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MATCH PREVIEW: Northampton Town vs Swindon Town

Town head to Sixfields in search of a big three points…

29 December 2022

Club News

MATCH PREVIEW: Northampton Town vs Swindon Town

Town head to Sixfields in search of a big three points…

29 December 2022

Swindon Town make the trip to Northampton Town this evening as the hectic League Two schedule continues.

Scott Lindsey’s side enter the midway point of a run that will see them play three games in just six days, and will be looking to put the disappointment of a late home defeat to Walsall behind them in their last outing.

Ahead of this evening’s clash with The Cobblers, which kicks off at 7.45pm, here is a bit of inside information about our opponents.

The lowdown…

Formed in 1897 by a group of local school teachers, Northampton won their first title in 1909 as they claimed the Southern League. Eleven years later they were admitted into the Football League where they’d play in the Third Division South for the next 38 years.

However the sixties brought a turbulent era for the club. Three promotions in five seasons earned them a brief spell in the First Division before they ended a decade back in the Fourth Division.

Since their relegation from the second tier in 1966-67, Northampton have played every single season in either the third or fourth levels of English football.

In 1976 they came second in the fourth division, winning promotion to the third tier. Along the way they went unbeaten at home and every regular starter who played in the side scored a goal, including their keeper!

The following season saw relegation back to the Fourth Division, but ten years later they reached the third once again, recording a club record 99-points.

In Northampton’s centenary season, they reached Wembley for the first time in a century as they beat Swansea in the Play-off Final.

After sliding between the third and fourth divisions once more, they made the headlines in 2010 as they conquered Liverpool 4-2 on penalties at Anfield in the Third Round of the League Cup.

Under the guidance of Chris Wilder, The Cobblers returned to League One for the first time since 2009.

More recently, they’ve been both promoted and relegated alongside Swindon. In 2019/20 they secured promotion via the play-offs only to be demoted back to League Two the following season.

The Stadium…

Sixfields is a 7,798-capacity all-seater stadium situated on the west side of Northampton.

It’s been home to The Cobblers following their move from the County Ground back in October 1994. It was also rented by Coventry City between July 2013 and August 2014.

The first game to be played at Sixfields was against Barnet in Division Three in October 1994.

The tie ended in a 1-1 draw, with striker Martin Aldridge scoring the first goal at the new ground.

The record attendance at the venue is 7,798 (full capacity), which was achieved back in September 2016 against Premier League giants Manchester United.

Past meetings…

Before the 2-1 home defeat earlier this season at The County Ground back in October, Scott Lindsey’s side boasted the upper-hand in the last few previous meetings between the pair, with three wins in the last five.

The pair met twice in League Two last term, with Town recording a comprehensive 5-2 victory over The Cobblers back in January.

Former striker Harry McKirdy hit four that day as Swindon came from 2-1 down at home to claim all three points.

There wasn’t much between the two sides in the earlier meeting last season in September 2021, with the tie finishing 1-1.

The clash before this saw the duo battle it out in League One, with Swindon winning 2-1 at home in February 2021 and losing by the same score line in the reverse in October 2020.

And before that, Town grabbed maximum points once again, back in League Two in February 2020, with Jordan Lyden’s 77th minute conversion enough to win the tie at Sixfields.

Northampton’s current form…

Jon Brady’s side are currently on a run of nine league games without defeat, form that currently sees them third in the standings and just two points off second-placed Stevenage.

They have drawn five of those games, with one coming in their last outing away at Mansfield Town on Boxing Day, off the back of a 2-1 home win over fellow promotion chasers Carlisle United.

The Cobblers have recorded twelve wins in total in the league thus far, and are currently the divisions highest scorers with 37 to their name.

A win for Swindon this evening would make a huge statement and close the gap between them and tonight’s opponents to five points, opening up the race for the automatic promotion places.

While Northampton know a victory would see them leapfrog Stevenage into second before they play at home to Crawley Town tomorrow.

The manager: Jon Brady…

The Australian has been at the Sixfields helm since replacing Keith Curle as Caretaker Manager in February last year.

Initially, the 47-year-old enjoyed a lengthy playing career as a winger, with his first taste of professional football coming during a four year spell in Norway with Mjolnar.

Playing for Hayes, Brady featured 188 times before moving to Rushden and Diamonds.

Here he won the National League title in 2001, but after featuring 127 times for the club, he opted for a switch to Woking a year later.

Subsequent spells at Chester, Stevenage Borough and Cambridge United would follow before Brady hung up his boots in 2008.

His first opportunity in the dugout would come in 2009 as he was named manager of Brackley Town.

After more than six years and 306 games in charge, Brady stepped down and took on a youth coaching role at Northampton.

Five years later he found himself in temporary charge of the first-team, and has since taken the full reins, overseeing more than 70 games with an impressive win ratio just over 40.

Players to watch…

In striker Sam Hoskins, The Cobblers have the leagues top scorer as it stands, with the 29-year-old netting fourteen so far this term.

The former Southampton academy graduate is also just two league goals short of sixty in Northampton colours.

Left-winger Mitch Pinnock is a key player for Brady’s side, and the number eleven is capable of scoring goals as well as creating them, with six assists to his name at present.

Kieron Bowie, currently on loan from Fulham, is enjoying a fruitful season in League Two, with the 20-year-old Scot scoring four and creating three this term.

One area Northampton are particularly strong in is their attack with a raft of options available at Brady’s disposal.

Another Scot, former Dundee United marksman Louis Appere is approaching forty Cobblers appearances, while veteran Danny Hylton is a seasoned EFL pro.

 


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