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SAVE THE POPPIES

Kettering Town FC (the Poppies) was formed in 1872. We are a proud member of the Blue Square Premier and are one of the most successful and famous non league sides, well known for our giant killing exploits in the FA Cup. Kettering Town are actually the leading FA Cup goal scorers in history, had the first sponsorship upon our shirts and the first team to have their initials in their floodlights.

We have been managed by Tommy Lawton, Ron Atkinson, Derek Dougan, Gary Johnson, Carl Shutt, Paul Gascoigne and Mark Cooper.

England International, Jack Froggatt was both a Kettering player and manager. Dave Watson, another England International played for us. Keith Alexander, Richard Butcher, Zema Abbey, Cohen Griffith and Billy Kellock are other notable players who have featured for us.

This club now needs to raise £40,000 by the end of February otherwise it could cease to exist. We are obviously desperate for our club to survive. This club cannot be allowed to die.

Please help the Poppies to stay in bloom.

Donations are welcome via Paypal using the address savektfc@poppiestrust.co.uk, or by cheque made payable to Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust, to PO Box 6492, Kettering, NN16 0YT.

www.poppiestrust.com

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Thank you in advance for reading this.

SAVE THE POPPIES

Kettering Town FC (the Poppies) was formed in 1872. We are a proud member of the Blue Square Premier and are one of the most successful and famous non league sides, well known for our giant killing exploits in the FA Cup. Kettering Town are actually the leading FA Cup goal scorers in history, had the first sponsorship upon our shirts and the first team to have their initials in their floodlights.

We have been managed by Tommy Lawton, Ron Atkinson, Derek Dougan, Gary Johnson, Carl Shutt, Paul Gascoigne and Mark Cooper.

England International, Jack Froggatt was both a Kettering player and manager. Dave Watson, another England International played for us. Keith Alexander, Richard Butcher, Zema Abbey, Cohen Griffith and Billy Kellock are other notable players who have featured for us.

This club now needs to raise £40,000 by the end of February otherwise it could cease to exist. We are obviously desperate for our club to survive. This club cannot be allowed to die.

Please help the Poppies to stay in bloom.

Donations are welcome via Paypal using the address savektfc@poppiestrust.co.uk, or by cheque made payable to Kettering Town (Poppies) Supporters Trust, to PO Box 6492, Kettering, NN16 0YT.

www.poppiestrust.com

will you be there coughing up 40 million to help us when we go bust? We are founder members both of the football and premier leagues and have a lot of history that outshines many bigger clubs, but we too could be going out of business unless our situation changes dramatically. We're not normally selfobsessed and many of us contributed to saving Bury when they were in danger a few years back and have given support to other local teams, but just at the moment we have bigger issues to worry about than your club.

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I have to agree with the previous replies. Sympathy for Kettering fans but there will be many stories such as this in the coming years. Blackburn Rovers may well be one of them. I cannot and will not contribute financially to save any club that I do not have some connection to. To an extent football has brought this upon itself. Its a shame that the football system and authorities will allow the very biggest of clubs to thrive whilst all others go into debt and possible liquidation. But that has been coming for some time now.

I won't contribute financially to Kettering, Darlington, Plymouth, Portsmouth etc etc. Its nothing personal, Poppies. I just think your horrible situation is going to play out at a large number of clubs and I can't contribute to them all so I am going to choose to contribute to none other than the clubs I follow. Sorry and good luck.

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I can't get behind this unfortunately, we've got to get our own house in order first.

On the plus side, £40,000 seems to be much more of an achievable fee than the other sums other clubs are battling paying off.

Based on that, good luck, and I think you should be able to save yourselves.

Looks like the football bubble is going to burst sooner than expected.

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Thanks for the good luck messages, and I wish the same to you in your struggles.

The post was there to raise awareness of our plight just as much as to raise funds.

Playing you at Ewood Park in 1992 was one of the clubs biggest days in history.

It might have helped your cause on this Board if you'd chosen to mention that in your original post, the poppies.

Fwiw, we recently had a message from fans of Darlington who are in arguably a worse plight than you or, at the moment, us.

Their appeal was primarily to the history of their club and what it meant to their community. You might attract more sympathy than you seem to have done on here if you adopted a more emotional approach like this:

Let’s make Barrow on Saturday a celebration of the life of Darlington Football Club, not a wake or a funeral or an attack of those who have dropped us into this position.

Go to Barrow and show people around the world how proud we are of our team and our lads. Let’s show people that we still care, that we are still proud of the club and our town. Let’s show people that Darlington Football Club stands as an ambassador for our town and our area and we will not just give it up and slope off home. We will fight on.

