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Northampton Town : Club Background

Outside Sixfields - the Coventry City banner will have now been removed!
Outside Sixfields - the Coventry City banner will have now been removed!

Northampton Town Football Club was formed in 1897. After a couple of years playing in local leagues the club turned semi-professional in 1901 and joined the Southern League. In 1905-06 and again in 1906-07 they finished bottom of of the SL Division One, but on neither occasion were relegated to Dision Two. The arrival of a man who would go on to become a football legend, Herbert Chapman, saw a major change in fortunes and they won the title in 1908-09. Thereafter they were contenders right through to the First World War, though without landing another Championship.

The Cobblers were elected to the Football League as founder memebers of the Third Division in 1920 (which became Third Division South in 1921). And that is where they stayed, only coming close to promotion on a couple of occasions, but neither ever needed to seek re-election. As solid citizens for so long in Division Three South they were a little unfortunate to have a poorer spell just as the reorganisation to end regionalisation occurred. They missed the cut and ended up in Division Four for 1958-59.

They remained in the basement for three years but the appointment of Welsh international Dave Bowen as player-manager in 1959 was the catalyst for an unprecedented run of success for the Cobblers. No, it's true. Bowen took the Cobblers to third place in Division Four and promotion in 1961, and in 1963 they won the Third Division title, scoring an impressive 109 goals in the process. Two years later in 1965 Bowen led Northampton to runners-up spot in Division Two, and the club that had spent four decades stuck in the lowest reaches of the Football league had suddenly screamed through to the top flight of the English game in five seasons.

However as spectacular as their rise had been, their subsequent fall was just as eye catching. Only the one season was spent in Division One before relegation, which then took on a momentum all of its own - and it was the same period of five years before the Cobblers were back in the basement of the Football League once again. They had gone from Division Four to Division One and down to Division Four again all crammed in to the Sixties.

It couldn't get worse, could it? Yes, it could. The following season and Northampton were famous again, this time for being the team George Best scored six goals against in an FA Cup tie v Manchester United; and in the league the Cobblers were doing their best to live up to their nickname by being forced to apply for re-election for the first time in their history in 1972. They needed to rely on the chairmens' votes again in 1973.

The '75-'76 season brought a measure of relief with promotion as runners-up to Division Three, but almost inevitably the Cobblers came straight back down a year later. A decade of mediocre and worse seasons in the basement followed, with another two re-elections required, until a revival under the leadership of Graham Carr saw them Division Four Champions 1986-87. This time the Cobblers managed to stay in Division Three for three seasons, but financial pressures meant the club's best players had to be sold and they were relegated yet again in 1990.

The Cobblers were entering their darkest days, with those financial problems coming to a head in 1992. With the club going into administration and 10 players being sacked to save money and replaced by youth team players, unsurprisingly the Cobblers struggled. The following season was even worse, and in 1993-94 worse still as they finished bottom of the Football League for the first time ever. This was the period when the Football League was seeking any and every excuse it could to deny Conference teams promotion, and Northampton were saved when Conference Champions Kidderminster's ground wasn't deemed to be up to standard.

That was the lowest of the low points. Things began to take a turn for the better thereafter. The club's delapidated and three-sided County Ground was abandoned and Northampton moved into the brand new, custom built and council-owned Sixfields Stadium. Ian Atkins was appointed manager and if his brand of football didn't please the purists, the results he got at least began to move them in the right direction. In 1996-97 they got to the play-offs and a claimed 32,000 Cobblers fans celebrated promotion to the now Second Division at Wembley as Northampton beat Swansea City 1-0; and they were all back there again twelve months later for the Second Division play-off final - this time the Cobblers lost however, 1-0 to Grimsby Town.

