Kettering Town FC

Graham Starmer joined the Kettering Town Football Club board as acting chairman in October 2023 to support the club in securing financial stability and viability, improving behind-the-scenes infrastructure, and to lead the search for new investors.

At the time of joining, Kettering Town were at risk of back-to-back relegation having dropped down from the National League North at the end of the 2022/23 season.

During Starmer’s tenure, the club successfully avoided relegation, secured their league status and a new owner, fulfilled a variety of club and community-focused initiatives, and established positive targets for the future of the organisation.

About Kettering Town Football Club

Kettering Town are one of the most storied non-league football teams in England. Founded in 1872, they are the top scoring team in the FA Cup – the world’s oldest and most prestigious football competition – with more than 900 goals.

In 1976, Kettering Town became the first football club in Great Britain to have a shirt sponsor – Kettering Tyres. Although the club was fined at the time by the Football Association, this ingenious move played its part in shaping the modern game.

The club, also known as the Poppies, play their home games at Latimer Park in Northamptonshire.