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Northampton Town
Northampton Town crest
Full name Northampton Town Football Club
Nickname(s) The Cobblers, Town
Founded 1897
Ground Sixfields Stadium
Northampton
England
(Capacity: 7,653)
Chairman David Cardoza
Manager Ian Sampson
League League Two
2008–09 League One, 21st
(relegated)
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Northampton Town Football Club (pronounced /nɔrˈθæmptən taʊn/), (often simply known as Northampton, or by their nickname The Cobblers after the local shoemaking industry) are an English professional football club based in Northampton, Northamptonshire. They currently play in the Coca Cola League Two, the lowest league division after being relegated from League One on the last day of the 2008–09 season. They hold the record for the shortest time taken to be promoted from the bottom tier to the top tier and relegated back down to the bottom again. This was done in the space of nine years.

Northampton were formed in 1897 after meetings between the town’s schoolteachers and local solicitor A.J. Darnell. They play their home games at the 7,653 capacity all-seater Sixfields Stadium having moved in 1994 from the County Ground which they shared with the owners, Northamptonshire County Cricket Club. The club’s main rival is Peterborough United, a rivalry which has endured since the 1960s, although the two teams are currently separated by two divisions. Other recent rivals include Rushden & Diamonds and Luton Town.[1] The club's colours have traditionally been claret and white. The current sponsor is local estate agent Jackson Grundy.[2]

Ian Sampson, who played over 400 games for the club, has been manager since September 2009, after the departure of Stuart Gray.[3] The current club captain is Craig Hinton, who succeeded Chris Doig in August 2009.

Contents

History

Formation and early success

Northampton Town was founded in 1897 after meetings between the town’s schoolteachers and local solicitor A.J. Darnell. The community then focused on football in particular, schoolboy football was strong in the county due in part to the enthusiasm of the local teachers. They were however dissatisfied with the current arrangement of arranged friendlies between schools preferring to teach the boys through practical examples and they felt this could be done by forming a town team. At the same time A.J. Darnell travelled to Leicester with the local Rugby team and whilst there witnessed an exhibition football match between Leicester Fosse and Notts County. This gave him the desire to start his own club in Northampton. Mr Darnell and the local schoolteachers came together through their shared aims and on 6 March 1897, at the Princess Royal Inn on the Wellingborough Road, Northampton Football Club was formed.[4] Following objections from the town’s rugby club the team were forced to adopt the name of Northampton Town to avoid trouble. The club gained permission to play home matches at the County Ground, home of Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, providing that no games were scheduled between May and September, and this was to remain their home for the next 97 years.

They then joined the Northants League, now known as the United Counties League, in which their first official game was against Earls Barton FC. They spent just two seasons there during which time they recouped their first transfer fee, £50 from Derby County for Frank Howard, who was club's first professional player. The Cobblers won the Championship in only their second season. This was followed by a further two seasons in the Midland League, before joining the Southern League in 1901, which saw the clubs heaviest defeat recorded, 11–0 to Southampton. National headlines were made in October 1902, when a 1–0 win was recorded over Portsmouth at Fratton Park, this was Portsmouth first ever defeat at Fratton Park, after an incredible 66 matches. In 1907, Northampton employed their first full-time manager, Herbert Chapman, his appointment was a very good one as due to the contact had built up he was able to persuade many ex-professionals to join the club and was responsible for the club paying their first transfer fee, £400 to Stoke City for Welsh International Edwin Lloyd Davies who still has the record number of International caps won with 12, he later became the oldest player to play for the club at the age of 42. The transformation was incredible, within two years Northampton were champions of the Southern League and met Newcastle United in the Charity Shield, losing 2–0 at Stamford Bridge.[5]

In October 1911, the Cobblers signed their first black player, Walter Tull from Tottenham Hotspur who incidentally was the leagues first black outfield player.[6] During his first season he played as a forward and scored 9 goals from just 12 games, including 4 in a 5–0 win over Bristol Rovers. He went on to play 110 games for the club, mainly as a wing half, before he died in the second battle of the Somme in the First World War where he was Britain's first black army officer. On 11 July 1999, over eighty years after his death, an 8 foot high marble memorial was unveiled at Sixfields Stadium, the centrepiece for the Garden of Rest at Northampton Town Football Club. By the start of the 1912–13 season Herbert Chapman had left Northampton for Leeds City, he then went onto to Huddersfield Town, winning two league championships and setting them up for a third before joining Arsenal, where he again won two league championships before he died in the job in 1934.[7]