That was as good as it got, and the following season they were relegated, Atkins losing his job in the process. They went straight back up again through the play-offs but three seasons of struggle and the inevitable relegation caught up with them in 2002-03. Finances were on the rocks once more, and Cobblers fans raised over £200,000 to help keep the club afloat. A boadroom takeover eased the crisis, but didn't save the club from appointing Terry Fenwick as manager. Seven games and seven losses later Fenwick was shown the door, former chief scout Martin Wilkinson taking over, but too late to save the club from the drop. Yet another consortium took over and started spending money like they were the Third Division Chelsea. Cobblers? No, it's true. After a slow start to the 2003-04 season Martin Wilkinson paid the penalty and Colin Calderwood was brought in. A very late run saw them into the play-offs, but no further. It was the play-offs again the following season, and again they failed to progress. In 2005-06 they decided not to chance it a third time, so came up to League One through automatic promotion as runners-up to Carlisle United.

The South Stand at Sixfields - housing away supporters
The South Stand at Sixfields - housing away supporters

All in the garden seemed rosy as Northampton Town prepared for life back in League One, Nottingham Forest came calling and Colin Calderwood disappeared up the M1. The Cobblers made what most saw as an unexpected decision and appointed John Gorman to replace him. Unexpected because in the previous campaign Gorman had been flying in Northampton's division with Wycombe Wanderers, who looked nailed-on certainties to go up until Gorman had a bereavement. Club and manager disagreed as to what effect the loss of his wife was having on the manager, but whoever knew the truth the result was the same : Wycombe's season disintegrated.

Gorman didn't last long - half a season to be exact. On December 20th 2006 he resigned for "personal reasons", still suffering the after-effects of his wife's death, admitting that he was suffering stress-related problems, although Northampton's 18th place in League One and a poor home record had been putting pressure on him from other angles. Former Southampton boss Stuart Gray took over in January 2007 and although he managed initially good finishes of 14th and 9th, the 2008-09 campaign was a bad one, and Northampton were relegated into League Two - a level they've occupied since then.

Gray was dismissed shortly after that drop, and although his replacement Ian Sampson lasted around 18 months, they'd entered a cycle of doom'n'gloom in which they were getting progressively worse. Sampson was removed in March 2011 and in came Mr Gary Johnson esq. He may be popular in South Somerset, but Sir Gary's reign at Sixfields didn't go down well. His eight month spell straddled two seasons in which he tried to arrest that slide, and although he kept them up during the 2010-11 campaign, finishing 16th, a poor start to the following season meant he went out the door. Adrian Boothroyd replaced him, having one sticky season (20th) followed by a surprisingly good following campaign in which they qualified for the play-offs in 6th - ultimately losing at Wembley Stadium in 2012-13. The following year saw them revert to type though as they slid down to 21st and Boothroyd was sacrificed.

During the 2014-15 campaign they finished 12th under new boss Chris Wilder, but off the pitch all was not well. A new stadium development at Sixfields had been aimed at providing a £10.25 million refit of their East Stand facilities, and the Cobblers obtained a loan from the borough council to carry out the work. However, the development has only been partially completed, with the contractor involved standing down after Northampton failed to pay them money. The Cobblers had put the land into a separate company to manage that development, meaning that when the contractor pursued then for their losses, that company was put into administration and the stand was repossessed by the Council under the terms of the loan.

The Council have demanded to know where the money has gone, and the police were called into Sixfields to seize documents as part of an ongoing investigation. Owner David Cardoza - sitting uncomfortably in the centre of this scandal - agreed to sell his shares in the club to former Oxford United owner Kelvin Thomas. That didn't end the matter though, given that by this stage it was a criminal matter. In the Council's attempts to pursue the money, Anthony Cardoza (David's father) was made bankrupt after a Court made him liable for £2.1 million of the money, whilst Property developer Howard Grossman was in February 2019 banned from running companies for ten years, due to the failure to provide accounting records to explain where £5 million of that has gone. The investigation is still ongoing, and Northampton's East Stand is still not completed.

Despite all of this, Northampton Town managed to go up as Champions of League Two at the end of the 2015-16 season. That joy was rather short-lived though - back in League One, they finished 16th and then 22nd, and so have once again dropped into fourth tier football for the 2018-19 season. Keith Curle has been their manager since October 2018, and is doing "okay" at present, although will only deliver a midtable position at the end of this season.

