Northampton Town

PTS Academy Stadium

Capacity: 7,798 (all seated)
Address: Northampton, NN5 5QA
Telephone: 01604 683 700
Fax: 01604 751 613
Ticket Office: 01604 683 777
Pitch Size: 116 x 72 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Cobblers
Year Ground Opened: 1994
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: University Of Northampton
Kit Manufacturer: Nike
Home Kit: Claret and White
Away Kit: Yellow and Red
Third Kit: Yellow and Black

External View
External View
New East Stand
New East Stand
West Stand
West Stand
South Stand
South Stand
Main and Dave Bowen Stands
Main and Dave Bowen Stands
Dave Bowen Stand
Dave Bowen Stand

The Club moved from their old County Ground to then called Sixfields Stadium in October 1994. This all-seater stadium is located on the outskirts of Northampton. 

The Club moved from their old County Ground to the then called Sixfields Stadium in October 1994. This neat all seater ground is located on the outskirts of Northampton.  On one side is the new East Stand which was first opened to supporters in 2016, however it still has works to be completed. This covered stand has a current capacity of 1,900 seats housed in a single tier.  The rest of the stand is still very much of a shell, with large areas above the lower seating tier still to be put in place. It is hoped that when the building is completed it will house Executive Boxes and other Corporate facilities. On the other side of the ground is the large West (Main) Stand. This two-tiered affair is all seated and covered and is free of any supporting pillars. The team dugouts are located at the front of it. 

Both ends are smaller stands and are of similar size to one another. Again both are all seated and covered. The South end of the stadium is allocated to away supporters. A large hill overlooks the ground, where small numbers congregate to watch the game free, even though they can only see half the pitch!

In 2018 the Sixfields Stadium was renamed the PTS Academy Stadium in a five-year corporate sponsorship deal.

Away fans are located in the Moulton College at one end of the pitch, where 800 supporters can be accommodated. If demand requires it then an additional 423 seats can be allocated in the East Stand. One slight pain about Sixfields is that you can't pay at the turnstiles. You have to buy your ticket first from a Portakabin and then you have to queue again. Some away fans have got caught out by this when arriving late. However, I have received a number of reports complementing the standard of stewarding, other club officials and the Northampton fans themselves. Please note that if your club has a large away following to make sure that you have a ticket before travelling as it has not been unknown for away fans turning up on the day, to find that the away section has sold out. Food on sale inside the ground includes; Cheeseburgers £4.20, Burgers £4, Hot Dogs £3.70, Various Pies £3.30 and Sausage Rolls £3.30. 

Having lived in Northampton for a year and watched Northampton Town win the old fourth division (giving away my age now...), I have a soft spot for them. The fans themselves are quite passionate and this makes for a great atmosphere especially at cup games. Robert Dunkley informs me; 'outside the West Stand there is a used programme stall stocking a wide range of programmes from different clubs and seasons.'

At Sixfields Stadium itself is Carrs Bar (the entrance to which is at the back of the Main Stand) which allows in away supporters. It also shows televised football. As Sixfields Stadium is built on a leisure complex on the outskirts of Northampton, then visiting fans on arrival are pretty much confined to the complex.  The nearest pub on the Sixfields Complex is the Sixfields Tavern, which is part of the Hungry Horse chain, so it offers food and is family friendly. It also contains a Sports Bar which shows Sky Sports, but it is primarily for home fans and bouncers man the entrance on matchdays. A better bet, just going past McDonalds towards the top end there is a Flaming Grill pub, which offers real ale, serves food and shows televised sport. Behind the Flaming Grill is a Tenpin Bowling Alley which also has a bar and also shows televised sports. Nearer to the stadium there is a Frankie & Benny's restaurant, which also serves alcohol. There are also a variety of other eating places nearby including a KFC, McDonalds and a Pizza Hut.

Carl Brown adds; 'I found myself drinking in a T.G.I. Friday's outlet opposite the Main Stand. Maybe not your stereotypical pre-match watering hole but very convenient for a drink, plus there were a wonderful array of fine waitresses on display, serving the goods!' 

Kevin Roberts informs me; 'For those supporters travelling from the North and leaving the M1 at Junction 16 and taking the A4500 towards Northampton, then you will pass on your left the recently refurbished Turnpike pub, which as far as I am aware is still welcoming away supporters'.

Kevin continues; 'In Northampton town centre, there are several notable real ale pubs in addition to the usual Wetherspoons etc. A particular favourite for those looking for a decent pint is the Malt Shovel Tavern, which is possibly the best real ale pub in Northampton, having 14 hand pumps and is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. To find this pub from the railway station, cross the road in front of the station and head towards the Carlsberg brewery (easily visible). You will find the pub located opposite the brewery. It is about a ten minute walk. It will probably take you a further 30 minutes to walk to the ground from here heading back in the same direction past the station (see 'By Train' below for walking directions)'. You can find out more about the pub on the Malt Shovel Tavern website.

