1976–77 Northampton Town F.C. season

Northampton Town
1976–77 season
ChairmanNeville Ronson
ManagerPat Crerand
StadiumCounty Ground
Division Three22nd
FA CupFirst round
League CupFirst round
Top goalscorerLeague: Paul Stratford (12)
All: Paul Stratford (13)
Highest home attendance7,782 vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Lowest home attendance3,911 vs Chesterfield

PlayersEdit

As of match played 7 May 1977.[1]
Name Position Nationality Place of birth Date of birth Apps[2] Goals Signed from Date signed Fee
Goalkeepers
Jeff Parton GK   Swansea (1953-02-24)24 February 1953 (aged 24) 14 0 Burnley Summer 1975
Defenders
Steve Bryant LB   London (1953-09-05)5 September 1953 (aged 23) 28 0 Birmingham City December 1976
John Gregory U   Scunthorpe (1954-05-11)11 May 1954 (aged 22) 187 8 Apprentice Summer 1972 N/A
Alex Malcolm LB   Hamilton (1956-02-13)13 February 1956 (aged 21) 2 0 Luton Town August 1976
Stuart Robertson CB   Nottingham (1946-12-16)16 December 1946 (aged 30) 178 18 Doncaster Rovers Summer 1972
Barry Tucker FB   Swansea (1952-08-28)28 August 1952 (aged 24) 185 2 Apprentice August 1970 N/A
Midfielders
Billy Best (c) U   Glasgow (1942-09-07)7 September 1942 (aged 34) 212 52 Southend United Summer 1973
Derrick Christie W   Bletchley (1957-03-15)15 March 1957 (aged 20) 63 6 Apprentice Summer 1975 N/A
John Farrington W   Lynemouth (1947-06-19)19 June 1947 (aged 29) 113 11 Cardiff City Summer 1974
Don Martin U   Corby (1944-02-15)15 February 1944 (aged 33) 203 62 Blackburn Rovers November 1975
Andy McGowan CM   Corby (1956-07-17)17 July 1956 (aged 20) 73 9 Apprentice June 1975 N/A
Keith Williams CM   Dudley (1957-04-12)12 April 1957 (aged 20) 17 1 Aston Villa February 1977
Forwards
Keith Bowen FW   Northampton (1958-02-26)26 February 1958 (aged 19) 1 0 Apprentice Summer 1976 N/A
Ray Haywood FW   Dudley (1949-01-12)12 January 1949 (aged 28) 13 2 Shrewsbury Town March 1977
George Reilly FW   Bellshill (1957-09-14)14 September 1957 (aged 19) 22 2 Corby Town June 1976
Paul Stratford FW   Northampton (1955-09-04)4 September 1955 (aged 21) 170 59 Apprentice Summer 1972 N/A

CompetitionsEdit

Division ThreeEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
20 Portsmouth 46 8 9 6 28 26 3 5 15 25 44 −17 36
21 Reading 46 10 5 8 29 24 3 4 16 20 49 −24 35 Relegated
22 Northampton Town 46 9 4 10 33 29 4 4 15 27 46 −15 34
23 Grimsby Town 46 10 6 7 29 22 2 3 18 16 47 −24 33
24 York City 46 7 8 8 25 34 3 4 16 25 55 −39 32
Source: rsssf.com

Results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts W D L GF GA Pts W D L GF GA Pts
46 13 8 25 60 75 0.8 34 9 4 10 33 29 22 4 4 15 27 46 12

Last updated: 9 April 2020.
Source:[citation needed]

League position by matchEdit

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ResultDLWDLLLLLWLWL
Position
Source: 11v11.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

MatchesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

21 August 1976 (1976-08-21) 1 Chesterfield 0–0 Northampton Town Chesterfield
15:00 BST Stadium: Saltergate
Attendance: 4,052
25 August 1976 (1976-08-25) 2 Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 Northampton Town Sheffield
19:30 BST Christie   Stadium: Hillsborough Stadium
Attendance: 11,684
Referee: G P Owen
28 August 1976 (1976-08-28) 3 Northampton Town 1–0 Lincoln City Northampton
15:00 BST Christie   Stadium: County Ground
Attendance: 6,350
4 September 1976 (1976-09-04) 4 Gillingham 1–1 Northampton Town Gillingham
15:00 BST Hall   Stadium: Priestfield Stadium
Attendance: 5,375
11 September 1976 (1976-09-11) 5 Northampton Town 1–2 Reading Northampton
15:00 BST Robertson   Stadium: County Ground
Attendance: 6,176
18 September 1976 (1976-09-18) 6 Shrewsbury Town 3–0 Northampton Town Shrewsbury
15:00 BST Stadium: Gay Meadow
Attendance: 4,191
25 September 1976 (1976-09-25) 7 Northampton Town 0–1 Walsall Northampton
15:00 BST Stadium: County Ground
Attendance: 5,656
Referee: Colin Gardner
1 October 1976 (1976-10-01) 8 Northampton Town 0–2 Wrexham Northampton
19:30 BST Stadium: County Ground
Attendance: 5,114
Referee: Jim Bent
8 October 1976 (1976-10-08) 9 Port Vale 2–1 Northampton Town Burslem
15:00 BST Brownbill  
Rogers  
Phillips   Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 3,962
15 October 1976 (1976-10-15) 10 Northampton Town 3–1 Portsmouth Northampton
19:30 BST Hall  
Robertson  
Reilly  
Stadium: County Ground
Attendance: 4,805
23 October 1976 (1976-10-23) 11 Swindon Town 5–1 Northampton Town Swindon
15:00 BST McGowan   Stadium: County Ground
Attendance: 7,483
Referee: Clive Thomas
26 October 1976 (1976-10-26) 12 York City 1–4 Northampton Town York
19:30 BST Christie    
Farrington  
Stratford  
Stadium: Bootham Crescent
Attendance: 2,634
30 October 1976 (1976-10-30) 13 Northampton Town 0–2 Brighton & Hove Albion Northampton
15:00 BST Stadium: County Ground
Attendance: 7,782
Referee: Ken Salmon

Appearances and goalsEdit

Pos Player Division Three FA Cup League Cup Total
Starts Sub Goals Starts Sub Goals Starts Sub Goals Starts Sub Goals
GK Jeff Parton 12 1 13
DF Steve Bryant 28 28
DF John Gregory 46 4 1 3 1 50 5
DF Alex Malcolm 2 2
DF Stuart Robertson 41 4 1 3 45 4
DF Barry Tucker 37 1 3 41
MF Billy Best 40 11 1 3 44 11
MF Derrick Christie 37 7 5 1 3 1 41 7 6
MF John Farrington 35 6 4 1 2 35 9 4
MF Andy McGowan 25 6 4 3 28 6 4
MF Don Martin 32 5 3 1 3 1 36 5 4
MF Keith Williams 17 1 17 1
FW Keith Bowen 1 1
FW Ray Haywood 11 2 2 11 2 2
FW George Reilly 19 3 2 1 20 3 2
FW Paul Stratford 40 2 12 1 3 1 44 2 13
Players who left before end of season:
GK Alan Starling 26 3 29
GK Bob Ward 8 8
DF Dave Carlton 6 6
DF Ian Ross 2 2
MF John Gilligan 5 1 5 1
FW Keith Bowker 4 4
FW Jim Hall 11 2 1 3 15 2
FW Bobby Owen 5 5
FW Steve Phillips 16 1 2 1 3 20 1 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rothmans Football Yearbook 1977/78, p.270.
  2. ^ Football League appearances only.

Books

  • Grande, Frank (1997). Northampton Town F.C.: The Official Centenary History. London: Yore Publications. ISBN 978-1874427674.