We continue our 2019/20 season preview by featuring Northampton Town -
Nickname : The Cobblers
Stadium : PTS Academy Stadium
Capacity : 7,798
Round Trip From The Moss Rose : 215.4 miles
Last Season : 15th
Last term proved to be one of disappointment for Northampton, who dismissed Dean Austin at the end of September.
Keith Curle was subsequently appointed as manager and although The Cobblers did experience a slight revival of fortunes, their 15th placed finish would ultimately prove to be a disappointing one.
The former Manchester City defender has been busy in the transfer market to try and remedy this during the summer - bringing in no less than eleven new recruits so far.
There is an optimistic vibe infiltrating the club as we go into the new campaign and if The Cobblers can hit the ground running, then they could well be in contention for a League One return come the end of April.
The Gaffer - Keith Curle
Northampton appointed Keith Curle as the First Team Manager at the start of October and he brought a wealth of football knowledge with him to the PTS Academy Stadium.
As a player, Curle made more than seven hundred appearances across all four divisions, representing Bristol Rovers, Torquay United, Bristol City, Reading, Wimbledon, Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sheffield United, Barnsley and Mansfield Town as well as winning three England caps.
Curle started his managerial career with Mansfield Town in 2002, taking the club to the League Two Play-Off Final in his first full season in charge.
After spells as Assistant Manager to Neil Warnock at both Crystal Palace and QPR, he took the reins at Notts County in February 2012.
The Magpies finished the 2011/12 season - just outside the Play-Offs and during the following season they went a colossal twenty-two away games unbeaten.
Keith then joined last Saturday's visitors Carlisle United in September 2014 at a time when The Cumbrians were bottom of League Two. He successfully steered them to safety, before leading United to a tenth placed finish the following season,
As well as that, Curle also led the club to the FA Cup Fourth Round and the League Cup Third Round in what proved to be a very successful stint in Cumbria.
In 2016/17, Keith took United to the League 2 Play-Offs, before achieving a third successive top ten finish in 2018.
Out - Jack Bridge, Dean Bowditch, David Buchanan, Luke Coddington, Shay Facey, Sam Foley, James Goff, Joe Iociofono, John-Joe O'Toole, Daniel Powell, Aaron Pierre.
In - Reece Hall-Johnson, Nicky Adams, Harry Smith, Joe Martin, Chris Lines, Ryan Watson, Alan McCormack, Steve Arnold, Charlie Goode, Vadaine Oliver, Scott Wharton
Our Last Meeting.
The two sides last met on Good Friday, when Dean Bowditch opened the scoring on 25 minutes with a venomous drive past Kieran O'Hara from twenty yards out.
Macc would equalise thirteen minutes later however, as Harry Smith tenaciously ran through on goal before taking the ball over the Northampton 'keeper and into the vacant net.
The hosts would regain the lead nine minutes after the interval courtesy of a Daniel Powell strike and would secure all three points two minutes into injury time when Junior Morias stroked the ball home from close range.
Our Next Meetings.
Home - Saturday 1st February
Away - Saturday 17th August