As far as I am aware alcohol is NOT on sale inside the ground to away fans.

From The South
Leave the M1 at Junction 15A and take the A43 towards Northampton and you will come to the ground on your right.

From The North
Leave the M1 at Junction 16 and take the A45 towards Northampton and you will come to the ground on your right.

Sixfields stadium is well signposted around the area. There is a fair sized car park located at the ground, which costs £4. Make sure though that you arrive early as it has been known for it to get full for the more popular games. Parking in the nearby cinema and restaurant car parks is not allowed, and parking there will probably result in your car being given a £60 ticket! So make sure that you only use the official football parking provided at the ground. Near to the stadium, off the roundabout by TGI Fridays is a hard standing area, known as Duston Mill. On matchdays it is used as a car park, which is manned and costs £4 per car.

Steve Riches adds; 'If Northampton Saints rugby club are also at home at the same time as Northampton Town, then the parking can get critical as the Saints play just down the road, so allow extra time on those occasions.'

Post code for SAT NAV: NN5 5QA 

Northampton Railway Station is over two miles from the PTS Academy Stadium, so it is probably best to hire a taxi. To find the taxi tank then when you go through the ticket barriers keep to the left and go down the steps in front of Starbucks (there is also a lift if needed) to the ground floor go out of the doors. The taxi rank is across the road.

However, if you feel like braving the 25-30 minute walk then Paul Beckett provides the following directions; 'After proceeding through the ticket barriers keep to the right passing W H Smiths. Go down the steps and at the bottom turn right onto the road. Keep going past the BP garage and at the lights, with the Thomas a Beckett pub on the opposite corner, turn left into St James Mill Road. Continue down to the traffic lights with Travis Perkins on the left and turn right into Harvey Reeves Road which becomes Edgar Mobbs Way. Continue on here until you come to the Sixfields Stadium. It brings you out at the away turnstiles.'

You can also get the Number 15 bus from outside the railway station as Paul Beckett advises; 'To get to the Number 15 bus stop you come out of the main entrance onto the road (after going through the ticket barriers keep straight ahead at W.H Smiths and proceed down the steps) once out of this entrance walk straight ahead and the bus stop is 100 yards away. Make sure you go to the one across on the opposite side of the road but don't cross the road until you get to the bus stop or preferably use the crossing at the traffic lights a few yards away from the bus stop. Don't cross at the lights immediately outside the station. The Number 15 bus runs every 20 minutes and you should get off at the stop near 'Bella Italia' It is a very short walk to the Sixfields Stadium the away end being at the other side. Buses D1, D2 and D3 also stop here and run every hour respectively. The number 50 bus will take you to a stop opposite the away end but only runs every hour. The bus journey time is around 10-15 minutes. See the Stagecoach website for timetables.

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All areas of Sixfields Stadium*
Adults £22
Concessions £18
Under 18's £10
Under 7's Free

Concessions apply to over 65's. Under 21's can also be admitted at the concessionary price, providing that their ticket is bought prior to matchday.

* Please note that these prices are for tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game cost £2 more.

Official Programme £3

Northampton Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Peterborough United and Milton Keynes Dons.

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the  Level Playing Field website.

Record Attendance

At Sixfields Stadium; 
7,798 v Manchester United
League Cup 3rd Round, 21st September 2016.

At the County Ground;
24,523 v Fulham
Division One, 23rd April 1966.

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 5,830 (League One) 
2016-2017: 5,965 (League One)
2015-2016: 5,279 (League Two)

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If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to Mike Cleave for providing photos of the West and Dave Bowen Stands and to Dave Hollands for the photo of the new East Stand.

Thanks also to Owen Pavey for providing the layout diagram of Sixfields Stadium.

 

Northampton Town v Forest Green Rovers
League 2
Saturday 13th October 2018, 2pm
Thomas Inglis (Neutral visiting Dundee United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the PTS Academy Stadium?
 
Another new ground for me (No.82), and also I had never seen either of these two teams in the flesh.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I travelled by train. I didn't see any signage for the stadium in the town centre. Got info from a local to get bus No.15 from bus shelter 21 to the ground with a £4 day pass. Probably the best way to get there as it's a couple of miles out of town on some winding roads.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
On coming out of the train station, it's only ten minutes walk into the town centre. I had a look around the town, shops, interesting buildings and market. I went first to an  O'Neil's pub to pick my football coupon, then to another pub called 'The Auctioneers'. I decided to head towards the ground as it was a 2pm kick off . I took a picture as you get a great view from the high vantage point at the top of the hill. I then picked up a ticket, which cost £24 for the West Stand. I had a couple of drinks in Carr's Bar in the stadium, chatting to a few friendly home fans.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the PTS Stadium?
 
