Kettering Town v Darlington

Saturday 4th April 2020, 3pm
Vanarama National League North

Kettering Town FC, Latimer Park, Polwell Lane, Burton Latimer NN15 5PS Tel: 01536 217006.

History: The club's history dates as far back as 1872, before it turned professional in 1891. Kettering became founder members of the Football Alliance. There was something of a revival in the early 70s under Ron Atkinson, who took over as manager and took the club back into the Southern League and to the title in 1973. Another colourful character, Derek Doogan, tried to make Kettering the first club to have sponsored shirts in 1976, with a local tyre company, but the FA cracked down after just one game. They were in the top echelons of non-league - despite a period of administration in 1992 - until the 2000-01 season, when they were relegated for one season before promotion as Southern League champions, and then another year in the Ryman League the season after. Despite being runners-up four times, they have never won he Conference title. The club received headlines was Paul Gascoigne was manager for just 39 days in 2005. In 2008, they won promotion as Conference North champions under one-time Darlo boss Mark Cooper with a huge total of 96 points. They reached the 4th Round of the FA Cup, losing to Fulha. But then disaster struck. The club switched in 2011 from Kettering to Nene Park, the old home of Rushden and Diamonds. Financial crisis followed and the club was relegated two divisions. Since 2013, the club has shared with Burton Park Wanderers. It won the Southern League Premier last season.
Capacity: c2,400
Record attendance 11,526 v Peterboro (1947/48)
Last season: 1st Southern League Premier Division
Record victory: 20-3 v Higham Ferrers (1936, East Midlands League)
Honours: GMAC Cup winners 1987, Southern League Premier champions 1928, 1957, 1973, 2003, Conference North champions 2008
Nickname: The Poppies
Colours: Red and black
Manager: Nicky Eaden
Chairman: David Mahoney

Famous fans/players/connections: Julian Joachim, Carl Shutt (both clubs), Ron Atkinson, Paul Gascoigne, Tommy Lawton (managers), Eddie Hapgood, Tommy Lawton (players)

Click for Streetmap of ground

Adults: 15; Over 60s/students): 10; Under 18): 5. The main stand on Polwell Lane has seating for 500, plus another stand on the same side and covered stands behind The Morrison and Station Road ends.

Distance from Darlington 189 miles (3hrs 5mins) From the North: Directions, take the M1 until junction 19. It's a 20 minute journey now from the motorway. Take the A14 exit heading for M6/Felixstowe/Corby/Kettering. Then at junction 10, exit toward Kettering/Bedford/A6. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A6 and then at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Kettering Rd. Then at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Altendiez Way. At the next roundabout, by Morrison's, take the 3rd exit onto Polwell Lane.

Parking: There is some limited parking at the stadium - fans parking in neighbouring streets are asked to be mindful of parking restictions and residents/businesses.

Darlington FC Supporters' Club
Coach Contact: Darlington FC Supporters Group, call 01325 250531 or 07951 434731 to book a seat.Details of the supporters' group travel can be found here.

Phoenix Cars 01604 216411
Arrow 01536 414140
Metro 01536 521521
King Cabs 01536 500223
Amber Taxis 01536 414110

The stadium is in Burton Latimer, a village to the south of Kettering - 3.5 miles from the railway station. Buses 47, 48, 49, 50 - fae 4.20 day rider, 25 mins journey, leave from London Rd, Kettering by the police station to Station Rd, Burton Latimer, a short walk from the ground. The 49 and 50 go down Polwell Lane past the ground. Map of buses/local streets

The official site is pretty good, if some of the information is a bit hard to navigate to.

At the ground:

Near the ground and town centre:

Dukes Arms, 123 High Street, Burton Latimer NN15 5RL.
Scheduled to be open from 2pm although checking of this changes on match days, this is a trad pub serving three changing real ales.

The Olde Victoria Bakehouse Lane, Burton Latimer, Kettering NN15 5NJ
Food served from 12pm, some local beers promised. Half a mile from the stadium.

Alexandra Arms, 39 Victoria Street, Kettering.
This is the recommended place for real ale choice with a mind-boggling 14 handpumps, and some distinctive and well chosen micro breweries among them; open from 12 noon on Saturdays. DAFTS recommended Click for Streetmap

Cherry Tree, Sheep Street, Kettering
This one-room pub opposite the church has just been included in the CAMRA good beer guide for the first time and promises two changing beers from the Potbelly Brewery. Open from 11am and serves lunches. Close to the railway station.

Three Cocks, 48 Lower Street, Kettering NN16 8DJ
Town centre pub promising five changuing ales and food.