Tag: Northampton Town

The Pitfalls of Travelling From Northampton Town To Charlton

There probably couldn’t have been two more contrasting ways to experience the end of this Football League season than those of the supporters of Charlton Athletic and those of the supporters of Northampton Town last weekend. Charlton’s season has been one of abject failure on the pitch and increasingly bitter rancour away from it. Already well adrift of the dotted line that would have marked the line between safety and relegation, there were yet further protests as the team was swatted to one side with considerable comfort by the division champions Burnley, a sideshow of rage that promises to...

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Northampton Town: David Cardoza Helps The Police With Their Inquiries

When Northampton Town threatened to tumble into insolvency in the latter stages of last year, what occurred was neither sudden nor particularly unexpected. It had been apparent to supporters for some considerable time that something was not going according to what might have been expected behind the scenes at Sixfields, and although the club’s sudden lurch into the realms of not meeting its financial obligations on time felt incongruous in comparison with the team’s performance on the pitch, that club chairman David Cardoza might have been looking for an out from the club perhaps shouldn’t have been a seismic...

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Twelve Million Holes At Sixfields, Northamptonshire

It’s been quite a while since a Football League club has been witnessed in full-on crisis mode. Salary cap legislation to limit the amount of money that owners could throw after bad in the pursuit of trinkets has been reasonably successful, and the number of football clubs at the lower end of its three divisions have been living reasonably quiet lives over the last couple of years or so. With this in mind, it always felt likely that it would take something fairly seismic to push another football club into any serious difficulty, but that time has come, and...

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Three Sides To Every Story: The Mystery Of Northampton Town’s Missing Stand, Part One

Fifty years ago this summer, the county town of Northampton was preparing for something very big indeed. At the end of the previous season, the local football team had crowned an astonishing four seasons with a third promotion during that time behind Newcastle United for a place in the First Division of the Football League on goal difference, the first time since its formation in 1897 that Northampton Town had graced the top flight of English football. It wasn’t a lengthy stay. The Cobblers lasted just one season in Division One before being relegated back from whence they came....

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Bananas, Banter And Blowtorches – The Julian Alsop Story

Shortly before 5pm this afternoon a 37-year-old man burnt a pair of football boots in a field in Gloucestershire and in doing so brought the curtain down on an illustrious career spanning more than 20 years and almost as many clubs. Julian Alsop headed home a last-minute equaliser in Bishop Cleeve’s Zamaretto South and West season finale against North Leigh shortly before he took a blowtorch to his boots, ending his last game in typically flamboyant style. That he chose to end his playing days at Cleeve is testament to his loyalty to Villagers’ boss Paul Collicut, who encouraged him to up his fitness during his last spell there ultimately leading to Alsop rejoining Cheltenham Town, beating the all time goals record and sealing his position as a Robins legend. Having missed much of this season due to ‘rubbish ankles’ Alsop has called it a day, but what a career it’s been; starting off in non-league in the midlands he can count Bristol Rovers, Swansea City and Northampton Town among his former clubs, although he didn’t turn pro until he was 23. He achieved infamy at Oxford United, after he was sacked for an incident with a youth team player. The incident earned him chants and nicknames, but according to Jules he rubbed the banana in the lad’s face, that was it, end of story. Almost six years later...

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