The unfinished East Stand at Sixfields - it's been ongoing since 2014 and this is how it looked in 2018
The unfinished East Stand at Sixfields - it's been ongoing since 2014 and this is how it looked in 2018
Photo © 2018 BBC Sport

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Northampton Town : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Northampton Town

02/08/1989HomeFrndW1-0800
05/12/1998HomeFAC2W2-05218Thompson 14, Patmore 82
25/08/2003HomeDIV3L0-26105
03/02/2004AwayDIV3L0-24363
02/10/2004HomeCCL2D1-15944Jevons 14
01/03/2005AwayCCL2D1-15630Davies 31
12/09/2006AwayCCL1D1-14583Stewart 68
01/01/2007HomeCCL1D0-05361
25/08/2007AwayCCL1W2-14555Cochrane 26, Owusu 90
12/02/2008HomeCCL1W1-05001Skiverton 90
18/10/2008AwayCCL1L0-35217
31/03/2009HomeCCL1W1-03884Obika 79
28/11/2015AwayFL2L0-24989
23/04/2016HomeFL2D1-14008Cornick 6
22/12/2018HomeEFL2D1-13193Arquin 89
27/04/2019AwayEFL2D2-24908Abrahams 18, Gray 24


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Northampton Town

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Northampton Town : Club Statistics

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:


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Northampton Town : Club Information
Sixfields Stadium
Upton Way
Northampton
NN5 5QA
(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 01604 683700
Fax : 01604 751613
Email: wendy.lambell@ntfc.tv
Chairman : Kelvin Thomas
Fixtures Secretary : Nick Ancel
Customer Services Manager : Wendy Lambell
Stadium Safety Officer : Roger Buckley
Head of Media : Gareth Willsher
Manager : Keith Curle

Capacity : 7,798 (although due to East Stand development work this may need amending in due course)
Seated : All-seated
Covered Terrace : n/a
Record Attendance : 7,798, Northampton Town v Manchester United, September 21st 2016, EFL Cup Third Round

Colours : shirt - claret with white and yellow trim; shorts - white with yellow trim; socks - white
Nickname : Cobblers (no, it's true!)
Ticket Prices :
Away fans are housed in the South Stand (850 capacity). There's also an overflow area in the East Stand if it is needed. Tickets for the 2018-19 season are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: £22.00; Seniors and Under-21s: £18.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-11s: £9.00 (see below); Under-7s: FREE.

The Under-11 offer is only available if the supporter is aged under 11 (obviously!) and a YTFC Junior Season Ticket holder - otherwise you'll pay the Under-18s price. Northampton Town FC only offer this price is to their supporters if they join their membership scheme, so is offered to away fans on a similar basis. If purchased the junior will need to show their YTFC Season ticket at the turnstiles.

If you choose to purchase on the day of the game, then note that all Adult, Seniors and Under-18s prices have a £2.00 surcharge, whilst the Under-21s offer is not available at all on matchdays, meaning that in reality you're looking at a £6.00 price hike if you fit into that category. For all of the concessions above, Northampton reserve the right to ask for proof of eligibilty. In the past, we've had to purchase tickets from a small portacabin situated close to the away turnstiles.

Any further enquiries to Sixfields Box Office on 01604 588338.

Disabled Info :
Disabled Supporters and Wheelchair Users pay the relevant band as above, but can take an assistant free of charge. A limited number of disabled parking spaces are available at the ground costing £4.00. These must be pre-booked by calling 01604 683777. Nine spaces for away wheelchair users are situated in the South Stand at ground level, assistant sits beside. The South Stand contains an adapted toilet and accessible snack bars. No special arrangments for ambulant disabled, but there are 6 headsets available providing Hospital Radio commentary for registered blind people. Outside there are 10 dedicated parking spaces available for away disabled supporters.

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Northampton Town : Directions To The Ground

The North Stand at Sixfields - home supporters behind one goal
The North Stand at Sixfields - home supporters behind one goal

General

Northampton is a large (c.200,000) singularly dull town just off the M1. Sixfields Stadium is situated on a new leisure complex a couple of miles west of the town centre.

