The following comment was posted on the Corby Town FC messageboard the day before their 2-2 pre-season draw with us:
i do hope we get another pre-season scalp from this bumpkin county we seem to find ourselves situated in, we have moved upto being one of the major teams of northants but rather than just settle for that its time to command and conquer, this land shall be ours.
MON THE STEELMEN
What is perhaps even more striking than the grammatical incorrectness and the apparent hatred of Northamptonshire in this comment is the fan’s obvious ambition. You see, the Steelmen are confident. The Steelmen are expectant. The Steelmen are ready, and seemingly capable of joining us in the BSP in twelve months’ time.
Whereas just four years ago they were playing in front of double-digit crowds against teams like (the wonderfully named) Mangotsfield United and Swindon Supermarine, this season they will be competing in the Conference North, against the reletive heavyweights of AFC Telford and Northwich Victoria. The (ahem) big time.
Seperated from the pitch at their stadium by ten lanes of running track and a few metres of concrete, despite the grim surroundings the fans’ outlook on the future of CTFC is very, very bright. A brief scan of their forum shows an ambition (and, perhaps, and arrogance) backed by those that run the club. A new stadium is being planned, being built to Conference National standard, a testement to their ambition. On the pitch, too, CTFC have been building, acquiring, above all, Chris Hope, a rock in defence as the Diamonds can surely testify, as well as (earlier) Phil Gulliver, whose arrival sparked a 520-minute spell without conceding a goal.
Crowds are rising (750 fans for our recent game with them, even considering the local aspect, is an achievement) and bookies’ odds are shortening (7/1 for promotion, shorter than Harrogate and Northwich, to name two). Don’t bet against seeing them at Nene Park for a league fixture in twelve months’ time.
What effect would a Corby-inclusive BSP have on our club? Would people be drawn away from the comfort of Nene Park to a town currently in the news for toxic waste contamination? Probably not. Would Kettering fans be tempted? Undoubtedly. When Kettering’s first-season bubble bursts and if success continues at Corby, don’t be surprised if the A6003 gets a little bit more traffic every other Saturday.
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