- To strengthen the bonds between Kettering Town Football Club and the community and to represent the interests of the community in the running of the Club
- To encourage the Club to take proper account of the interests of its supporters and of the community it serves in its decisions
- To encourage and promote the principle of supporter representation on the Board of the Club and ultimately to be the vehicle for democratic elections to the Board
- To raise money and donate in such a way to promote the aims and objectives of the Trust and to the benefit of the local community and the supporters of the Club.
- To benefit present and future members of the community served by the Club by promoting, encouraging and furthering the game of football as a recreational facility, sporting activity and focus for community involvement.
- To maximise the potential, future success and stability of Kettering Town Football Club.
KETTERING TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB – PART OF OUR COMMUNITY!
Like all Poppies fans, the Trust board has been watching events unfold over the last few weeks in regard to the National League and National League North and South sides being invited to apply for loans to finish the season, and not receive grants as previously suggested.
The Club have released a statement “thatwe will NOT participate in any future matches until this situation is resolved, either with the grants we need being made available or the gates re-opening to fans. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and we genuinely hope that this matter can be resolved quickly.”
The Poppies Supporters Trust believe the Club has made absolutely the right decision and are fully supportive of it.
The Trust was formed 29 years ago in the wake of the Poppies going into administration thanks to the mismanagement of the then owner.We set up our aims and objectives as outlined above.The most relevant of our aims remains, “To maximise the potential, future success and stability of Kettering Town Football Club”.
The Club pulled through in 1992, but 10 years ago it almost went out of business again following further off-field mismanagement.Ritchie Jeune stepped in and ensured the future of the Club and allied with David Mahoney and the rest of the Club Management team have ensured the Club has notfallen back into the dangerous habit of spending money we don’t have.To take on loans while generating no income, to complete an uninvolving season during a raging pandemic makes no sense.The survival of football clubs in general to play again in the future is important, andthe survival of Kettering Town Football Club in particular is most important to us.
Infinitely more importantly, the health and lives of everyone involved must be taken into account during this awful pandemic.This situation has affected all of our lives, has forced each of us to make concessions to help ourselves and others.Potentially losing half of a football season is a small price to pay to keep as many of the Poppies family safe as possible.
The Poppies Trust Board