Inter war period

After the war in 1919–20, Town conceded 103 goals which is the only season to date that the club have conceded over 100 goals, however at the end of the season things got better as they were allowed to join the Football League, in Division Three (South). 1922–23 saw the club become a public company and 8,000 shares were released at £1, this then produced a record crowd of 18,123 against Plymouth on Boxing day and gate receipts for the first time exceeded £1,000. 1923–24 started with the club raising £5,000 to build a stand with a players tunnel underneath and also improved terracing in the Hotel End. The following season saw the formation of the Supporters Club. In 1925 the clubs first foreign transfer took place as William Shaw was signed from Barcelona. A new ground record was set for the F.A. Cup Third round replay with Sunderland, 21,148 turned up to see the Cobblers lose 3–0. However, disaster occurred at the County Ground during December 1929, when a fire destroyed three stands, which damaged around £5,000, only one stand was saved although this was charred.[8] The source of the fire was thought to be in the away dressing room, the Cobblers had earlier entertained AFC Bournemouth reserves. By August 1930, the stands were rebuilt.

In 1932–33, the club created history when brothers Fred and Albert Dawes both scored in an 8–0 win over Newport County. The latter finished the season scoring 32 league goals and even scored all 4 in a 4–0 win over the Dutch National side whilst the club was on tour. In 1933–34, the F.A. Cup Fifth round was reached for the first time courtesy of a Fourth round win away to Huddersfield Town who at the time were top of Division One.They bowed out to Preston North End 4–0 at Deepdale, setting a new ground record of 40,180. In the three seasons prior to the breakout of World War II, the Cobblers finished 7th, 9th and 17th respectively in Division Three (South). In the final match prior to the War, the Cobblers travelled to Dean Court and lost 10–0, the clubs record League defeat. During the war the Cobblers had the record for the first transfer fee received during the hostilities when Bobby King was sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers for a substantial four-figure fee.

Rise and fall

They played their only season of their existence in the top division of English football when they reached the First Division in 1965–66. Northampton had been promoted from the Fourth Division to the First Division in the space of five seasons but were then relegated back to the Fourth Division by 1969–70.

1970's and 80's

In 1970, they lost 8–2 to Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round. Six of the goals conceded were scored by George Best, who received the match ball (signed by Northampton players) as a reward for his performance.

The club managed what seemed like a major coup in 1984 when they appointed Tony Barton, who had won the European Cup with Aston Villa two years previously, as manager. Barton's only season in charge proved severely disappointing however, as the club were never outside the bottom two at any point in the campaign, and health problems forced his resignation near the end of that season. Success was achieved however under Barton's replacement, Graham Carr, who led the club to the Fourth Division title in 1987, and a sixth place finish in the Third Division the following season led to hopes that the club might repeat its journey up the divisions two decades previously.

Worrying times

The 90's began badly when the club were relegated to the fourth division in the 1990–91 season. The following season began well as the club looked on course to return to the Third Division at the first attempt, they were top of the table in February, but fell away and finished mid table. Things then got even worse, this time for the club financially, and went into administration in April 1992, with debts of around £1,600,000, ten players were sacked and youth players were drafted in to make up the numbers, and results obviously didn't improve. These events sparked the formation of the Northampton Town Supporters Trust, which has a share holding in the club and a representative on the Board of Directors.[9] The club needed to win the final game of the 1991–92 season to avoid being relegated to the Conference. Over 2,500 made the trip to Shrewsbury Town and saw Shrewsbury winning at half-time, 2–0. What happened after the interval was nothing short of a miracle, the game finished 3–2 to the Cobblers. The 1993–94 season got worse for the Cobblers as they finished bottom of the Football League for the only time in the club's history since joining the Football League. Relegation was only escaped due the Conference Champions, Kidderminster Harriers not meeting the necessary ground criteria. The club eventually began to move forward with the move to Sixfields.

