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Huge increase in season ticket sales at Northampton Town

Fans will be flocking to Sixfields nest season. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have revealed that season ticket sales have already increased by more than 50% compared to the same period last year.

The Cobblers have sold 3,260 tickets so far and that number is expected to rise throughout the summer.

Rob Page's side will be playing in League One next season following their promotion from League Two.

It is quite an incredible increase already and we expect the number to grow over the rest of the summer. I think it is fair to say that we expected some level of increase but to reach a 52% increase already is just fantastic.

It shows the trust in what the club are doing and the excitement in the community for next season.

This demand is even more impressive because the fixtures aren’t even out yet. We are expecting some big games next season and therefore we think sales will increase as new players join us and the fixtures are known.

Thank you for all the support and the positive comments.

– Kelvin Thomas, Northampton Town chairman


Cambridge United to host Aston Villa in pre-season friendly

Jordan Ayew (right) and the rest of his Villa teammates are due to visit the Abbey Stadium on July 26. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have announced they will play Aston Villa in a pre-season friendly at the Abbey Stadium.

Villa will head to Cambridgeshire on Tuesday July 26, with the game kicking off at 7.30pm.

Villa endured a terrible season in The Premier League last season as they were relegated to The Championship with only 17 points.

Cambridge will also face Newmarket Town, St Neots Town, Lincoln City and Braintree Town as they prepare for a promotion push in League Two next season.

Brady, Hoolahan and Murphy make Ireland squad but McGoldrick out

Robbie Brady, Wes Hoolahan and Daryl Murphy are all going to the Euros. Credit: PA

Norwich City pair Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan have been named in the final Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016.

Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy has also been picked but there's no place for his teammate David McGoldrick.

Ireland lost their final warm-up game to Belarus in Cork tonight.

They start their European Championship campaign against Sweden at the Stade de France on June 13.

Luton Town sign Oxford United duo Hylton and Mullins

Danny Hylton (left) and Johnny Mullins (right) have signed for Luton Town. Credit: PA

Luton Town have signed Oxford United pair Johnny Mullins and Danny Hylton.

Both players helped the U's gain promotion to League One last season.

Oxford decided to release 30-year-old centre-back Mullins but did offer Hylton a new contract.

However, the striker opted to turn it down and join Luton instead.

Hylton scored 15 goals last season.

Both players have signed two-year contracts at Kenilworth Road.

Johnny is exactly the type of player and character I want at our club, he is a real leader and will be a big influence within our dressing room.

The signing of Johnny massively improves our squad. He is a winner and he wants to continue to improve and get better here at Luton Town.

Danny is a great signing for us and he is a player I have admired for a long time now.

Danny had offers from clubs in League One but has chosen to join us because he believes in what we are trying to build and achieve here and wants to be a vital part of making that happen.

– Nathan Jones, Luton Town manager


Nine teenagers among 14 summonsed to court for football brawl

The fight broke out at Abbey Gate, just before Colchester United's match on Boxing Day. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Fourteen people - including nine teenagers - have been summonsed to court after a brawl ahead of an Essex football match.

The fight broke out at Abbey Gate just before Colchester United's match against Southend last Boxing Day.

The group is accused of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

Sheehan joins Luton Town on permanent deal

Alan Sheehan has joined Luton Town permanently. Credit: PA

Luton Town have signed full-back Alan Sheehan on a permanent deal.

The 29-year-old was on loan from Bradford City in the second half of last season and made 20 appearances for the club.

Sheehan has now signed a two-year contract at Kenilworth Road.

I have really enjoyed my football since being at Luton Town. For me it’s all about enjoying the football really.

The manager was a huge factor in me coming to Luton and obviously Paul Hart, Mick Harford and Kevin Nugent are a very strong team and I’m really delighted to be joining.

– Alan Sheehan, Luton Town

MK Dons allow goalkeeper Cropper to leave the club

Cody Cropper is leaving MK Dons. Credit: PA

MK Dons have allowed goalkeeper Cody Cropper to leave the club after deciding not to exercise their option to give him a new contract.

The American made 12 appearances for the Dons in The Championship last season but didn't do enough to convince manager Karl Robinson to hand him a new deal.

Yesterday, the Dons handed a new contract to fellow goalkeeper Charlie Burns.

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