Let’s show the players that that shirt still means something, that that shirt still needs to be worn with pride and that it is worth putting on that shirt and running out on that pitch and representing all of us one last time. One last go lads, everything you have got, one last time, 90 minutes of life as a Darlo player left. ###### or bust, hero or zero. Go out with a bang and not a whimper.

Use this game to thank them and the legend that is Craig Liddle for everything they have done recently, against so much strife, unpleasantness and uncertainty and tell them that we are so proud that they are carrying on, lets get behind whoever takes a place on that pitch, regardless of opinion, past reputation or performance on the day. Because this might be the last time!

Lets show people what it means to be a fan of Darlo, celebrate those 128 years of existence. Celebrate everything that has gone before, the good, the bad, and the ugly, show people that we although we have been here through thin and thinner, that we have suffered blow after blow we are still not beaten ,we are still not broken, we are still here and we still stand proudly behind Darlington Football Club.

Show them that although we have been on knocked down and might be on the canvas right now we will get back on our feet and come out punching. It will be us who land the knock out blow. Use this day to shame all of those plastics and couldn’t give a damns in the town into thinking about what they could have been a part of, make them see what have been about, what we are about and what we will be about again.

Lets celebrate the good times, the 85 promotion, Boro, the Conference win in 89/90, Welling away, 90/91 champions, Rochdale at home, Knowles, Little, Hodgy Platt, Hodgy (again), Wembley in 96 and 2000 and that sweet moment in May when a little fella headed home from half a yard to win us the cup.

Make everyone who has knocked us or laughed at us over the years understand that today we embrace all of the crap players, the terrible teams, the rubbish managers and the crazy chairman who have afflicted us. Why? Because all of that makes the few good times even better. Because all of those things are what Darlington Football Club is about. Let’s show them what it means to call your self a Darlo fan one last time.

Lets also think of all those people in the Tin Shed in the sky who aren’t able to stand with us on Saturday, think about what the club meant to them and how they passed on that love for the club to you, think about how one day you want to pass that love on to the next generation so that they know what being a Darlo fan is all about. I am sure they will be stood leaning on that crash barrier under the Sunday Sun board with their scarf’s and flasks of Bovril thinking "typical bloody Darlo" - but they would still make the journey if they could! In fact I am sure they will be there with us. Sing that bit louder for them.

If anyone is unsure about going and is able to go they should make the trip, it could be your only chance to say goodbye to the team you love. It could be your last chance to wear the black and white and get behind the lads. Do whatever it takes to get to Barrow, wear your shirts with pride and wave your scarf’s one last time. Tell anyone you meet where you are going and why. Tell them you are proud to support the lads!

And should this turn out to be the last time then lets celebrate all of that, lets support the lads and the manager, lets keep singing up to the final whistle and beyond because this club means something to each and every one of us, it has been part of our lives for so long, it is what makes us who were are, it is what makes us better than everyone else and it might not be there for much longer. Let’s make this day one of the greatest moments for this football club.

If it is to be the end lets go out on a high, all guns blazing giving it everything we have got and not for one minute forgetting that we are Darlington Football Club and we will bounce back!

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Like Kettering FC., Chorley FC, Rangers FC, Pompey FC, and our Rovers, why should US, lower paid, tax paying supporters included in there the growing numbers that are now begining to hit the unemployment register, be asked to fork out extra money for the tax swindling, overpaid, bent barsterds that run, play, and profit from the game of professional football in this country.

The one message now has to be, is, that no supporter should sacrifice his/her money for this game of football anymore, unless that is until the game in this country comes back down to reality where genuine, honest men, take a firm grip on how the game is run and managed.

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Like Kettering FC., Chorley FC, Rangers FC, Pompey FC, and our Rovers, why should US, lower paid, tax paying supporters included in there the growing numbers that are now begining to hit the unemployment register, be asked to fork out extra money for the tax swindling, overpaid, bent barsterds that run, play, and profit from the game of professional football in this country.

The one message has to be now, is, that no supporter should sacrifice his/her money for this game of football anymore, unless that is until the game in this country comes back down to reality where genuine, honest men, take a firm grip on how the game is run and managed.

Agreed.

I always found it the most irritating that the team gets docked 10 points for going into administration, even though it's the actions of some dirtbag owner that's dodged tax and worse.

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Thanks for the good luck messages, and I wish the same to you in your struggles.

The post was there to raise awareness of our plight just as much as to raise funds.

Playing you at Ewood Park in 1992 was one of the clubs biggest days in history.

I remember that day too. It is heartbreaking to watch the club you love fall apart or be broken by finances and there is little we, as an average Joe, can do about it. Good on you for trying to save your club and I wish you all the best.

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