Paul ‘Companion’ Cooke
Paul is our Head of Media and was one of the original presenters of Poppies TV during it’s trial period towards the end of the 2013-14 season. He has been associated with the club since he moved to the town from the USA in 1983. Paul has been the club’s award winning long term programme editor a post he still holds today, and has reported on the club for the BBC, SKY, ITV and many National, local newspapers / radio and football magazines. He also had a book published called, ‘The Poppies Companion an A-Z of Kettering Town 1979 – 98’ and has held various roles within the club ranging from hospitality, in house photographer, associate director and a short spell as the Club Secretary. Paul is the heart beat of the live match day pre-show and presides over the team as the anchor-man. He also commentates is our script writer, statistician and historian.
Ryan ‘Rhino’ Griffin
Ryan is the youngest member of the team and has become the programme’s director, producer and technical SGI wizard. He also turns his skills to the main camera when required.
Ed ‘Eden’ Palmer
Ed has been working for Poppies Media for six seasons. During that time he has performed many roles within the club. Originally a commentator on Poppies Radio he has continuously worked within the media team ever since as a co presenter for the pre-& post match shows and as a matchday commentator, he has overseen two ground changes and a branding change, to Poppies TV. Ed is a contributor to the matchday programme, ‘Eden’s Project’ (or The Garden with Eden), and has allegedly got a striking resemblance to a young Sir Michael Caine, not a lot of people know that. He has also written for local newspapers and made appearances on BBC Radio Northampton. Ed combines his media work with coaching and is currently assistant coach to Kelly Meegan’s U21 side.
Matt ‘Marathon Man’ Spearman
Matt has supported the Poppies for over 25 years and has seen a lot of highs and lows since his dad first took him to a game, lifting him over the turnstiles on Britannia Road. He was hooked and has been going ever since having great memories especially in the FA Cup at Lincoln, Notts County and Leeds United. Matt, a teacher joined the Poppies TV crew three seasons ago and has performed most functions including commentary, camera duties, assisting Cookie in the studio presenting and last season he made his debut as a stadium announcer. Matt is the second main matchday commentator mainly for home matches and helps out presenting the pre-match show.
Peter ‘Shorty’ Short
There are very few roles Peter hasn’t performed at KTFC – from mowing the pitch with Sid Chapman for his work experience aged 16, flipping burgers in the early 00s, to working behind the turnstiles and editing the programme. Today “Shorty” is a bit of a sports media whore, acting as club photographer, occasional Poppies TV cameraman and commentator, writing for the Non-League Paper and updating listeners to BBC local radio. Occasionally he also gets to see the odd goal fly in but that means he’s missed the photo that would be on the back page of the newspapers! Peter is very easy to spot home and away as he’s usually wearing sandals, even in January!
Nigel ‘DJ’ Green
Nigel’s first experience of broadcasting came at three separate Hospital Radio stations many years ago in Doncaster, Birmingham & Kettering. He joined the Connect FM Sports Team in 1998, reporting on Kettering Town FC and in the year 2000 joined Northants TV covering local football. After a 5-year break in Majorca Nigel came back to Northamptonshire and joined the staff of Radio Diamonds and stayed on to be one of the founder members of Poppies Radio based at Nene Park. Recently Nigel has been a presenter on NNBC Radio and Gravity FM in Grantham. Having joined Cookie as one of the original Poppies TV presenters during the trial period in 2014, Nigel has returned for the 2017-18 season.
Richard ‘Aka’ Atkinson
Richard has been following the Poppies since 1989, when he got on a bus with his school friends to head to Selhurst Park for the FA Cup match against Charlton Athletic. He was a regular fixture on the Britannia Road until the events of 2011 deprived the Poppies of a permanent home. Having helped to organise the recent petition and march on the Council offices, he is now the Vice Chairman of the Poppies Supporters Trust. He has been editing the match highlights for Poppies TV since last season, and has also been seen up on the gantry operating the camera, and trying his hand at commentary. In the real world he works as a musician, and will be working on the national tour of “Hairspray” the musical for much of this year. Whilst this will keep him away from Latimer Park for most of this season, he will continue to edit our highlights package and interviews.
Rhys ‘Ginger Ninja’ Coleman
Rhys, another youngster is the teams main matchday cameraman, he first joined the club helping out the commercial department organising sponsors, the selling of club merchandise, programmes and other match day items. He joined the media team last season behind the camera, also covering for director Ryan, updating Twitter and the Official Club Web Site. In his spare time he can be found on the martial arts circuit competing all over the globe. So don’t get on the wrong side of the ‘Ginger Ninja’ on match days! Rhys is currently on an educational sabbatical at University.
Ken ‘The Pres’ Samuel
Ken has been involved with Kettering Town Football Club since he was 2 years old – originally coming to matches with his late father. He has done virtually every job at the club except Chairman or Manager- neither of which he wants to do! Ken’s playing career was always at a lower level, although he did play as a 17 year old for Kettering Town reserves. His active football was in the United Counties League and local leagues, but as a Poppies fan on a Saturday, gradually he moved to Sunday football. Now Club President and a Director, Ken has many duties at the club and on the media side tends to help out on the club’s Official Website especially on pre-match write ups and match reports.