The Sixfields era

A new era was upon Northampton Town when they moved to Sixfields Stadium and a capacity crowd ensued on the 15 October 1994 when Barnet were the visitors in a 1–1 draw, Martin Aldridge was the first player to score at the new stadium, however he later died in a tragic car accident. The change of ground did not change the clubs fortunes, finishing 17th by the end of the season, however it could have been a lot worse if Ian Atkins hadn't taken over from John Barnwell[10] half way through the 1994–95 season. After two more seasons, Atkins in the 1996–97 season lead the Cobblers to Wembley for the first time in 100 years, beating Swansea City 1–0 in the play-off final in front of 46,804 of which 32,000 were Northampton supporters, with John Frain scoring the winning goal from a twice taken free kick deep into injury time, which added to the clubs centenary celebrations.[11][12][13] The 1997–98 season also saw a Wembley play-off appearance, this time in the Division Two play-off final which was lost 1–0 to Grimsby Town in front of a then record 62,998 crowd[14], over 40,000 of them Northampton supporters, which is still a record for the most supporters taken to Wembley by one team.[citation needed] Injuries stopped Northampton progressing from last years success during the 1998–99 season, no fewer than 16 players suffered from long term injuries, which completely decimated the squad from start to finish. This lead them to be unfortunately relegated to Division Three, despite being not losing in the last 9 games of the season. However there were some great results such as a 2–1 aggregate win over West Ham United in the Worthington Cup.[15] The 1999–2000 season saw the club bounce back to Division Two, finishing in the third automatic spot. During the season, Ian Atkins parted company with the club in October following a poor start to the season, his assistant, Kevin Wilson and coach, Kevan Broadhurst , took joint charge for the remainder of the month. Wilson, the former Chelsea player, was appointed manager at the start of November, going on to win two manager of the month awards.

The following season started promisingly with players such as Marco Gabbiadini and Jamie Forrester pushing the cobblers towards a play-off place before the club eventually finished in 18th place, this was mainly due to the large amount of injuries occurring from Christmas onwards. Kevin Wilson was sacked in November 2001 after even more injuries to the already bare squad, to make way for his assistant Kevan Broadhurst, who steered the Cobblers from relegation to a remarkable survival with a game to spare after losing only one home game from mid January. The next season was the worst since the early 90's both financial and on the pitch. Early on they were forced into a 'Save our Season' campaign to keep afloat until the end of the year. It was required after the collapse of ITV Digital and much publicised takeover attempts by John Fashanu[16] and Giovanni Di Stefano[17] had failed and left the club with huge debts. They were taken over by a consortium run by Andrew Ellis who sacked Broadhurst in January 2003 with Northampton struggling at the foot of the division. He was briefly replaced by former England player Terry Fenwick who was sacked after a winless spell of seven games. This was at the time, the eighth shortest managerial reign in English football history. Martin Wilkinson, the new manager lasted little longer, being dismissed in October 2003 in favour of former Scotland and Tottenham Hotspur defender Colin Calderwood.[18] Calderwood led Northampton to the play-offs in his first season, where they were knocked out in the semi-finals by Mansfield Town after a penalty shoot-out. In the 2004–05 season, Northampton finished seventh, again in the play-offs, where they were defeated by Southend United. Following this, the manager made substantial changes to the squad, bringing in experienced players such as Ian Taylor and Eoin Jess, and they enjoyed a successful 2005–06 league season. On 29 April, the Cobblers clinched promotion to Football League One, with a 1–0 win at home to Chester City. On 30 May 2006, Northampton announced that Calderwood was leaving to join Nottingham Forest as their new manager,[19] and was replaced by John Gorman on 5 June. On 20 December, Gorman resigned due to "personal issues" with the side 18th in the table, with Ian Sampson and Jim Barron briefly taking care of first team affairs.[20] He was replaced by former Southampton boss Stuart Gray on 2 January 2007.[21]

