Northampton Town 2019-20 League two Preview

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Northampton town has not been the most stable team on and off the field since the departure of Chris Wilder following their promotion to League One in 2015–16 season.

On the field, It has been a story of starting with one man while another man comes and tries to save the season midway. But hopefully, 2019-20 season will be different.

While off the field it has been, Club’s board vs Northampton town council over the redevelopment of the ground and surrounding areas. With the future of half build east end stand also in question.

All this while their current chairmen, Kelvin Thomas, who took over the club after Anthony Cardoza (Person who failed to pay £2.79m after being found guilty of misusing loan from city council worth £10.25m) making it public that, he is willing to sell the club if someone better comes along.

Coming back to 2019-20 season, The chairman seems to back their current manager by reinvesting the money that came in from the sale of Kevin van Veen, Matt Crooks in January and Aaron Pierre in the summer window.

Apart from Aaron Pierre, they lost important players like John-Joe O’Toole and Daniel Powell, released 10 players including Ash Taylor on mutual consent.

These many departures, availability of transfer funds, and wage space meant their current manager Keith Curle could build a squad around his preferred 3-5-2 formation.

Northampton Town Manager

Keith Curle is the current manager of Northampton Town. Curle took over the role from Dean Austin last season when the club had won only one match from the first ten games.

Keith has been in management since 2002 and has managed 457 and served as an assistant for Neil Warnock in 213 more games.

Keith Curle is known to play 3-5-2 formation or 4-4-2 double 6 formations. He likes to play with wing-backs and a holding midfielder but is also known to adopt based on players at his disposal.

This season he has brought in players that can play according to his preferred playing style and has all the tools to get the team promoted.

Currently, Keith Curle holds the record of 15 wins, 16 draws from 41 games in charge of the club.

Northampton Town 2019-20 New Signings

The have made the following signings this season.

Reece Hall-Johnson

Reece Hall-Johnson is a 24-Year-old Right Wing back who can play as Right Back, Right Midfielder and Central Midfielder.

He likes to make forward runs and get involved in the attack. Reece also good at one-on-one situations and can cover a lot of ground during the game.

Reece Hall-Johnson is a product of Norwich City Academy and made over 89 appearances with their U-23. He made 83 appearances in League Two and National League in his pro career.

Joe Martin

Joe Martin is a Left back who can also play at Left Wing back and Left Midfielder positions. He is a 30-year-old player whose experience will undoubtedly be useful for The Cobblers dressing room.

Joe Martin is a 6-foot fullback who can stay back and help center backs if the game needs to be closed down. Joe has a quality left foot which helps him cross as well as shoot the ball whenever needed.

He has made 137 appearances in League Two and 133 appearances in League One. Joe Martin has featured in League Two PFA Team of the Year for the 2012-13 season for his contributions in the promotion.

Joe didn’t have a great season in 2018-19 as he was left out of the squad on many occasions at both Stevenage and on loan at League One side Bristol Rovers and managed to make only 15 appearances all season.

Alan McCormack 

Alan McCormack is a Veteran Irish Midfielder/Defender who is known for his versatility and his aggression. The 35-Year-old spent most of his Playing career in League One making 243 appearances in that league.

He can play anywhere in the defense/midfield but mostly plays at Right Back and Defensive Midfield Position. If the need arises he can play as CB, LB, AM, RM, and LM.

He usually stays back during the set pieces and breaks any possible counter attacks from the opposition. McCormack can mark key players out of the game when his teams play against higher quality opposition.

Alan has made 461 appearances in his pro career and won promotions with Swindon Town(2011-12), Luton Town(2017-18) from League Two and Brentford(2011–12), Luton Town(2018–19) from League One.

Last season, he was a fan favorite at Luton Town but their new manager Graeme Jones must have deemed him surplus, As he was among five players released by the club.

His experience will be invaluable of the Young Cobblers dressing room on and off the pitch.

Nicky Adams

Nicky Adams was the star of Bury’s Promotion winning season in 2018-19 but financial troubles of The Shakers meant, the contract extension he signed with them is nullified by EFL making him a free agent in Summer.

He Created 16 and scored 3 last season which made him the highest assist provider in the league last season for Bury.

He is a Right Midfield player who can also play at Left Mid and Attacking Midfield positions. Adams is good at taking creative set pieces and is also a known quality crosser of the ball.

Nicky is a Bolton born player who came through the ranks of the Bury FC Academy. The 32-Year-Old player is known for his social media banter with Bolton fans.

He will undoubtedly improve the creativity in the team and also brings his 530+ game pro experience to the dressing room.

