Sunday, 18 December 2011

Northampton Town - Sixfields Stadium

Northampton Town FC
Sixfields Stadium

01604 683700

Matchday Number: 34
Saturday 7th November 1998
Northampton Town 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Nationwide League Division 2

The first time I went to Northampton's Sixfields Stadium, we didn't actually get in the ground until near the end of the game, but watched most of the game from the hill behind the ground. The reason was not extreme money saving, instead it was the fact that the clutch cable on my Dad's car broke and as a consequence all the gates were closed when we got their, 20 minutes after kick off. That game ended in a 1-1 draw, with defender Nicky Mohan got our goal with a shot from the edge of the area.

I made several more visits there over the years. Undoubted highlight of these visits came in 2003 when a Stuart Roberts hat trick helped Wycombe to a 5-0 win over the Cobblers. However, the boot was on the other foot the previous season, Wycombe were well beaten 4-1, thanks in no small part to a stirling midfield performance from Christian Hargreaves. Aside from those 2 results, games between the 2 sides usually ended in tight draws or wins by the odd goal.

THE SIXFIELDS STADIUM replaced possibly the worst ever ground to grace the Football League. The County Ground was old, run down and ramshackle according to many. Sadly I never got the chance to go there to judge for myself. The new ground, as with many, is a bit out in the sticks and as a result there are no real pubs or proper food places. There are various retail outlets, but the fare is generally overpriced and disappointing. And most of the drinking establishments are "Home Fans Only"

The ground itself is all seated, depsite the Cobblers never coming close to needing this requirement. 3 of the stands are small, with the ones behind each goal holding less than 1000, and the one along the side just over 1500. The main stand is the biggest, this holds around 4000 and has some executive facilities for the prawn sandwich brigade.

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