>Fixtures Day looming large!

>It’s one of the most exciting days of the summer next Thursday with the release of the 2010/11 fixtures list. The Cobblers will discover the provisional list on that morning and we can then start planning ahead for the coming season as the World Cup continues to distract us!

A day before, Wednesday 16th June, will be the day in which we find out our Carling Cup First Round opponents so it’s a big week next week. Stay logged on here for all the big dates.

>Season in Review 2009/10…December…

>December would be another month of transition for the Cobblers and we would end up being very happy to see the back of 2009. Things didn’t start nicely with Hereford taking all three points from Sixfields. Ryan Gilligan gave us a first minute lead but Darren Jones levelled on fifteen minutes. Second half goals from Mathieu Manset and Craig King killed the game and a dismal performance was matched by a scoreline that had many doubting where the season would go from there.

A topsy turvey game at Cheltenham followed with Barry Hayles and Bayo Akinfenwa both scoring twice in a 2-2 draw that did little to enhance a disappointing first half of the season for both teams.

Two penalties was the story a week later with Cobblers old boy Marc Richards netting on the stroke of half-time. But a red card for John McCombe gave the Cobblers a way back and Bayo scored from the resulting spot kick to give us another draw.

Boxing Day finally saw some relief as Billy McKay’s debated goal was adjudged to have crossed the line with just seconds to play as the Cobblers beat Dagenham and Redbridge to give our fans some Christmas cheer.

The re was a typical end to a bad year though at Barnet when we couldn’t get past ten men after Dean Sinclaire’s red card and the game ended goalless.

The turn of the year was certainly welcome and it would take a momentus effort in the first half of 2010 if we were to get anything back from a disjointed 2009.

>Season In Review 2009/10…November…

>Time to look back on November now and coming off the back of Sammo’s appointment the previous month all things were steadying up at Sixfields. The first game of the month, though, saw us struggle past non league Fleetwood Town in the first round of the F.A. Cup.

Sean Clancy was beginning to think that he would be the cup hero for the minnows when he equalised Luke Guttridge’s opener but the Cobblers midfielder struck again in the second half to see us scrape through to Round Two.

There was more cup action in midweek with the trip to MK Dons in the JPT. But this particular cup adventure would come to an end with a comfortable enough 3-1 win for the hosts. Dons were three goals to the good by half time and Steve Guinan’s consolation in the second half wasn’t enough.

A drab 0-0 draw with Grimsby at Sixfields was followed a week later by a much more exciting encounter. Crewe were the visitors and were two goals up by the break with John Johnson helping them out with an own goal. But the Cobblers rallied and Bayo Akinfenwa scored twice in ten second half minutes to earn a point in a game that either side could well have won.

A mid-week trip to Aldershot saw the Cobblers come home empty handed though as the Shots recovered from Guttridge’s early goal to win 2-1 thanks to an eightieth minute Scott Donnelly penalty and a stoppage time Marvin Morgan goal.

The month would end with more cup action back at home and for the second time this season Southampton knocked the Cobblers out of a major tournament. Papa Waigo and Adam Lallana had the Saints in control at half time before Dean Hammond struck a third. Hammonds’ own goal at the other end, though, gave us some hope before Ryan Gilligan’s spot kick nearly gave us some late drama but it was just not enough.

>Cobblers in for Jeffers?!

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The rumour doing the rounds at the moment is that Sammo is interested in bringing in former England International Francis Jeffers on a free transfer! The “fox in the box” was released by Sheffield Wednesday at the end of the season and is available, prompting the Town boss to show some interest in gaining his signature.

The striker was one of the top earners at Wednesday but is reportedly prepared to take a pay cut next season.

Interesting one developing there and we’ll keep tabs on that as the next few weeks progress!