The Dossier: Northampton Town

A preview of what's in store this weekend

EXETER CITY welcome the Sky Bet League 2 leaders to St James Park on Saturday as we play host to Northampton Town.

The Cobblers sealed promotion to League One last weekend with a spirited 2-2 draw at home to fellow promotion hopefuls Bristol Rovers.

City will have to be on top form to take the three points at the weekend, but know that another win will move them ever closer to that all-important seventh place.

Let's take a closer look at this week’s opposition:

Form This Season

Last week’s home draw with Bristol Rovers stretched Northampton’s unbeaten run in the league to twenty games. With only five defeats all season, the Cobblers currently find themselves five points clear of second placed Oxford United.

League Position

Currently sitting top of the pile, Northampton will seal the League 2 title if they win at St James Park and Oxford United fail to beat Luton Town.


Sixfields Stadium has a capacity in excess of 7,500 supporters. Football is not the only sport to be held at Sixfields, with rugby league and american football matches also having been held at the ground, as well as athletics meets.

Who’s In Charge

Chris Wilder took charge of the Cobblers in January 2014, with the club six points adrift of safety at the bottom of The Football League. Having left Oxford United after a six-year stint, many questioned Wilder’s logic in swapping top of the table for bottom. However having kept the club in the Football League, Wilder and assistant manager Alan Knill, have now sealed promotion to League One next season.


Striker Marc Richards currently tops the Northampton Town scoring charts with fifteen goals so far this season. Richards has previous of winning promotion out of League 2, after his goals helped Chesterfield to become champions in the 2013/14 season.

Past Meetings

Northampton ran out comfortable 3-0 winners when the two sides met in August. Goals from Jason Taylor, Ryan Cresswell and Marc Richards made the journey home a long one for the Grecians. The Cobblers completed the double over City last season with a 1-0 win at home and a 2-0 victory at St James Park.

Recent Results

Northampton Town 2-2 Bristol Rovers
Northampton Town 2-2 Notts County
Mansfield Town 2-2 Northampton Town
Northampton Town 1-0 Newport County
Stevenage 2-3 Northampton Town