It is an unusual setting down in a natural dip, so you are pretty much looking into the ground from high on a hill when getting off the bus. The Main West Stand, where I was in the upper tier, offers a great view. Similar small functional stands behind either goal. The unfinished shell of the East Stand definitely takes away from the look of the stadium.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
No issues with facilities or stewards and got a good balti pie and coffee at half time. The game itself was pretty decent. Forest Green on an unbeaten run had all the early pressure. It was no surprise when they took the lead just before half time. Ruben Reid breaking through the offside trap and slotting past the keeper. Northampton came more into the game in the second half and Pierre scored with a header from a corner. Just as I thought the game was destined for a draw, Northampton's Van Veen, in the last minute harassed and robbed the defender of the ball and cut back for Andy William's to smash home. Cue the mini pitch invasion, I thought Northampton deserved the win. (crowd 5,703 ).
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Bus back to town to sample some more of Northampton's fine boozer's. The Bear, The Market Tavern and a Wetherspoons before getting my train back to London, and of course a MegaBus back to Dundee.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
An enjoyable day out in another new town to me, and a good game.

Northampton Town v Lincoln City
League 2
Saturday 4th August 2018, 3pm
Matt M (Lincoln City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the PTS Academy Stadium?
 
It was the first away game of the season against a side tipped for promotion. It was also the first opportunity to see all of the new signings in competitive action.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was fairly simple and only took an hour or so to get there. The car parking was very close to the ground so it was very accessible.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Before the game, we headed to the nearby McDonalds which only took 5 minutes or so. It then took nearly 20 minutes to get a milkshake and an iced coffee. The home fans seemed friendly and merged with the Lincoln fans outside the ground.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the PTS Academy Stadium?
 
The stadium itself looked fairly modern but seemed a bit odd as it was surrounded by an embankment. The main away stand was rather small (around 800 seats) meaning some fans had to sit in the adjacent stand which was in the direct sunlight. This adjacent stand also looked half built with some scaffolding behind it.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Northampton seemed to dominate the possession for the majority of the game. They also had the majority of shots however a good header from Matt Green and Some brilliant 1v1 saves from Josh Vickers ensured the Imps went home with all three points. The atmosphere was good amongst the away fans and lots of noise as always, however, the same couldn't be said for the home fans who after the first goal went in seemed very frustrated. The stewards seemed fine and didn't really interfere with much and the facilities seemed alright, however, the toilets were a bit small for the size of the away following.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It took around 20-30 minutes to get out of the car park after the match had finished. But once we got out it was an easy ride home.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Even though the imps didn't play the most attractive football we held on for a 1-0 win. My man of the match for Lincoln City would be Josh Vickers as he made some crucial saves to keep a clean sheet. Overall it was a very enjoyable day helped by the atmosphere created by the Imps fans. I am looking forward to the reverse fixture at Sincil Bank.

Northampton Town v Plymouth Argyle
League One
Saturday 21st April 2018, 3pm
David King (Plymouth Argyle fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Sixfields Stadium?
 
A chance for Plymouth Argyle to get back on track and make sure of an end of season play off place, or at least that was the plan!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I was returning from a few days holiday elsewhere so parked in one of the town centre car parks at the cost of £2 for the day.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I headed to the Malt Shovel Tavern at lunchtime which was about a 10-15 minute walk from the town centre. The pub was popular with football fans of both clubs and had some good drinks on offer. Despite not being really busy there was a long wait for food of around 40 minutes although when it arrived it was good if a little expensive. The Cobblers fans kept themselves to themselves I left here and decided to walk to the ground which takes around 30 minutes. Out of the pub, turn right and at the main road take a left. Keep going straight on past the railway station and over the river bridge. Carry on past the now disused Northampton Corporation tram and latterly bus depot. Keep straight on and eventually, you pass the Northampton Saints rugby ground. About 10 minutes walk further on is "Sixfields Stadium" surrounded by various retail and food outlets.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Sixfields Stadium?
 
