NORTHAMPTON TOWN F.C.
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BRIEF HISTORY of NORTHAMPTON TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB
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Northampton were formed in 1897, after meetings between the towns schoolteachers and local solicitor
A.J. Darnell. In 191920, 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). 192324 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 30. However, disaster occurred at the County Ground during December
1929, when a fire destroyed three stands, with damage valued at around £5,000. In 193233, the club
created history when brothers Fred and Albert Dawes both scored in an 80 win over Newport County.
In 193334, 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 196566. 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 196970. 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 82 to Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round. Finally during the 197576 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 197677, the club were relegated back to Division
Four. New floodlights were installed in time for the 198081 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 198687 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 198990 season.
The 1990s began badly, with the club relegated to the Fourth Division at the end of the 198990 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 199293 season to avoid being relegated to the Conference. The 199394 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
|| Northampton Town F.C. |
| Club Nickname
|| The Cobblers |
| Year Founded
|| 1897 (118 years ago) |
| English County
|| Northamptonshire |
| Current Ground
|| Sixfields Stadium |
| Ground Location
|| Northampton, England |
| Club's Owner
|| Northampton Town F.C. Ltd |
| Club Chairman
|| David Cardoza |
| Current Manager
|| Chris Wilder |
| Current League
|| League Two |
| Last Season
|| League Two, 12th place |
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INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION
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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