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Northampton Town

Nicknamed the Cobblers, Northampton Town Football Club was founded on 9th March 1897 when a group of school teachers met up with local solicitor, AJ ‘Pat’ Darnell, in the Princess Royal Inn, Wellingborough Road, Northampton to form the town’s first professional football club.

By the start of the 1912/13 season, Herbert Chapman had left the Cobblers for Leeds City. He would eventually move to Huddersfield Town, winning two league championships and setting them up for a third, before joining Arsenal, where he won a further two titles before dying in 1934.

The year 1959 saw the start of a truly remarkable decade. Town finished third in Division Four in 1960/61 and were promoted. In 1961/62 the Cobblers ended the season 8th in Division Three with Cliff Holton scoring a club record 36 league goals. 

In 1962/63 Northampton were crowned champions of the Third Division and in 1963/64 finished 11th in Division Two. The following campaign they finished runners-up to clinch promotion to the top-flight for the first – and so far, last – time.

Manchester City manager Joe Mercer stated: “The miracle of 1966 was not England winning the World Cup, but Northampton reaching Division One.”

Tuesday 12th October 1994 was the last ever match at the County Ground and the maroons now ply their trade at Sixfields, on the edge of town.

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Champagne Cobblers: Northampton Town 1986/87

By Mark Beesley

“If you are a fan of the Cobblers then this book gives a great insight into the League-winning season. Brilliant book.”


The Year of the Cobbler

By Rodney Marshall, Joe Townsend, Jefferson Lake

“Great book again, so many memories of this amazing season/journey. The deal’s on the table that takes the club forward – just do the deal, just buy the book.”

Amazon Customer

Only Connect: Northampton Town FC: A hub at the heart of its community

By Kim Birtwistle, Jean Limpitlaw, James Whiting…

“Only Connect is arguably the most informative book ever produced about the behind-the-scenes work of a Football League club, certainly at our level. I don’t think Rodney missed a trick in a fascinating work. Rodney has crystallised in Only Connect just how much NTFC matters to so many people.”

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