Nick Platnauer

Nick Platnauer

Kettering Town manager from November 2003 to December 2003.

The sacking of Dominic Genovese led to Nicky Platnauer being asked to take over as caretaker manager of Kettering Town, until the club could properly go through the process of finding a permanent replacement manager. With Kettering Town lying in 10th place, Nick’s first match in charge was an away fixture at Hendon, and following true to the team’s good away form, the Poppies came from behind to win 2-1, with goals from Jason Turner and Eliot Paschalis.

However, the team still suffered the same poor performance problem at home matches and duly went down 1-0 to Sutton Utd, before returning to Hendon to play in the FA Trophy Second Round fixture. A 1-1 draw meant a replay back at Rockingham Road and with 90 minutes already on the clock, Kettering pulled off a last gasp equalizer through Paul Fewings and then went through 5-4 on penalties.

Now lying in 7th position, Kettering’s next home match was against struggling Aylesbury Utd. The Ducks twice came from behind to force a 2-2 draw, the second equalizer coming from Aylesbury striker Darren Lynch, who ironically was soon destined to become a Kettering Town player. A mid-week League Cup match proved a fruitless journey to the South Coast after Kettering lost 2-0 to Worthing.

Kettering’s good away form continued in their next league match, a narrow 2-1 win at Northwood with goals from Ian King and Paul Fewings saw the club remain in 7th position in the Ryman League Premier Division table. A waterlogged pitch denied the Poppies their next home fixture and on Boxing Day they travelled the short distance to Bedford Town to take on the Eagles at the New Eyrie.

Strikes by Gary Butterworth and Paul Fewings gave the Poppies an early 2-0 lead, before the dismissal of Ian King reduced them to ten men for the whole of the second-half. Brett Solkhon increased their lead to 3-0 before the home side hit back, scoring twice to produce a nail-biting finish that saw the Poppies hold on to record another away victory.

The 3-2 win was bitter-sweet for Poppies caretaker manager Platnauer, as directly after the match the players were introduced to their new manager, newly appointed ex-Bedford and Aylesbury boss, Kevin Wilson. Nicky Platnauer, who had previously excluded himself from the list of possible applicants for the Kettering Town manager’s post, took over at the New Eyrie as manager of Bedford Town.