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
Capacity 6,264 (1,800 seated)
Surface grass
Opened 1897
Closed 2011
Demolished 2017
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.

In September 2017, the land was sold by the owner Ben Pickering Limited. The site was first identified as a potential site for housing in 2005 by the local authority and press reports indicate the new owner is likely to use the land for a housing development.[1]

During November 2017, the entire stadium and associated structures were demolished and the site cleared for redevelopment.[2]


On 4 August 2011 Kettering Town club moved into Nene Park after agreeing a long term lease with the landlord.[3]

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,

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.[5]

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