Recent events

Club crest and colours

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Year Kit Manufacturer Main Shirt Sponsor
1975–82 Bukta none
1982–83 Adidas
1983–85 Umbro
1985–86 Chronicle & Echo
1986–88 Spall TNT
1988–89 MG Costain Homes
1989–91 Scoreline
1991–92 Beaver Sports Van Aid
1992–93 Ribero Carpet Supacentre
1993–94 Swift
1994–95 Chronicle & Echo
1995–97 Lotto Lotto
1997–98 Pro Star EBS Mobile Phones
1998-00 Nationwide
2000–03 Sport House
2003–05 Xara
2005–06 Salming
2006–07 Vandanel
2007–09 Jackson Grundy
2009– Errea

Supporters

Records and statistics

Tommy Fowler holds the record for Northampton Town appearances, having played 552 first-team matches between 1946 and 1961. Centre half and former captain Ian Sampson comes second, having played 449 times. The record for a goalkeeper is held by Peter Gleasure, with 412 appearances.[22]

Jack English is the club's top goalscorer with 143 goals in competitive matches between 1947 and 1959, having surpassed Teddy Bowen's total of 120. Bowen's record had stood since September 1931, when he overtook the total of 110 goals set by striker William Lockett in 1930.[23]

The highest attendance at the County Ground of 24,523 was recorded on 9 March 1965 in a important 'relegation battle' match in the First Division match against Fulham. The capacity of the new ground at Sixfields is now 7,653 so it is unlikely that this record will be broken in the foreseeable future unless the redevelopment takes place. The highest attendance at this ground is 7,557 which was recorded against Manchester City on 3 November 1998.

Players

Current squad

As of 2 February 2010[24]
No. Name Nationality Position Date Of Birth (Age) Previous Club Notes
Goalkeepers
1 Chris Dunn England GK 23 October 1987 (1987-10-23) (age 22) Milton Keynes Dons
13 Paul Walker Wales GK 18 April 1992 (1992-04-18) (age 17) Youth
26 Jason Steele England GK 18 August 1990 (1990-08-18) (age 19) Middlesbrough On loan from Middlesbrough
Defenders
2 Paul Rodgers England RB 6 October 1989 (1989-10-06) (age 20) Arsenal
3 John Johnson England RB 16 September 1988 (1988-09-16) (age 21) Middlesbrough On loan from Middlesbrough
5 Craig Hinton Captain England RB/CB 26 November 1977 (1977-11-26) (age 32) Bristol Rovers
6 Dean Beckwith England CB 18 September 1983 (1983-09-18) (age 26) Hereford United
11 Andy Holt England LB/LW 21 April 1978 (1978-04-21) (age 31) Wrexham
19 John Curtis England RB/CM 9 November 1989 (1989-11-09) (age 20) Wrexham
20 Chris McCready England RB/CB 5 September 1981 (1981-09-05) (age 28) Crewe Alexandra On loan to Tranmere Rovers
23 Peter Gilbert Wales LB 31 July 1983 (1983-07-31) (age 26) Oldham Athletic
Midfielders
4 Luke Guttridge England CM/RM 27 March 1982 (1982-03-27) (age 27) Colchester United
8 Abdul Osman Ghana CM 27 February 1987 (1987-02-27) (age 23) Gretna
12 Ryan Gilligan England RM/CM 18 January 1987 (1987-01-18) (age 23) Watford
14 Liam Davis England LW 23 November 1986 (1986-11-23) (age 23) Coventry City
15 Alex Dyer England CM 11 June 1990 (1990-06-11) (age 19) Youth
16 Gary Mulligan Republic of Ireland RW/FW 23 April 1985 (1985-04-23) (age 24) Gillingham
18 Joe Benjamin England LW/FW 8 October 1990 (1990-10-08) (age 19) Youth On loan to Eastbourne Borough
21 Michael Jacobs England RW/CM 22 March 1992 (1992-03-22) (age 17) Youth On loan to Nuneaton Town
30 Kevin Thornton Republic of Ireland CM 9 July 1986 (1986-07-09) (age 23) Nuneaton Town
Forwards
9 Steve Guinan England FW 24 December 1975 (1975-12-24) (age 34) Hereford United
10 Adebayo Akinfenwa England FW 10 May 1982 (1982-05-10) (age 27) Millwall
17 Billy McKay Northern Ireland FW 22 October 1988 (1988-10-22) (age 21) Leicester City
22 Courtney Herbert England FW 5 July 1989 (1989-07-05) (age 20) Long Buckby
24 Seb Harris United States FW 5 August 1987 (1987-08-05) (age 22) Michigan Bucks
28 Stephen O'Flynn Republic of Ireland FW 27 April 1982 (1982-04-27) (age 27) Limerick

The club also fields a reserve team and a youth team at Under-18 level.[25][26]

Former players

For details on former players, see List of Northampton Town F.C. players and Category:Northampton Town F.C. players.

