Kettering Town's board have confirmed they will be launching a bid to buy back Rockingham Road.

The stadium went up for official sale last week, and its seller has invited any bids to be made before the end of the month.

Rockingham Road was home to the Poppies between 1897 and 2011, but the club were forced to move over a dispute of the ground's lease.

Kettering currently play their home matches at Latimer Park, following brief spells at Nene and Steel Park, but are now hopeful of a return to their original stadium.   

A club statement read: "The board of Kettering Town FC are intending to place a bid for their former home, Rockingham Road, which came on to the market only last week.

“A visit will be made to the ground to assess its current condition, before bidding.

“In line with the board’s preferred wish to return to the town of Kettering and to secure a plan for a long term home for the club before the end of this season, the fact that Rockingham Road has been the home of Kettering Town FC for 100 years has had a great bearing on this decision.

“It also appears that the vast majority of our fans would welcome a return to our spiritual home."

Posted on 07/10/2014