Kettering Town: Winding-up order for 141-year-old club

Kettering Town

Kettering Town have been issued with a winding-up order and are poised to go out of business, unless they succeed with a proposed appeal.

Rushden & Diamonds Ltd, the shell company left over when the club of the same name was had taken the Poppies to court over an unpaid debt.

Kettering officials will now appeal against the High Court decision.

The 141-year-old club avoided going out of business in June last year.

On that occasion the Poppies to pay a portion of their debts and looked to be recovering 12 months later when

Two years ago the club were in the Conference Premier, non-league's top division, but a series of financial failures has seen them descend to the Southern League Division One Central - a drop from the fifth to the eighth tier of English football within one season.

The money owed to Rushden & Diamonds Ltd - not affiliated with the phoenix club AFC Rushden and Diamonds - is for unpaid rent at the Nene Park stadium.

The ground used to be the home of Rushden but, after their demise, was used by Kettering until they left in the autumn of last year when they could not afford to pay the electricity bill.

In a statement Kettering sayexternal-link they had verbally agreed a £50,000 settlement, until Rushden & Diamonds Ltd changed their assessment of the debt to £70,000.

The Poppies will apply for a recession order in the next seven days, on the basis that the sum of the debt is in dispute, in an attempt to overturn the winding-up order.

Kettering are currently playing a few miles outside the town in Burton Latimer and Tuesday's game at Dunstable and Saturday's home match against Aylesbury United are set to go ahead.