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944689.  Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:45 am Reply with quote

Kettering Town were the first British football team to have a shirt sponsor.

In 1976, Kettering Tyres adorned the front of the kits. After being threatened by the FA, the club removed the yres of Tyres leaving Kettering.T on the front. A year later, sponsorship was legalised.

944708.  Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:09 am Reply with quote

Thanks Nick and welcome to QI - we do like research snippets :-)

944717.  Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:40 am Reply with quote

Sadly, the next thing we read about Kettering Town is likely to be a report of the club's extinction.

The team was forced to play with ten players last Saturday and lost 7-0, and then had to put off a game scheduled for Tuesday because it only had six players available.

The reasons behind the club's problems can be read on any number of websites devoted to football, and need not concern us here. But time surely is running out for a club which has no ground, no money, and now no players.


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