Latics heading to Sixfields Stadium for the first time in 15 years on New Year’s Day 2018.
- Away Days: Northampton Town.
- Latics to head to Northampton for the first time since April 2003.
- Find out more about the Cobblers and our record at Sixfields.
It’ll be a first visit to Sixfields Stadium for Latics since April 2003 this campaign and Latics will be looking to build on their good form in away matches in Northampton in general.
Latics have won on their last three visits to the Cobblers, taking their record to just three defeats in 17 matches at Northampton. That record being bolstered by the fact Latics never lost at Northampton’s stadium for the majority of their existence, The County Ground.
The County Ground was shared with Northamptonshire County Cricket Club until 1994, with the cricket team still using the pitch today.
The Football Stadium at the County Ground, Northampton, being used as a Car Park during the cricket season.
Credit: Pete Norton
Sixfields has a capacity of 7,798, with the ground last selling out for a record capacity last season when the Cobblers hosted Manchester United in the Third Round of last season’s EFL Cup.
Former Latics loanee Alex Revell scored against Manchester United last season in front of a sell-out Sixfields but Jose Mourinho's side went on to win 3-1.
Away fans are housed in the Moulton College (South) Stand.
OUR AWAY RECORD AGAINST NORTHAMPTON
As mentioned, Latics didn’t lose on five visits to the Old County Ground, winning on three occasions and drawing on five.
On our first-ever visit in our debut Football League campaign, we won 4-2 thanks to two goals from Derek Brownbill and strikes from Ian Purdie and Joe Corrigan.
Further wins at the County Ground followed in ’82 and ’93, before Latics were one of the earlier visitors to the Cobblers’ Sixfields Stadium a week after it hosted its first game, Neil Grayson scoring the only goal of the game for the hosts.
In March 1997, Latics won their first-ever match at Sixfields on their third visit, David Lowe scoring a 90th minute winner.
It took four more visits for Latics to win at Sixfields again as Tony Dinning and Simon Haworth notched in a 2-0 win before we won twice in 2002-03 season in Northampton, winning 1-0 in the Worthington Cup thanks to a Jason Jarrett goal and then completing a third win of the campaign against Martin Wilkinson’s side on our way to a 100-point title-winning campaign, Nathan Ellington and Andy Liddell grabbing the goals.
Nathan Ellington celebrates opening the scoring on our last visit to Sixfields in 2003.