Player of the Year (1975–2009)

Year Winner[27]
1975 England Billy Best
1976 England Jim Hall
1977 England Billy Best
1978 England Steve Bryant
1979 England Stuart Robertson
1980 England Andy Poole
1981 England Keith Williams
1982 England Wakeley Gage
1983 England Steve Massey
1984 England Wakeley Gage
1985 England Wakeley Gage
1986 England Russell Lewis
 
Year Winner
1987 England Ian Benjamin
1988 England Peter Gleasure
1989 England Tony Adcock
1990 England Keith McPherson
1991 England Phil Chard
1992 England Steve Terry
1993 England Barry Richardson
1994 England Darren Harmon
1995 England Neil Grayson
1996 England Ray Warburton
1997 England Ian Clarkson
1998 England Roy Hunter
 
Year Winner
1999 Canada Carlo Corazzin
2000 England Keith Welch
2001 England Ian Sampson
2002 England Chris Hargreaves
2003 England Paul Harsley
2004 England Lee Harper
2005 England Scott McGleish
2006 England Scott McGleish
2007 England Mark Bunn
2008 England Danny Jackman
2009 England Danny Jackman

PFA Team of the Year

The following have been included in the PFA Team of the Year whilst playing for Northampton Town:

Cult Heroes

The following were chosen by fans as the favorite club heroes in the BBC Sports Cult Heroes poll in 2006.[28]

Board of directors and ownership

Managers

As of 30 December 2009.[29]

Current management team

Managerial History

Below is a list of all the permanent managers that Northampton Town have had since the appointment of Arthur Jones in 1897. The club's current manager, Ian Sampson, is their 35th in all, and was appointed in October 2009, as a successor to Stuart Gray who was sacked by David Cardoza in September 2009.

Honours

Stadiums

County Ground

Northampton moved to the county ground in 1897,[30] however the ground was already in use by the local cricket team Northamptonshire County Cricket Club. Due to the ground being used for cricket, there were only three stands. The main stand was situated along side Abington Avenue and was a covered stand that had seating to the rear and terracing to the front. The stand survived until 1985, but following the Bradford City Disaster, it was deemed to be unsafe and then demolished, leaving only the terracing behind. This was then replaced by a small temporary stand nicknamed by the fans as the ' Meccano Stand '. The other two stands were at the ends with the Spion Cop usually for away supporters which only reached the goalposts and the Hotel End for the home supporters. In 1965–66, the only time that Northampton Town were in the top flight of English football, the county ground saw its highest attendance 24,523 against Fulham on the 23 April 1966. The ground also saw the lowest ever attendance in the Football League when 942 turned up to see the Cobblers play Chester City in the 1984–85 season. Tuesday, 12 October 1994, saw the last ever league match to be played at the County Ground before they moved to Sixfields. This saw a 1–0 defeat for Northampton, at the hands of Mansfield Town

Sixfields

The club then moved to Sixfields Stadium in 1994.[31] It is a modern all-seater stadium with a capacity of 7,653 and award winning disabled facilities. The stadium plan is quiet neat and basic with the main west stand being the biggest holding 4,000, opposite is the smaller 1,000 capacity east stand known as the Alwyn Hargrave stand after the Ex-Borough Councillor who helped the stadium become reality. At either end are identical stands that are the same hight as the east stand, the south stand usually for away supporters (apart from against Chester City on 29 April 2006 when the stand was split and supporters segregated to allow the maximum amount of home supporters to witness the club's promotion to League One), and the north Stand known as the Dave Bowen stand named after the manager that took them from the bottom to the top flight of English football.

