, Southern League, 1956-57


*Football Conference
**Conference North champions 2007-08
*Southern League
**Champions 1956-57
**Premier Division champions 1972-73, 2001-02
**Division One North champions 1971-72
**Division One champions 1960-61
**Eastern Division champions 1927-28, 1928-29
**League Cup winners 1974-75
*Birmingham League
**Champions 1947-48
*Northants League
**Champions 1904-05
*Midland League
**Champions 1895-96, 1899-1900
*Maunsell Cup
**Winners 1912-13, 1919-20, 1923-24,† 1924-25, 1928-29, 1947-48, 1951-52, 1954-55, 1959-60, 1984-85, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1998-99.
*Northants Senior Cup
**Winners 1883-84, 1895-86, 1897-98, 1900-01, 1906-07, 1920-21 (reserves), 1931-32, 1932-33, 1935-36, 1938-39, 1946-47, 1952-53 (reserves), 1955-56, 1956-57 (reserves), 1968-69, 1972-73, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1994-95, 1996-97, 2000-01.

† Joint winners with Desborough Town


External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Fan's Forum]
* [ BBC Sport Kettering site]
* [ Poppies Trust]
* [ Kettering Town Ladies & Girls]
* [ Kettering Fans Team; Afc Poppies]

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