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INTRODUCING: Northampton Town

30 June 2016

In this feature, we take an in-depth look at the teams new to Sky Bet League One this season.

Northampton Town

Nickname: 
The Cobblers

Founded: 
1897

Ground: 
Sixfields Stadium

Capacity: 
7,724

League position last season: 
1st - Sky Bet League Two 

2014/15 top goalscorer: 
Marc Richards (17)

Manager: 
Rob Page - The 41-year-old took over the Northampton Town side this summer after the departure of former manager Chris Wilder.

Whilst Wilder and his backroom staff joined Sheffield United, Northampton Town recruited Rob Page from Port Vale, where he spent two years as their manager.

Page, a former Wales international captain, takes over a team full of confidence after they lifted the Sky Bet League Two title last season. 

They finished the season with 99 points, averaging more than two points a game.

Page enjoyed a good playing career, representing Watford, Sheffield United, Cardiff City, Coventry City, Huddersfield Town and Chesterfield.

He made the step into coaching after his playing career ended with Mickey Adams offering him a role at Port Vale.

After working his way through the coaching ranks, he was appointed caretaker manager in October 2014.

After excelling and keeping the club in the division, Page was handed a new two year contract in May 2015.

Bookmakers placed Port Vale as one of the favourites for relegation last season but Page guided Port Vale to a 12th-placed finish.

Page will be hoping to continue the momentum built up from last season and lead his side to a high finish in Sky Bet League One this season.

Key player:
John-Joe O’Toole - The 27-year-old has been with the Cobblers since 2014 and helped his side secure promotion as champions last season.

After coming through the youth ranks at Watford, he went on to play 57 times for the Hornets scoring 10 goals.

O’Toole joined Colchester United on loan before securing a permanent move in 2010, as he spent three years with the U’s.

Bristol Rovers was his next destination and he excelled at the Memorial Stadium, scoring 13 goals in 41 games.

That earned him a move to the Cobblers and he was an instrumental part of their promotion last season. 

He scored 12 goals from midfield as they lifted the Sky Bet League Two championship.

Head-to-head:
The history books show that Latics and Northampton Town have faced each other 32 times.

Oldham Athletic have beaten the Cobblers 14 times, whilst losing on 11 occasions.

Sky Bet League One odds:
Win outright: 25/1
Promotion: 8/1
Relegation: 9/2

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