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Martin Aldridge , who later died in a car accident, was the first player to score at the new stadium. The change of ground did not change the club's fortunes and they finished 17th, despite being buoyed by Ian Atkins taking over as manager from John Barnwell  halfway through the —95 season.
After two more seasons, in —97 , Atkins lead the Cobblers to Wembley for the first time in years, where they beat Swansea City 1—0 in the play-off final in front of 46, of whom 32, were Northampton supporters. John Frain scored the winning goal from a twice-taken free kick deep into injury time , adding to the club's centenary celebrations. Northampton were not able to progress from the previous year's success because of long-term injuries to 16 of their players during the —99 season.
The team was relegated to Division Three , despite being not losing in the last nine games of the season. However, there were some promising results such as a 2—1 aggregate win over West Ham United in the League Cup. Ian Atkins left the club in October following a poor start to the season; his assistant, Kevin Wilson and coach Kevan Broadhurst took joint charge for the rest of the month. Wilson, the former Chelsea player, was appointed manager at the start of November, going on to win two manager of the month awards.
The following season started promisingly, with players such as Marco Gabbiadini and Jamie Forrester pushing the Cobblers towards a play-off place before the club eventually finished in 18th place due to a large number of injuries in the second half of the season. Kevin Wilson was sacked in November , to make way for his assistant Kevan Broadhurst , who steered the Cobblers from relegation to a remarkable survival with a game to spare after losing only one home game from mid-January.
The next season was the worst since the early s, both financially and on the pitch. Early on they were forced into a 'Save our Season' campaign to keep afloat until the end of the year. It was required after the collapse of ITV Digital and much publicised takeover attempts by John Fashanu  and Giovanni Di Stefano  had failed and left the club with huge debts. They were taken over by a consortium run by Andrew Ellis , who sacked Broadhurst in January , when Northampton were struggling at the foot of the division.
He was briefly replaced by former England player Terry Fenwick who was sacked after a winless spell of seven games. This was, at the time, the eighth-shortest managerial reign in English football history. Martin Wilkinson , the new manager lasted little longer, being dismissed in October in favour of former Scotland and Tottenham Hotspur defender Colin Calderwood. In the —05 season, Northampton finished seventh, again in the play-offs, where they were defeated by Southend United.
Following this, the manager made substantial changes to the squad, bringing in experienced players such as Ian Taylor and Eoin Jess , and they enjoyed a successful —06 league season. On 30 May , Northampton announced that Calderwood was leaving to join Nottingham Forest as their new manager,  and he was replaced by John Gorman on 5 June.
On 20 December, Gorman resigned due to "personal issues" with the side 18th in the table, with Ian Sampson and Jim Barron briefly taking care of first team affairs. Northampton caused an upset in the third round of the —11 Football League Cup , knocking out Liverpool at Anfield.
The game was drawn 2—2 after extra time, and the Cobblers beat the team 69 places above them 4—2 on penalties , the winning penalty being scored by Abdul Osman at the 'Kop End'. Ian Sampson was sacked as manager on 2 March after a poor run of form saw the Cobblers fail to win in eight games and sit in a disappointing 16th position in League 2.
Sampson's last game in charge was a 2—3 defeat against Burton Albion , the manner of this defeat ultimately costing him his job.
Sampson's sacking brought to an end a year association with Northampton, and his commitment to the club has guaranteed his status as a legend in fans' hearts.
David Cardoza moved quickly and Gary Johnson was unveiled as the new manager on 4 March The appointment was greeted by unprecedented approval, so much so that Johnson stated his decision to join the club was partly down to the support for his appointment of a club forum.
Somehow, however, things didn't go so well under Gary Johnson: The beginning of the —12 season was no improvement for the Cobblers and the embarrassment was only further heightened after a loss to Luton Town on 12 November in the FA Cup first round. Gary Johnson left the club on 14 November by mutual consent. After drafting in players such as Ben Harding , Luke Guttridge and Clarke Carlisle , Boothroyd managed to keep Northampton in the league and in the summer set about transforming the club into a club with promotion ambitions.
He signed high-profile players such as Clive Platt , Alex Nicholls , Chris Hackett and Joe Widdowson and made Sixfields a fortress in the opening months of the campaign. After a poor start to the —14 League Two season, Northampton found themselves at the foot of the table and as of 21 December they had only won four games.
