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Preview: Stags vs Cobblers

20 September 2013

Can we stretch our unbeaten record to seven matches?

Manager Paul Cox celebrates 100 league matches in charge of the club tomorrow, as Northampton Town visit One Call Stadium (3.00pm).

From Cox’s opening 99 league matches, our boss has won 58, drew 22 and lost on just 19 occasions, therefore meaning that he has amassed a remarkable 1.9 points per match.


Midfielder Chris Clements is expected to be sidelined for approximately two months, after he suffered medial knee-ligament damage in last Saturday’s victory at York City.

Meanwhile, Martin Riley is set to begin his three-match suspension, following his red card in the same match.

However, bustling frontman Matt Rhead is available for selection once again, having served a one-match suspension.


Our side go into tomorrow’s match on a six-match unbeaten run, having not lost in Sky Bet League Two since the opening day of the campaign at Scunthorpe United.

A victory over The Cobblers would almost certainly see us jump into the Play-Off zone.

By contrast, Aidy Boothroyd’s side arrive at One Call Stadium, having endured a frustrating start to the new campaign, during which they registered just four points out of a possible 21.

The Cobblers, who sit on the fringes of the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone at present, last registered maximum points on their travels way back in February.


Our last meeting with Northampton Town was in March 2006, when Ritchie Barker’s strike earned us a 1-0 win on home soil.

We also, memorably, defeated The Cobblers on penalties in an epic two-legged Play-Off Semi-Final clash in the 2003/04 campaign.

The last time that Northampton earned maximum points in North Nottinghamshire was way back in December 1989, when they achieved a 2-1 victory.

Our biggest victory on home soil against The Cobblers is 4-1. We have achieved this on three separate occasions, including in the 2005/06 campaign.

Our overall league record against Northampton is: Won 32, Drew 9, Lost 21.


Stags’ supporters will be able to buy tickets at the One Call Stadium Matchday Ticket Office, which will be open between 10.00am and 2.30pm.

Matchday prices are as follows:

£20: Adults
£15: Senior Citizens & Students
£10: Aged 16 or under

Children aged 6 and under are also admitted free-of-charge, provided that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.

Please be aware that there are NO CASH TURNSTILES in operation at One Call Stadium, so supporters MUST purchase a valid match ticket.


NO TICKETS will be on sale to visiting supporters at One Call Stadium tomorrow.

Northampton Town supporters, who aren’t already in possession of a valid match ticket, should not travel to the match.

Visiting supporters will be seated in the North Stand and should enter One Call Stadium via turnstiles 9-12.

Supporters are also strongly recommended not to park in the retail park, which is adjacent to the North Stand, as you may be issued with a ticket.


Supporters can listen to full-match commentary on Stags Player, which starts at 2.55pm.

To subscribe to Stags Player, click here.

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