141-year-old club begins bid to beat extinction

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Non-league Kettering Town have embarked upon a last-ditch campaign to save their club from extinction, following the ruling of a winding-up order from the High Court.

The club, affectionately known as the Poppies, owe £58,000 in debts to Rushden and Diamonds (2008) Ltd from the club's time playing at Nene Park stadium, and the High Court ruling means they face extinction unless an appeal is accepted.

Meanwhile the Kettering Town Supporters Trust have been doing everything they can to raise the funds needed to clear the debts amassed by the club. A page on has been set up in order for football fans to donate towards the cause, and a number of fund-raising events are scheduled to help the Poppies in their bid to stay alive.

The club has a rich history dating all the way back to 1872, and have played against the likes of Fulham and Leeds in the F.A Cup over the last decade, as well as having turned out at Wembley before.

Their plight highlights a controversial shift in the values of money within the footballing world, as they could officially cease to be a club over a matter of less than £60,000, in the same month that one man was purchased for £85million.

Whilst the Poppies' fans can move heaven and earth to clear the clubs debts, it may all be for nothing if the court rules against their appeal for the winding down order.

The club remains upbeat however, stating on their website: “We have been overwhelmed by offers of help this week and wish to thank everyone who has approached the club and the Supporters Trust via Twitter, phone and email.

“It is going to be impossible to thank everyone individually but thank you to you all, collectively, and as a club we want to make sure that any donations of offers of money are used solely for a fighting fund for our current situation – namely to pay off the creditor and the legal costs involved in appealing the winding up.”

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