Staying alive! Kettering turn to the 1970s in bid to save club from going under
15:29 GMT, 29 March 2012
Time travel isn’t something that’s going to become possible anytime soon but if you head down to Kettering Town this weekend you may just get the next best thing.
The mid-table Conference National club have announced a one-match sponsorship deal with Betfair that will see them turn out in a strip based entirely on their 1976 kit right up to the ‘short shorts.’
Getting hairy: Kettering will take to the field on Saturday with a retro kit
Spirit of 76: Kettering Kettering hope to raise much-needed cash to keep the club afloat
The Poppies are in the midst of a financial crisis and face a HMRC winding up petition at the High Court on Monday. The one-off deal has been put in place in the hope of boosting much needed funds.
Kettering made history in 1976 when they became the first British side to feature sponsorship on their match shirts.
At the time the FA threatened them
with a 1000 fine if they did not remove it, but a year later shirt
sponsorship was legalised paving the way for Football League clubs to
In another welcome
nod to the 1970s, season ticket holders can get into Saturday's game against
Stockport County at Nene Park for just 1, with supporters
able to pocket the money saved on a full price ticket or donate back to
the stricken club.
acting Chairman George Rolls said: ‘The club is extremely grateful for
the support that Betfair have shown us. The money raised will massively
help the club at this difficult time.’
Judging by the video, a change in strip isn't the only thing Stockport may have to face at the weekend.
perms, outrageous moustaches, questionable tackling technique and
maybe, just maybe, a 'Saturday Night Fever' goal celebration could be making a comeback…