The ground is in a bit of a bowl and some supporters sit outside on a grassy bank and get a free, if somewhat restricted view of the game. One stand is quite large whilst the two stands behind the goals are quite low but covered. A new stand on the east side of the ground appeared to be partially completed with only the lower tier occupied with home fans. The away end had unrestricted views and the legroom was okay.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Plymouth again without the injured Ryan Taylor up front started reasonably brightly however there was no outlet and the home side denied Plymouth any time on the ball. Perhaps they had seen how Charlton played against Argyle a few weeks previously as Argyle struggled to play any flowing football. Sam Hoskins created the first chance for the home side on 31 minutes but it was well saved by the Argyle keeper. Northampton kept the pressure on and took the lead just before half time. A cross into the penalty area was initially cleared by Argyle keeper Matthews, however, Jon Joe O'Toole couldn't miss from five yards after the Argyle defence couldn't get the ball away. Argyle had a couple of early half chances at the start of the second half but Matt Grimes shot wide for the home side soon after. Hoskins had another shot well saved by Matthews. It was all one way traffic with Crooks denied by visiting keeper Matthews. The home side soon doubled their lead after a Powell cross was headed into his own net by an Argyle defender with O'Toole lurking nearby. Powell, O'Toole and Hoskins had further chances to extend the lead and but for the Argyle keeper making some fantastic saves, they would have done. Apart from a few half chances Argyle had no real shots of note and were very much second best against the Cobblers team fighting off relegation. Very much an off day for the Argyle team and a deserved 2-0 defeat.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I left about five minutes before the end and walked back to the town centre although there are bus options right outside the ground for those who prefer not to walk.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
After arriving at the ground optimistic of getting a positive result I left after 85 minutes feeling very disappointed with the performance. So onto the next game to try to get back on track despite a small injury-ravaged squad. No pressure then!

Northampton Town v Plymouth Argyle
League One
Saturday 21st April 2018, 3pm
Bryan Davis (Plymouth Argyle fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Sixfields Stadium?

A relatively close ground for us and potentially an important game for Argyle in an effort to get into the playoffs.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

It was easy enough travelling across country on a lovely sunny morning, the ground is on the edge of Northampton, was well signposted from our direction and is easy to get to.  There is a large gravel car park which is the official parking area at a cost of £4. The tarmac surfaced car park adjoining the stadium is reserved parking only. There is also parking available in the field off Dunston Mill Lane which looked like a good option at £3. The adjoining cinema and eateries carparks have signs up prohibiting parking for the football, I certainly wouldn’t take a chance on this.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We went to TGI Fridays for lunch, which seemed the venue of choice for the Argyle supporters, but there is a big choice of eateries. It was a lovely sunny day, more like mid-summer than spring, so there were lots of fans for both teams wandering about and it seemed to be a friendly place.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Sixfields Stadium?

Sixfields Stadium is in a bit of a natural bowl so the roads and footways on the West and North sides are much higher that the stadium and give a clear view of the incomplete East Stand and parts of the playing surface.  Approaching the ground from the A5076 you see the backs of the Main West Stand and the much lower and smaller Moulton College South Stand, which is the default away end, however additional away seating is made available at the Southern end of the East Stand when required.  We had tickets for the Moulton College stand which was good except that we were in Row J, which is the back row and whilst the seats were comfortable enough there was very little leg room, about 10cms less than the other rows!  The Main West stand is quite impressive, the North stand a mirror image of the South stand and the East stand will probably be impressive if/when it is finished. The views of the action are good; the stands are reasonably steeply banked and quite close to the touch/bylines. There is an electronic score board in the south east corner.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.

Argyle had some squad changes forced on them by injuries which was less than ideal. So to the game – well it quickly became apparent that Argyle had forgotten how to replicate their recent excellent performances. Meanwhile, Northampton Town were very clearly up for it, they had plenty riding on the game as they were trying to get out of the relegation zone. 

The first half was pretty much one way traffic with Northampton creating lots of chances but somehow not managing to score until just before the break.  I hoped that the half-time talk would work some magic and for the first couple of minutes of the second half it looked like it had.  But it wasn’t to be maintained and Northampton were quickly back on top, getting a second goal on the hour via an own-goal.  Argyle did rally towards the end and created their best chances in the last 15 minutes but couldn’t score.  Thanks to a fantastic performance from the Argyle keeper Remi Matthews the score at the whistle was 2-0, it could have been much worse.

The atmosphere was quite good for a while but it sort of petered out as the game went on, not surprisingly the Cobblers fans made plenty of noise as the game ended. The stewards were unobtrusive. I can’t comment on the food or drink as we didn’t have any, the stand was full and the queue for refreshments looked a bit long.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The traffic from the game seemed to disperse quickly and it didn’t take long to be on our way home.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A lovely sunny day out.  But as far as the football went it was not great, not a bad ground to visit though.

Northampton Town v Southampton Under 21’s
Checkatrade Trophy 3rd Round
Tuesday 7th November 2017, 7.45pm
Wayne Pithers (Southampton fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Sixfields Stadium?
 
