January Despite a rumored £1 million approach for Adebayo Akinfenwa, Swansea instead plump for another former Swan, Jan Molby, to fill their substitutes bench. Literally.
Meanwhile, forgotten nineties hero Ray Van Dulleman returns to Sixfields as Reserve team boss.
All January’s games are postponed due to the snow.
February A fixture pile up means the Cobblers take on Darlington away on Monday 1st Feb, Chesterfield at home on Tuesday 2nd, Accrington Stanley at home on Wednesday 3rd and Burton Albion on Thursday 4th before a well earned day’s rest to prepare for the trip to Dagenham. The game is then postponed because Dagenham haven’t caught up yet.
March The Cobblers are in the top half of the table and storming up the league having won five games in a week in February. Gary Mulligan has found his shooting boots and has scored 10 goals in 7 games including two hat-tricks. Derry City are monitoring his progress.
April Danny Jackman is shockingly linked with the Cobblers but says he is going nowhere. He’s injured anyway. Sammo has led the Cobblers to within a point of the playoffs with two games to go and excitement builds on the terraces as fans truly believe that we can catch Rochdale in third place, 9 points ahead of us…
May After a 5-0 win away at Bradford , we move into the playoff places before a final day win over Bury, 1-0 against 8 men, means we scrape into 7th place on goal difference. Our opponents are Shrewsbury Town and after a goalless first leg at Sixfields, Shrews keeper Neville Southall (after coming out of retirement) kicks the ball against Bayo’s backside and we’re at Wembley.
Sammo proudly leads the side out against Dagenham and Redbridge but the Daggers don’t turn up until half time because they were too busy finishing their semi final at Notts County that had to be scheduled for that morning due to snow interrupting their second leg. The Cobblers already have a 1-0 lead and defend like crazy in the second half to hold on and secure promotion back to League One at the first attempt in dramatic style.
June Danny Jackman re-signs for the Cobblers.
July Top notch signings Rickie Lambert, Sol Campbell and Jimmy Bullard have Town fans believing that we are in with an outside chance of the league title this season. Campbell leaves, though, after conceding a goal in a five a side warm up game during the club’s pre-season tour of Kuala Lumpar.
August The new season kicks off at Peterborough United and the Cobblers score three times in the opening two minutes before the Posh come back with two goals in the next five. We hang on, though, and start the season on a high. Danny Jackman makes a miraculous recovery from a broken leg to play a part despite falling down the stairs at home the day before.
September The Cobblers go top of League One following an impressive 5-4 win at Huddersfield Town . Some fans are unhappy at the closeness of the results though and call for Sammo’s head.
October The pressure gets to Sammo and he resigns following protests that results aren’t good enough. Terry Fenwick is called to fill the void and games begin to get less tight – we lose 0-4 at Brentford and 1-5 at Exeter before going down 1-4 at home to both Tranmere and Walsall .
November Fenwick leaves after a run of seven straight defeats and Van Dulleman takes temporary charge, leading the side to four successive draws in November to steady the ship. Swansea renew their interest in Akinfenwa after Jan Molby is taken ill with Swine Flu.
December Sol Campbell heads home the winner for new club Bristol Rovers as the Cobblers are beaten. On Boxing Day, Van Dulleman is replaced in the managerial hot seat by Stuart Gray, recently sacked by Boston United. Gray looks at the positives of his first game in charge, a 5-0 reverse at home to Peterborough.