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Report - Kettering Football stadium, Feb16

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by The Wombat, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. The Wombat

    The Wombat Mr Wombat
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    I have seen live baseball games in The US & Canada (out of curiosity only), but I have never been to a football stadium before; derelict or otherwise. Until now.

    After a comical access, had a look round the pitch, stands, commentator’s box, the bar, and club changing rooms. I know nothing about football, but I imagine it would be a sad sight now for it’s supporters.

    Thanks to KM punk for showing me round.


    A brief history:

    Kettering Town, nicknamed the Cherries, were originally formed in 1872 and briefly professional in 1891. Between 1897 and 2011 they played at Rockingham Road, after spells at North Park and Eldreds Field.

    In November 2011, Kettering Town were unable to pay its players full wages. As a result, a number of players did not turn up for training. On 19 December 2011 the ground was repossessed by bailiffs acting on behalf of the owner Ben Pickering. At the time of its closure, the ground had a capacity of 6,264, of which 1,800 was seated.

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    From the commentator's box
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    the bar
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    the skanky kitchen
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    changing rooms / showers
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  2. marmiteonpizza

    marmiteonpizza 28DL Full Member
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    Nice report, I love big open spaces, find them very atmospheric =)
     
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    not changed much
    they are called the
    Poppies as the Stadium was built on a former poppy field
    never heard of the cherries
     
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    there are security signs around the site (according to google maps) are there security teams/cameras ect
     
  5. Nickindroy

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    You could go and have a look?
     
  6. marmiteonpizza

    marmiteonpizza 28DL Full Member
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    Maybe he doesn't live local and wants to know what to expect before making a trip; what he asked wasn't unreasonable.
     
  7. harry_harley200

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    I went along to see. There were camera but they were installed inside the outer walls pointing at the pitch so i wasnt sure but i couldnt find a way in anyway so this one was a fail (-:
     
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    amazing location been their a few times
     
  9. xCynesta

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    Yeah the cameras don't get used although they look in use and their are multiple enterences around the area
     
  10. The Wombat

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    I remember the access was comical at this place :D
    Can't remember about the cameras. It was a while back
     
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