I was looking forward to visiting the Sixfields Stadium because I've Never been there and with Southampton being in the Premier League I very rarely get chance to visit smaller grounds!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We traveled from Somerset so was relatively easy to find the way via the sat nav. The only problem was parking. I knew there was parking at the ground but there is a few car parks around (some are season ticket holders only) but did eventually find a private car park nearby that cost £4.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We arrived half hour before kick off so by the time we walked to the ground and had a cigarette it was nearly kick off. There were only a few home fans around and they seemed friendly enough.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Sixfields Stadium?
 
Sixfields is a pretty simple design really. Both ends behind the goals are identical, the West Stand on one side looks okay, but the East Stand opposite looks as if it hasn't been finished yet? Just don’t expect an amazing looking stadium if you are visiting.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Southampton were 3-0 up with 20 minutes to go but it ended up 3-3. It then went to penalties and inevitably we lost! Penalties have never been our strong point! The atmosphere was flat with Northampton fans booing their players at half time but cheering them at full time. I don’t recall hearing them sing any songs and with there only being about 50 Saints fans we didn’t really make any noise either. We did find the stewards very friendly and helpful which was nice. We did have some food and coffee which is very expensive at £4.40 for a cheeseburger in a soggy bun! There is plenty of places to eat around the stadium so go there before/after the game for food!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was a bit of a free for all at the car park (which was pretty much just some wasteland) but once out of there it was pretty straightforward.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a great evening out at the Sixfields Stadium! Shame about the result and the expensive food but I can tick the ground off my list now!

Northampton Town v Bristol Rovers
Football League One
Saturday 7th October 2017, 3pm
Yaz Shah (Bristol Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Sixfields Stadium?
 
Usually a very close game full of goals. I went to the Sixfields Stadium in the previous two seasons which finished 2-2 and 2-3 to Rovers, with very late goals by us. It is an easy drive for me to Sixfields and there is always a great atmosphere created by the Gas fans.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I live in North West London so it was a case of joining the M1 at Junction J5 near Watford and driving up the M1 for 60 miles, which took one hour. On arrival at the stadium I did not park in the main stadium car park which costs £5, but instead as I got there early enough I parked alongside the lane leading to the main car park by the away end.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I went to the pub across the road and as per usual I had a pint of draught Peroni for £5. It was full of Rovers fans and the locals and quite friendly. I have never had any problems with Cobblers supporters as they seem to be in the same league and "position" as us in recent years?
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Sixfields Stadium?
 
The Sixfields Stadium Ground is okay. The Home is overlooked by a hill where you can see people watching the game for free. There was not much leg room in our seats but our fans sat or stood where they wanted.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Our end was packed with around 1,000 away fans out of a total 6,000 attendance. I noticed that there were lots of the fairer sex supporting us. It was a great result for us winning 6-0, our best away performance for a long time. We could have won by 11 or 12. Northampton started brightly and had a few corners but nothing on target. We had about six offsides in succession! Then Bodin scored but had to leave, Nicholls came on, took penalty and missed. By this time, their goalie had probably made about five one on one saves. 1-0 half time but we should have finished off the game by then. So tentatively looking forward to the second half, and we completely dominate them with Ellis Harrison scoring a fine double for the third followed by superb 5th and 6th goals. Northampton were then reduced to 10 men with a sending off on 70 minutes. There were no complaints from their players or supporters. We missed loads of chances. Bola, Rollin, Sercombe, Ellis, etc. and the whole team played great. Their fans started to leave with around 20 minutes to go and you could see them on the top of the opposite hill, the number getting more and more with each goal. There was good banter between both sets of fans, e.g. their fans singing "score a goal for us", etc. Stewards easy going. Tea was okay, but a little expensive at £2.20. The toilets were fine.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Easy as I had parked less than five minutes walk away. It then took about ten minutes to get on the main road out and away.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was an absolutely great day, with a superb team display and result. Bristol Rovers have now won 6, lost 6, with a level goal difference. Always funny with Gas fans when we are away. Hopefully, this will kick us on with games against Oxford and league leaders Shrewsbury to come next week. Northampton need to improve dramatically to avoid a return to League Two.

Northampton Town v Bristol Rovers
League One
Saturday 7th October 2017, 3pm
Barry Chandler (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Sixfields Stadium?
 
I'm a Watford fan who lives in Jersey, and I always try to go to a game when I'm visiting family. It was an international break, so I decided to go to a League One game at a ground I hadn't been to before. As a neutral, you're just going to enjoy the match without having to worry about the result or your teams performance.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I can't drive for medical reasons, so it had to be somewhere I could get to easily by train. I chose Northampton over MK Dons, mainly because the ground is smaller and a nice change from Premier League stadia. I got the bus to the ground from the town centre, so that was easy.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I don't drink, so tend not to go into pubs. I had lunch in the KFC nearby, as did fans of both clubs. I was focused on my lunch, so didn't really engage with anyone, but I got the impression that they were friendly.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Sixfields Stadium?
 
