Match preview: Northampton Town (h)

Paul Cook will be looking to progress in the FA Cup this weekend as the Spireites face League Two side Northampton Town in the first round proper. With the club only two wins away from the chance of playing Premier League opposition in the third round, it’s sure to be a great occasion and a game that everyone is looking to win at all costs. If the game finishes as a draw, a replay at Sixfields Stadium will be required.

Here’s all you need to know…

Match details

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022

Kick-off: 3pm

Competition: Emirates FA Cup

Opponents: Northampton Town

Location: Technique Stadium


Matchday Coverage

Live radio commentary

Our in-house radio station, 1866 Sport, will provide full match commentary on the game, as well as pre-match/post-match analysis.

Don’t forget that 1866 Sport is on air 24-hours a day, seven days a week! 

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It is also available via Alexa.

Commentary is provided by Phil Tooley. It is sponsored by National Windscreens.

Social media

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The post-match interview with manager Paul Cook will be posted to our YouTube Channel soon after the game is finished:

Highlights of the game will also be posted to our YouTube Channel.

The Opposition

Fact file

Name: Northampton Town

Nicknames: The Cobblers

Founded: 1897

Stadium: Sixfields Stadium

Capacity: 7,798

Manager: Jon Brady

On Northampton Town

The club was founded back in 1897 and have spent the majority of their recent history in the Football League. They have bounced between League One and League Two several times.

In more recent times, they were relegated at the end of their third season in League One, then they won the League Two title in 2015/16, but only lasted two seasons in League One before again being relegated. In 2020, they gained promotion to League One, but were relegated to League Two once again after a single season in the third tier.

Northampton are nicknamed the Cobblers, a reference to the town’s historical shoe-making industry, and the team traditionally plays in claret and white kits. Northampton’s predominant rivals have been Peterborough United in the Nene derby; however, they also share a smaller rivalry with Milton Keynes Dons.

This season Northampton sit pretty in League Two high up the table in third place. They are pushing for promotion back to League One and will also be looking to progress as far as they can in the FA Cup.

One to watch

Sam Hoskins is an English-born forward with an eye for goal. He began his career at Southampton and has been at a number of clubs such as Preston, Rotherham and Yeovil Town. 

He joined Northampton Town in 2015 and has made an incredible 267 appearances for the club, scoring an impressive 56 goals. This season he has made 13 appearances, scoring 12 goals. He recently picked up an injury but could return for this fixture.

Recent Form

Chesterfield FC: D/W/W

Northampton Town: W/D/D

Last time we met

The last time the two sides met was in February 2017, with Northampton winning 3-1 on that day. David Faupala scored the only goal for the Spireites.

Head-to-head record

Played: 43

Won: 19

Drew: 13

Lost: 11

Danny Webb’s thoughts

Speaking to the media, he said: “We want to be in that league next year, playing against the likes of Northampton, week in and week out.

“They are doing well. The manager has done well since taking over. I think it was a club in decline when he took over and he has got them going the right way again as a football club.

“It’s going to be tough. They are a good team, a strong team. They are all the things that you need at any level.

“We are not facing a team down the bottom of League Two with ownership problems and an under-pressure manager. This is a real different type of test where we are actually the underdogs.

“Obviously the supporters, ourselves and the players are going to turn up expecting and wanting to win.”