League Two Lowdown: Northampton Town

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 23 July 2017

Vital Statistics

Founded: 1897

Chairman: Kelvin Thomas

Last Season: League Two - 16th 

Nickname: The Cobblers, Teyn, Shoe Army

Rivals: Peterborough United, Milton Keynes Dons

Major Honours

None

Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs Northampton: Saturday, December 30th (3pm)

Northampton vs Portsmouth: Tuesday, September 12th (7:45pm)

Northampton Town: A brief history

The Cobblers were formed by a group of teachers in 1897 and until the 1960's played most of their seasons in the Third Division South.

The 60's saw an extremely fast rise up the football leagues as Teyn were promoted from Division Four to Division One in the space of five years. However, the fall would be just as quick as the club lasted just one season in the top flight before three relegations in four years (a record now equalled by Pompey) saw Northampton back in Division Four.

The 70's saw George Best put six past the Cobblers in an 8-2 FA Cup defeat and the club have struggled to get out of the bottom two leagues since but won League Two in some style in 2016, going unbeaten for over half of the season under Chris Wilder's management.

The Manager: Justin Edinburgh

Edinburgh needs no introduction to Pompey fans as the defender was a part of the Fratton Park payroll in the early 2000's although he spent most of his playing career at Tottenham.

Justin's management career began in non-league where some success at Fisher Athletic led him to be appointed at Grays Athletic although he failed to replicate that success and left. His time at Rushden & Diamonds was also cut short due to the club going into financial meltdown.

The 47-year-old really made a name for himself at Newport County where he saved them and got them promoted to the Football League. His success saw him rebuff approaches from Pompey and Northampton although he eventually ended up at Gillingham but despite a good start to the season the Gills slipped and Edinburgh was sacked the season after. He then took over at the Cobblers at the beginning ot 2017.

The Ground: Sixfields (Capacity: 7,750 - Away: 1,100)

If you don't fancy paying to watch Northampton, you can always be a cheapskate and stand on top of this hill which gives you a view of some of the pitch for free! The South Stand behind the goal houses the majority of the visiting fans.

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Taking your place in the South Stand, to your right was the Alwyn Hargrave Stand but this has since been demolished and has been replaced by a new East Stand.

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Opposite is the Dave Bowen Stand with aforementioned hill behind it. The pub in the background was the Sixfields Tavern but that was destroyed by a fire.

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On the left is the West Stand that fills with the more mouthy Teyn fans armed with those horrible plastic "happy clappers" which really should be banned from use. Forever.

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Overall, Sixfields is a fairly basic but decent stadium for League One. The home fans can make some noise but sometimes it can also feel a little quiet in there and there are better venus in the third tier to watch football.

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