Having seen pictures of the ground on this site, I knew what to expect. As a neutral, I decided to sit with the home fans but the away end looked like it has a good view. The lady in the ticket office had chosen a really good seat for me - a few rows from the front and near the halfway line, so I had a good view of the technical area as well as the pitch. Seeing the incomplete stand opposite wasn't an issue for me, due to the recent changes at Watford.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Northampton had been on a run of four or five games without scoring, and it showed when Rovers scored. Things might have been different if Town had been given what looked a clear penalty at 0-1, but when Rovers scored early in the second half, it then became a case of how many (eventually six) as Rovers looked dangerous every time they attacked. Despite that, it was a good atmosphere as the Town fans seemed to be more disappointed than angry. The stewards didn't have much to do, so I didn't really notice them. I only had a cold drink at half-time.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I got the bus back to the railway station, and the bus stop is located only a few minutes walk from the Sixfields Stadium, which is useful if your somewhere you don't know. I had to wait longer for my train than expected as the first one was going to London Euston, didn't stop at Watford.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a good day out at the Sixfields Stadium. As a neutral you prefer to watch close games, but the match was a good one, as Northampton Town had been on top before going behind.

Northampton Town v Bristol Rovers
Football League One
7th October 2017, 3pm
Jerry Williams (Bristol Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Sixfields Stadium?
 
I decided to go the night before. I have visited Sixfields Stadium on at least two other occasions. Personally, I am not keen on "Out of Town" grounds like Sixfields and always thought this ground to be miles from the Town Centre.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I traveled by train this time and then caught the Number 88 bus to the ground from the Town Centre. No problem as the ground was not as far out as I had originally thought.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I walked into the Town Centre from the railway station (going in the opposite direction to Sixfields). There were a selection of pubs including a Wetherspoons and I grabbed a snack from a stall in the nearby Market Square.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Sixfields Stadium?
 
I have been to Sixfields before so knew what to expect. It is a tidy little ground. Looking towards the home end from away end, there seemed to be some fans getting a free but partial view by sitting on the large bank behind the stadium.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Good atmosphere but it should be with Rovers having won 6-0 and just over 1,000 away fans singing. Home fans gather in the stand to the left of the away end so some banter. between the two. Generally a relaxed atmosphere. I did not use the catering facilities.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I decided to walk back to the railway station which took about 25 minutes. Buses were available, but no problem.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I discovered there is a bit more to Northampton than the American style "Noddyland" around Sixfields. We won away 6-0. What do you think?

Northampton Town v Portsmouth
Football League One
Tuesday 12th September 2017, 7.45pm
Richard Showers (Portsmouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Sixfields Stadium?
 
Living locally, it was a chance to see my team Portsmouth play.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
No problem as I live just outside Northampton. As this was an evening match there is limited public transport after the game. Fortunately, I got a lift home from the missus!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
The weather was awful on the night so I didn't hang about and just went straight into the game. The Sixfields Stadium is always a fairly relaxed ground.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Sixfields Stadium?
 
Living locally I have been to Sixfields many times, but this was a chance to sit i n the away end and get a different view of the stadium.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
I find that Sixfields Stadium is one of the worst grounds for protection from the weather that I have been to. There was swirling rain throughout the game, consequently I was soaked to the skin. Pompey had a good following so it livened up the usual flat Sixfields atmosphere. I never buy food or drink here as I find it limited and overpriced like most grounds It was a lively game, which somehow Pompey managed to lose 3-1 despite having far more chances than the Cobblers.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It is never much of a problem unless the Northampton Saints Rugby team are playing at the same time.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A different view of a familiar ground. Miserable weather and a defeat, but these are the things that make victories more glorious.

Northampton Town v Fleetwood Town
Football League One
Saturday 12th August 2017, 3pm
Erik Williams (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Sixfields Stadium?
 
I am 'Doing the 92' and Sixfields Stadium was to be my 63rd visit on my list of 92.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I went by train. The stop to grab a bus to Sixfields Stadium was only a few yards from the station and I only had to wait a few minutes for the bus. The Sixfields stop overlooks the ground, so you know when you're there. Otherwise its really too far to walk.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I had arrived early so I bought a pin-badge and entrance ticket. I then had a quick meal in one of the nearby restaurants. There's also the Sixfields pub. I didn't speak to any of the home fans, but they seemed alright.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Sixfields Stadium?
 
