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NEW TO LEAGUE ONE: NORTHAMPTON TOWN

14 June 2016

Northampton Town blitzed their way through League Two last season, ensuring third tier football for the first time since 2009.

The Cobblers, managed by Chris Wilder (who’s recently left to take over at Sheffield United) amassed a mammoth 99 points en route to the title, losing only five games in the process.

New boss Rob Page will be hoping frontman Marc Richards can better his feat of the 18 goals which played such an integral part in his side’s success.

The opening three months of the campaign brought mixed fortunes for Wilder’s men, with inconsistencies in their results, taking seven points from a possible 15 in August.

September brought about much of the same frustrations and, after putting together back-to-back victories, Northampton saw a third win in succession slip through their fingers, conceding a last minute equaliser at home to early season pacesetters Leyton Orient.

Towards the back end of the year is where the Cobblers’ campaign really took off though, as they put together a marvellous run of 15 wins from the next 17 games, form which well and truly outlined their promotion ambitions. They’d go on to to remain unbeaten from December onwards, as they romped to the League Two title.

Despite his success with the Cobblers, Wilder left the Sixfields Stadium for pastures new this summer, accepting the vacant manager’s position at Sheffield United following Nigel Adkins’ departure.

This left Port Vale boss Page to take the reins at Town, following a successful stint at the Valiants. The new manager says he’ll be looking for quality rather than quantity in the transfer market this summer, hence defender Aaron Phillips, Rotherham goalkeeper Paddy Kenny and MK Dons attacker Alex Revell being the only additions thus far.

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