Football stand set to move to a new home

Football stands, at the old Ford Sports & Social Club ground, Royal Oak Industrial Estate, Daventry
Football stands, at the old Ford Sports & Social Club ground, Royal Oak Industrial Estate, Daventry
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A football stand in Daventry that has sheltered thousands of fans over the decades from the elements, will be moving to a new home.

The 150-seater stand is currently at Ford Sport and Social Club, originally home to Daventry United FC.

But the social club committee has announced the stand will be sold to Kettering FC.

The stand itself has a long history in Daventry – originally it stood alongside the pitch at British Timken’s sports field. It was then later moved to the Ford site.

Chairman of Ford Sports and Social Club, Mick Fryatt, said: “The stand has a seen a fair bit of football in its time.

“I’d say it dates from the 1950s, so it’s going to be around 65 years old, that’s older than me.

“It’s good that we’ve managed to find it a new home where it will be once again sheltering fans.

“They’ll need to do some work to it. The old seats 
need replacing, which will probably lower its capacity down.

“It’s hard to say if it was bought in by Timken, or if the workers up there made it themselves. But either way it’s a good survivor!”

Mark Bulley, chairman of Kettering FC, said: “We’re a club that doesn’t exactly have a lot of money at the moment, and we were on the look out for a stand.

“It’s good to be able to re-use something like this and it comes with a bit of history and character as well.”

Kettering FC was set up in 2012 to bring semi-professional football back to Kettering after Kettering Town FC moved away to Corby due to financial problems.