Sammo…our greatest captain?
I was asked by Prostate Cancer UK to write about my favourite ever Cobblers captain recently for their ‘Men United’ campaign and after much deliberation I put forward Ian Sampson for our nomination.
Prostate cancer kills one man every hour – that’s a strike rate of 10,000 deaths every year. So this season, as the Official Charity Partner of the Football League, Prostate Cancer UK were asking supporters to put aside their differences and become Men United in the fight against prostate cancer.
I could have gone back to the ‘good old days’ for some classic captaincy material but it wouldn’t have been fair for me to write about someone who I never saw play. That left only a clutch of genuine contenders and Sammo won my vote. You can see my thoughts on the Town legend here.
To check out the fantastic range of nominations from all other clubs, check out the main website here.
So get voting for Sammo to be the ultimate skipper!
I always find pre-season to be a funny little stage of the summer with fans’ expectations starting to build at an alarmingly high rate as we hurtle towards the opening day of the season, strangely the League Cup First Round this season.
The first friendly on English ‘soil’ for the Cobblers took place over the weekend with mass panic setting in that we couldn’t beat Ian Sampson’s Corby Town convincingly. Twitter is usually a decent barometer of fans’ views in this day and age was full of mostly negativity from what I saw. It wasn’t just Cobblers fans falling into the trap but any league fan who was tweeting from a non-league ground in dismay that their new signings failed to instantly gel. But this really isn’t a time to get worrying about things like local friendly games.
Aidy Boothroyd is quite rightly taking some positives from the match with the amount of chances forged cited as one reason for cheer. We have to remember that these players have just got back from what sounded like a hellish training camp in Croatia in terms of fitness work and that would have still had one or two of the squad members feeling the bite.
It’s all about progression through this next month and as we look now towards another away friendly at Cogenhoe United on Wednesday night. It’s then all back to Sixfields for the remaining three warm ups ahead of the big kick off on August 14th…that’s the time to start worrying about results but for now we’ll give that one to Sammo and some of the old guard and move on!