We have been informed that former club coach Jim Hales has recently passed away. Jim served under both Ron Atkinson and Geoff Vowden, a goalkeeper he also made 3 first class appearances for the Poppies making his debut in 1957.

Jim had a builder’s business in Kettering, which built the concrete block wall around the pitch at our former home Rockingham Road. Former Poppies goalkeeper Dick Deighton also worked for him.

The club would like to send our sincere condolences to the family.