Tom Kennedy: Ramsbottom United captain on the struggles of the pandemic

Ramsbottom in action at their picturesque Riverside ground. (Pic: Geograph.org.uk_

Like many other non league footballers, the past 10 or so months have proved to be a challenging time for Ramsbottom United’s captain Tom Kennedy.

The uncertainty of the Northern Premier League North West season restarting and getting to be out on that pitch again has become a real issue in regards to players’ physical and mental state, trying to keep themselves fit and ready to go for whenever the season gets back underway.

As a result of this, Tom Kennedy has decided to launch a February fundraiser in which he will take on the challenge to walk or run the 837 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats and has teamed up with various charities in order to support his expedition.

This will also inviting any supporters or anyone associated with the Ramsbottom community to get involved.

“We want to keep fit, stay active so we came up with this idea to help the community and the charities.”

Kennedy, 35, has enjoyed a sustained career in the Football League with spells at Bury, Rochdale and Blackpool to name a few and now plies his trade with Ramsbottom in the eighth tier of English football which is currently suspended with no return date set.

“Throughout this whole last year, we’ve had zero clarity.

“It’s been like dangling a carrot and then pulling away.”

Back in May 2018, Tom announced that he would be retiring from the professional game in order to focus on things post football.

After a two year stint with the Rams, his planned retirement at the end of the 2020/21 season has become a lot harder due to the current situation.

“I almost feel like I can’t retire by playing half a season, it doesn’t feel right.

“I’m not getting any younger but I want to finish on a bit of a high with a club that I have such a strong affiliation to.”

Ramsbottom United currently sit top of the Northern Premier North West Division and for a second season running have seen themselves come so close to promotion.

Kennedy’s February Fundraiser:

On Friday night, Ramsbottom Utd revealed that their captain Tom Kennedy would be doing a fundraiser which officially launches on February 1.

The challenge taken by Tom will see him complete the Land’s End to John O’Groats route and has invited any locals or community workers in Ramsbottom to join in.

The challenge is for supporters to beat the first team and if so the sponsorship to local charities will double to ÂŁ2,000.

The reasoning is to try and keep everyone fit and healthy but to also donate to charities that need it most. Click here to find out more.

These charities are Cancer Research UK, Ramsbottom Pantry and Ramsbottom War Memorial Project.