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Roger Averill:
Just thought I'd post a few random "On this day" posts about Cobblers games in the last 58 years, that's how long I've been watching them, so here goes.

On Saturday 2nd April 1966 the Cobblers recorded their 2nd away win in Division 1 with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park, with goals from John Mackin and Graham Moore. The crowd was just 10,438 of which, it seemed half were from Northampton. Mackin's goal was a free kick from 50 yards which the Villa keeper completely misjudged. We were stood in the Holte End to keep out of the driving rain which turned to snow in the second half. The opposite end was, at that time, was an open terrace and was deserted. This win gave us the double over Villa and set us up for the easy game the following Saturday, at home to top of the table Liverpool.
  The Cobblers team that day was Bryan Harvey, John Mackin, Mike Everitt, John Kurila, Terry Branston, Joe Kiernan, Harry Walden, Graham Moore, George Hudson, Don Martin and Barry Lines

Roger Averill:
On the 3rd April 2004, 9th place Cobblers kept up their promotion chase with a 2-1 victory over 6th place Oxford, who were in fact, the best team in the League that year  ;D   Current Prem ref Kevin Friend was in charge as a crowd of 6799 saw the Cobblers go behind to a 22nd minute Steve Basham goal, Marc Richards equalised in the 63rd minute and 10 minutes later Paul Trollope scored a well deserved winner
  The Cobblers team was Lee Harper, Des Lyttle. Rob Ullathorne, Paul Reid, Ian Sampson, Paul Trollope, Chris Hargreaves, Josh Low, Marc Richards, Martin Smith and John Taylor. Oxford included 3 players with Cobblers connections, Chris Hackett, Richard Walker and "Banana Man" Julian Allsop.

Andy Roberts:
We have a 100 per cent league record against the Villa. They did beat us in the FA Cup in 1983 but needed a worldie from Mark Walters to do so. And they were champions of Europe at the time!

Roger Averill:
Saturday 4th April 1992 was a glorious day, pretty much like today only with people around ! An estimated 1,500 Cobblers fans headed down the M1 to Underhill at Barnet for what was, possibly, the last game for NTFC having sacked 10 players and Manager Theo Foley, the previous day. Senior players Phil Chard and Stuart Beavon took over as Manager and Assistant Manager and the team was made up of the remaining professionals and youth team players. On the terrace before the match, word got out that the administrators had got rid of Chairman Michael McRitchie and a consortium of local business men had got together with the newly formed Trust to run the club. Brian Lomax and Phil Frost were the first Trust representatives on the board of NTFC and that was a first for British football.
            At this time, Barnet had a bit of a hoodoo over the Cobblers and our young team went down to a 3-0 defeat, but on the final whistle, the players came over to the fans and it was handshakes and hugs all-round with the future of the club uncertain.
            As we now know, Brian Lomax went on to be a leading figure in fan involvement in football and it all started at Northampton Town FC
The Cobblers team that day was Barry Richardson, Mark Parsons, Steve Terry, Sean Parker, Terry Angus, Jason Burnham, Stuart Beavon, Micky Bell, Danny Kiernan, Steve Brown and Phil Chard. Subs: Martin Aldridge and Ricky Bulzis  Attendance 2816.

Andy Roberts:
That was an emotional afternoon at Barnet! Two years later and an Easter Monday draw at Preston, Darren Harmon the Cobblers goalscorer, en route to finishing bottom of the league.


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