In 1997, in what used to be the old fourth division but had become the new third division but is now the old third division and is in fact the new League Two, Northampton Town reached the playoffs final. The Cobblers were playing Swansea and clinched promotion in the most dramatic fashion, with a 90+3 minute free kick from Cobbler legend John Frain (complete with ‘Sixfields Boys’ by Warehouse).
Things have been a bit topsy-turvy since then, and whilst the defeated team have spent seemingly half a season playing dead rubbers in the Premiership, the Cobblers are once again fighting for promotion to the old Third Division/middle-period Second Division/nouveau League One.
Another legend from that day is goalkeeper Andy Woodman, shot-stopper and author. But don’t let it be said that this success has made Woodman an arrogant man; here he is, ‘papped’ on what used to be called the ‘Morden-Edgware Route’ but is now known as the Northern Line.
Northampton, Lotto, 1996/7
The home shirt itself was a lovely claret colour and the away gold. Lotto were so happy with the kit, they not only made it but sponsored it as well. Quite right, too, for a town of fashionable cobblers, to be sponsored by the ‘calzolai’ of Treviso.
Here are some other shirt we thought you would like:
Watford, Le Coq Sportif, 1999
The Football Shirt Collective - Lotto