By Road

From the South:
If going to the stadium directly, come off the motorway at Junction 15A and follow the signs to the A43 dual carriageway. The ground will become visible on your right after a couple of miles and is well signposted.
If you plan to visit the town centre first, come off the M1 at Junction 15 and follow the A508 in.
From the North:
Exit the M1 at Junction 16 and take the A45 towards Northampton and you will come to the ground on your right.

Parking

At the stadium there is the choice of the North and South car parks. The North is tarmaced, the South is not but is more convenient for the away stand, but both charges are the same at £4.00 (2018-19 Season Prices). For a newish leisure complex the design is utterly dismal and exit times after the match horrendous.

You are strongly advised to be cautious about parking elsewhere on the leisure complex as some businesses have a standing £10.00 charge for football supporters on match-days, and others operate wheel clamping schemes.

Further away from the stadium - around a ten to fifteen minute or so walk - there's more parking on the edge of the complex, this shared with Northampton Saints Rugby club. Also pay and display, and we think around the same price, the disadvantage is the longer walk, the advantage is you may well get away quicker post-match despite the walking distance.

As for free parking: unless you are extremely lucky that will entail a long walk as there's no on-street anywhere near the stadium. Expect a minimum 15 minute walk, probably longer.

By Rail

Northampton Station is served by London Midland with regular trains running from Birmingham New Street or London Euston. The station is 30-40 minutes walk from the ground, depending on your fitness, so you may wish to take a bus or hire a taxi (both below).

The simplest route from Yeovil is out of Yeovil Junction via Waterloo and Euston, with journey times of between four and a quarter and four and a half hours. Post match, giving yourself time to get to the station, the 18.02, 18.32 (requires an additional change at Milton Keynes) and 19.02 departures will get you back to Yeovil on the night.

By Bus

Stagecoach run buses from Greyfriars bus station. The D1/D2/D3 services run from Bay 12 (15 and 45 mins past each hour) to the bus stop by the Sixfields roundabout. The 22/22A run from Bay 14 (10 and 40 mins past the hour) to the bus stop by the Study Centre on Edgar Mobbs Way. The number 5 from bay 14 (56 and 26 mins past the hour) runs to the bus stop by Sainsburys. The 9/9A runs from Bay 13 (every 10 minutes) but you have to walk from the Weedon Road. A Day Rider tickets costs £3.40 and gives you unlimited Stagecoach travel within the town for the day.

By Taxi

A selection of Northampton taxi companies can be found here.

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Northampton Town : Web Resources
Web Sites

Northampton Town Official

NTFC Supporters Trust



Web Message Boards


E-Mail Mailing Lists

The WALOC (What A Load Of Cobblers) Mailing List currently has 198 members but like most football mailing lists these days has virtually died - click here for subscribing/unsubscribing information.



Local Press

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

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Northampton Town : Food & Drink
General :

Sixfields is one of those retail/leisure/sports parks - all plastic, glass and chrome, and nothing but identikit multi-national chains present – several miles from the centre of town. There are a large number of outlets, all of which we think are called Mc’Buddies KFC Fridays Benny’s Italia Chiquito Hut. Something called Firejacks stands out even amongst this horror, with their alluring strapline “Pimp Your Fries” – oh, the culinary joy. There are two places sort of veering towards being pubs, pretty adjacent to one another: Sixfields (a Hungry Horse) and Walter Tull (a Flaming Grill), both arms of the Greene King empire. Of the two, the Walter Tull makes the slightly greater effort to serve some beer that could almost be drinkable – but it’s marginal. To add to the enjoyment, many of these establishments have big gorillas on the doors, carefully trained to be unwelcoming towards football supporters in general, and towards away football supporters in particular. And if driving, be ultra-careful where you park. The designated parking area for those going to the game is £4.00; but get it wrong, by using some area reserved for those pimping their chips or whatever, and clamping, with a £60 release fee, awaits. You'll need little encouragement to leave on the final whistle. Except you can't, because what one would have thought would be the only advantage in a development such as this - easy access and exit - has been screwed up. You'll be lucky if you're not still sitting in the car park half an hour later. There is also a Household Waste Recycling Centre in the park, possibly its nicest feature. Welcome to Sixfields!

