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 seven 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 is also producing the show in Ryan’s absence.
Matt ‘Marathon Man’ Spearman
Matt has supported the Poppies for over 27 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!
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 for the past 2 seasons, 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 has just spent a year on the national tour of “Hairspray” the musical as Musical Director.
Gary ‘Ozzy’ Foreman
Made his Poppies debut aged 7 on Boxing Day, 1974 v Cambridge City, with a first away appearance at some place called Wembley in 1979. Gary then spent his teenage years in the Tin Hat before returning to the stand as a season ticket holder. Becoming a prolific supporter away too, he progressed as an Exec Member, then an Associate Director. Remains though a volunteer at heart and will consistently relieve you of your cash at the table inside the turnstiles. Spent some games last season (17/18) on loan with Poppies TV as a co-commentator and secured a dual registration of duties in the summer.
Rhys ‘Ginger Ninja’Coleman
Rhys, is the media team’s 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. Supporting the club since he was 12, he joined the media team behind the camera, also covering for director Ryan, updating Twitter and the OWS. He has been away for a couple of seasons, but is back with the team after graduating from the University of Cumbria in Outdoor Education.