NORTHAMPTON TOWN F.C.
Founded: 1897





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NORTHAMPTON TOWN F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of NORTHAMPTON TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Northampton were formed in 1897, after meetings between the town’s schoolteachers and local solicitor A.J. Darnell. In 1919–20, the first season after the war, Town conceded a club record 103 goals. Nonetheless, the club was allowed to join the Football League for the following season, in Division Three (South). 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 club's 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, with damage valued at around £5,000. In 1932–33, the club created history when brothers Fred and Albert Dawes both scored in an 8–0 win over Newport County. In 1933–34, the F.A. Cup Fifth round was reached for the first time.

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. During their top-flight season they earned a double against Aston Villa and victories at home over such luminaries as Leeds, Newcastle, West Ham, and Blackburn, the only team they finished above in the table. In 1970, they lost 8–2 to Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round. Finally during the 1975–76 season, the club finished 2nd in Division Four and were promoted behind Champions Lincoln City. They did this without losing a home game and having every regular player scored during the season. In 1976–77, the club were relegated back to Division Four. New floodlights were installed in time for the 1980–81 season, but they failed during the first match against Southend United and the game had to be abandoned. The club struggled in the bottom section of the Fourth Division for the first half of the decade. The 1986–87 season saw Northampton win the Fourth Division Championship, gaining a club record total of 99 points and scoring 103 goals, 29 of them to Richard Hill, who was transferred in the Summer to Watford for a club record fee of £265,000. The club adjust to life in Division Three quickly and just miss out on a play-off place despite finishing 6th. The team fell back down to Division Four in the 1989–90 season.

The 1990s began badly, with the club relegated to the Fourth Division at the end of the 1989–90 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 and the club 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; results did not improve. The club needed to win the final game of the 1992–93 season to avoid being relegated to the Conference. 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. Relegation was only escaped due the Conference Champions, Kidderminster Harriers not meeting the necessary ground criteria. The club eventually began its move to Sixfields. A new era was upon Northampton Town when they moved to Sixfields Stadium and a capacity crowd ensued on 15 October 1994. The change of ground did not change the club's fortunes and they finished 17th.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Northampton Town F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Cobblers
Year Founded
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1897 (118 years ago)
English County
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Northamptonshire
Current Ground
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Sixfields Stadium
Ground Location
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Northampton, England
Club's Owner
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Northampton Town F.C. Ltd
Club Chairman
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David Cardoza
Current Manager
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Chris Wilder
Current League
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League Two
Last Season
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League Two, 12th place


HOME COLORS

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AWAY COLORS

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INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION


SIXFIELDS STADIUM
Sixfields Stadium, Northampton,
Northamptonshire, NN5-5QA, England


OPENED: ......... October 15, 1994
SURFACE: ........ Grass
COST: .............. £6 Million
CAPACITY: ...... 7,653
RECORD: ......... 7,557 (1998 vs Manchester City)
OWNER: ........... Northampton Town F.C.
OPERATOR: ..... Northampton Town F.C.
FIELD SIZE: ...... 116 x 72 yards (106 x 66 meters)



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