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Kendal Town >> 2008/09 >> Rough Guide > Kendal Town

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Lakeland Radio Stadium
Parkside Road

Telephone: 01539 727472

Matchday prices: Adults – £7
Concessions – £4
Kids under 16 – £1
Who the hell are Kendal City?
Way back in an old issue of From behind Your Fences, Richard O. Smith scribbles of the perennial confusion caused by the presence of Netherfield train station on the Boston-Nottingham railway line.

Confusing, because the Netherfield that Boston United faced in league football was absolutely nothing to do with that most convenient of stop-offs. It was actually in Cumbria. Fucking Cumbria!

Ever wondered what happened to Netherfield? No? Fair enough. But we’re going to tell you anyway. Kendal Town ARE Netherfield. Well, they used to be. The club was formed in 1919 by the employees of a local shoe factory, playing on a spot of land near their factory that they have retained to this day. The club played in local leagues before it joined the Lancashire Combination in 1945.

Over the next few decades, the club made its name as something of an FA Cup scrapper in the Yeovil/Dagenhem vein, making several Football League clubs sweat. In the early 60s, Kendal striker Tom Brownlee tonked home 76 goals in a single season – a record that sounds impressive until you consider the 106 goals Alexandros Papadopolous scored for Macclesfield Town as he fired them to 2012/13 Champions League glory on red disc Champ in impsTALK’s bedroom four years ago.

The club changed its name to ‘Netherfield Kendal’ in 1998 and then to ‘Kendal Town’ in 2000. The newly-named club finally secured promotion to the Northern Premier League after defeating Gresley Rovers in the playoffs two years ago. Gresley. Now there’s a blast from the past. What the HELL happened to Gresley Rovers?

Claims to fame
Kendal have few claims to fame, but perhaps the most impressive is the record they share with Bridlington Trinity for the highest number of replays of a cup tie – an astronomical seven. That’s seven entire games, two teams almost literally fighting to insolvency for the right to play in, ah, the second round of the 1980 FA Trophy.

The club’s official history records that the sheer number of games cost both clubs dearly in terms of finances. The 62p prize money Kendal eventually pocketed for winning through to the next round after over thirteen stultifying hours of play didn’t quite cover their outgoings, apparently.

The other claim to fame is more of a Gerald Ratner-esque catastrophic error of judgement. Kendal, in a decision they would come to regret, once turned down Sir Tom Finney in his playing days, presumably in much the same way EMI ‘turned down’ the Beatles in the early 60s.

Kendal’s website quite dramatically labels this as ‘perhaps one the worst mistakes in football’, although with competition in the guise of Newcastle’s signing of Titus Bramble and Boston United’s appointment of Steve Evans as manager in 1998, we’re not so sure. Luckily, Sir Tom bears no grudges and he agreed to become club president in 2007.

Where do they keep getting caught offside?

Aerial reconnaissance
Is Kendal owt like Wukky, like?
Trips to Cumbria tend not to be happy occasions for travelling Pilgrims. If it’s not dangerous working mens’ clubs in Workington, it’s deranged Barrow fans seeking retribution for the existence of Paul Bastock.

And if it’s not deranged Barrow fans seeking retribution for the existence of Paul Bastock, it’s mullerings at the hands of Carlisle that prompt anomalous betting patterns amongst gangster chummies in South East Asia.

But fear not. Kendal is not Barrow. It is not Carlisle. And, most importantly, Kendal is not Workington - and for that we must offer effusive thanks to some higher force. The town is actually quite the opposite; a small market town that sits in one of the most picturesque locations Boston fans will visit this season.

‘The Gateway to the Lakes’, as Kendal is known, actually sits just outside the boundary of the national park but is, nevertheless, an attraction in its own right. As well as the market, the town is an ideal base for tourists hell-bent on tramping up sodden hills in force nine gales and horizontal summer sleet.

Kendal is perhaps best known for the chocolate coated mint cake that bears his name, a high energy confectionary treat that has assumed legendary status because of its use by intrepid mountaineers. Kendal mint cake has kept alive climbers scaling Everest, K2, Mount Cook – and the Frickley slag heap.


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