Rockingham Road

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Rockingham Road
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Location Kettering, Northamptonshire
Coordinates 52°24′39.82″N 0°43′41.98″W / 52.4110611°N 0.7283278°W / 52.4110611; -0.7283278Coordinates: 52°24′39.82″N 0°43′41.98″W / 52.4110611°N 0.7283278°W / 52.4110611; -0.7283278
Opened 1897
Closed 2011
Surface grass
Capacity 6,264 (1,800 seated)
Kettering Town F.C. (1897–2011)

Rockingham Road was a football stadium in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England. It was home to Kettering Town F.C. who play in the Southern Football League, from 1897 until 2011.

At the time of its closure, the ground had a capacity of 6,264, of which 1,800 was seated.


On 4 August 2011 Kettering Town club moved into Nene Park after agreeing a long term lease with the landlord.[1]

On 19 December 2011 the ground was repossessed by bailiffs acting on behalf of the owner Ben Pickering. A notice on the entry to the ground read,

"Pursuant to Clause 5 of the [May 1998 lease between Kettering Town Management Ltd and Ben Pickering Ltd], we as authorised agents of the said Ben Pickering Ltd have this day re-entered the premises demised by the said lease and the said lease is thereby determined absolutely."[2]

Despite football being no longer played at the ground, its social club was still in use by the supporters trust and was also being used for storage of club stock which is still in situ.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Kettering Town agree long-term Nene Park contract". BBC Sport. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Kettering Town's Rockingham Road ground repossessed". BBC Sport. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Football ground’s locks are changed as owner takes legal action". Northants Evening Telegraph. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011.