Ryan Watson 

Ryan Watson is a Versatile midfield player who normally plays as a defensive midfield player but can also play all other positions in midfield as well as in attack.

He has made 82 appearances in his 5-Year-Pro Career, most of those come from League Two.

Some of the Northampton fans might remember him from 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons when he made 20 appearances for them in all competitions but missed the best part of the 2014-15 season due to a knee injury.

The 6 ft 1 25-Year-Old is in the prime years of his career. So, one can hope that he can kick on from here.

Chris Lines

Chris Lines is a 33-Year-Old veteran Midfield player who is a good overall player. Lines can pass, cross, shoot the ball really well. He can also drive with the ball forward and complete a creative pass.

Chris has made close to 500 appearances in his pro career most of them to his boyhood club Bristol Rovers. He was a real fan favorite at Bristol Rovers. he has also won four promotions during his career.

But last season is one to remember for him as he didn’t get much playing time under Graham Coughlan who came in after the departure of Darrell Clarke midway through the season.

He managed to make only 24 appearances for The Pirates, most of them as a substitute. He has made it clear that he wants to start his coaching badges with the aim of becoming a manager one day.

Harry Smith

Harry Smith was one of the key players for Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield Town last season. The 24-Year-Old predominantly plays as Center Forward.

The 6 ft 5 English man is known for his hold up play and ability to bring other players into the game. He also has a good ariel presence.

He was Second top goalscorer for The Silkmen bagging 8 goals from 39 appearances while setting up 4 more for his teammates in the 2018-19 campaign.

Matthew Warburton

Matthew Warburton is a 27-Year-old Attacking Midfield player who can also play in other attacking positions.

He is signed by the club after his incredible season in National League North where he scored 27 goals which helped Stockport county win National League North title.

This will be his first season in Football League.

Steve Arnold

Steve Arnold is a 29-Year-old Goalkeeper who is a product of Norwich City Academy.

He made 193 appearances in his pro career and spent most of his career in the National League followed by League One.

Hopefully, He can become the number one this season as he faces competition from David Cornell and a youngster named Bradley Lashley.

Last season he made 32 League appearances with Shrewsbury Town which included FA cup run where they defeated Salford City, Scunthorpe United, and Stoke City but lost to eventual finalists Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He also missed the last 7 games of the 2018-19 campaign due to a hamstring injury.

Charlie Goode

Charlie Goode is a 23-Year-Old, 6’5”, English defender who predominantly plays as a center back but can also play as a right-back and in defensive midfield.

Many Cobblers fans might remember him from his six-month loan spell with the club. He made 17 appearances for the Cobblers in League Two last season.

Goode is a product of Fulham Academy, but the club released him at the age of 15. He then spent four years in non-league with Hadley FC, Harefield United, A.F.C. Hayes and Hendon.

His 2014-15 season performance with Hendon in Ryman League Premier Division impressed scouts from Scunthorpe United, and that led to them signing him while he was still 19.

Goode made 85 appearances scoring six times for the Iron which also included 64 League One appearances.

Last season however he found himself competing against Rory McArdle, Cameron Burgess, Byron Webster and Harrison McGaheyfor regular football at Scunthorpe which led to a loan spell in the second half with the Cobblers.

Vadaine Oliver

Vadaine Oliver is a 27-year-old striker who is a product of Sheffield Wednesday Academy his hometown club. He holds New Caledonian, an English passport even after being born in Sheffield.

Vadaine Oliver played for Lincoln City, Crewe Alexandra, Mansfield Town, York City, Notts County, Morecambe after being released by Sheffield Wednesday making 271 professional appearances before the start of 2019-20 season.

His resume includes 150 League Two appearances, 55 National League, 34 League One appearances and scored 50 goals across all competitions.

He is 6’2”, but his leap will make him look like a 7-foot tall player, In positional terms, he is a poacher and most of the time he will react as soon as keeper spills the ball. Oliver can also hold up the ball if needed.

Keith Curle said that the other teams didn’t utilise his attributes and played him in the wrong positions. He also assured that fans could expect a better goal rate from him this season after signing him.

Northampton Town 2019-20 Away journey

Total Away miles Newport County fans have to travel this season is 2795 which means they have to travel an average of 121.5 miles per game.

The Longest away game for them this season will be Carlisle United. For that game alone they have to cover 242 miles. 

Northampton Town 2019-20 Odds

Bookmakers are predicting a comfortable mid table finish but with the experience and quality that they brought in this summer, we expect a playoff push.

Odds Effect
18/1 Title
5/1 Promotion
12/1 Relegation

Northampton Town 2019-20 Fixtures

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