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28th December 2008 22:37


Commentary of Boxing Day's game at Kettering will be brought to you free-to-air by BBC Radio Nottingham online. Follow the link here. Commentary will be by David Jackson and Martin Shaw


Mansfield fixture - Boxing Day
Wed, 24/12/2008 - 17:09. We have been in discussion with the Police in relation to our Boxing Day game against Mansfield and they have insisted on Policing this fixture, this even after being informed from Mansfield yesterday that they only expect approx 200 supporters to make the visit.

This obviously has a huge impact on the costs to put on the fixture, and the Club has therefore decided that to cover some of these cost we will increase the prices for the game by £1, in effect making it a premium game.


Ladak will find funds for Kettering

23 December 2008
Imraan Ladak will do all he can to help Mark Cooper bring some fresh faces to Kettering Town next month.
The Poppies chairman was delighted his manager chose to turn down the chance to speak to Oxford United – who appointed Chris Wilder as their new boss at the weekend.

Cooper was strongly linked to the post at the Kassam Stadium but
confirmed his decision to stay ahead of the 2-0 win over Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.

The manager will be keen to add players to his squad when the transfer window opens on New Year's Day.

And Ladak insists he will help where he can to ensure that happens.
"There's everything to play for at the moment and I am certainly not going to put any extra expectation on Mark," the Poppies chairman said.

"He has the difficult job of trying to juggle four competitions.

"That's a tough task because with all the expenditure we are going to have over the next couple of years we can't just go out and throw money away.

"Having said that, we will try to help him boost the numbers in January if he can find the right players to bring in.

"I don't think going to Oxford would have been a good move for him.
"I don't really want to be touting him around but I know he is well thought of by people in the Football League.

"But it's not a bad thing being at Kettering at the moment. He has plenty of time on his side when it comes to moving up the ladder."

Ladak, meanwhile, feels further progress in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy would be perfect for the club – although he admitted reaching the Blue Square Premier play-offs would be an "added bonus".

He added: "Reaching the play-offs was never the target at the beginning of the season and there's a lot of quality in the division.

"But Mark and the team have continued to prove me wrong. If they do it then it will be an added bonus.

"It would be disappointing not to progress in the cups with the draws we have got.

"If we can carry on with those runs then I would be over the moon."

Kettering v Mansfield
Kettering defender John Dempster returns from a one-match suspension.

Striker Gareth Seddon and midfielder Andre Boucaud are also available for the Poppies after overcoming groin and shin injuries respectively.

Mansfield's joint caretaker manager, Adie Moses, has recovered from a calf injury but fellow boss Mark Stallard remains out with a back injury.

Michael Blackwood is pushing for a start after proving his fitness with two substitute appearances.


VIDEO: Stags caretaker Stallard voices players' frustrations at recent losing run
CHAD video here
CHAD.co.uk, 23 December 2008, By John Lomas

CARETAKER managers Mark Stallard and Adie Moses continue to prepare Mansfield Town for their Boxing Day fixture at Kettering Town unsure if a new boss will be at the helm by the time the game comes around.
In this video interview, Stallard talks about the current situation, the players' frustrations over the recent run that saw Billy McEwan axed and his own aspirations.

Hurren happy to step aside if Stags caretaker boss recovers from injury
CHAD.co.uk, 23 December 2008, By John Lomas
UTILITY player Gavin Hurren could find himself back on the sidelines at Kettering Town on Boxing Day if Stags' joint caretaker player-manager Adie Moses declares himself fit - but would be delighted to see Moses back into the side!

Full story at CHAD.co.uk here

Hurren has filled in for Moses but the veteran defender was back in training this week and Hurren admitted: "It would be nice to see Adie back as we need him playing.

"It has been nice for me to get back in the side, but I rate Adie very highly as a defender.

"He has played at the highest level and he is our captain. If he is fit I hope he will put himself in as he has led the team well all season."

Hurren's appearances this season have been mostly in midfield but he said: "I was brought up as a central defender at Forest and I feel very comfortable there.

"I do like playing midfield too and running around and getting stuck in.

"It has been frustrating this season as I have not been able to get a regular place. So it is very important now for me and all the players to do well in case a new manager is watching us.

"There may be players who have been in the side all season that the new boss doesn't fancy when he takes over.

"And if Adie and Mark (Stallard) are still in charge on Boxing Day then we will give our all for them. We all have a lot of respect for them as they are experienced and have done a lot in the game.

"Since they took over they have put on some really good training sessions.

"You feel you can approach them and talk to them and they want to listen to what you've got to say. We are really enjoying having those two in charge."

Kettering won at Forest Green last weekend in the BSP after good results in the FA Cup and FA Trophy and Hurren admitted: "They are a good team, very strong physically and we have to be on our game.

"I am sure Mark and Adie will have something planned and the lads will listen to what they have to say.

"We will go into the New Year with games in hand but we need to get results from the two games we have to stay in touch and push this club up the league to where we should be.

"We know we shouldn't be where we are and we only have ourselves to blame."



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