After successfully attaining a 150 year lease on the ground from the local council, the owners of Northampton Town, David and Tony Cardoza have announced plans to redevelop the whole ground into a 15,000 all-seater stadium, starting with adding executive boxes and a further 2,000 seats to the West Stand whilst expanding the clubs offices and facilities. The other stands will then be expanded and joined to create a 'bowl' stadium. The home end at Northampton Town's old County Ground was called The Hotel End, so it is quite apt that the new stadium will also feature its own Hotel End. The new complex will also feature a hotel which will be built behind the Paul Cox Panel & Paint (South) Stand.

These developments have however become tied up with the bureaucracy of the Borough Council and no timescale has yet been announced for the plans to begin. On the 6 August 2009, it was announced that the redevelopment would go ahead but still no time frame has been quoted.[32]

Training ground

Adjacent to the stadium joining onto the back of the East Stand with its own small stand is the training ground but its main purpose is for athletics for the local club Rugby & Northampton.[33] It also holds Northampton school athletics finals.

Footnotes

A. ^  On its formation for the 1992–93 season, the FA Premier League became the top tier of English football; the First, Second and Third Divisions then became the second, third and fourth tiers, respectively.
B. ^  Before the start of the 2004–05 season, Football League re-branding saw the First Division become the Football League Championship. The Second and Third Divisions became Leagues One and Two, respectively.
C. ^  In 1909, the Charity Shield was played between the winners of the Southern Football League and the Football League.

References

Notes
  1. ^ Club Rivalries Uncovered Football Fans census. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  2. ^ Northampton Town extend Jackson Grundy sponsor deal Football Shirt Culture. 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  3. ^ Rostance, Tom (2009-09-08) Gray Sacked as Northampton Manager The Independent. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  4. ^ Foundation of Northampton Town ntfc.co.uk. 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  5. ^ 1908/09 F.A. Charity Shield Football Site. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
  6. ^ Walter Tull Biography 100 Great Black Britons. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  7. ^ Herbert Chapman Profile Mighty Leeds. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  8. ^ Ground History Football Ground Guide. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  9. ^ The Origins of Northampton Town Supporters' Trust NTFC Trust. 2006-01-20. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  10. ^ Hodgson, Guy (1994-09-30) Northampton sack Barnwell The Independent. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  11. ^ 1997 League Two play off final Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  12. ^ Fox, Norman Northampton sing a joyous refrain The Independent. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  13. ^ Curtis, Adrian (1997-05-24) Northampton Town v Swansea City Soccernet. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  14. ^ 1998 League One play off final Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  15. ^ Bernstein, Joe (1998-09-22) Hammer horror for Old Lady The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  16. ^ Conn, David (2001-12-28) Northampton brought back to reality The Independent. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  17. ^ Conn, David (2002-05-22) Arkan's lawyer has ambitions to take over Northampton The Independent. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  18. ^ Calderwood joins Cobblers BBC Sport. 2003-10-09. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  19. ^ Calderwood named new Forest boss BBC Sport. 2006-05-30. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  20. ^ Gorman exits as Northampton boss BBC Sport. 2006-12-20. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  21. ^ Northampton name Gray as Manager BBC Sport. 2007-01-02. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  22. ^ Most appearances in a career ntfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  23. ^ Most goals in a career ntfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  24. ^ Senior Squad List ntfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
  25. ^ Reserve Fixtures ntfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  26. ^ Youth Fixtures ntfc.co.uk Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  27. ^ Bunny is your choice – Player of the Year ntfc.co.uk. 2007-07-28. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
  28. ^ Northampton's Cult Heroes BBC Sport. 2005-04-30. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
  29. ^ Who's who at Sixfields ntfc.co.uk. 2009-12-28. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  30. ^ County ground Old Football Grounds. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  31. ^ Sixfields Stadium Football Ground Guide. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
  32. ^ Sixfields development to go ahead BBC Sport. 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  33. ^ Location – Northampton, Sixfields Community Stadium Rugby & Northampton AC. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
Bibliography
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  • John Watson, David Walden (October 2000). Northampton Town Football Club. Northampton: Tempus. ISBN 0752416715. 

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