Kettering Town 'Poppies' Supporter's Trust


Posted on Wednesday September 16th 2020

Buy yourself a copy of "THE POPPIES AND THE CUP" by Bob Brown & Mel Hopkins, and you can also help raise funds for the Trust.

Bob Brown has generously offered to make a donation to the Trust for every copy we can help him to sell.

The book is priced at £20 - and can be ordered by phoning or texting Bob Brown on 07807 169280. Please mention the Trust, in order to activate the donation.


THE POPPIES AND THE CUP (ISBN 978-0-9567327-1-2) by Bob Brown & Mel Hopkins. A4-format softback, comprising 220 pages sprinkled with black & white and colour illustrations. Priced at £20.

THE POPPIES AND THE CUP is an account of Kettering Town Football Club’s record-breaking FA Cup exploits across thirteen decades, beginning with the first match to be played in connection with the national knockout competition anywhere in Northamptonshire: Kettering v Newark, 6 October 1888, and ending 130 years later with the Poppies having scored more goals than any other club in the history of the competition. Home and away, in fair weather and foul, Cup-ties have been contested against some of the smallest clubs in domestic football, and some of the biggest. From an afternoon amid the greenery of rural Cogenhoe, to a day beneath the belching chimneys of Victorian ‘Cottonopolis’, home of the club now known as Manchester United; from welcoming the amateurs of Gedling Grove to North Park, to rolling out the red carpet at Rockingham Road for the arrival of Premier League Fulham; from the genteel surroundings of Cambridge University, to a raucous night at Leeds United’s Elland Road; from gatherings of barely 200 hardy souls, to crowds in excess of 18,000; from slinking home from Spalding, tail between legs, to the glory of slaying the Leicester Fosse giant; from an eight-goal defeat, to a sixteen-goal victory; from AFC Bournemouth to Yaxley, via Blackburn, Charlton, Derby, etc. . . .

You can also find out more about the book on the POPPIES AND THE CUP website: