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Northampton Town Football Club
Sixfields Stadium
Upton Way
Northampton
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Northampton Town F.C. was originally formed by teachers from the town. The local schoolboy football scene was strong, largely due to the enthusiasm of the teachers for the game. They wanted to be able to demonstrate practical examples to their students and decided that forming a team would enable them to do this. So in 1897 Northampton's first professional football team was formed after a meeting with a local solicitor. The team has become known as 'The Cobblers' due to the town's historical associations with the boot and shoe trade. They enjoyed success in the early years and joined the Southern League in 1901. In 1902 they made the headlines when they beat Portsmouth F.C. 1-0 at Fratton Park. This was the first time in 66 attempts that any team had managed victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park! The Cobblers won the Southern League championship in 1908-09. They joined the Football League in 1920 but have only ever spent one season in the top flight (1965-66). Most of their Football League history has been spent in the lower two divisions, although they came agonisingly close to a return to the second tier in 1998, losing in the play-off final to Grimsby Town. The team play at Sixfields Stadium, their home since moving from the County Ground in 1994.


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