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Kettering Town Football Club is an association football club, based in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Founded 151 years ago in 1872, the team currently compete in the National League North, the 6th tier of English football.

They play their home matches at Latimer Park, and are nicknamed "The Poppies".

The team's playing kit is manufactured by Hope+Glory.


Kettering Town were formed in 1872 and turned professional in 1891.

They progressed through twelve different leagues until they became founding members of the Alliance Premier League in 1979.

The club won the Midland Football League title in 1896 and 1900, the Southern League Championship three times in 1928, 1957 and 1973 and were runners-up in the Football Conference in 1981, 1989, 1994 and 1998.

They were the first British club to play with a sponsor's name printed on their shirts, in 1976, and the first to have their initials on their ground's floodlights.

They reached the fourth round of the FA Cup in 1989, and the third round in 1992, but were relegated from the top flight of non-league football in 2001.

After a period of turmoil, they became Conference North Champions in 2008 and won the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central Championship in 2015.

The club achieved a creditable 8th-place finish in the Vanarama National League North in 2021-22.