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From Kettering's official Website on the conference


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I guess Kettering is not pleased with the conference and vice-versa.



From the official Kettering Town website


Extracts from letters received from Football Conference:



I am obliged to inform you, you have been fined a sum of GBP5000 for bringing

the competition into disrepute for remarks attributed to you:


1. "The governance of the Conference is very poor. We've seen and heardabout it

externally for years, but this was my first internal involvement and I've never

seen such an unprofessional, incompetent operation with people that just do not

have a clue how to run an organisation".


2. "I can't believe people like Bill King are in the positions theyare".


3. "People throughout the Conference - chairmen, chief executives,managers -

are fed up of this regime. They are desperate for change, but are scared to

stick their head above the parapet for fear of implications against their club.

You can see why we have no TV deal. It's nothing to do with the climate, it'sto

do with the people running the League".


4. "The problem is that most don't understand modern football or business.There

is no transparency when it comes to the Division of sponsorship money and

'gifts'. Who decides that the North and South clubs get so much less than the

Premier? We don't know".


You are also ordered to issue a statement of apology for the comments in the

form of a Press Statement; for publication in your club's match-day programme

and on the club's official website. A copy of this statement must be sent tothe

Football Conference Office within 14 days of the date of this notification.

Failing this the Football Conference reserves the right to prepare a statement

for your club to issue in the above format.


Yours sincerely,


Dennis Strudwick, General Manager


Apology as requested by Conference:


25 February 2010


Dear Mr Strudwick,


I have not been Chairman of Kettering Town FC for quite some time now, but

perhaps the Conference fax machine was switched off when the announcement was

made? Fortunately we weren't registering players that day. Please find tofollow

my obedience to your request:


1: The Conference is a well-un organisation. I am particularly impressed by the

choice to manually configure the fixture list for the season rather than trusta

computer to do it. I am considering buying my Finance Director an abacus and

instructing him to use it instead of Excel, Access and Sage.


2. It is acceptable to announce a wage cap the week before the season startsand

after clubs have signed contracts with their playing squads for that season and

to not understand why that might be a problem. The Conservative party should

consider bringing back Margaret Thatcher.


3. People should not be scared to stick their head above the parapet. Fines

appear to be limited to GBP5000. The Conference should contact the Premier

League and offer their services to negotiate the next Sky deal on their behalf.

I would be happy to give you a reference.


4. I was unaware that modern football and business dictates that people should

be asked when they can attend a meeting in order to ensure a meeting is held on

the specific day they are unavailable - I thank the Conference for teaching me

this. We do know that Conference North and South clubs do not decide that they

get so much less than the Premier clubs.


I trust you no longer need to order the club to issue an apology written by you

on my behalf and am particularly impressed by the process, rules andregulations

you followed in order to fine me.




Imraan Ladak



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