On Transfer Deadline Day 2013, Gareth Bale moved to Real Madrid for a reported £85.3 Million Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil for a reported £42.4 Million and Kettering Town, a club with 141 years of history got wound up.... for a £58,000 reported unsettled debt.
What a disgusting state of affairs. We heard this morning that Gareth Bale will earn a reported £300,000 a week wage at his new club Real Madrid. Don't get me wrong, Bale is a fantastic footballer, but surely someone needs to be drawing serious attention to fact that what one player earns in a training session and a lengthy soak in the bath, could have saved a Football Club today. How can football be in this state?
Kettering Town have 141 years of history, previously managed by Ron Atkinson and Conference North Champions in 2008. Now the town of Kettering and the fans will lose the club they have supported for a debt of £58,000. All this and it hasn't even made the little yellow ticker we are all familiar with seeing on the news. Instead stories of Premier League and worldwide super powers spending sickening amounts of money on players contracts, bonuses and agents fees will dominate the T.V. and the back pages of tomorrows newspapers. What has happened to proper football?
75,032 people were in attendance at Old Trafford earlier this month to witness Chelsea and Man Utd battle out a 0-0 draw. If every person in the crowd donated 77p.. yes just 77p, Kettering would still have a football club. Of course people will say "why should we? What has this got to do with us?" To a point I can understand that viewpoint and surely the Directors/Owners of the club should take full responsibility, as the whole situation goes back a few years now. Without the lower leagues, without grass roots football there would be no Football league, no Premier League and no Transfer Deadline Day.
Isn't it about time in this country that we started to support our lower league clubs? Shouldn't the F.A. be stepping in to ensure that our heritage and history is preserved, that grass roots football continues? It may now be too late to save Kettering Town, but as a football fan if you get the chance, please donate generously to save Kettering Town F.C. and remember that football fans owe a lot to lower league football. The clubs that provide platforms for our idols as trainees. Don't let the tradition of proper football clubs going out of existence continue. If the F.A. and multi-million pound football clubs wont help, then us, the real fans can.