Elsewhere around the town the Northampton (Cobblers? No, it’s true!) beer scene has started to look up in the last few years, with a lot more choice on offer than there used to be. Trouble is these places tend to be a hell of a long way from the football stadium. A number of suggestions are detailed below.

Club Bar :

At the stadium itself there are a number of options. Carr’s Bar (entrance to which is at the back of the Main Stand), named after a former player and manager, allows in away supporters. Another bar is available once you have entered the away Moulton College South Stand. This is in a fenced off area. There are also the standard football ground food/soft drink options available pitch side.

Specially for our Relegation Party, the 2019 Sixfields Beer Festival, in association with Carlsberg and Phipps Brewery, is taking place in a marquee (we’ll feel even more at home!) this matchday, opening hours from 12.00 noon to 8.00 p.m. There’s music at the festival, provided by local bands The Raccoons and Pure Genius. Entry is free, there is no minimum age requirement for this event, but ID may be checked for alcoholic sales

Local Pubs :

After a 2-0 defeat the late November weather was the icing on the cake
After a 2-0 defeat the late November weather was the icing on the cake
© Hugh Gleave
Albion Brewery Bar: On southern side of the town centre, just inside the ring road, and two miles from the football stadium. The brewery Tap for Phipps NBC, eight hand pumps serve six of their beers, a changing guest and a real cider. Food is available between 12.00 noon and 9.00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Traditional pub games, family friendly, disabled access; and they offer brewery tours (phone for dates and times). Opening times: 5.00 p.m. - 10.30 p.m. Monday; 12.00 noon - 3.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 12.00 noon – 12.30 a.m. Friday to Saturday; 12.00 noon – 3.30 p.m. Sunday.
Albion Brewery Bar, 54 Kingswell Street, Northampton, NN1 1PR. Tel: 01604-946606. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Black Prince: Formerly the Racehorse Inn. Now run by same people as Olde England (see below), this is a more standard pub design than their other outlet and has much more space, which is presumably why their food operation is being moved here. No indication yet on their Facebook page that the kitchen is up and running. Wide range of cask beers and gravity ciders. As recall, on last visit a couple of years ago they were still stocking a few mainstream kegs then – don’t know if that remains the case. Has a large – very large – pub garden. Opens 12.00 noon every day, until 11.00 p.m. Sunday to Tuesday, 12.00 midnight Wednesday and Thursday, and 1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. On eastern edge of town centre, 2.2 miles from the stadium.
Black Prince, 15, Abington Square, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 4AE. Tel: 01604 631752. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

