Dick White

Dick White

Kettering Town manager July 1964 to May 1965.

Dick White joined Kettering Town as a player-manager, having made over 200 appearance in the heart of the Liverpool defence and helping them to win the Second Division Championship during the 1961-62 season.

When White took over at Kettering he also took the players full-time and demanded a more a rigid discipline, inisiting the players call him ‘boss’ from the outset.

Kettering started the season well and made several squad changes over the course of the 1964-65 campaign. A local lad called Gordon Livesy, claimed the goalkeeping jersey from the legendary Ted Smethurst, who eventaully moved on to Rugby Town.

Ex-Luton Town record goalscorer Gordon Turner joined Kettering and a local lad, Kenny Evans (another future Poppies stalwart), earned himself a regular place in the Poppies side.

Unfortunately, the decent start to the season didn’t last and any hope of a repeat of the previous season’s FA Cup victory over Millwall, who the Poppies ironically drew again in the First Round, disappeared with a 2-0 defeat at the Den.

Kettering’s season tailed off and with it the club’s attendances. A mid-table mediocracy finish, coupled with near rivals Corby Town gaining promotion back to the Southern League Premier Division, saw just 311 turn up for the Poppies final home fixture of the season against Dover.

Dick White made it through to the end of the season, but was then replaced as manager by George Swindin.