Boothroyd was subsequently sacked. From the start of the —14 season, Northampton shared their Sixfields Stadium with Coventry City with the West Midlands club going through a protracted dispute with the owners of their previous home, the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. On 27 January , David Cardoza appointed former Oxford United manager Chris Wilder as the new manager of the club on a three and half-year deal.
In February , Northampton Town broke their club record of eight successive wins by beating Wycombe Wanderers 1—0, extending the winning run to nine. The Cobblers went on to play their first season in the third tier of English football since Northampton finished 16th, meaning that they would continue to play third tier football. They were unsuccessful in the F.
A Cup however, losing 1—0 to Stourbridge F. The company indicated that they would invest in both the playing budget and stadium development. Although the investment was technically a takeover, Kelvin Thomas remained chairman and the two parties have acted in partnership since. On 4 September , Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was appointed as manager on a three-year deal, replacing Justin Edinburgh who had been sacked after four losses from the start of the season.
Northampton Town hold the record for the shortest time taken to be promoted from the bottom tier to the top tier and relegated back down to the bottom again, in the space of nine years. Tommy Fowler holds the record for Northampton Town appearances, having played first-team matches between and Centre half and former captain Ian Sampson comes second, with games. The record for a goalkeeper is held by Peter Gleasure , with appearances. He first discovered American comics as a child, being sold on a stall at the town's local market.
Some of Alan Moore's earliest paid work in comics came in , when he began writing and drawing a regular comic strip called "Maxwell the Magic Cat" for the Northants Post , a now-defunct local newspaper.
But even as his reputation grew beyond Northampton — and indeed internationally — Moore remained for the most part in his hometown. Such was the size of Moore's audience in his most prolific periods, during the s and s, opportunities for explicit references to Northampton were limited. However, it still clearly played a massive role in the way he perceived the world. Understandably, then, he's been unable to resist the setting since cutting ties with DC Comics in and committing to more esoteric projects.
Indeed, among the first of Moore's post-DC projects was Big Numbers , an ambitious comic serial about how an English town called Hampton — a thinly veiled stand-in for Northampton — is affected when an American mall opens its doors locally. The comic was ultimately never finished, though it seems more relevant now than ever.
Not long after this, Moore began to write his first non-graphic novel, Voice of the Fire. Extremely ambitious, the book consists of 12 separate stories — spanning 6, years, from 4, BC to the mids — all tied together by the fact that each occurs in what we now call Northampton. If you can look beneath the surface, beneath the flagstones of Northampton, and find something magical, something wonderful, then yes: Of course that means that wherever you are, you could do the same excavation.
You could find the meaning of the place in which you will probably be spending a great deal of your life. That excavation has served Moore well, and he plumbed Northampton's depths once again when making his debut in another new medium: Recorded between and , Show Pieces was a series of five interlocked short films written by Moore and set in Northampton.
The pick of the bunch is Jimmy's End , named after the nickname for the St. James' area of the town, which begins with a drunken man confusedly stumbling into an unfamiliar working men's club. Thing get very unsettling very quickly, as it becomes clear that it is a bizarre, inescapable arena of the damned.
In April the bus station was relocated away from the market area to the Newland Street entrance of the modern Newlands shopping centre, causing a fatal decline in market trade, although buses were re-allocated there in April before closing again in September A smaller version of a bus station was closed also in May From May all buses now serve the new Horsemarket bus interchange, and they don't serve the library any more.
New bus stops have been installed around the railway station and The Headlands. The town is served by bus services operated by Stagecoach Midlands with the following routes:. The Town is also served by a local bus service ran by Centrebus Northamptonshire, with the following routes:.
Rail services operated by East Midlands Trains depart every 30 minutes from Kettering to London St Pancras , with an average journey time of 59 minutes. Luton can be reached directly by train while East Midlands and Stansted can be reached by one change at Leicester. Sywell Aerodrome , located 6 miles 9. In mid, the population of the Borough of Kettering was estimated at 86,, with 51, residing in the town proper.
This figure for the town increased to 56, in The local authorities are confident this event will bring Kettering international recognition. Kettering experiences an oceanic climate Köppen climate classification which is similar to most of the British Isles.
Kettering's nearest towns are Desborough , Burton Latimer and Rothwell with the larger towns of Corby and Wellingborough a bit further away.
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