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Crunch time for Poppies' appeal

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Matt Slater | 11:59 UK time, Thursday, 15 March 2012

Kettering Town have scored more FA Cup goals - 843 of them - than any other club. They were also the first British team to carry a sponsor's name on their shirts and the first to have their initials spelled out in their floodlights.

But hopes of scoring an 844th cup goal, providing a national stage for another local firm or seeing their name in lights again are teetering on a precipice called debt.

With only nine league games to play, the Poppies are facing relegation from the Blue Square Bet Premier - the national division of the Conference - but the prospect of sixth-tier football is the least of their concerns.

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