The last time The Imps faced today’s opponents Northampton Town at Sixfields was on 4th August 2018, in front of a crowd of 6,242, including 1,453 City supporters. The Imps won 1-0 that day, thanks to a diving header from Matt Green in the 48th minute.
Ahead of Saturday’s match, we have done a Q&A with a Northampton Town supporter, so thank you to Andy, Chairman of the Northampton Town Supporters Trust, for answering our questions.
You can discuss what has been said in this article HERE, as well as joining our Northampton Town v Lincoln City Match Thread! We have also published a Lincoln City v Northampton Town Quiz, which can be found below the Q&A. Every page view helps raise money for Lincoln City Football Club!
How long have you supported Northampton Town?
Where did you finish last season?
7th in League 2, promoted via play-offs.
What do you think of your manager?
He rescued us from the foot of League 2 and got us promoted within two seasons. But his brand of football is desperately dull. So mixed feelings.
What are your hopes and expectations for the 2020/21 season?
Just to stay in League 1. We were promoted by stealth and then lost the backbone of the side in the summer. The replacements have not set the world alight. We started the season the lowest-ranked team in the division so any place above the drop zone would be a big bonus.
One(s) to watch?
Ricky Holmes, re-signed this season. Has fantastic quality but injury-prone. Youngster Max Dyche in defence – son of Sean.
Which teams you think will finish in the top six in League One?
Lincoln have a good shout, not a fan of your manager but a good coach. I expect Ipswich, Charlton, Sunderland and Portsmouth to be up there and probably, hate to say it, Peterborough.
Which teams do you think will finish in the bottom four in League One?
Northampton will do well to stay out of it. I think we will be battling Burton, Wigan, Swindon and MK.
What are your thoughts on Lincoln City?
Well, I remember Graham Taylor’s side of 1976 and some top tussles for the Division Four title. So, I have always had a grudging respect for the Imps. Matches between us are usually tight and rarely easy on the eye. Appleton will do well for you.
What do you think the score will be?
Northampton have to show a reaction to an awful defeat at Oxford and Lincoln have also slipped up in the last week. It has to be a draw. 1-1.
Random fact about your Club?
The late Joe Mercer said ‘the miracle of 1966 was not England winning the World Cup, it was Northampton playing in the First Division’.
If you could steal one Lincoln City player for your own team, who would it be and why?
Callum Morton. Enough said.
What are your proudest and most embarrassing moments as a Northampton Town supporter?
Proudest – winning the play-off final at Wembley in front of 32,000 Cobblers fans in the club’s centenary year, just a few years after nearly going under.
Most embarrassing – a few to choose from but a 6-0 defeat at Peterborough in 1984 will take some beating.
Who would you say is your most underrated player?
Full back Michael Harriman.
Do you have a Supporters Trust and what role do they play at the Club?
We do, our Trust was the first-ever and was at the vanguard of the supporter movement. I am chairman and proud to lead a group of hard-working volunteers striving to make our club better.
Which was your favourite match involving Northampton Town?
Beating Liverpool at Anfield in the League Cup in 2010. Can it get any better?
Which was your least favourite match involving Northampton Town?
George Best scoring six goals for Manchester United in an 8-2 FA Cup win in 1970. Always on the telly. They never show our two goals.
Do you have a Former Players Association at Northampton Town?
What is the best thing about Northampton?
Beautiful green spaces, fascinating history and heritage, top-notch sport (football, rugby cricket, motor racing) and home to world-class shoes. Cobblers!
Do you think your team is cobblers?
We are not playing well at present. They may be cobblers, but they are our Cobblers!
Bolger, is he all that?
Have any fans been standing on the hill and watching half the game at Sixfields?
It has been known. Don’t think home fans have bothered of late though.
Is it possible that you may move to a new stadium before you’ve actually finished building the one your currently in?
Now that’s a thought! A new stadium will probably go up quicker than the bloody east stand. We leave the three-sided County Ground in 1994 and, a quarter of a century on, hey presto here we are again at Sixfields. Only in Northampton.
Has there been any progress with the fraud investigation? It seems inconceivable that such a large amount of money has just disappeared.
I understand the police investigation should conclude early next year. It’s only been five years. These things take time. Everything in Northampton seems to take time. We are forever wading through mud. It’s what we do.
Have a go at our Lincoln City v Northampton Town Quiz below:
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— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln1) December 19, 2020