The Sixfields Stadium is in an open dip and semi-rural setting, so you get an almost aerial view of it. It was a smart-looking ground. The stands and main buildings were well-proportioned. The ground wasn't overwhelmed by the Main (West) Stand on one side.  There didn't seem much room for the away fans. But they always seem to be treated as second-class citizens anyway. 
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The stewarding was unobtrusive and I can't remember seeing any Police Officers, although there must have been some. I wasn't frisked on the way in, which is unusual nowadays. I had a seat in the West (Main) Stand. Both this stand and the home end were full. The home fans were unimpressed by their team's performance, although the Fleetwood goalkeeper made a nimble triple save at one point. Fleetwood Town scored on the break from a pass down the middle in about the 70th minute. Other than that the game was unspectacular. At least I didn't hear any swearing around me, which is also unusual!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I got a bus immediately and surprisingly few people were waiting at the bus stop.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
The pleasant weather helped. Sixfields Stadium is in an attractive setting, overall an enjoyable day out.

Nothampton Town v Charlton Athletic
Football League One
Saturday 4th March 2017, 3pm
James Butler (Charlton Athletic fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Sixfields Stadium?

The Sixfields Stadium was new ground for me to visit, so in that respect yes. Although its out of town location is a bit boring, but I had an open mind as these vary, often according to the weather.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We went on one of the free club coaches, via a breakfast at the Valley having been picked up at Bexleyheath just before 9.00. We left the Valley at around 11am arriving in extremely good time at the Sixfields Stadium just after 1pm.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We were dropped behind the Main Stand. We then went up the hill behind the ground and had a coffee in the cinema. Sorry we are a bit boring and have long since stopped watching Charlton in a state of alcohol induced haze. However there were plenty of options to get a drink or something more substantial to eat. Sure nothing very original, TGI, Frankie and Bennies, but safe enough all the same.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Sixfields Stadium?

The Sixfields Stadium is a neat ground albeit a bit small. The Main Stand must be over half of the overall capacity. Both ends are similar and quite small, with neither stand fully extending the width of the pitch. They both only around 15 rows high. The other side is the half finished stand, this will be quite smart when done, but it does not currently even seem to be a work in progress. At least the lower tier is open so the ground is not three sided.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

On arrival an Northampton Town steward came on to the coach, welcomed us and gave us a run down of all facilities that were available in the area. Nice touch. The game it self from our point of view was awful. Northampton took the lead around 20 minutes which we leveled ten minutes later. Despite the scrappy nature of the game the atmosphere was pretty good from both sets of fans, been so close to each other always does this. Northampton got a second goal mid-way through the second half, we never looked like get back from that. Four defeats on the trot, no wins since I can't remember when (2/1/17).

The stewards and Police were excellent. The Charlton support was more than a little tetchy. There is plenty of fans unrest with the Charlton owner and our team is rubbish. None of this however is the fault of the people who job its to keep order at the ground. Faced with some fairly provocative behavior they dealt with it calmly and indeed with a certain amount of good humor. When the Police did have to get involved, this again was swift and efficient. By the end the home fans were in full voice, whilst the away end  was in full toxic mode, with some fans abusing and yelling at some of the Charlton players. Another match to quickly forget.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

Very good. Sixfields Stadium is pretty close to M1 and we were back on M25 by 18.30. Then the coach driver went into some strange parallel world and got us lost, even asking us the way at one point. Now we knew why the coaches were free! When you've just witnessed your teams latest capitulation and there is a pint with your name on it in the pub near home then this was a little trying.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Football awful, Journey, odd. Northampton Town FC excellent from the stewards and fans right down to the girls in the club shop. Example of how good the fans were. Charlton bought Ricky Holmes from them last summer and this was his first trip back. He went to take a corner by the main vocal body of home fans and was warmly applauded. Ex-players who were adored at Charlton, but leave for so called "bigger clubs" are mostly slated on their return to the Valley. Will go back in hopefully happier circumstances next time.

Northampton Town v Bradford City
Football League One
Monday 2nd January 2017, 3pm
Mark Stanhope (Bradford City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Sixfields Stadium?

I have been to the Sixfields Stadium about five times before but my son who's eight has also caught the travel bug and wanted to tick Northampton Town off .

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We live in Sheffield & the 1hr 20min car journey was a breeze . Sixfields has a number of restaurants around and we parked for free at the Pizza Hut where we enjoyed a pre-match meal.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

The Northampton Town fans as always are a friendly bunch and even invited my son into the children's fan area to take part in a penalty shoot out competition .

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Sixfields Stadium?