One of our favourite Northampton pubs, but a two mile walk from the ground - cobblers!
One of our favourite Northampton pubs, but a two mile walk from the ground - cobblers!
© Hugh Gleave
Malt Shovel Tavern: On southern edge of the town centre, just across the inner ring road, and an easy half mile walk downhill from the train station but in the wrong direction for the stadium unfortunately. Despite this, and the fact one can see the Carlsberg Brewery from the pub, this has been one of our favourite choices in Northampton over the years. Fuller's London Pride, Hook Norton Old Hooky, Oakham Bishops Farewell and Phipps NBC India Pale Ale are regulars, with plenty more guests, many of a regional nature, on too amongst the 14 handpumps. There is also a cider, a large range of Belgian draught and bottled beers, lots of unusual gins and fifty single malts. Food is at lunchtimes only, from 12.00 noon until 3.00 p.m. on weekdays, 12.00 noon - 4.00 p.m. on Saturday, but children are allowed in the pub up to 7.00 p.m. Opening hours 11.30 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday. Pleasant courtyard at the back for smokers...... and anyone else of course. Wednesday evenings the pub doubles as one of the top blues venues in the area. Disabled accessible.
Malt Shovel Tavern, 121, Bridge Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 1QF. Tel: 01604 234212. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Formerly a corner shop, now a permanent beer festival
Formerly a corner shop, now a permanent beer festival
© Hugh Gleave
Olde England: Completely wrong side of town out on the Kettering Road, which makes it 2.8 miles from the football stadium – but still worth a mention. Spread across three floors, its drink focus is entirely on cask beers and ciders, with from twelve to twenty beers on in a mix of hand pump and gravity, and up to ten ciders on gravity. Used to have a kitchen delivering a small menu, but announcement on 16/04/19 stated this was closing and food would be focused into their other pub, The Black Prince (see above). Opening times: Monday 5.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.; Tuesday to Thursday 5.00 p.m. – 12.00 midnight; Friday and Saturday noon – midnight; Sunday 12.00 noon – 11.00 p.m.
Olde England, 199 Kettering Road, Northampton, NN1 4BP. Tel: 01604-603799. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Pomfret Arms: Home to micro-brewers, the Cotton End Brewery Co., which started in 2014. A three minute walk south from Malt House Tavern (see above), just the other side of the bridge over the River Nene. To the rear of the pub is an attractive beer garden and their brewhouse. Stocks six real ales, usually two or three of their own and the remainder sourced from other small breweries around the region. A real cider is available. Opens from 12.00 noon every day, closing at 11.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 12.00 midnight Friday and Saturday.
Pomfret Arms, 10 Cotton End, Northampton, NN4 8BS. Tel: 01604-555119. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Princess Alexandra Craft Beer & Ale House: On eastern edge of the town centre, 2.3 miles from the football ground. Has one of the widest selection of beers and ciders, mostly focussing on smaller independent producers, in Northampton. Cobblers? No, it’s true. Five cask beer lines, ten keg beer lines, two keg ciders, 2 real ciders on hand pull, a variable number of cider boxes, and around 60 different bottled beers. Food, a wide range of pizzas (from own on-site pizza oven) and spicy ‘snacks’, available from opening till 9.30 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, opening till 9.00 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. There’s a pub garden, and step free access to the hostelry through this. Opening hours are: 4.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. Monday to Wednesday; 12.00 noon – 12.00 midnight Thursday; 12.00 noon – 1.00a.m. Friday and Saturday; 12.00 noon – 11.00 p.m. Sunday.
Princess Alexandra Craft Beer & Ale House, 1 Alexandra Road, Northampton, NN1 5QP. Tel: 01604-245485. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Sixfields: Called Sixfields Tavern on our last visit. A two minute walk to the stadium. This is in the Greene King Hungry Horse chain. Opening: 9.00 a.m. – 11.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 9.00 a.m. – midnight Friday and Saturday. Food served 9.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. every day. The website doesn’t even bother to mention they dispense beer on its Drinks Menu page – which probably should be a warning – but they do: one, sometimes two, changing Greene King casks; and some keg beers that will be advertised a lot on the telly. Split into two, part focuses on food, part focuses on lots of sports screens. There’s a pub garden, and a covered and heated smoking area. Disabled access.
Sixfields, Walter Tull Way, Sixfields, Northampton, NN5 5QL. Tel: 01604-751799. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

St Giles Ale House: First, and to date only, micro-pub in Northampton, it opened at the end of 2016. No music, TV, fruit machines or wi-fi, so predictably CAMRA’s Northamptonshire Pub of the Year in 2018 – the older members love undistracted grumbling about the World in their local micro. Six constantly changing beers on cask, and one real cider. Also stocks a small selection of bottled beers. There’s a pub garden to rear, and smoking allowed at the back of that. Two miles from the stadium. Opens at 12.00 noon, until 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 8.00 p.m. Thursday, 11.00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6.00 p.m. Sunday.
St Giles Ale House, 45 St Giles Street, Northampton, NN1 1JF. Tel: 01604-636332. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

