Mark Kennedy

Before Sixfields, The Cobblers shared their home with the County Cricket Club. Fan Mark Kennedy tells all.

On this week’s Memory Lane, Danny is joined by HotelEnders fanzine editor Mark Kennedy to chat about his memories of NTFC’s former home at the County Ground.

Before The Cobblers moved to their all-seater Sixfields Community Stadium (now the PTS Academy) in 1994, they shared their home with the county cricket club on Abington Avenue in Northampton.

A lot is said about the “good old days” and while Mark certainly has good memories of standing on the Hotel End and his first games in the family enclosure, he says that the Cobblers faithful were more than ready to move out of their beloved first home.

In the off season the pitch became a car park for the cricket club and Mark remembers local children using it like the local rec, with many unofficial games being played during the school holidays.

Of course this was all part of the charm for fans like Mark. Even the delicacy of an Ansell burger is still a fond memory.

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