I'm not very keen on these out of town stadiums. My only lasting impression of Northampton's ground is if you ever played them on the last day of the season and needed three points to win the title and only got 1000 tickets 8000 could still stand outside for free and see three quarters of the pitch!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Top class pies and piping hot bovril on a cold winters day  The stewards were great in looking after 1200 traveling supporters. Everything was clean and tidy.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Easy we were on the M1 within ten minutes of leaving the Sixfields Stadium. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

We would happily visit the Sixfield Stadium again. My son who's been to over 20 grounds says it's one of his favourites (but I still prefer the old County Ground)

Northampton Town v Stevenage
Football League Two
Saturday 24th October 2015, 3pm
James Walker (Stevenage fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Sixfields Stadium?    

To be honest, I wasn't looking forward to this away day at all. I had previously visited the Sixfields Stadium four times before and hadn't even witnessed a Stevenage goal there, so naturally I wasn't at all confident of netting a result today against a Northampton team in good form (despite all the off-pitch problems).

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

As is the norm for me, I took the Stevenage supporters coach to Sixfields. The journey was fairly straightforward and we got to the ground for just after 1.20pm. Getting to the ground from the M1 motorway was simple as it's all signposted.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

As I had time to kill before the game, I went in to the club shop to purchase a badge (£2.99) and programme (£3), then in to the Carrs Bar for a drink and take in the second half of Blackburn vs Burnley in the early kick-off. The few locals I spoke to seemed pleasant enough.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Sixfields Stadium?  

 I already knew what to expect, having being here numerous times before. The away end is a small stand with a raised disabled platform in the middle (but bear in mind there is no shelter for disabled supporters) and tea bar located over in the far right hand corner. There is a big scoreboard over by the right corner flag. The stand opposite us looks exactly the same as the away end, whilst the stand to our left is the Main Stand which houses the majority of the home support. The stand to our right is the one that is still supposedly being built (off the field problems has meant that construction has stopped a couple of times) and is currently just a shell.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The game itself was poor from our point of view. Northampton started the stronger and forced quite a few early corners but couldn't convert any. Then on 25 minutes, Steven Schumacher had a first-time shot which flew in to give us a thoroughly undeserved lead, but it was the first ever time we had scored a goal at Sixfields! The second half, however started disastrously, and the Cobblers were level within 4 minutes of the re-start. Both teams had some chances to try and get the second goal, before Northampton countered after a dismal Tom Conlon corner and a series of defensive calamities saw the hosts score the all important second (and decisive) goal. The catering here looked very good on the whole. I had my usual Chicken Balti pie (£3.10) and it was lovely and hot. Just what the doctor ordered on a miserable day weather wise!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away couldn't be simpler. We came out of the away end, turned right then walked along the path and the coach was right there waiting for us. We were out of there just after 5pm, and a very simple journey saw us back at the Lamex Stadium at 6.20pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Well on the plus side, we finally scored at the Sixfields Stadium. But on the negative side, it's another loss here for us. I guess we can't complain with the result though, given how awful we were on the day.

Half Time: Northampton Town 0-1 Stevenage Full Time: Northampton Town 2-1 Stevenage Attendance: 4,492 (334 away fans)

Northampton Town v Exeter City
League Two
Saturday, August 30th, 3pm
Steve Ellis (Exeter City fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to this ground?

This was my first visit to the Sixfields stadium, and another to tick off for the 92. I ws again travelling on one of of the official supporters coaches that the club had organised. The journey was easy, leaving Exeter at 8.30am and arriving in Northampton just after 1pm.

2. What did you do before the game?

On arrival at the ground I went upto the Sixfields Hungry Horse pub, about a 5minute walk up the hill, where I paused to take a photo of the football ground down below. Drinks seemed reasonably priced and home and away supporters mixed well.

3. First impressions on seeing the ground?

For a stadium that is 20 years old, it still looks new. The Alwyn Hargraves (East) Stand is currently being updated, so it was closed. Away supporters are housed in the South Stand, at one end of the stadium, which offers good views of the playing action.

Sixfields Stadium

Sixfields Stadium

4. Comment on the game, atmosphere, refreshments, stewards and toilets? 

The game was a fairly even encounter, but ended as a 1-0 win for Northampton but neither team seemed over threatening, the atmosphere was mixed with both sets of supporters periodically singing. Stewards were helpful and non abtrusive, toilets were clean. The refreshments were in a cabin the opposite end of the stand from the turnstile and looked expensive, meal deals were also offered but again probably not worth it when you see prices of individual items.           

5. Comments on getting away after the game?

Very easy getting away after the game, the coach parked just outside the turnstiles. We arrived  back into Exeter just after 9pm.

6. Summary of the day out?

Despite the result, I  had a good day out.

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Updated 17th October 2018

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