The Squirrels Inn: If not fancying either the delights of Sixfields park or struggling into the heart of town, this is an alternative option, in the suburb/village of Duston, just under a mile north from the football ground. A thatched pub that externally has remained unchanged, current owners Greene King refurbished the interior recently. It stocks three of their own cask lines: IPA, Abbot, and a third that changes. Keg is from the multi-nationals. The extensive menus are very much aimed at the market for mid-range pub fare. Food is served: 12.00 noon- 3.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. Monday to Wednesday; 12.00 noon – 3.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Thursday; 12.00 noon – 9.00 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 12 noon – 6.00 p.m. Sunday. Family friendly, Sports TV, Northants (table) skittles, pool table, huge beer garden, covered and heated smoking area, own car park. Opening times: 12.00 noon – 11.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 12.00 noon – 12.00 midnight Friday and Saturday.
The Squirrels Inn, 33, Main Road, Duston, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN5 6JB. Tel: 01604 751930. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Thomas A’Becket: There are three pubs scattered along the A4500 if you are slogging on foot from the town or railway station out to the ground, or back again. Sevens and the Foundryman’s Arms make only the most token nod to cask beer – a Greene King IPA and a John Smith’s Bitter respectively – so this is the better option for those seeking Real Ale. Black Sheep Bitter and something under the Fuller’s and the Young’s badges are the regular beers, with another two pumps usually having offerings from small local breweries. A real cider is available in the warmer months. Food is at the cheaper end in the ‘pub grub’ style and served through from 12.00 noon to 8.00 p.m. There’s Sports TV, a beer garden, covered and heated smoking area, disabled access, some parking, and children allowed until early evening (we’d assume until the end of food service though no actual time is specified). CAMRA members get 10% discount on Real Ales. Opens at 12.00 noon every day, closing 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12.00 midnight Sunday.
Thomas A’Becket, 52 St James' Road, Northampton, NN5 5HY. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Walter Tull: A two minute walk to the stadium. This is in the Greene King Flaming Grill chain. Opening: 11.00 a.m. – 11.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 11.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. Sunday. Food served 11.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 11.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m. Sunday. The only beer mentioned on the website Drinks Menu page is some bottled stuff that they list under ‘Craft Favourites’ (you’ll find much more interesting ‘Craft’ options in your local supermarket); but they do some draught, even if they prefer not to mention it: three cask beers - Greene King IPA and Great Oakley Wot's Occurring as the usual regulars, and a weekly changing third; and some keg beers that will be advertised a lot on the telly. Has a pub ‘garden’, Sky & BT Sports and disabled access.
Walter Tull, Walter Tull Way, Sixfields, Northampton, NN5 5QL. Tel: 01604-215510. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Eclectic town centre pub attracting a wide range of customers
Eclectic town centre pub attracting a wide range of customers
© Hugh Gleave
Wig and Pen: Diverse pub – real ales, dining, Sports TV (but not football), live bands, DJ nights – right in the centre of town. Eleven cask beer offerings, with five regulars - Adnams Ghost Ship, Black Sheep Best Bitter, Fuller's London Pride, Greene King IPA and St Austell Tribute – and six changing guests, usually from smaller independents. Two real ciders also offered. CAMRA members get 10% discount. Covered patio and smoking area to rear. Food is served 11.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. Friday; 11.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. Saturday; 12.00 noon – 5.00 p.m. Sunday. Children are allowed until 6.00 p.m. Opening is: 10.00 a.m. – 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 12.00 noon – 11.00 p.m. Sunday. Two miles to the football stadium.
Wig and Pen, 19 St Giles Street, Northampton, NN1 1JA. Tel: 01604 622178. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

They'll understand your abuse of Ru$hden & Diamonds easily enough, and you'll quickly find friends.

Top-Tip :

One of our least favourite away trips: dull stadium; dull leisure park; dull town.

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Northampton Town : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

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Other Points Of Interest

Northampton isn't Ru$hden, which is about the only point in its favour. It used to be the shoe-making capital of England (Cobblers! No, it's true*) and claims to be the largest town in the UK. Click here for more fascinating facts.

* - sorry, we promise not to say that again, honest.

The unfinished East Stand at Sixfields and how it looked in 2015 - it's still not sorted out four years later
The unfinished East Stand at Sixfields and how it looked in 2015 - it's still not sorted out four years later
Photo © 2015 Sky Sports


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