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Northampton Town Football Club, nicknamed the Cobblers were founded on 6th March 1897, when a group of local school teachers got together with the well known local solicitor, AJ “Pat” Darnell in the Princess Royal Inn, Wellington Road, Northampton to form the town’s first professional football club. The Cobblers joined the Northants League, spending just two seasons there and winning the title in their second season. This was followed by two further seasons in the Midland League, before joining the Southern League in the 1901-02 season which saw the club’s heaviest defeat recorded, 11-0 to Southampton. Northampton went on to be the first ever team to defeat Portsmouth at Fratton Park in 1902, after 66 matches. In 1962-63, the Cobblers memorably were crowned champions of the Third Division scoring an incredible 109 goals – five players reached double figures. Get the latest Northampton Town news here!
1965-66 is the only season that the Cobblers have ever spent in the top flight of English football. A County Ground record of 24,523 supporters witnessed the penultimate home Division One fixture with Fulham which was lost 4-2 and relegated to Division Two shortly followed. Former Manchester City manager, Joe Mercer, famously said that “the miracle of 1966 was not England winning the World Cup, but Northampton reaching Division One”. Barry Lines made history by becoming the first ever player to play and score in all four divisions of English football for the same club.
Moving on, and after finishing bottom of the Football League in 1993-94 for the first time since joining, relegation was escaped due to the Conference Champions, Kidderminster Harriers not meeting the necessary ground criteria. In October, 1994 was the last ever match at the County Ground, and this was the start of a new era for Northampton Town FC as they moved to Sixfields Stadium which holds almost 7,800 spectators. It is currently known as The PTS Academy Stadium for sponsorship reasons and the Cobblers still play there today – stay up to date with breaking Northampton Town news from The PTS Academy Stadium here!
In 1996-97, the Cobblers appeared at Wembley Stadium for the first time in 100 years, beating Swansea City 1-0 in the play-off final in front of 46,804 supporters – 32,000 of which were Northampton fans. The following season the Cobblers made it to Wembley once again but this time for the Division Two play-off final which was lost 1-0 to Grimsby Town. In recent years, Northampton were promoted as champions of League Two in 2015-16, though only lasted two seasons in League One, as they faced relegation back down to League Two in 2017-18.
Today, they are still battling to claim their sport in the play-offs – you can get the latest Northampton Town news from League Two here!
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